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Tuesday 30 August 2011

More Chanel Nails - Graphite, Quartz and Peridot

I am nothing if not predictable, for, after my last Chanel post, I did indeed go out and add Graphite and Quartz to my collection:

I'd initially disregarded Quartz and Graphite as not being unique enough, but, on discovering that Peridot was possibly slightly ... um ... too unique for me, I thought I'd pick them up anyway.  And I'm glad I did, because they're both very lovely.

 Graphite is a speckled grey foil, with hints of silver, grey, and green.  It's very sheer on application, but covers nicely.  Here, I used two coats, with no topcoat:

No word of a lie, this is similar to OPI's Glitzerland, but it's slightly greener, and leans more pewter than silver.  I like it a lot, but there was still a lot of visible nail line, and I could probably have done with a third coat.

I surprised myself for really falling for Quartz:

A soft pearlised taupe, with a fine silver shimmer running through it, this is really lovely:

I was delighted to see that under the right lighting conditions, Quartz has a multi-coloured micro-shimmer.  Sadly, because I am a photographic doofus, I couldn't recreate the lighting in-camera, though I kept trying:

It's not quite how it appears under the right lighting, but it's close.  Under most lights, it just appears a nice pearly taupe, not quite as grey as it appears in the bottle.

And, because I'm a completist, and I know a few of my readers are too, here's Peridot, once more (but just once):

And there you have it.  The sad, sad signs of a makeup addict ...

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  1. I let out a little gasp of joy when this post popped up in my reader!

    Funny, your Graphite looks sheerer than mine, which defintely covered in 2 coats. I wonder if there's a difference between batches?

    I now know I need Quartz in my life too, very pretty.

    Loveaudrey xXx

  2. Peridot is amazing! Think it is my favourite out of the three. So beautiful!

    Steph x

  3. Glitzerland from the Swiss range lovely? Is that not a champagne/gold hue? Lucerrne-tainly Look Marvelous from the same collection looks similar but leans towards a more blue-y hue. I compared on the blog if you want to have a look.

    Quartz looks stunning on you, I also surprised myself with that one - it's much less boring than I thought it could be. xx

    LoveAudrey - Graphite also seemed more dense on my fingers at 2 coats, but it could just be how it's applied (ie if they're thick or thin coats), I actually went for 3 in the end to cover any patchiness. x

  4. I want the Graphite, but then I really want the Quartz....there is only one way to sort this out and buy both! Peridot is a bit acidy for me. Your photos really are very good. Thankyou. Jan x


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