After trying to talk myself out of getting anything from the Illusions d'Ombre de Chanel Fall 2011 Collection, I ended up getting the three nail lacquers, the powder blush, and two of the Illusion D'Ombre eye shadows. If I love any of those nearly as much as I love Graphite, then it was money well spent on my personal happiness!
Graphite looks like a charcoal grey metallic shade in the bottle, but release it from the glass confines and it has quite a bit more than that going on. The primarily gold sparkly micro glitter comes to life, and this color-changer--while not a duo chrome--flashes some olive green at the base, and some additional colors of glitter in addition to the gold. In the sun (above) the foil/metallic finish is more evident, while lower lighting (below) brings out the olive tone and the glitter is much more defined.
The formula on this shade was just the right consistency, and I used 3 thin coats. I love the many faces of Graphite...metallic, foil, shimmer, glitter (a lot of glitter!), grey, olive, gold. This shade looks different every time I look at it, and I can't stop staring at it. Chanel calls this a glittery grey-black, but don't let that limited description fool you!