Of the three new Chanel polishes, this is the only one that is not frosty. This one has a distinct foil finish. It may look like a glittery gray, but it's actually very multi-dimensional. This leans more to the cool side, rather than a completely neutral gray.
The amount of glittery flecks in this are outstanding. It dries a little bit bumpy, but nothing that a good topcoat won't fix. My skin tends to be on the warm side, but I still like how this looks on my hands. I will definitely be wearing it often.
I have lots of foil grays in my stash. But I grabbed a few recent higher-end releases. Not that long ago, for the Spring of 2011, Chanel released another gray color - Black Pearl. I grabbed that one as well as Dior's Tzarina Gold from their Holiday 2010 collection. It's brown, not grey, bit it also has the multi-dimensional foil.
|L-R: Black Pearl, Graphite, Tzarina Gold|
Black Pearl was a very different finish, frosty with some minor brushstrokes, but it also has a distinct gunmetal green hue, quite different from Graphite. Tzarina Gold, as mentioned, has the same finish, but with a distinct brown color. I do love all three.
Graphite will earn a permanent place in my stash.