Sunday, 21 August 2011

Chanel Nail Polishes in Quartz, Peridot and Graphite - Swatches and potential dupes

Chanel Fall 2001 has produced three new shades of nail polish and having worn them all, I can say I love one, like one and dislike one. My feelings are entirely based on the colours and personal preference, as the quality of all three polishes was excellent.

Chanel Nail Colour in Peridot
I'll start with the I really dislike, Peridot. This is limited edition and I can't find anything in my collection that is similar. It reminds me a bit of the kind of shades released with the MAC Venomous ViIllains Collection last Autumn, but the effect is smoother, less foiled. It has been getting the most attention and seems to be a favourite, being the first to sell out at counters, but I don't like colours which fight my skin tone.

2 coats of Peridot applied + top coat
It is best described as an antique gold with olive green, that varies depending on the light. It is a lovely colour in itself (reminds me a lot of RBR eyeshadow Abyssinian Catbird), but doesn't suit me. On dark skins I think it would look amazing, but it clashes badly with the pink in my skin. The good news is that you could easily get away with just one coat.

Left to right: Illamasqua Bacterium, Chanel Quartz

Left to right: Illamasqua Bacterium, Chanel Quartz - taken in direct sunlight

Second up is Quartz, and this is most similar to blogger favourite Bacterium by Illamasqua. They look very similar in pictures but the Chanel is probably a bit more subtle and a fraction less opalescent. Although not identical, there is really no reason to own both. I didn't like Bacterium but strangely I can get away with Quartz, making it a winner for me. I used two coats but would probably add a third as the nail line was still visible. Quality wise, I think Chanel and Illamasqua are pretty even.

2 coats of Quart applied + top coat

Finally, my favourite, Graphite. This shade gives a foiled effect to the nail, a gun metal colour with a hint of gold and subtle sparkle, but with none of the grittiness that you can get in similar, cheaper brands. It was also able to be removed quite easily.

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel Graphite

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel  Graphite - taken in direct sunlight

2 coats of Graphite + top coat

The nearest dupe I could find was from the OPI Swiss collection and it is Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. The OPI is a touch darker but other than that they are incredibly similar and the effect on the nail is the same. If you really wanted to get the identical look of Graphite, you could add a minute bit of OPI's Glitterland to Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous to get that touch of gold. Here you can see previous NOTDs of both colours.

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel Graphite, OPI Glittzerland
All three nail colours are available now from counters nationwide in the UK and cost £17 each. They are also available online at, and www.debenhams .com.

Finally, this is the last plug for my blog sale reductions. If you are a nail junkie like me, then there is plenty of OPI, Leighton Denny and Chanel for you to choose from, as well as some skincare, YSL and Chanel lipsticks.


  1. Wow, they are super pretty. Fabulous post Jennifer. Your nails are a lovely shape! x

  2. So glad you posted this, I went to the counter again today and they had sold out of Peridot, so I was going to look online tonight to order it, but won't now as we have a very similar hand colour (that sounds so strange) so instead I'll have a rethink and perhaps go for Graphite :) x

  3. So if I already have Lucerne-tainly look Marvelous (which I received from a lovely blogger) I don't need Graphite? Thanks for saving me money :)

  4. Out of all of these I like the Quartz the best and your photos have confirmed this. Great review. Thankyou. PS my little haul from your blog sale has arrived - I am delighted, thankyou. Jan x

  5. Leanne - thanks, they could do with a bit of a trim today though (Peridot is not looking good all chipped on my hands, need to learn that crafting and nail polish does not make a good combination!). You watched some True Blood yet? x

    Replica - Glad it was helpful, I know exactly what you mean about seeing polish on similar skin tones. I'd definitely go for Graphite over Peridot x

    Klara - Yes, I'd forgotten all about that! You certainly don't need Graphite as the OPI is a very close match. Save for Tom Ford instead! x

    Jan - Thanks for letting me know, I'm so pleased you like the eyeliners x