I have always like yellow nailpolish because they are fun, bright and cute. My very first yellow nailpolish was Wet n Wild’s Tweety and that was even before the yellow trend. However, yellows are notorious to work with because they tend to apply sheer and streaky. Despite these challenges, I was seduced by the beautifully subtle Chanel shimmer.
Although Chanel makes beautiful and high quality polishes, the yellow nailpolish application woes affect Mimosa as well. I was going to skip this colour but when I saw the colour in person and tried it in store, I thought I could make it work. The texture of the polish is a little thick and the brush picks up a lot of polish. I have to really tried to keep the application thin to medium to prevent polish overload.
In contrast to my other yellow polishes, Mimosa does apply less streaky and sheer; however, though I can get an opaque finish in three coats, I can still notice streaks on my nails. As for the application, I think one thin coat followed by two medium thick coat is the best method. I also waited for each layer to completely dry before each layer, making sure the polish is dry to the touch and not tacky. This also applies to the a base coat and top coat as well.
The colour is very pretty and I think it reminds of the Peeps marshmallow bunnies and chicks at Easter. Mimosa is what some people call a faux cream: a cream base with a very subtle micro-shimmer. What I like about Mimosa is that the shimmer is fine and subtle but still noticeable. The colour and shimmer in the bottle is exactly what you see in the nail. It also dries to a satin/semi-gloss finish. I did not apply a top coat because I misplaced my top coat polish. Yellow and Chanel Le Vernis lovers should check this colour out and try it at the counter, but at $26 CAD, it is definitely a splurge for an imperfect polish.