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Chanel Summer 2008

By on April 16, 2008
in Chanel, Nude, Pink, Shimmer, Summer 2008

This summer, go on safari with Chanel. Khaki gets an upscale makeover in this collection inspired by the hues of the Serengeti. As one of the few high end beauty brands to acknowledge the importance of incorporating nails into an overall look, the line includes nail polish shades for both the warm and cool toned.

I tested both lacquers with three very thin coats and found that they applied smoothly with adequate pigmentation.

Straight up, I flipped for Flamingo. I think my pal Nikki’s undying love for all things pink is starting to rub off on me because I felt a bit giddy just applying the shade. I haven’t been feeling pink polishes much for the past year or so but this one really got to me.

In person this bubblegum girly confection has a sparkly finish that leaves one word swirling through my head, “encrusted.” It’s like there is a layer of silver and pink micro-gems sprinkled atop my nails. In all honesty, I just couldn’t capture Flamingo’s magic in an image so I dare you to test this at a Chanel counter and leave empty handed. For pink girls, it won’t be easy.

Oh how I wish I could gush over Antilope but it’s just not a winner for me. I know it has its fans, including The Daily Obsession, I’m just not one of them. While it has some of the same sparkle as Flamingo, Antilope has a metallic finish that causes brush strokes I just can’t overlook. To quote Cher from Clueless the finish is, “a full-on Monet. From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” To be fair, the golden beige shade is chic and wearable and I know my mother will LOVE taking it off my hands.
Chanel’s Summer 2008 Collection is on counters now and available online at and

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  1. Lisa Marie says:

    I think the pink is so pretty, but I think I’ll live without the latter.

    The pink is just all sorts of fun and preppy. I love it!

    Thank you for posting!

  2. Heidi says:

    I got the pink flamingo a few weeks ago and am just loving it. It just looks like springtime. i can’t wait to see it in summer with my SPF-45 minimum tan.

    And it wears really well, too. I was gardening on day 4 or 5 the first time I wore it, and it held up – impressive.

  3. "Tink" says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you Cindy.

    I love Flamingo but had to let Antilope find a new home.

  4. Anonymous says:

    loving that pink and really appreciate your blog! I found it looking for some product info & spent yesterday reading pretty much all of it.

    Thanks for all the pictures, your nails looks so nice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    how many coats of the pink did you put on?


  6. ocelot1 says:

    i have antilope and i love it! i grew to overlook the brush strokes cuz i love the color so much. i want flamingo, but not sure how its going to look against my nc35 skintone. im going to go try it today at the counter.

  7. CincyFan says:

    Lisa Marie – Preppy is a good word for it. I feel like I should be wearing my pink Polo sneakers with it.

    Heidi – That is impressive. The activity of summer is the best test of a formula.

    Hey Tink! My MUA name is CinCy, not Cindy but that’s ok. You’re not the first to misread it. :D

    Anon #1 – Wow, that’s a lot of reading. Thank you for taking the time to look over everything I’ve done. I hope it was helpful.

    Anon #2 – I used 3 very thin coats

    Ocelot – One of my pals said that she didn’t really notice the brush strokes either. Maybe I’m just being too critical.

  8. Beth says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Flamingo was so pretty, I went to the counter to try it myself and then bought it! It is perfect for me – not sheer, but not thick looking. Thanks!

  9. Julia says:

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait to buy Flamingo, as I am obsessed with pink. Great swatches, Michelle!