Paradoxal vs Ulta Amethyst Comparison

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!
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3 Responses to Paradoxal vs Ulta Amethyst Comparison

  1. the first one is a good comparison, the second not so much! haha. Good Swatches & Good Post!Jessica<

  2. Neither one of those are very similar. Both *other* colors seem rather milky compared to Chanel. *sigh* I really want (read: need) that dang polish, but I just can not bring myself to drop that kind of coin on…polish! LOL I'm jealous.

  3. Serena says:

    Aww…I'm still hoping there is a dupe out there but I might have to just break down and buy it! Its so pretty and the shimmer really makes the polish for me.

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