Retraction: Chanel Gold Fiction

A while back I posted alternatives to Chanel Gold Fiction. I theorized then that Chanel was just testing the waters for a major price jack and after the release of the Moscow collection and the price increase of their regular polish, I think it’s safe to say that I was right in my assessment. As much as I love nail polish, I can’t bring myself to spend $30 dollars on one bottle, so I’ve abstained from the pricier Chanels even though in my heart of hearts I secretly yearn for them. My feelings must have been pretty obvious because my Mother picked up on them when we were doing some Christmas shopping together. We stopped by a Chanel booth and I lamented the price of Gold Fiction and said, “You know, it’s really just too bad. I would buy it for $20 but, on principle, I won’t buy it for $30.”


We walked away and that was that, or so I thought. My mother had been very generous to me throughout the year and Christmas isn’t a big ordeal at my house anyway so I wasn’t expecting anything. But on Christmas Eve, my Mother came home with a little tiny box,  inside was Chanel Gold Fiction. It was so incredibly thoughtful of her for so many reasons. First and foremost, it’s something that I wouldn’t buy for myself and I only told her about it in passing. I truly appreciate that she listens to my fanatical nail polish ravings which often irritate most people in my life. I’m also grateful that she actually got me nail polish. Let me explain, people in my life don’t buy me nail polish unless it’s at my specific direction. My roommates, for example, say, “hey, what do you want for X event?” I say, “Nail polish.” They say, “Ok, here’s a credit card, spend X amount.” Sounds weird, I know, but they’re guys so they don’t relish in gift buying. Other people in my life say things like “Hey, what do you want for X event.” I say, “Nail polish.” They say, ” Noooo, I’m not getting you nail polish.” Of course, I always appreciate whatever gift they ultimately decide on, but I chuckle a little whenever that happens. I mean, I know I’m hard to shop for, it’s not like I have some huge, pervasive, glaring hobby, that I’m constantly talking about and on which I spend all my free time. : P

Gold Fiction is surprisingly beautiful, shockingly so. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do, but I’m still not sure that I would bought it myself. It did, however, make a wonderful gift. Sadly, now that I own Gold Fiction I can say that my previous suggestions don’t even come close to the color or the finish. Other bloggers have suggested that Gold Fiction is the truest gold on the market, I think I have to agree. The finish is sparkly but subtle, very refined and sophisticated. For me, it was a 3 coater. My only complaint is the incredibly annoying opaque bottle. *shakes fist at Chanel* Honestly, I like this polish enough that it’s making me reconsider my decision to refrain from purchasing the Moscow Collection. I think if I had the money sitting around, I’d set my principles aside and splurge for them.


28 Responses to “Retraction: Chanel Gold Fiction”

  1. diana Says:

    I have Gold Fiction and I love it. What convinced me to buy it was my then boyfriend, a painter, expressed how expensive the pigments were and how opaque the color was. He looks at everything in terms of paint and thought it was a fair price. I know nothing about these things, but it looks beautiful on so I am glad I bought it. Such a thoughtful gift too!

  2. melvel Says:

    This is still available in our local Chanel counter. But it’s so expensive, I can’t push myself to buy it!

  3. Lady Slatternly Says:

    It doesn’t hurt that that’s the world’s most perfect application of Gold Fiction! :P
    I do love this one. Cute that your mom bought it for you!

  4. Steph Says:

    God now I want it ;0;

  5. Jason Says:

    Steph, this color looks absolutely incredible on your always-perfect nails! You really wear a classy polish with class. :)

  6. katee Says:

    If you like this one you will LOVE the Moscow polishes. I liked them much better than Gold Fiction personally.

  7. The Asian Girl Says:

    I must have no principles; I bought the whole Moscou collection the day it came out online. haha, I rationalized it as a graduation gift to myself. I love the collection (even though at one point I panicked and thought that Or de Russie might be a dupe for Haute Chocolat, which I later swatched and will post up on my blog whenever I get it going) and also Vendetta.

