Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo
Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo

Chanel Summer 2011: Khaki-Discret

Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo ($42.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent!) combination of a really deep, dark forest green with subtle khaki brown undertones and gold and emerald green micro-shimmer paired with a much softer, lighter pastel green with yellow undertones. I found the darker shade to be beautifully pigmented–very rich and intense with little product required to achieve that result–while the lighter shade was sheerer. Lighter and softer shades will always look light, but they can still suffer from sheerness (which you can identify by how much skin you can see when the eyeshadow is swatched on top). The formula itself is very soft and smooth; easy to apply and effortless to blend out.

I found interesting how this duo compares to the Lilium palette–the green is warmer, rather than bluish, it is distinctly green and pulls yellow, while the lighter, pastel green is even lighter in the duo than in the quad. The darker green shades certainly differ enough that I wouldn’t say they’re really similar to each other, but the lighter shades do compare a lot more closely.

The $42 price tag is seemingly painful, but it is to be expected within the Chanel line–a single eyeshadow retails for $28.50, while the quads are the best bang for your buck at $57 (for four shades, of a total weight of 0.24 oz.). The average eyeshadow is 0.05 oz., so this duo is just under the expected size for two eyeshadows–except that Chanel’s single eyeshadows weigh in at 0.07 oz. Overall, the pricing is: $407/oz. for singles, $467/oz. for duos, and $238/oz. for quads. (MAC single eyeshadows are $290/oz. for a comparison against a mid-end brand.) Keep in mind, though, that while we all want more for our money, we have to think realistically whether we’ll actually use all of it!

The Glossover

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Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I wish the duos were more of a value--I just feel they should be a little less (by the ounce) than singles, but still more than quads. If you were waffling between a duo and quad, I'd opt for the quad, since it is a better value.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo
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Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo

Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo
Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo

Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo
Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase a Khaki Discret? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $42.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

It's more pigmented and noticeably darker than NARS Fuji, while is greener and yellow-based compared to NARS Night Porter. NARS Blade Runner seemes the closest but not as green (more emerald).

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15 thoughts on “Chanel Khaki-Discret Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oh wow, that darker green is GORGEOUS!

  2. Hmm, this is pretty but I was wondering. Would it better to get this or an Hourglass eye shadow duo? What do you think Christine? I’m not looking for a dupe, just what is better.

  3. Hiromi

    the darker green is so gorgeous. oh chanel, my heart and my wallet…which will i choose?

  4. That green is stunning!

  5. There’s a Revlon shadow that looks a lot like that green, for only $2, haha.

  6. LM

    I like jealous jordana better

  7. Ashley Sarah

    That deep green is beautiful color. I love it.

  8. RedHedd

    Dayum! That is GORGEOUS!

  9. Wow that swatch of the dark green sure is pretty!! But im sure theres a dupe for it somewhere =)

  10. Maribeth

    Love this entire collection from Chanel unfortunately my pocketbook is light! The Lilium is to die for but so expensive…I’ll make due with dupes. Thanks Christine

  11. ak

    That dark green shadow is very dark and pigmented and impressive for a Chanel shadow. It’s a pretty color really.

  12. Christy

    I would love to see a look with this I’m dying to see a khaki eye look, or with the khaki Clair duo also:)

  13. puffnstuff

    ohhh i wish this darker green was in the quad instead of the bluish green…i love the taupe and the light green in the quad but not the other colors…so i cant justify buyng the quad for 2 colors…and i love this duo, but cant keep my mind off that tuape in the quad! uuuggghh Chanel!