When I heard that Number One Nemesis is a dupe for Graphite, I was really curious about how it compared. Luckily, I was able to find Number One Nemesis at my local nail supply store so I only paid half price for it, Yay! So now I can reveal you the truth.
One thing you can immediately notice is that Graphite is brighter and has more pronounced shimmers giving it more of that grainy effect. Though Number One Nemesis is beautiful, it's a bit darker so the shimmers are a bit muted. I don't know what people consider dupe but I think that word is being misused often in the beauty community. To me a dupe is a 99% resemblance. The difference, if any, has to be ever so slightly that you wouldn't silently wish you had the other.
So far, I have not seen any proclaimed Graphite dupe come close to the real thing. I have also compared Graphite with Revlon Carbonite in this post "Chanel Graphite Vs Revlon Carbonite". In my opinion, Carbonite is closer in color as compared to Number one Nemesis but both lack the unsurpassed beauty of Graphite. It is a real gem and if you have not personally seen it in person, it is way better than it looks in pictures.
Yes, I understand that most people don't want to pay $25 for a nail polish, and I don't either, but personally Graphite would be one that I can say was worth it because nothing I've seen compared to it. Unfortunately, it was limited edition and no longer available.
So my verdict is, Number One Nemesis is not a dupe but more like a cousin of Graphite.
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