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MUG SHOT: An early look at Chanel Quartz and Chanel Graphite

June 9, 2011 by pam

How much goodness can one little Chanel bag hold?

Chanel surprise

A lot, apparently.

I first spotted Chanel Graphite in photos Vincent Lappartient took backstage at Chanel’s fashion show in March.

I saw it and I said, “Hey, I want that.”

Chanel Graphite

Then nail queen Sophy Robson posted a photo of Chanel’s Fall 2011 colors and I said, “Hey, maybe I don’t want them.”

Then I saw the promo shots. And then I went, “Holy lord, I want them.”

Chanel Graphite, Peridot, Quartz

Yes, I really really want them. All of them. Graphite, Peridot, Quartz.

Chanel Graphite, Peridot, Quartz

And now we’re back to the bag.

Chanel surprise

Thanks to Rustan’s, my nail polish mecca in the Philippines, we are getting an early look at two of the three colors Chanel will be releasing for Fall 2011.


Chanel Graphite and Quartz are part of Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres Collection.


The colors in the collection are inspired by precious rocks and minerals.


And because I know you love Chanel polish porn, here are more photos of the two bottles together.








Chanel describes Quartz as a pearled brown.


But it’s more than just that.


Quartz has this beautiful ribbon of silver shimmer running through it.


Quartz looks pretty in the bottle but it looks even better on the nails.

Chanel Quartz - two coats

It’s a soft metallic pearly brown with subtle silver shimmer.

Chanel Quartz (two coats)

The formula was nice, thin and smooth.

Chanel Quartz - two coats

Application was a breeze.

Chanel Quartz - two coats

I just needed two coats for full opacity.

Chanel Quartz (two coats)

Chanel Quartz - two coats

This is how Quartz looks under the sun.

Chanel Quartz (two coats)

Chanel Quartz - two coats

Chanel Quartz - two coats

Chanel Quartz (two coats)

Two coats of Quartz were enough but I wanted to see how three would look.

Chanel Quartz - three coats

This is what three coats of Quartz look like.

Chanel Quartz - three coats

Chanel Quartz - three coats

Chanel Quartz - three coats

Chanel Quartz - three coats

Chanel Quartz - three coats

Chanel Quartz - three coats


And now, Chanel Graphite.


This polish looks amazing in the bottle.

Chanel Graphite

The description “glittery gray-black” does not do it justice.

Chanel Graphite

It flashes silver, it flashes gray, it flashes green, it flashes blue, it flashes gold.

Chanel Graphite

It’s crazy.

Chanel Graphite

It’s crazy on the nails too.

Chanel Graphite

For me, it was love at first swipe.

Chanel Graphite

When I first swiped Graphite onto my pinkie, I actually whispered, “Holy crap.”

Chanel Graphite

It’s so beautiful.

And no, it does not look like Black Pearl. Not even close.

Chanel Graphite

It’s like Peter Philips brought home special rocks from outer space, ground them up and poured them into bottles.



Chanel Graphite

Graphite dries to a sparkly foil finish.

Chanel Graphite

I’ve been wearing Graphite for two days now and I still can’t stop staring at my nails.


Sunlight, meet Graphite.


Graphite looks more silvery under the sun.


I know I said I’d probably never find a silver that I could wear.


I should have figured Chanel was the answer.

Chanel Graphite

I love Chanel’s fall colors and I don’t know which color I love more – Quartz or Graphite. I can’t wait to meet Peridot too – I have a feeling Peridot will make that choice even harder.

Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres Collection will be available in Rustan’s in August.


  1. Kitty says:

    I have a feeling Peridot isn’t as accurate as the press release pic but I am loving the 2 you got. I remember a press release for another shade… it black pearl? It looked holo or multichrome or whatever. IRL, LOL….let’s just leave it at that.

    • pam says:

      That Black Pearl pic that came out in a magazine was crazy — I wish they had a shade that looked like that. Yes, Peridot did look different in Sophy’s pics – it looked more gold than green. I can’t wait to see what it really looks like!

  2. sol says:

    i hate you! i said i dont like them when i saw the press release picture, now, i really really hate you! hahaha

  3. Sarah says:


    BTW I know you were in Cali! You were maybe 45 minutes away from where I was, haha. I hope you had a great trip!

    PS. Is it okay if I post a pic of graphite on my tumblr? All credit of course goes back to you!

