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Friday, 27 January 2012

June in Bengal - A Chanel comparison

So, Chanel have released their Spring collection and one of the nail polishes, June, has been much hyped as is usually the case with Chanel limited editions. The other shades, April and May will be part of the permanent collection so there is less fuss over those, but this year June is definitely busting out all over...

Last year,  it was instant love for me with Mimosa. The colour was so unique and summery and I really couldn't get it out of my head, even though the formula was total pants.

This year I'm feeling a bit 'meh' about these colours, but I went the other day to swatch June on my pinky and I realised that there was something about it that didn't look new to me. Something familiar.

The colour is a pale juicy cream apricot. It's pretty, and I like it, but in certain lights it looks like I tried to go 'nude' and got the colour a bit wrong, if you know what I mean.

Anyway I got home and found an old Chanel polish in my collection gifted to me by GG some years back. It's called Bengal and on swatching it next to June it's remarkably similar.

Chanel Bengal (ring finger), Chanel June (little finger)
 There is a difference of course, and Bengal has more pink in it to make it more of a peach rather than an apricot colour, but no one can deny they are very similar. Too similar for me to have both at any rate.
 Bengal has some shimmer and a touch of microglitter and requires 3 coats to achieve opacity. June is a cream with no shimmer and needs two coats. It's a good formula, way better than Mimosa was. But Mimosa still has my heart, despite it's formula flaws.

Bengal (left), June (right)

Looking back on my photos I realise that I do like June quite a lot, but with Bengal already in my collection I'm not sure I can justify buying it.

The Dior spring collection however has two absolute beauties which I'm drooling after and have nothing like in my stash:

What colours are you itching to wear on your nails this Spring?


  1. I have a few ideas for spring, but as always I'm focused on what I don't have. Chanel Peridot. I swatched it the other day, and while it doesn't look awesome on my skin tone, it is gorgeousss.

  2. Brody, I'm the same, I spend ages thinking about all the things I'd like to have in my collection. Peridot didn't do it for me somehow though... Graphite was more up my street, but I didn't get that 'urge' to part with my cash for it! x


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