I swear, I’m not trying to turn Cafe Makeup into “Chanel dupe” central (far from it). We previously examined how Revlon Carbonite compares. I learned from via a twitter message from Nouveau Cheap that this year’s L’Oreal Color of Hope collection included a near-Graphite color, L’Oreal Valiant. Above, the bottle shows that they are all certain part of a trend of gray-green–they look like cousins.
On nail, you can see that L’Oreal Valiant is more firmly in the chrome/frost texture, rather than the embedded sparkle of Chanel Graphite. Here’s a picture of all three: L’Oreal Valiant, Chanel Graphite, and Revlon Carbonite:
More comparisons in sunlight with flash:
One more in shade with flash:
My conclusion is that these aren’t true dupes, although between the two Revlon Carbonite is closer. To me, Carbonite has more of the sparkle quality of Chanel Graphite while Valiant is a sheeny frost in texture.