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Chanel Particuliere Dupes 2010-02-15 07:00:00

Dupe-tastic: Less Expensive Alternatives to the Season's Hottest Nail Polish

People everywhere are eager to get their hands on Chanel's new Particulière ($23) nail polish, a flattering putty shade that's been generating buzz since the models wore it on the runways in Paris last year. Unfortunately, it's over $20 a pop, so those of us with limited budgets are forced to find our own way to wear the trend. To make things a little easier, I tested out a bunch of shades and found three look-alike polishes that will keep you on the cutting edge without taking your lunch money. To find out what they are, just keep reading.

  • The best match by far is OPI You Don't Know Jacques! ($8), which really does look like Particulière from a distance. Upon closer inspection, Jacques is a bit grayer than its fancier counterpart, and I could see it being especially flattering for ladies with cool undertones.
  • Another very close shade is Essie Mink Muffs ($8), which is slightly more brown than the Chanel color. With a gray or white base coat and careful application, though, I think this one can be made into a pretty convincing match.
  • Borghese Biscotti Beige ($8) is also close, although side by side you can certainly see the difference. It's got all the brown of Particulière, but with a softening dose of mauve. It's a more subtle color than the Chanel, so if you'd like to stay on trend but don't want something harsh, I'd suggest finding a bottle of this. (Find a list of stores that carry Borghese polishes here.)

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TaniaGaspar TaniaGaspar 6 years
I think the best dupe for chanel particuliere is mavala marron glacé. BEST DUPE EVER! Colour is very similar and the gloss finish...woow :)
tokyo-kate tokyo-kate 7 years
Love this! Especially the detailed description of how the shades differ. thanks. Now we should do the grey nail enamels, as part of this whole neutral/beige/caramel/grey nail trend.
robs723 robs723 7 years
Try the new MAC Wham Bam Glam and add a glossy top coat- It's an almost replica :)
Really loving the OPI color, I'm a golden complexion and think it would go really wel with my skin tone
bibliophile bibliophile 7 years
My friend and I got manis over the weekend: Over the Taupe for her, Metro Chic for me. I didn't realize how on-trend we were!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 7 years
Sephora for OPI Metro Chic has been a recent favorite of mine since this past fall.
shalee55 shalee55 7 years
redbloodedwoman redbloodedwoman 7 years
i just bought opi "over the taupe" because it was mentioned in another beauty blog as a 'frugal' alternative to Chanel's Particulière....dont know how the colour compares yet though as i have yet to see chanel in the flesh...i'll probably end up getting seduced when i do see it! and is it just me or does opi chip much easier these days?
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
I thought Sephora for OPI Metro Chic was going to be good, but no.... I hated it's formula. So thin and runny. I'll try the Sally Hansen if I can find it because it's been sold out.
Advah Advah 7 years
I found a pretty similar colour at Urban Outfitters too.
mscc mscc 7 years
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City is a great dupe for Zoya's Trixie and MAC's newest Studded.
bikiniyogini bikiniyogini 7 years
Commander in Chic by Sally Hansen is a pretty good dupe too.
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