Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nail vs. Nail: Chanel Or de Russie

While I have sung my praises of Chanel's Moscou collection, Or de Russie comes close to taking it away. Not because of the color (I think it's fantastically gorgeous), but because I freaked and thought I may have bought a $30 dupe of another Chanel I already owned.

My sisters thought that Or de Russie looked a lot like Haute Chocolat, a color I worked myself up into a frenzy for that fall that sorely disappointed me. After taking pictures of a comparision, they were wrong:




With flash (Or de Russie on index, middle and left side of thumbnail; Haute Chocolat on ring, pinky and right side of thumbnail)


No flash

I was kind of scared for a minute prior to the side-by-side comparison. After all, both colors do have gold flecks, but Or de Russie is more yellow and Haute Chocolat is more muted. Or de Russie's base looks brown due to the gold flecks but is black, while Haute Chocolat is a true chocolate brown.

I prefer Or de Russie because it suits my skin tone a lot better than Haute Chocolat. I feel that Haute Chocolat would suit me better at a fairer skin tone (i.e., my skin tone while I was studying in England).


(Or de Russie on index, middle and left side of thumbnail; Wagon Trail on ring, pinky and right side of thumbnail)

Another color that is a relative of Or de Russie is China Glaze Wagon Trail. Wagon Trail is darker than Or de Russie, which has more lit-from-within flash from the yellow gold glitter.

I don't regret buying Or de Russie and I prefer it to its close cousins, but I guess I will have to think twice before drinking the Chanel Kool-Aid so impulsively next time.

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The Pretty Brown Girl said...

I will always go for the less expensive of them all. I try and keep my addiction within the parameters of my budget! LOL! China Glaze it is...that Wagon Trail is pretty. Kinda dark for me, but I'd love to see it on my fair-skinned BFF's.

Lucy said...

They are both beautiful colors. I haven't bought any Chanel polishes yet. I guess I figure I can buy so many other colors from China Glaze and OPI. Have you seen the new Rescue Beauty Lounge colors? Loads of glitter!

The Asian Girl said...

The Pretty Brown Girl--I have no parameters when it comes to Chanel; it's a shame! I think Wagon Trail is flattering on darker skin tones, though.

Lucy--The inflated price usually isn't worth it, to be honest. I haven't invested in any RBLs yet; I definitely would like to try them out. Their new glitter collection looks amazing, although I wonder how much of a pain it is to remove :P

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