Saturday, 18 September 2010

Chanel Khaki Brun review, swatches & potential dupes

Les Khakis de Chaenel - Khaki Rose, Khaki Brun & Khaki Vert
My Les Khakis de Chanel trio is complete, and yet I feel strangely dissatisfied. I like Khaki Vert, don't like Khaki Rose and as for Khaki Brun, am indifferent. I wouldn't mind if I had paid the usual price, but I got caught up in the hype and the colours are certainly not worth what I paid. I only have myself to blame but I am now calculating how many bottles of polish I could have got for the same price that really flattered my skintone and the answer is scary!

Onto Khaki Brun. When it arrived this morning and I took the bottle out of the box I hated it. I thought I had made a massive mistake, not helped by my mother pronouncing it horrible and asking how much it cost. I declined to answer.

Chanel Khaki Brun - £19

In the bottle it looks almost the colour I associate with tree bark or bird poo, others have said it looks like baby poo but as I have no personal experience of that I can't really judge. It just looks very unappetising.

The real test for me was the comparison with Khaki Rose and yes, it finally did bring out the rose in the latter. Khaki Rose looks very much a warm brown compared to the cooler tones of Khaki Brun.

Chanel Khaki Rose, Chanel Khaki Brun

Once on the nails, things improved. The formula was the usual high standard I have come to expect from Chanel (no idea why Khaki Rose seemed a lot thicker) and one coat would have been enough for a full opaque finish.

2 coats Khaki Brun applied + top coat

2 coats of Khaki Brun applied + top coat

Applied, the colour looks the most like what I consider to be khaki. It is a neutral brown with a green tinge to it. Surprisingly, Khaki Rose is by far the most brown of the 3 and I was pleasantly surprised to see the hint of green in Khaki Brun. When compared to Chanel's Particuliere, you can see how the brown of Particuliere leans to the grey and has slight mauve/lilac undertones, making Khaki Brun appear more neutral.

Chanel Khaki Brun & Particuliere

I had a good look through my nail polish stash to see if there were any dupes. I couldn't find any exact matches, but OPI's I Don't Know Jaques was the closest. In the bottle they look very similar but Khaki Brun actually has more green in it when applied.

Chanel Khaki Brun & OPI You Don't Know Jaques

I have also showed it next to a couple of Leighton Denny brown shades to give you a better idea of where it sits in the colour spectrum.

Leighton Denny On the rocks, Chanel Khaki Brun, Leighton Denny Not Tonight

I am disappointed on the whole with Les Khakis de Chanel but it is really my own fault, I had unrealistic expectations. I had a feeling they would be better suited to warmer skintones and they are, so my cool pale hands really don't show them off to best advantage. I fell into the trap of buying trend colours to go with the camel that is big in fashion this season rather than sticking to colours I like to wear and that suit me (Paradoxal falls in this category, a much better buy). However, I thought Khaki Brun would be my least favourite of the 3 and its not, so that was a nice surprise. Khaki Rose wins that accolade.

Maybe I will have more luck with the 2 colours from the Chanel Soho Collection. Here's hoping.

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