Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chanel Graphite vs. Revlon Carbonite

Since I have both polishes, I've decided to do a comparisons post. More like a "how do you get from Revlon to Chanel" post. But nonetheless, whatever you'd like to call it, here it is.
Both have the same base color, just the Chanel has a much more intense shimmer to it. Carbonite lacks the golden shimmer. If that doesn't matter to you, then Carbonite is still an excellent polish - very "in" in terms of color for the fall, and it's got a great formula. 
As a basis of comparison, here is a swatch of both below (Chanel on the left, Revlon on the right):
Both were taken at the same time of the day, in similar lighting. You can see the difference of the shimmer very easily here.
From here on, I've tried to duplicate the Chanel using the Revlon and layering different polishes on top. 

This first photo I left the Chanel and Revlon untouched on my middle, ring and pinky fingers so you can see how they compare to each other. Then on my index finger was my first attempt to duplicate the Chanel:
Left to Right:
Revlon Carbonite with Orly Luxe (1 coat) on top / Chanel Graphite / Revlon Carbonite / Chanel Graphite

These next 2 photos (of the same hand, just adjusted the fingers so you can see some of the polishes better) I have a few different combinations to see how close I can get:
Left to Right:
Revlon Carbonite with China Glaze White Cap (1 coat) / Revlon Carbonite with OPI Sparke de Triomphe (1 coat) / Revlon Carbonite / Revlon Carbonite with Jesse's Girl Firefly (1 coat)

This last photo of my right thumb is Revlon Carbonite with OPI's Glitzerland on top (1 coat)

I think the closest I got to duplicating Chanel's Revlon, is by layering a gold glass fleck glitter on top of the Revlon, like China Glaze's White Cap or Jesse's Girl's Firefly. It doesn't completely duplicate the Chanel, but it gets pretty darn close. The intensity of the Chanel is much higher, for the glitter, but that's really only if you take a good, good look at it. At a glance, it looks pretty good. Here's another pic, bigger so you can see:
Left to Right:
Revlon Carbonite with China Glaze White Cap (1 coat) / Revlon Carbonite with OPI Sparke de Triomphe (1 coat) / Revlon Carbonite / Revlon Carbonite with Jesse's Girl Firefly (1 coat)

Left to Right:
Revlon Carbonite with Orly Luxe (1 coat) on top / Chanel Graphite / Revlon Carbonite / Chanel Graphite

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