Monday, August 1, 2011

Revlon Carbonite

A few weeks ago when I showed you guys Chanel Peridot, I mentioned that Revlon duped its sister, Graphite.  I finally managed to track that sucker down, and I have it for you today!

Carbonite (EPIC name!) is a warm pewter-ish silver foil.  I use the terms "pewter-ish" and "foil" loosely, because the particles are kind of multi-toned - some are brighter, some are darker - which gives it an overall color that's kind of hard to nail down (It's actually a lot like the graphite in a standard pencil.)  Similarly, those same particles apply like a regular foil, but they don't have that same sparkle that most foils do.  Think Zoya Crystal - similar finish.  Anywho, it's super pigmented, and hardly required a second coat.  It dried lightning fast, which was almost a fault, because I wasn't able to spread around the polish quick enough, so I got some unevenness in application.  No biggie though.  ;-) 

I tried a couple different lightings for you guys, to help nail down the warmth in tone.  These are under my Ott-Lite:
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 These are in indirect sunlight, by a window (Sorry for catching the sun as it was almost setting...)
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See what I mean?  Lighting makes all the difference with this one.  It's really pretty!  I don't have Grahite to compare it to, but from swatches I've seen, Carbonite is similar in color, but Graphite is sparklier and has a bit more depth to it.  However, I don't really think extra sparkles and a slight difference in finish are worth an extra $20 (Unless you just want to treat yourself, and then, hey!  High five!), so we can break this down another way:

Image from Idea Lab

Image from Blastr

I'll take the cheaper alternative that comes with Han Solo inside.  ;-)

Carbonite is still in its early stages of distribution, so you may have trouble tracking it down to begin with.  Some girls on MUA are starting to find it at CVS, but it seems like across the board the best place to find it right now are at the select Bed Bath & Beyonds that have the drugstore area in them (that's where I found mine).  Bonus if you find it there, because you can use a 20% off coupon!  It cost me just a little over 4 bucks.  YAY for cheap Chanel knock-offs!!!


  1. Oh man!!! I NEED this. If you happen to end up at BB&B again, can you maybe pretty please pick me up one??????? I need my polish life back.

  2. Yes ma'am! :-) I'll try to get back there sometime this week. They only had a few left, but I'm guessing they'll still be there.

  3. Haha I think I will take the cheaper alternative that comes with Han Solo inside as well. :P Love your swatches! :)

  4. LMAO, I love you so much for this post. But you know that.

  5. @Liz - Haha! It's truly the better option of the two. ;-) And thanks!

    @Missy - BEST movie line EVER! Crap...I need to watch the movies again now.

    @Lara - Thank you! :-)

    @Rach - Haha! Love you too!! :-D

  6. Great pics of this color! And you're is an awesome name!


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