I heard so many people claim that Revlon Carbonite is a dupe for Chanel Graphite. I purchased Graphite a year ago when it came out. It's the most expensive nail polish I own but definitely worth the money if you ask me. I haven't been able to get my hands on Carbonite until recently at my local Big Lots. You probably have seen many comparison posts by now if you googled for swatches but I just thought I'd share mine as well.
On these pictures, I have Graphite on the left and Carbonite on the right.
From this picture down, I have Graphite and Carbonite swatched side by side so that you can see the difference.
My final thoughts
I was surprised at how close the colors were with each other. Although Carbonite is a good dupe for Graphite, there is a noticeable difference between the two. Graphite is a lot sparklier and shinnier. Carbonite looks more dull next to it.
As far as application goes, Graphite applies a little more sheer so you would need 2 to 3 coats to reach opacity. Carbonite is pretty thick and pigmented and I could easily get away with just one coat. I didn't have any issues with application on either one.
I paid $25 for Graphite and $1.00 for Carbonite. Huge difference in price. So if you can be happy with the difference between the two shades, you definitely get a better deal with Carbonite, although you may have to hunt that one down.
**Update...Sorry to say, but Graphite is no longer available. I guess, they finally sold out.**
I honestly do not regret having Graphite and wouldn't mind paying the extra $24 for it. You can clearly see in the pictures, it is prettier than Carbonite...at least it is to my eyes.
Which one would you get?