I’m an organized sort of person, and with my newfound nail hobby, I found that as soon as I got over about 20 polishes I needed a spreadsheet to keep track of them. As part of that project, I am trying to go through and get photos of every polish I have, so I can link to the swatch on the spreadsheet.
So while I’ve had and worn Chanel Le Vernis Graphite 529 for awhile, it was calling to me as summer is nearing the end and I’m starting to tire of pastels, corals and brights. Graphite fit the bill – not too vampy, but definitely not “summer” either. Plus as an added bonus, I hadn’t photographed it yet either!
Introduced in Fall 2011 as part of the Illusions d’Ombres collection (along with Peridot 531 and Quartz 525) I think it’s the most wearable of the three colors. Regardless of all the hoo-ha about Peridot, it’s a weird color, in my honest opinion, and only looks good on me in certain light and while wearing certain color clothes. But that’s for another post, when it’s Peridot’s turn in front of the camera.
As for Graphite, it truly looks like a very shiny bit of graphite (duh), and I know this because my daughter has some in her rock collection. It’s a dark silver metallic that looks great with everything, and in every season. It even looks especially fetching on toes (but don’t worry, I won’t subject you to photos of my feet!).
Much like Diwali and Delight, Graphite is a metallic that Chanel does very, very well. It doesn’t have that overwhelmingly gritty texture that you can get with full-on metallics, and the application is spot-on perfect. Not too thick, not too thin, it covers beautifully in two coats.
Chanel Le Vernis Graphite 529 is US $26 and is available at Chanel boutiques and on Chanel.com.
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