Blogger PrettyinDayton was wondering if she should break down and get Chanel Paradoxal. I am not one to say since I did break down and get it. I love the color. It is a dark purple/grey with some purple and pink shimmer peaking out. But while at ULTA yesterday I came across a 4 pc mini set of polishes: ULTA Beauty Gems. One of the colors, amethyst seemed to be a very close match to Paradoxal minus the shimmer. I decided since the mini’s were on sale for $5 I would grab the pack and see how the colors compared to one another. I have to say it was VERY close, but not a match.
Once I had the two bottles side by side, I thought I must be crazy to think these two are close. But then I remembered how different Paradoxal looks once on the nail.
Index & Ring Finger: Chanel Paradoxal. Middle & Pinky Finger: ULTA Amethyst. Inside they are close, but not quite the same. Amethyst seems to be a true purple/grey and a bit darker than Paradoxal. I asked my husband to point out the two that were different standing about 3 feet in front of him and he said they all look the same. This coming from the guy with better than 20/20 vision. But my “Professional” opinion sees the difference.
Outside Paradoxal’s amazing shimmer shines through, but if you look closely, the base appears to be the same color.
Here is a close up of Paradoxal (left) and Amethyst (right). The base is so close. I definitely think that you can get away with the look using Amethyst. Perhaps mix it with a pink shimmer? But I think if you must have the shimmer, go for the Chanel. If you actually prefer a creme, then Ulta Amethyst just might be for you. The downside is that I never see ULTA take these mini’s and make full size colors out of them. But I bet this is just the beginning Paradoxal alternatives.
I decided I would throw in a comparison of Chanel Paradoxal with Sephora by OPI Metro Chic. I keep seeing so many comments asking how they compare, and even though they are not close, I thought I would post a picture of the two together so you can see just how different they are.
Side by side in the bottle, it appears that they may be a bit closer than I thought.
Index & Ring Finger: Chanel Paradoxal. Middle & Pinky Finger: Sephora by OPI Metro Chic.
But once on the nail, the difference really stands out. Look how light Metro Chic looks next to Paradoxal. Talk about a big difference! What more can I say? Same color family, but totally different than each other.
Are you still debating on getting Paradoxal? What do you think of ULTA Amethyst as an alternative? I can’t wait to wear it more this fall, but right now I am still enjoying the summery colors!