Chanel Eyeshadow

Chanel Khaki Discret Review

April 28, 2011

Chanel Summer 2011 includes a new eyeshadow duo, Khaki-Discret (#17 Ombres Contraste Duo/ Ombres a Paupieres Duo/ Eyeshadow Duo). Although both are based on a green theme, this duo is entirely different from the Lilium eyeshadow eyeshadow quad (reviewed here), released in this same collection.

The texture of Khaki-Discret is extraordinary.  It’s soft, highly pigmented and extremely blendable. Unlike Lilium’s blue-based green, Khaki-Discret’s deep green is a mossy olive green that is very rich and looks absolutely beautiful on the lid.  Unlike Lilium, the deeper shadow in Khaki-Discret are easily made opaque, very slightly shimmery and have no sparkle effect.

The lighter shade is a pleasant inner-corner highlight shade that is a light, shimmery almost celery green.  It’s a pretty combination.  Swatches:

As you can see, the deeper shade evokes the deep, soft olive green.  I wanted to pass along that Khaki-Discret required a primer to get all day color.  Worn alone, the green faded after about four hours on the lid with no primer.  I found that NARS Eyeshadow Primer was too sticky, interfering with Khaki-Discret’s excellent blendability.  Urban Decay’s Primer Potion was a good compromise.  I’d like to try it with a Chanel eyeshadow primer or Laura Mercier Eye Basic;  based on my experience those would likely work best.

Here is the comparison with other Chanel greens:

Overall, this is an excellent quality eyeshadow.  Highly recommended.

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  • Jennise April 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I originally thought this would be similar to NARS Taiga but after seeing your swatches this is completely different and much more complex.

  • Lena April 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Amy! Thank you for always insightful reviews! I have noticed that you swatched a khaki-vert. Do you have any recommendations on what other eyeshadows one could use to complement it?

    • Amy April 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

      It looks nice with a deep taupe (taupe grise) and a matte ivory. You could increase the drama by adding a shimmery black or green pencil, but I think it’s pretty with a simple black powder liner.

      • Lena April 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

        Thank you, Amy! I will be sure to try that! Happy Friday!

        • Lena April 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

          Amy, Taupe Grise worked beautifully with the Khaki! It made my day! Thank you again! Chanel released a few green-khaki eyeshadows. Which one is your favorite?

          • Amy May 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

            Khaki, for sure! The singles have a gorgeous texture!