Frenzy is an odd duck. In some lights, it looks grey, in others, a brownish-greyish taupe, in others a light violet and in still others a light violet greyish taupe. I haven’t decided yet if I like it on my skin tone or not. Par for the course, in some lights I really like it, and in others I’m afraid it gives me corpse hands.
Two things I will say about it though. First as per usual, this is an amazing Chanel formula, and second, it could be another staple office-appropriate color.
As for the formula, even though Frenzy is a light color, there was virtually no streaking on the first coat and beautiful opacity on the second (this is 2 coats, over Chanel Base Protectrice and topped with Out the Door top coat). I had always stayed away from light colors on my nails because of the “Essie effect” (or that’s what I call it anyway) – an inferior formula that streaks and pulls to high heaven and requires a nail tech license to get to look good. Chanel has made me not only reconsider, but fall in love, with lighter colors (such as Ballerina, Frisson or Beige) on nails. For that reason alone I pay the premium price for Chanel (in tune with my general philosophy of quality over quantity).
Secondly, the world needs more office-appropriate colors that go beyond pale pink. Many women have restrictions (real or perceived) in the nail colors they can wear to work, and Frenzy is definitely a neutral, but a neutral with an “edge.” That’s also what I love about Chanel, is they take what’s “accepted” and put just the tiniest little twist to it to make it just a small bit special. Frenzy 559 definitely falls into that category.
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