Chanel – Pirate

Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

This was found in my box of “Bathroom Junk” where I had also found Violette. I am doing my best to refrain from doing any pirate jokes. The name alone…really, I’m trying.

I shall focus on what a gorgeous red this is, even though it was a little hard to handle. It didn’t bubble like Violette (thank the heavens!) and it definitely dried faster as well. Unfortunately the color of the nail swatch you will see below has FOUR, yep 4, coats to achieve the color that matched the bottle. They were thin coats albeit because I was worried it was like Violette. No bubbles. Well, there were marginal bubbles, but not as bad as it could’ve been.

This is a gorgeous color, but I am sure there are dupes out there. It’s in my top 10 for favorite reds.

Chanel - Paradoxal
Chanel - Violette

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  • Reply Marie Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Please oh please let me know of any Pirate dupes – I loved this polish so much and now it has gone extinct. I have yet to find a red as striking as this one.

    • Reply carinaeletoile Tuesday, 27 July, 2010 at 9:45 am

      I will go through my reds and see…if you check my red tag I have some up. They may not be Pirate dupes, but they are red.

      I’ll have to do a whole post on my reds.

  • Reply Janice Preece Friday, 27 August, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I too love Chanel Pirate – only ‘blood red’ that looks good on my pale skinned toes (I’m a winter – no orangey reds for me) – I like a lot of blue in my reds….
    Anyway, I think I found an ok replacement tonight
    It’s a brand new colour by REVLON “Cherry” # 550
    Just thought I’d pass it along – if you have any other colours close to Pirate – can you please let me know as well (I’m going to read your “red” tags…)
    thanks, Jan

    • Reply carinaeletoile Sunday, 29 August, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      You’re welcome! I’ve actually got a bunch of reds I’ve been meaning to swatch – all with you in mind. 🙂 I think if you were inclined to purchase the StrangeBeautiful Volume I for the typewriter inspired red, you won’t be disappointed.

      I do love the true reds because they tend to look best on me. Some of the more cherry tomato reds make my nails look incredibly fake. Like very bad press on nails. Much as I love Bangin’ by Rescue Beauty Lounge, I actually had some friends say, “Oh girl…what did you to your nails now that made you have to put those press on nails?” I am notorious for not being kind to my hands at all. Hearing that from them made me want to cry a little because here I thought I had found a shade of a warm kind of red. Guess not. 🙁

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