Saturday, July 16, 2011

NOTD: Chanel Graphite

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!


  1. I've wanting both this and Peridot but I can't bring myself to pay Chanel prices just yet. Maybe when I finish school and actually have a job, haha!

  2. A grabbed this on and Peridot, and I'm a fan! I hardly wear makeup, but I typically grab lippies and such.

    Seeing this color on you makes me feel like a made a good choice. Thanks for swatching!


  3. So well put! 'The many faces of Graphite!' I rarely spring for the cost of a Chanel polish...when I have purchased them in the past, they never seem to send up being my fav go to a zillion times over. Peridot was too fold for me and I know many are crazy over it. It just did not holo enough for me. But I did pick up Graphite and know I will have it a long time and love it a longer time in my collection. But it's maybe the 4th Channel to come live in my collection. I would rather buy 4 Zoyas vs. one Chanel polish. But I have to say - Graphite is great - it has pewter to it with those gold sparkles that glint through making it different than others I have in a major way. Still not happy about the price and should have probably waited for the knock offs to appear.

  4. I love these Chanel polishes. I just can't see paying the money for them. I want Peridot so badly. I'm just praying someone makes a dupe soon. Love to see all your Chanel things you've bought!