Friday, 20 May 2011

Mellow Yellow: Chanel Nail Polish in Mimosa

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mimosa £17.00
Chanel's Summer Collection for 2011 was released today in the UK and like the Chanel devotee I am, I was down at my local counter at 9am waiting to get my hands on the latest polishes and bronzers. I'll post separately on those but for now, the focus is on Mimosa, what is hyped as the colour for nails this summer.

Yellow is one colour I have never worn on my nails before. I think I have a light pastel Nails Inc polish hiding somewhere that I got as part of a kit, but I've never felt the urge to use it. I approached Mimosa with some trepidation, especially as a good friend of mine had been disappointed with it but I thought it's Chanel, how bad could it be?

Mimosa is what I would describe a banana yellow with ultra fine gold micro glitter, and although this can just about be seen in the bottle, it appeared to disappear completely once on the nails. One coat of this looked awful, really dreadful and two was not much better. After three coats it was nearly opaque but I found it hard to get a consistent finish so in the end used four plus a top coat. I'm still not entirely happy with the finish but I couldn't face doing anymore to my nails, being lazy by nature.

4 coats of Mimosa applied + top coat
I always knew that it would take a while to get used to seeing yellow on my finger nails and I am struggling to think of yellow in positive terms, I keep thinking fungus, mucus etc (not helped by getting some of the polish on my cuticles), not what Chanel were going for I'm sure! At first, I kept thinking it looked like I had dipped my fingers in a jar of mustard, but as the day has gone on, I am liking the look more. You do however have to be patient to build up the colour as two coats just won't cut it.

Mimosa is definitely a look, I can't imagine it being a flattering colour on most skintones, although I'd love to see it on a really dark skin, I think that is how it would look best. This is a fashion colour and I can see it being a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I for one love marmite (I even have it in omlettes, that is how weird I am) but I can't make up my mind in Mimosa. What I am pleased about is that it has sparked my interest much more than the majority of the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection that I've swatched this week. I may not love it yet, but at least my reaction is more than one of indifference.

I picked up the more traditional Morning Rose Nail Colour as well this morning and I will try and swatch that tomorrow if I get a chance. I think that will have more universal appeal.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mimosa is available from Chanel counters nationwide for £17.00.


  1. Hi
    Well, you know how I feel about this and I stand my ground, it was horrible(I don't blame Mimosa- I blame myself because I got caught in the hype)! On you though, it looks nice. I rarely send things back and I don't REGRET sending this one packing - lol. I just can't do yellow polish :P

  2. I could not get this color to work for me and exchanged it. Yellows I have learned are not flattering on my skin tone. Someone said Mimosa wore me and not the other way around, that was how I felt. Keep us posted on your reaction to Mimosa after a couple of days.

  3. I love this colour! I wasn initially unsure about the yellow colour too, but it's growing on me. I think it would look amazing on dark skin :)

  4. Never mind the nailpolish, how do you use Marmite in omelettes? Mixed into the egg or spread onto the omelette? THIS sounds like a trend I could get into.

  5. I must say I rather agree - maybe it is the tinge of green in the yellow which lends itself to the mucous comparisons, being heavy with cold I know about aforementioned. Whilst I think you have beautifully shaped nails, it maybe that on a short nail it would work better, but sacrificing length for mimosa....maybe not. Thanks for the review. Jan x

  6. I think its pretty but 4 coats?? Not a chance, that would drive me insane - by the time you have added base and top you'd be at an inches thick 6 coats of nail coverage! You do have very fabulous nails btw!