Chanel Nail Polish: Paradoxal

The gloomier the weather is – the trendier become dark nail polishes. By the end of Fall I also tend to gravitate towards more gray-ish, plum shades like Chanel Paradoxal. I think that muted, dark nail polish looks stylish, interesting and very weather-appropriate.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00) features classic and trend-defining shades in an exclusive formula that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine colour. Applies without streaking.

Chanel Paradoxal was released within the Chanel Les Contrastes De Chanel Collection for Fall 2010. It was definitely a very autumnal shade. It is officially described as grey-violet and is, unfortunately, limited edition. Though, I believe that there must be several very close dupes to this particular nail polish as it happened to be extremely popular.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal Review
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal

Chanel Paradoxal is a muted dusty, smoky gray shade with bright purple micro-shimmer, that is visible in the bottle (especially in direct light and flash) and is barely visible on the nails, though it makes the nail polish more dimensional once on the nails in comparison with flat gray shades. That particular micro-shimmer makes the color unique because you can never be sure whether it is a plain dark gray color or it has a purple hue in it.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal (swatches) Review
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal (swatches)

The formula of this particular shade is quite nice – it is creamy and is quite easy to apply as it is not runny or too thick. It goes almost opaque in one coat but I prefer two coats to make the color deeper and more dimensional.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal (swatches) Review
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal (swatches)

Paradoxal is very glossy! It shines bright and creates a wonderful reflective surface even without a top coat. I always use both base and top coat with all my nail polishes and Paradoxal acts fine with both (as all Chanel nail polishes do). As for the wear time – it stays put for at least six days. Unfortunately, the tips wear off almost immediately – by the end of the day you will notice a thin white line on the tip of your nails as there is no nail polish there anymore. But that is it – it won’t chip or wear off even a bit more by the end of wear time.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal | Inspiration
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Paradoxal | Inspiration

This shade reminds me of the freshly picked grapes – a beautiful mix of muted plummy purple shade with gray. It looks nice on the nails and it is not boring – you can easily say that this nail polish is with a twist. It wears nicely if you do not pay much attention to the tips of your nails. A very interesting shade for gloomy November.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,


Nail polish description and price are both taken from the Chanel official website The picture of cherries is taken from

4 thoughts on “Chanel Nail Polish: Paradoxal

  1. There are SO many dupes for this shade nowadays – I personally own 3! Revlon Perplex / Naughty, Seche Ostentatious, and Sinful Colors Who’s the Gloss
    I just LOVE the smokey purple colour! It’s so sophisticated. The original one does look like a fabulous formula, even without a top coat!

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