Friday, July 22, 2011

Spotted at Meijer and Swatch Comparison: Revlon "Carbonite" Nail Polish - A Chanel Graphite dupe? Let's take a look...

First of all, what is graphite, besides what is in your pencil?  Well above is a picture of it...

Above is the display that the Revlon Carbonite comes on.  This is another one of their Limited Edition colors, just in line with Black with Envy and Perplex.  This is a dupe of Chanel Graphite, and since I have Graphite I thought I'd show you some side-by-sides of the two.

Actually, this is a really good dupe.  There are slight differences, which I'll get into here shortly, but overall, when you look at these side-by-side, it's hard to tell them apart. 

Both have a deep pewter gray base with silver micro-glitter.  Chanel's glitter/shimmer is a bit larger and more complex than the Revlon.  Chanel has hints of very pale, almost silver-gold glitter, giving it a hint more of a warmer tone than the Carbonite.  Where Graphite has the golden shimmer, Carbonite has hints of darker gray shimmer though out.

With the flash, below, you can really see how much shimmer is in the Chanel.  I think what is really *lighting up* the bottle there is that pale gold shimmer that is in Graphite, that isn't in Carbonite.

OK, now onto so side by side swatches on the nail.  I didn't clean up these swatches, so please ignore the mess.

See that hint of gold above?

In this picture, you can really see the difference in the microglitter size in Chanel vs. Carbonite.  Where Carbonite is really a true metallic, Graphite borders on being a microglitter polish.

Then again, when you see them in natural light, side by side, there is very little difference.  I will say, the Revlon is a bit thicker and more intense upon application, where Chanel is a thinner and a bit more sheer of a polish.  Both are two coats, but I think the Chanel could afford three.  I am going to be doing a full fledge manicure with Chanel shortly, so I'll post those pictures once completed.

Well, what do you think?  Does Revlon Carbonite match that of Chanel Graphite?  Have you seen the Revlon Carbonite displays yet?  In my opinion, if you see this and have been lusting over the Chanel Graphite, I'd definitely pick it up - it's worth the spend, and can easily satisfy your need!