Chanel’s Summer 2010 collection includes Mistral ($23) (Le Vernis Nail Colour Mistral), a medium pink with silver micro-sparkles. This is one of those “proper pinks” or work-friendly pinks like Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Plie, that can be worn under the most stressful conditions without worry that one is wearing anything too loud.
I must admit that Mistral gave me a very difficult time during application, although I have been having a somewhat stressful week in my non-blogging life. I attempted this three times and got some minor streaks and tiny bubbles. Also, the formula seemed to apply sheerly at the tip, so that there is a color falloff. Unlike Riviera, which applied like a dream, it took me three attempts to get Mistral to get the picture, below, which I still consider far from perfect.
With two coats, I have some visible nail line showing. When I attempted three coats, the formula looked very ‘thick’ on the nails so I declined to photograph that version.
Because I absolutely love Nouvelle Vague and Riviera which also came out with this collection, I cannot be very upset about my frustration with Mistral. I’ll keep trying and perhaps you will have better luck with yours than I do with mine.