Since reviewing Chanel Péridot 531 Le Vernis last week (see all three fall shades here) I've received a few questions asking to describe this color in a bit more detail. As fall trickles in-stores and you see more reviews of this color, you will see that Péridot is such a complex unique color making it almost impossible for to describe in words. Looking in the bottle, I see glowing yellow gold that flashes different variations of brown, green and yellow pearl. The closest thing I can think of is that it reminds me of a scarab beetle. Depending on the angle I hold my hand, sometimes I see a lot more green than gold - but regardless of lighting and angles, I always see more than one color and my fingers glow.
On my fingers it's predominantly yellow/gold and the green flashes on the edges. Initially I did not like. After playing with it a few more days, I still am not completely won over. No matter what angle I look at it, Péridot just appears so unflattering on me. Still it's extremely unique and the complexity keeps me interested. I hope these photos will give you a better idea of how it might look in real life.
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