When Chanel's Illusions d’Ombres nail lacquer collection came out last year, it was extremely popular- especially the elusive multichromatic Peridot. Graphite, a very sparkly metallic dark grey was pretty sought after, too. A year later I have neither of those polishes, but I do have two similar colours: Jessica Smokey Feather and Revlon Carbonite.
Revlon Carbonite came out shortly after Chanel Graphite, and is one in an ever-expanding list of Revlon attempts at replicating popular Chanel nail colours. This particular attempt was not so successful; while it does look almost exactly like the graphite in a pencil, it falls short on depth and the gold sparkle that made the Chanel version so popular. It does make me think of this, though:
Now that the obvious Star Wars reference has been made, we can move onto Jessica Smokey Feather. While I don't have the original Chanel to compare it to, by all accounts this seems to be a much better dupe. It has tonnes of depth, and plenty of lovely gold sparkle. Here is a side by side comparison:
Jessica Smokey Feather is on the index and ring fingers, Revlon Carbonite is on middle and pinky.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Jessica version- it's a mere fraction of the price of Chanel Graphite, and is beautiful in its own right. It's very sparkly, and next to it the Revlon seems to fall flat. That said, Revlon clearly has the better name. ;)
What do you think of these lacquers? Do you have the original Chanel version, or did you end up tracking down one of these substitutes?
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