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The one that started it all – Chanel Le Vernis Paradoxal 509 nail polish January 21, 2013

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 12:31 pm
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Chanel Le Vernis Paradoxal 509I can trace my obsession with Chanel nail polish to this one color, Chanel Le Vernis Paradoxal 509, introduced as part of the Les Contrasts de Chanel collection in fall 2010.

It was the only nail color in the collection, but boy what a color. I believe the hipster term is “grigolet” which a fancy French way of saying greyish purple. Or purplish grey. You get the picture.

As I’ve documented here previously, my prior nail life, before Chanel and before quick dry top coat, consisted of a few shades of pale pink neutrals and clear reds. Boom, end of story.

Paradoxal 509 opened my eyes to colors that are chic, but still wearable to the office. It’s my “gateway” Chanel.

In typical Chanel Le Vernis fashion, this is a creme with a “hidden” shimmer, that adds shine, depth and interest to what could easily become a muddy, dull color. This is a chameleon color, too. Not quite a duochrome like Peridot, but more of a shape shifter. Sometimes, as in this photo in the sun, it looks more purple than grey. In indoor lighting, it looks more grey.

Application was perfect. Flowed on smoothly exactly where I wanted it, which for a dark color in amateur hands, is a godsend. All in all, one of my all-time favorite Chanels.

Paradoxal 509 is available at Chanel counters worldwide and for US $26 on


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