13 June 2012

Swatch & Review: Chanel Graphite

I live on top of a shopping mall. Directly downstairs from my apartment is a department store with an entire array of Chanel polishes, and I am not made of stone. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before I bowed to the inevitable and brought Chanel Graphite home with me.

Chanel Graphite swatch


This polish is just perfect for its name. When the molecules of carbon line up one way, you get graphite. When they line up another way, you get diamond. Graphite is also that stuff used for pencil lead. And like pencil lead, this polish is a densely speckled grey in some lights but then beautifully reflective in others, almost like silver...or diamond!

Chanel Graphite swatch


I usually use top coat in my pictures, mostly to help even out my still-improving paint skills, but I didn't use any for these swatches. Not only did I not have any trouble getting Graphite to glide and cover beautifully, but I wanted to show off its rich texture and shine all by themselves.

It's rare to find a polish that's this easy to work with yet has so much complexity and depth and just...just gorgeousness. I know, I know, I'm totally gushing, but...

Chanel Graphite macro swatch


Seriously, just check out that ridiculous texture! Besides the obvious shades of grey and black speckles, there's also a sort of greenish beige, almost sandy-like, that lends an appealing warmth to Graphite's cool, metallic shimmer. And somehow, for all that densely packed goodness, it's still the creamiest, easiest to apply polish that I've ever used.

Chanel Graphite macro swatch

It is definitely expensive for nail polish, though--about $27 US a bottle here, and that's more than most sane people would consider spending. My sanity's never been a shining feature, but in this particular case I think there's something to be said for paying for quality. Not always--or even very often. I've seen several attempts at a dupe for Graphite that come very close, and "very close" can easily be good enough when you consider the difference in price. But I haven't seen a dupe yet that really captures full depth and texture of the original. Or it looks bang-on in one light, only to fall flat in another.

Chanel Graphite swatch

For the price, I just can't see myself making a habit of buying Chanel (although, yes, I did get Peridot while I was down there--I'm weak, and it's too pretty!), but after having such a great experience with Graphite, I can definitely justify an occasional treat when the polish is this pretty.

24 comments:

  1. Very pretty!!! Wow, having a department store that close... that's dangerous, haha!! XD

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    1. I know, right?! And my self-control is horrendous too. Must...be...strong! >_<

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  2. Haha, buying Chanel polishes can easily become addictive :)

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    1. I'm trying so very hard not to make a habit of it. ;o)

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  3. I would definitely have to move LOL
    It's a stunning and gorgeous polish, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha! It's kind of a catch-22, really. Now that I have a couple of their polishes, I don't feel that pressing need to see what the fuss is about anymore...only, now I know what the fuss is about! ;p

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  4. this is soo gorgeous! and it i lived on by a department store i would go broke!

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    1. Thanks, esmeheredia--it's a constant temptation! ;)

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  5. Very nice...looks fabulous! Love it!

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    1. I really love it too. Thank you, Elizabeth! ^_^

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  6. I don't have any Chanel polishes, but Graphite looks gorgeous.

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    1. They really do so many beautiful shades, but I don't see the need to spend that kind of money on regular, creme colours. But Graphite was just so unique that I decided to splurge. ;)

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  7. I just awarded you with the Versatile Blogger award!

    http://theamazingworldofj.blogspot.com/2012/06/blog-awards-one-lovely-blog-versatile.html

    Janine

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    1. Oh, Janine, thank you very much! Wow, and I'm so late replying to messages too...I really do appreciate it! :)

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  8. I have the Revlon dupe and love it, but this is simply outrageously gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! I just looked the Carbonite up on your site, and it's lovely! Not an exact dupe, but for the difference in price, it's great--I'll be keeping an eye out for it!

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  9. i could "pin" your whole blog! so wonderful!

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Jenny--thank you very, very much! ^_^

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