Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Camouflage Your Eyes with These Jungle Hues

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and one cream eyeliner, and all of these are in hues of greens, khakis, and olives. This eyeshadow palette is designed to be layered, as each shade has a different texture. It comes with a plastic insert that shows the labeling of what each shade is. Four of the shades can be treated as eyeshadows, while the fifth shade is a cream eyeliner.

The first shade, located on the upper left, is a darkened olive green with a subtle gray-tint that gives it that subdued color. It has noticeable brown undertones and a soft dusting of shimmer. The color payoff was good, and the texture was soft and smooth. NARS High Society is duller, grayer. Girogio Armani #25 has a blacker base and a ton more shimmer. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is more shimmered. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard is similar but less pigmented. MAC Femme Noir is greener, richer. Make Up For Ever #47 is greener.

The second shade, located on the upper right, is a sheer golden shimmer, which is noted as a “shine.” It can be layered over one of the other eyeshadows to add shimmer/sheen. The shimmer in it is finer than Dior Golden Savannah. Giorgio Armani #1 is more pigmented but similar in color–perhaps a touch browner. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but more like a regular eyeshadow, so it is opaque.

The third shade, located in the center, is an olive brown with a hint of green and a golden bronze shimmer. It has so-so color payoff; it’s a bit sheer, and it doesn’t build color well. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is similar but looks richer, as it is more pigmented. Bare Escentuals Spectacular is similar but more metallic in finish. MAC Sumptuous Olive is yellower. Inglot #419 is similar but very frosted.

The fourth shade, located on the bottom left, is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The color is semi-sheer–it delivers more payoff than the upper right shade. Dior Couture Gold is chunkier and a smidgen yellower. MAC Carefree is similar in color but has more of matte finish. Bare Escentuals One Hit Wonder is also similar but a bit starker. Bare Escentuals Breathtaking is similar but has a less metallic finish.

The final shade, located on the bottom right, is a cream eyeliner that’s a blackened brown with a hint of teal shimmer.  The cream eyeliner has good color payoff, and it has a creamy consistency once you break through the initial surface.  It had so-so wear; it seemed a little faded and definitely migrated after six hours.

All of the shades had a soft, finely-milled texture that felt like butter and silk.  I liked the variation between finishes and light/dark within the palette, as it is more versatile–though I think it could have done with one more medium-colored eyeshadow instead of two pale/white golds that look more similar than not.  You would think that the Shine finish would have fall out problems, but it’s actually very easy to wear. I patted it over the darkest green eyeshadow, and I didn’t experience any fall out during the day.  When I wore the palette together, the eyeshadows wore for eight hours with very minor fading along the edges.

The Glossover


Khaki Design

If you like layering your eyeshadows, enjoy khaki/olive-toned eyeshadows, and don't mind some sheerer color, then you might like this. I don't think it's a must-have, though.











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Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette

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Nordstrom, $59.00.

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50 thoughts on “Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. The Khaki seriously pops your eye colour!  It is really lovely on you, Christine.  I really like just that one shade and perhaps the liner.  Too bad it isn’t in a single because I would buy it.  The rest of the palette is dupe city.

    • wwendalynne Thank you, Wendy! :)

    • xamyx

      Ditto! I was going to write the exact same thing, only the liner is my favorite in the palette. It’s definitely a perfect palette for you, Christine, absolutely stunning.

      • xamyx Christine-Temptalia :  This could be a palette to pick up at a later date on eBay on the cheap if it doesn’t sell out.  I do not think these colours are worn favourably by a lot of people ..still this Dior palette for khaki greens is so much more sophisticated and pretty over the YSL palette which looks murky/dirty to me.  This palette would also work really well with the Nars High Society palette.  I’m putting this one on the backburner and may pick it up later in the season after I have recovered from the last month of spending..gah! ;0)

  2. Liz9969

    That looks amazing on you.  Also your lashes look great too.  

  3. Kafka

    I was waiting for your swatches of this because the colours had really caught my eye in the promo photo that you’d posted a while back. I’m a sucker for dark greens and some khakis. But… Oh dear.  I’m not at all gaga over the look of the swatches. The olive khaki (#3, top left) looks too flat and with too much of a brown, muddy undertone. I’m really disappointed in that. The center one is too sheer for me and the liner is too brown.  In the promo photo from way back, it had looked like a really dark green verging on green-black. With my skin tone (which is a lot more olive than yours) and with eyes that look almost black, none of this would look super on me.  That said, I bet the Tarina Tarintino Ammunition eyeliner of yours would really make this look explode with greatness.  (I meant to buy that last week but it was late, thought I had it in my basket, only to discover today that I’d forgotten to add it. But it *will* be mine!)