  8. Katia Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Oh dear darling, you know how I am with Gold polishes…I can see myself saving here and there just to get this polish… you have no mercy on me do you? :o)

  9. inspersia Says:

    That is gorgeous! How lovely of you mum to pick it up for you.

  10. Mhean Says:

    looking at it makes me hypnotized! gorgeous indeed. that’s so sweet of your mom! don’t just mothers rule?! lol.

  11. Jinnzor Says:

    That does look lovely Very smooth. I have resisted Chanel so far, and I will continue to do so, but I can appreciate the pretty :)

  12. Brooke Says:

    I was thinking that if I was a true gold lover and wore gold polish all the time, the 30 bucks might be worth it. However, if I wore gold all the time I would be blowing through $30 bottle of nail polish – and that wouldn’t cut it either :) Guess it is a good thing I’m not a gold lover. Looks great on you! And what beats getting something you really want that is totally unexpected – I love to give gifts like that :)

  13. Annie Says:

    Your mother is a darling!
    I’m not going to splurge on Gold Fiction because I have a nice Clinique alternative =]

  14. Jess Says:

    I heard that the bottle was opaque to protect the pigments. Still, it sucks because you can’t know how much you have. Thanks for the awesome blog- I am a relatively new addict but you have definitely brought out the nail polish girl in me. ;o)

  15. nivipa Says:

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous color. I am now starting to have doubts that I’ll be able to keep away from this one.

    And congrats on the new job! \o/

  16. Sminkan Says:

    wonderful color and a wonderul gift! She is kind, your mother!

  17. Cali369 Says:

    Congrats on the new job – looking forward to some wild mani’s to celebrate

  18. Duffi Says:

    Oh no. No no no. It is, indeed, gold perfection. And I collect gold np. Do I have an extra $30. I don’t think so. But if I collect enough coinage, I will Have to have it. Do you know if it’s still available?

  19. Marianna Says:

    I totally agree the prices are outrageous and making so many of the colors limited edition is cruel, but some of them are worth it. If you don’t have the cash, then charge it, because a few of those Moscow colors are definitely worth it.

  20. Molly Says:

    Congrats! I saw Gold Fiction at a local Chanel counter and tested it…And wanted it. But $30 is too much for me, especially since I am a new polish addict. :) Oh and do you have any tips on painting right hand nails with your left hand, as a rightie?

  21. pretear Says:

    Diana – That makes me slightly better about the price. Lol.

    Melvel – I totally feel your pain.

    Lady Slatternly – LOL. Thank you. : )

    Steph – Nooooez : P

    Jason – Thank you!

    TAG – lol, you have principles, I just have senseless ones. : P

    Katia – : ) Awww. I’ll have to just stop posting these hella-expensive ones.

    Insperia – : ) Yea, I have to think of something thoughtful to do for her too.

    Mhen – Yea they do!! <3

    Jinnzor – lol, will power!

    Brooke – Yea that’s what made it such a great gift. : ) (And yes, definitely a good thing that you don’t love gold.)

    Annie – Ooooh do tell. : )

    Jess – I heard that too but I dunno, I might have to call bull on that. : )

    Nivipa – Thank you!

    Sminkan – She is. : )

    Cali369 – Thank you!

    Duffi – <3 It’s still at counters where my parents live so it definitely is if you shop around.

    Marianna – I might, I’m considering it.

    Molly – Try anchoring your arm on a desk, having a stable surface really helps. Other than that, just practice lol.

  22. Kim Says:

    Wow, that is seriously gorgeous.
    Do you do your manicures yourself? Cause that has got to be the best application I’ve seen so far. I’m not usually a metallic nail polish person, but I might go look for it!

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  24. Ana Paula Says:

    I want that sooo bad!! But I live in Brazil and you cannot imagine how much up the price goes if I want to import it!!

  25. Steph Says:

    Kim – Yup it’s all me, thank you. : )

    Ana – : ( Oh no, I can imagine.

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  28. milan Says:

    hi there.
    i am wirtting from europe. Is there any one, who knows where I can buy this item. thanks

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