Monday, June 27, 2011

Chanel Fall Nails: Graphite, Quartz, and Peridot



Chanel's Fall 2011 collection Illusions d'Ombres includes three nail shades, Graphite: a highly metallic and sparkly blackened silver, Quartz: a shimmery, smoky beige/taupe, and Peridot: an antique bronze-gold with a green patina (duochrome). 
  

The chemists at Chanel did a great job creating these colors to closely resemble their namesake minerals: 

Graphite: Graphite is a black-silver mineral commonly referred to as lead, although it should not be confused with the toxic metallic element of the same name. Graphite shares the same chemistry as carbon (as diamonds do), but with a very different structure and properties. It is used in the steel-making and auto industries, among others. You and I are perhaps most familiar with graphite through our use of pencils.

Quartz: "Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust, after feldspar...Varieties of quartz have been since antiquity the most commonly used minerals in the making of jewelry and hard stone carvings." (Source: Wikipedia ) A few commonly available varieties of quartz are: Citrine, Rose Quartz, Amethyst (a personal favorite), Aventurine, Onyx, Tiger's Eye, and Carnelian.

Peridot: According to Wikipedia, Peridot is "one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow- to olive- to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green." It is the official birthstone for the month of August and is thought by some to have powers of healing, and may bring the wearer prosperity and balance.




Wow, look at the edges of Peridot! You can really see the duochrome here.



Graphite really does resemble graphite! Here is the real thing below in this sculpture made entirely of natural graphite. (This was a gift from a client to my boss years ago but I have it at my desk You can even write with it on paper, just like a pencil. A friend of mine thinks it's creepy, but I think it's pretty cool!) 



The tone of Quartz is almost a perfect match for the natural smoky quartz below:




Well...I don't have any real Peridot to show here...but it does remind me a lot of these cut crystal beads on a bracelet of mine -- they have a similar bronze/green duochrome effect.



Shown above in flash lighting 


You can see by the photos below that the appearance of Peridot really changes in different lighting conditions. It comes across generally as a bronze-gold with a green tinge that is most notable along the edges. In flash lighting it has a pretty, lit-from-within quality. It's an interesting color and is perhaps the most unique among the three but may not be the most universally wearable, depending on your skin tone and personal taste.   

In shade above, and flash below





In low indoor lighting above

  
In full sunlight

So, any favorites? I haven't decided which one I like best yet! Below are some links to additional posts with more information, photos, and comparisons: 



Have a great week everyone - and thanks for visiting!

25 comments:

  1. I am most intrigued by Peridot.

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  2. Hi Leticia, Peridot is quite pretty! Thanks for commenting :)

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  3. I'm loving graphite!!!! The sparkle is beautiful!

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  4. You really take beautiful pictures! I only chose Graphite out of the three.

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  5. I think I want all three of them, they look so pretty, I'm in two minds as to whether Peridot will look really wrong on my skintone but I know they will sell out as soon as they get released here so think I'll have to nab it rather than not and regret it later :)

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  6. Gorgeous pictures!!! Thank you so much! Can't wait to receive Graphite and Peridot this week!

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  7. My favorite by far is still Quartz. I think it's probably because I'm more into the neutral, conservative shades. I love the extra info you gave us for each shade name.

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  8. I have Graphite and Quartz coming today, all these pics online are driving me mad. UPS needs to hurry up and get here already! Beautiful pics as always, I love your jewelry pieces as well.

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  9. Hi product doctor, I agree, Graphite is beautiful! :)

    Hi Martha, Thank you! :) Graphite is a great choice! :)

    Hi Replica, I'm like that too, especially when it comes to Chanel! Hopefully Peridot will look great on you! It's an unusual color :)

    Hi Perilously Pale, Thank you! :) Look forward to your thoughts on them :)

    Hi Kristie, Thank you!! :) Quartz is a pretty, elegant neutral! I think it would probably be easier to wear on a daily basis than the other two :)

    Hi HDTM, Thanks very much! :) Enjoy your new purchases and I look forward to reading your opinions on these! :)

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  10. Excellent post and gorgeous photographs, as always.

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  11. Hi ZP!, Thank you for stopping by and thanks for the kind words! :0)

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  12. Wow just wow! You have such a lovely way with pictures, and no it's not just the macro lens!! :) Love!!! I got Graphite and Quartz because I just wasn't feeling Peridot... I've been wearing graphite for the past few days and it is turning out to be a little chameleon like: it's green undertone seems to come out quite strongly on my NC 43 skin and loses all the "graphite" grey tones , however in direct sunlight and when the light hits a particular way I see the gunmetal color. Still lovely! Quartz ofcourse is safe and gorgeous without being boring, love the necklace you showed, I always love your taste in jewelry! :)
    Oh btw the graphite hand is the coolest thing!!!! Is it soft to touch, will your fingers come away with grey residue if you touch it?

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  13. Hi Lakshmi! Aww, thank you! :) I think I love jewelry almost as much as makeup :) Graphite is so pretty. I still need to try all of these on my hands/feet - I think I will do a pedicure with Graphite tonight with Quartz on my hands :) The texture of the sculpture is hard and very smooth. No residue comes off on your fingers but it leaves marks on paper easily. :)

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  14. I may have to lift the Chanel polish ban for this!

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  15. Hi Lexi, hopefully they will arrive in stores soon so you can test them but I think at least one of these might just be worth lifting your ban! :)

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  16. I love Chanel and Peridot is just become my love interest! you have a great blog! please check out my blog and follow if you like, I promise to do the same for you! xx
www.lovejoice.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi Love Joice, Peridot is really unique! Love it :)

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  18. Following you dear! thank you xx Joice

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  19. Hi Joice - Thank you! and welcome :)

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  20. ohhh these new fall chanel colors are gorgeous!! love them i love that they're deep metallic colors so perfect for fall!

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  21. Hi Lisa, I totally agree - they are PERFECT for fall! :)

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  22. Hi alluring mum, Peridot is very unique! Love it :)

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  23. I love Quartz and Peridot so much!!
    Thought i wouldn´t need Graphite.. and now i cannot find it anywhere. Bad world :-D I´m addicted to chanel´s nail polishes!!

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  24. Hi Marieam, This was such a great collection. Love all three of these! Sorry to hear Graphite is so hard to come by now :(

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