I managed to get my hands on a bottle of Chanel Mimosa today so as soon as I got home I stripped off my old nail polish and got down to painting my nails yellow. As yellows go, Mimosa does have the merest hint of green at the back of it, but it’s a difficult shade to catch properly. Sometimes it looks lemony, sometimes it’s a bit warmer and more sunny. And, I believe it is named for the champagne drink, rather than the flower.

The polish is lovely and slick to use, but even after three coats I still couldn’t quite get it even. On the first finger it is perfect – fully loaded – but I just couldn’t get quite the same even finish on the other fingers. Ideally, I would have taken it to four coats and that seems like too much to me. Because I got the one finger correct, I think maybe it’s just a shade that takes some practice to work with. You need to keep your cuticles really, really sharp looking and flawless Mimosa is completely unforgiving and need precision application not to look raggedy around the nail edge. I’m going to persevere because I do genuinely love the colour. I’ll post again if and when I get it absolutely perfect!

I couldn’t resist gilding the lily with one of the stickers (that turn out not to be that sticky – urgh) I got in Bolognia.

Ignore the third nail… oops.. smudged it at the last moment.

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