Nail polish Monday: Dupe of Chanel Sky Line

sky lineNow that I’ve discovered that I can wear blue nail polish – light blue, that is, no navy or electric blue, thank you — I’ve been looking around for the best shades for me. And I’ve stumbled on what might be the perfect one. This is a pale, silvery, lavender blue nail color polish that fairly screams spring and summer, and we’re into fall (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere, but you guys in the SH could easily groove on this now). But I’m just so excited to have found a nearly perfect dupe for it that I just had to share. Back in 2012, Chanel launched a wondrously elegant blue nail polish called Sky Line. Unfortunately, I missed it. Although truth be told, back then I would no more have worn blue nail polish than the man in the moon.

But in the past year or so, as my nail polish palate has expanded, I stumbled upon this beauty belatedly and fell into deep, deep want.

However, by that time Sky Line was long gone from stores and was fetching upwards of $60 or more a bottle on ebay. However, I am nothing if not determined, once I get my mind set on something. So after a month or two of poring over Internet nail sites and some heavy experimenting – not to mention some crazy mismatched blue nails along the way — I think I have hit the jackpot.

sky line 2In 2013 or ‘14, Lancome rolled out a bridal collection of nail polishes, and among them was a shade called I Do, Blue. It’s still available, so I got myself a bottle and was so excited. It is a nearly perfect dupe of the Sky Line and is gorgeous on the nail.

But being a bit of a perfectionist, I thought it could be ever-so-slightly improved upon, to give it a wee bit more of a lavender tone. So I played around with layering deeper colors under it.

The most spot-on formula to the Sky Line wound up being one (or even two coats for more oomph) of OPI’s You’re Such a Buda-Pest to make it a bit more lavender leaning, then one coat of I Do Blue on top, then finishing with a glossy top coat. Ah, perfection! This makes me so happy that I think I’ll just wear it year-round.

What about you? What nail colors are you enjoying now? Do you have any dupes that you love?

P.S. The Lancome I Do, Blue polish may be available on the Lancome site or on amazon dot com, but I got mine at belk dot com. It also appears periodically on ebay. OPI’s Buda-pest is available wherever the line is carried.

  • Lynley says:

    I just bought a nailpolish almost that colour! It’s just a cheapie- Sally Hansen I think- but there was a series of opaque pastel spring/summer collections and this is a beautiful grey/blue. It’s on my toes now 🙂

    • Ann says:

      Yay, Lynley! It sounds lovely — do you recall what the name of the color is? I have several Sally Hansens that I love as well. Isn’t it great to find a budget-friendly beauty?

  • Sherri M. says:

    Ann, I just checked, and I still have a nearly full bottle of Chanel Skyline. I loved the color but did not care for it on myself because it made my hands look too pinkish for my liking. I will send it to you–maybe you will have better luck! Just FB message me. Hugs from Sherri!

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Sherri; so nice to see you! That is so sweet of you; thank you. I am sorry, though, that it didn’t work for you. Is there another blue that might work better for you? Sure hope so. Hugs right back atcha!! 🙂

  • Farouche says:

    I like Zoya polishes, and my most worn is Lauren, a frosted neutral mauve…goes with everything. Blue polishes are great, but I wear them only on my toes, preferring to keep my hands in a more neutral shade.

    • Ann says:

      Farouche, that is a gorgeous shade — I’m eyeing it for myself now! 🙂 I,too, love Zoya polishes. And I understand about wanting to keep your hands neutral and I usually do. At first, I felt a little frivolous trying on blues, like I was a little too old to be wearing them, but this shade just bowled me over and swept me off my feet. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Farouche says:

        I think the frosted shades last longer on the nails without chipping, too, though the neutral matte shades look a bit more current.

        • Ann says:

          Farouche, you are so right — I never thought about that, but frosted polishes do seem to last longer or at least don’t show so much when they start to wear. What I like about this shade is that it doesn’t scream “frosted” or seem too dated, like some do.

  • tammy says:

    I can’t quite embrace all the colors they use on nails now. I mean on me, personally. That color is gorgeous, though! I just worry that I’d look cyanotic in it…

    • Ann says:

      Howdy, Tammy — nice to see you! I agree; some of the yellows and greens and such I will never be able to wear (or really want to, just not my style). I thought the same thing about this shade, too, Tammy, but it has a good balance of silvery-ness and blue-lavender color. It almost comes across as — don’t laugh — a fairy-tale blue for a modern princess; feminine and charming yet sophisticated. I got several compliments on it, in fact. So please do give it a try when you next see a shade similar to this — you might be surprised!

      • tammy says:

        Silvery blue for a modern fairy tale princess sounds quite lovely! I think you may have sold me on trying this. Thank you!

        • Ann says:

          Do give it a whirl, dear Tammy. Wish I could send you a sample but … i could send you my bottle for you to do a trial, though, if you’d like.

          • tammy says:

            Ann, I appreciate your typically kind offer SO much, but it would be my luck to have it go missing in the mail! I am hoping to get to St Louis sometime before Christmas, and hopefully I can hunt it down then. But thank you!

  • Patchgirl says:

    This is so funny because just last week I decided to take the blue plunge — have you looked at Blue Boy by Chanel? It’s a soft blue, and I love it.

    • Ann says:

      Yay, Patchgirl — another brave soul! I did see that Chanel and it is gorgeous; alas, on my nails it came across as a tad too dark. But I bet it looks great on you — enjoy it!!

  • Rina says:

    I can’t do blue, but practically all my polish is Zoya or Chanel. Zoya colors are TDF, both shiny and velvet matte. Their Pixie Dust formula wears like iron and feels like sand. When they d/c’d them I bought almost all the colors!

    • Ann says:

      Hey, Rina! Those are two great brands. But surely there’s a blue in one of those lines that would look good on you? I’ve seen the Pixie Dust swatches and they are pretty neat — good for you for getting them all!

      • Ann says:

        P.S. I just popped over to the Zoya site to take a peek and it looks like there are still some for sale, if you want backups. 🙂

  • AndreaD says:

    I experimented with blues last winter, finally settling on a medium teal shade. When I moved this summer I shed a lot (a LOT) of shades. It’ll be interesting to see what I regret parting with come January or February. I usually go with pretty tame mid-tones.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, Andrea! I love the sound of not-too-light, not-too-dark teal. I bet you rocked it! Don’t fret — I’ll bet you instinctively kept the ones that looked the best on you. We usually have pretty good judgment/taste about things like that, I think.

  • Caroline says:

    Ann, if you took the plunge, I might give blue a spin as well! Looking at the Nordstrom site, the color combo I like is Dolce & Gabbana Baroque Silver topped with Essie Borrowed & Blue.

    • Ann says:

      Oh, please do, Caroline! I had loved so many beautiful blues but on my short pale fingers, they would have looked like bruises so I was about to give up. But March pointed out that I just needed to find the right shade for me, and that’s what I did. Sort of like red lipstick– there’s a shade out there for everyone. That Nordstrom combo sounds cool — must go investigate now. Thanks!

  • rosarita313 says:

    That color is really pretty.
    After a search this summer, I found a hat I really love – it’s brick red felt with a wide stiff brim. Of course I need to have nail polish to match so that’s my current search, along with a good fall lipstick. Color Club has some gorgeous new multichromes on their website called Oil Slicks that I want to check out, one should fit the bill and be unique at the same time.

    • Ann says:

      Hi, dear! That hat sounds marvelous — so glad to see another hat person on here! I have several straw boaters that I wear in the summer and several velour ones for cold weather. And do let us know what nail polish and lipstick you find to coordinate with it. I need to look into Color Club — thanks!