  4. Courtney says:

    O…MG! *grabby hands for Graphite*!!! Holy cow that’s hot! It may just have to be my first Chanel! :-D

  5. Shona says:

    WOW. I WANT THOSE POLISHES NOWWWWW. It isn’t out in Singapore yet :(

  6. melvel says:

    Graphite reminds me of Kaleidoscope. If they’re remotely similar, I’ll pass :)

    Peridot is actually the one which interests me the most.

    • pam says:

      I don’t have Kaleidoscope but from pictures I’ve seen, they’re different.. The finish and the color are different..

      I can’t wait to see Peridot too!!! :)

  7. SarahV says:

    Is Graphite hard too take off (as in: very glittery)?

    • pam says:

      Yes! It is very glittery and harder to take off than your usual polish.. It left pretty little glitter all over my fingers!

  8. Pat says:

    Have you tried OPI’s Lucerne-tainly look marvelous? Cause I have it, and based on your pictures Graphite and LLM look really similar. I’m curious as to just how similar. :D

    • pam says:

      Hey Pat! LLM is not a dupe of Graphite. LLM is much darker and the color is different.. Will post comparison pics soon :)

  9. khloe says:

    Lucky you…Where can you get them now? Are they available at Rustans now??I need those NOW!:)

  10. Katie says:

    Oh, gosh, I just about died at those pictures of Graphite!! I can’t wait!

  11. ledz says:

    are these LEs or will they be joining the permanent line?

  12. ledz says:

    oooh also how does quartz look vs trapeze?

  13. Lisa Cotton says:

    Wow. Just wow. While I appreciate Chanel polishes, I don’t own any because of the price. I just can’t afford them. However, I may have to splurge and get Graphite. That color is so unique…my pocketbook is screaming! :D

  14. Matilda says:

    OMG you’re killing me!!! All those photos seriously made me drool. I’m SO saving up for all three bottles!!! Ahhhhhh dying. I think Graphite looks a lot better than Quartz. Or maybe I just have to see Quartz in person to fall in love.

    • pam says:

      Haha! I’m sorry Matilda! But I’m glad you love all three colors! I love them too! I just bought Peridot but the bottle is still on its way to me, I can’t wait!!!

      And Quartz is pretty but I agree – Graphite is more stunning :)

      • ledz says:

        i’m still on the fence about Peridot… when are you getting your bottle, Pam? i wanna see your swatches, for sure they will help me decide haha!

        i only have Graphite so far and it really is a holy-crap-kind of nail polish! amazing. i was too late in telling my friend about Quartz so she only got me Graphite at the Chanel boutique (they had it as early as first wk of June!)

  15. Julie says:

    How does Quartz compare to Illamasqua Bacterium?

    • pam says:

      I don’t have Bacterium but based on swatches, the two are similar. Bacterium might be darker and browner though – and Quartz doesn’t have the flashes of blue Bacterium has.

  16. Emily says:

    As a journalist I don’t usually like blogs but this is pretty hilarious–I love the “Chanel polish porn” photos. I actually almost psychically shopped for these polishes–I happened to stop by a Chanel counter to take a look at what was new as they were unloading the cardboard boxes filled with the little bottles, about to hit counters the next day. I bought all three colors–quite the little splurge considering I could have bought, say, a pair of shoes or clutch on sale for the same price. But totally worth it; amazing colors–best since Vamp IMHO.

    • pam says:

      Emily, I live for Chanel porn :)

      Ooh, right place at the right time! I think it’s great that you bought all three colors. I agree, they are worth it. They are amazing and unique :)

  17. Are you from the philippines? How much are chanel polishes there?

  18. Damn you. I have been seriously lusting after peridot but didnt think that the other 2 were my cup of tea…until I saw your pics of graphite…OMG I MUST HAVE IT!! Plus i still want peridot. So 2 nail polishes will cost me near $80 here in australia. I could get 16 china glazes for that price…but i don’t want 16 china glazes…I want those 2 chanel nail polishes!

    • pam says:

      Haha! I’m sorry! But Graphite really is a must-have, it’s gorgeous! Peridot is too! I finally swatched it today and I’m in love with it too!

      $40 each?!?! That’s just nuts!!! :( Can’t you order it online? :(

  19. Alecia says:

    I finally got peridot but I must say I am not as in awe as I was when I got my graphite. I might be one of the few people who loves graphite more so than peridot. I think it’s just okay.

    • pam says:

      I love both… And I’ve been trying to figure out which one I loved more but I just couldn’t choose… I love them both :)

  20. Emma says:

    I love your Chanel review, so funny…I was sniggering all the way through. I just picked up Peridot today and have it on my nails right now…gosh, I just can’t stop staring at them :o )

    Great blog.

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