  4. yellowlantern

    I have to admit I’m really tempted. A very one and done sort of palette with a nice fall/winter color scheme. I might have to see it in person. 

  5. Marian57

    Got to agree with the others. Those colors look fabulous on you, Christine!

  6. Kristin

    I was trying to resist this one then saw the pictures. So pretty!

  7. brittersrae

    I LOVE the colours, but I always struggle with the weird packaging on high-end palettes. Why include the cheap-looking applicators? That room could have been used for even more abfab shadow.

    • brittersrae I guess the question is to include or not include those little applicators. I know it sounds odd, but a lot of buyers use the ones that come in palettes. I know to many of us who live and breathe beauty that is weird. (Sponge applicators can deposit color well, but they’re so stubby and never feel very precise to me.)

      • xamyx

        I find it interesting to read/hear complaints about the applicators that come in palettes, but then I read/hear just as many complaints when palettes *don’t* come with an applicator. In an ideal world, palettes would come with amazing applicators/brushes, but I don’t think that will ever happen.

  8. inudela

    what mascara are you using? your lashes definitely have more of an oomph to them than usual!

  9. damn it! I originally wanted this palette when the collection first came out, but then I decided to go for Golden Savannah since I always go for khaki shadows. But now I am loving this one again. The khaki color looks fantastic on you and really brings out the color of you eyes! WANT!

  10. Kathy Watson

    I love many of your looks, but the look you created with the Dior Khaki Design Eyeshadow Palette is special.  You look great.  Mt boyfriend is very impressed, too. 

  11. AnGeLwInGz

    That palette looks great on you Christine! I’m glad the shadows worked out for you. I have the Green Design (from before it was released in the U.S.) and the Amber Design and I think the textures and payoff are horrible. Maybe they’ve improved the formula over the last couple years?

  12. kmk05

    Christine, in your makeup look which one is the shade applied on the first third/half of your eyelid and the first half underneath your eye? The semi-sheer one says ‘base': does that mean they assume it has to be used <i>underneath</i> the other ones? Also, have you tried setting the liner with eyeshadow to see if that affects the migration? (I ask because UD Zero, for example, doesn’t really set properly with eyeshadow).It totally is a stunning look for you, btw. You always look magnificient in greens!

    • kmk05 It’s the “base” shade over the center shade! I used the base shade underneath, and it works, it just feels weird to me to layer something sheer under something pigmented so I preferred it to layer over something else. I didn’t try setting the eyeliner with eyeshadow, though.Thank you, KMK!

      • kmk05

        Christine-Temptalia Ooooh, that’s a good idea! I am definitely going to check the palette out after your suggestion: if layering the opposite way gives that effect, then you’ll also be using up the shades twice as fast 😛 I thought the final colour really brightened your eyes and complimented your complexion, and it looks like it could totally be a work-appropriate look.Thank you for all your hard work, Christine!

  13. Liz9969

    I wonder if the eyeliner will dry out more easily than the eyeliners in a pot.  

  14. Emily

    How do you think this palette would look with navy blue eyes?

  15. These shades are stunning on you, Christine.

  16. f0rtunefaded

    this looks so pretty on you. you have a gorgeous eye color

  17. LindaTuckerLaLonde

    those shades look amazing on you, with your eye color.  wonder how it’d look on blue/green eyes? 

  18.  I’ve got this Palette, too and I think, it is more like a D (or
    worse). Because the middle color and the dark one are the only ones
    which are pigmented. The other colors are more like glitter that I
    couldn’t see when I applied them. And the liner was very
    difficult, too. Swatched on skin it was a really really beautiful color –
    some kind of special and great to apply. But it doesn’t matter which
    eyeliner pencil I used: It was impossible to apply it on my eyes. There
    were no color pay-off at all :( I’m very disappointed of the quality in
    proportion to the price. Do you have any idea, how to apply the liner and the glitter eyeshadows in a better way?

    • Jadebluete I used the eyeliner brush that came with the palette, actually – I was in Vegas and didn’t even think to bring a brush for gel eyeliner, and that seemed to work fine. The problem with this palette (well, “problem”) is it’s a layering palette, so the individual shades are more to work together (and layered), which is why you aren’t liking it since you’d prefer all of the shades to be really pigmented.  The glittery shade I just patted over the lid!

    • Kim

      the glittery shades from Dior is suppose to blend with other shades, they look amazing together!

  19. Those shades look great on you indeed! This a color combination I like a lot myself, too. I’m very much into earthy tones and khakis. The darkest color looks amazing. 

  20. Oi, all the comments are gone from this post as well :(To @emily  with nw15.. I think this palette would rock.

  21. Marlene

    The colors look amazing on you. If you could only get one kaki palette for the season-the one above or the YSL pure chromatics in 10- which one would you get?