** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **
I love to draw. It’s the one hobby that I’ve had a life-long interest in. I haven’t done it in a while, but I really should pick it up again. It’s very stress-relieving. Back when I was drawing a lot, graphite pencils are some of my fave instruments to use. I just love creating shades and depths with them.
So when I was doing a lil’ shopping and saw L.A. Girl Metal Graphite, I felt obligated to get it. It was calling out to me: “Geeeet meeeee. Get me, Fiona!” And I did. OK, I don’t really hear makeup products talking to me. I swear. Well, not all the time.
Was I glad that the nail polish convinced me to buy it? Yes! I’m usually drawn to charcoal/smoky gray shades, so I knew I would like this color. I just didn’t think I’d find it sexy!
L.A. Girl Metal Graphite Swatches & Pictures
*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Natural Light *~*
*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Flash *~*
- √ Lustrous finish
√ Wearable color
- Name: L.A. Girl Metal Graphite
- Amount: 0.47 fl. oz. or 14ml
- What I Paid:$2.24 USD (20% off; retails for $2.80)
- Price Per Unit: $4.77/fl. oz. or $0.16/ml
- Other L.A. Girl Metal Colors Available: Sterling Silver, Gold Plated, Pink Steel, Chromium Green, Brass, Millennium, Iron Red, Bronze Medal, Alkaline Blue, Copper Alloy, Antique Gold, Deep Sea Mica, Obsidian, Trilogy, Metallic Olive
- Where to Buy: L.A. Girl website, Cherry Culture, nail salons, some Forever 21 stores
LA Girl Graphite Review
LA Girl Graphite is a dark, mysterious gray, and I love it. The color itself doesn’t quite remind me of the lead of a pencil though as I think this is darker than that. But the metallicky effect of it definitely makes me think of a pencil drawing. It looks like shading you’d do in a sketch because it’s not one solid gray color!
This one’s a two-coater. I expect most nail polishes to be opaque in two coats, so L.A. Girl Graphite didn’t disappoint me. It covers completely and you can’t see through to the nail in two medium-thick coats.
Application & Consistency
Smooth as liquid gold…er… liquid graphite? The consistency of LA Girl Metal Graphite is very smooth. A teeny tiny bit on the liquidy side, but it’s nothing that causes any issues. It applies without a hitch and dries evenly as well.
For those of you who appreciate a brand that offers a Big-3 formula, you’d be happy to know that Metal Graphite by LA Girl is free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene!
Final Verdict: 8.7/10
If you think grays are a bore, then Metal Graphite by L.A. Girl is probably a snorefest for you. But I think grays are awesome – they’re not as harsh as black, yet still give off that cool, sexy vibe. Plus, this shade really does remind me of pencil shading.
For other polishes and makeup I purchased on my Cherry Culture mega haul, please see this post.
Do you love grays, too, or do you yawn when you see that color? Do you own any nail polish that reminds you of your favorite hobby?