Monday, January 4th, 2010

Chanel Khaki Dore Le Crayon Yeux ($28.00) is a stunning shade of rich, metallic golden bronze. It’s just the hue that I’m totally nuts for – that antique gold, bronze gold… anything in that family, I’m game for. Khaki Dore applies evenly, smoothly, and opaquely. It comes with its own pencil sharpener, and the liner itself is dual-ended. It has an angled sponge tip on the other end for blending/correcting.

It’s the first Chanel eyeliner I’ve tried, and I’m pleased with it. It looks really lovely in natural or smoky looks. Sometimes I’ll even wear it alone on my lower lash line with just some mascara for a very quick look for running errands. I wore it in this spring look I did few weeks ago. I’d say the highlight of this eyeliner is really how precise it is; it really does define and apply in a thin, even line without much fuss. It lasts all day on me (eight to twelve hours) without smudging, budging, or fading–always a necessity in an eyeliner.

Bottom Line

I’m not over the moon with the formula, but I do like this shade and don’t have anything quite like it, so it’s a shade I knew I’d be drawn to. The price tag is daunting, and I don’t expect most people to make room in their budgets for this eyeliner. Surprisingly (and a little to my horror), $28 isn’t as outlandish as I thought — Dior is priced at $26, YSL is priced at $28.

With that in mind, if you had $28 laying around and wanted to give your money to Chanel, I’d recommend a lipstick or gloss over the eyeliner, just because they do those exceptionally well. This is still a quality product, but it doesn’t reign supreme over eyeliners from other brands.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love antique or bronzy golds like me, this might be a must for you–if the price doesn’t scare you away.

Availability: Nordstrom

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20 thoughts on “Chanel Khaki Dore Le Crayon Yeux Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’d rather buy the L’oreal HiP Chrome eyeliners or the Urban Decay ones :p

    • I couldn’t believe how pricey high-end eyeliners were… shows you what I buy :) I still like it, but for $28, only if the shade is that perfect HG shade you’ve always been looking for.

  2. That is definitely gorgeous, but wow, $28?!

  3. cloudburst

    Oh wow, it’s gorgeous!

  4. Anitacska

    Lovely colour, but not for me and certainly not at $28. Eek!

  5. OMG Christine, have you tried L’Oreal’s new HiP liquid pencil eyeliners- not the older chrome ones, but the new ones that go with the new crystal shadows? OMG I bought the bronze/ gold one, and it is GORGEOUS. LOL, I’m so excited about it, but it is a gorgeous color- like their older ones have- but with glitter in it.

  6. dancepig

    How does this compare to something in MUFE Aqualiner or UD? They must have a similar color that would wear better and be a little be less pricey?

    • I find it’s very similar to Aqua Eyes. I think the khaki shade of Aqua Eyes is the closest.

      I think Chanel wears as well as Aqua Eyes or better, just because it goes on so cleanly.

  7. Avatar of Shontay shontay

    I played with this a few days ago at bloomies and it is gorgeous. It also stayed on my hand for hours, after washing. I love Chanel and I’m not scared of the price, so it will be in my collection soon. Lol

  8. Sixx

    Agree, $28 price is ridiculous.

    Since first hearing about Loreal HIp’s new Chrome liners (only $9 or less!!) on your site, I tried them and can’t believe I LOVE them even more *gasp* than my beloved UD’s 24/7 liners! I cannot believe a drugstore brand copied & made them better, imo. They’re everything UD’s liners are EXCEPT they DO NOT crease at the corners of my lower lash line (like UD’s) AND the best part—they stay on my waterline!!! What a miracle. First pencil liner I found that stays on my waterline.

    Can’t wait for more colors.

  9. Such a lovely color but for $28?! Ouch! I think a Chanel gloss is a better option.

  10. amy

    Pretty and I think it would make a beautiful eyeshadow colour as well.

  11. Lorna

    even for high end that’s too high. i might spend that on a single lip product but not for an eyeliner. maybe if i used eye liners a lot it would be a different story…

  12. $28 sounds high, but normally we take ages to finish an eyeliner or how many eyeliners do we really used up. So if the shade is something you like, i would go for it as it can be use for quite some time. I always like to apply the depreciation rule when it comes to buying ex stuffs. haha

    • Rowan

      I guess I use eyeliner differently than you (or use more? Not extremely likely as I am very frugal) but when you use an eyeliner often and sharpen it as well I find that I can often finish an eyeliner in three months. I still think UD’s 24/7′s are pushing it pricewise so I think that this pricing is extremely exorbitant. I am a makeup person but I will be the first one to say that makeup in NOT necessary and when you think about spending almost 30 bucks on an eyeliner when people are going through such hardship in the world it’s really sad.

      • ya Rowan, you are right. Coz i have a very bad habit of having a few of them use at the same time, thus neglecting some of them which explains why i took ages to finish one. You are right about this one, with the money i could experience more shade via UD rather than getting from chanel.

        So what eyeliner are you using now? UD ones? how many do you keep them open at a time?

  13. jenn

    Do you know of any good dupes for this color in urban decay or mac? I love the color but don’t want to pay the exorbitant prices if I have something similar at home.

  14. Nicole

    Chanel does have great eyeliners but i would only really recommend buying the limited edition colors because they are usually really gorgeous, unique colors that you usually cant find dupes of. They also last for a pretty long time, especially if you switch up your eyeliner frequently.