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.