Saturday, 11 September 2010

Chanel Khaki Rose nail varnish swatches & possible dupes

Khaki Rose arrived today and I have been rushing all morning to provide some decent pictures of the shade. I was surprised when I opened it as I could see nothing remotely resembling rose about it. Khaki Vert looks green, so I expected this to lean towards rose. I was wrong.

Chanel's Khaki Rose

To me, it looks brown, a nice brown, but brown all the same, and not what I expected. I decided to dig out some similar shades from my collection, roses, taupes, browns etc, and take some comparison shots. I think the best way for you to tell what shade Khaki Rose is is to see it next to other shades. It will also hopefully give you an idea whether it is worth spending £19 on this colour when you have something similar already.

Khaki Rose with Khaki Vert on the nails

Chanel Khaki Rose and Chanel Khaki Vert - £19 each

2 coats of Khaki Rose applied + top coat

Left: Khaki Rose, Right: Khaki Vert
In the Chanel promo pictures for Les Khakis de Chanel (see previous posts), it seems very obvious which shade is which, the Khaki Rose looks distinctly rose there. I took some photographs of Khaki Rose with Khaki Vert to see if it made the rose stand out more, but it still looks brown. I guess the only way it will look rose is if it is photographed side by side with Khaki Brun (the one shade I don't yet have).

Left to right: OPI You Don't Know Jaques, Chanel Khaki Rose, OPI Over The Taupe

Left to right: Leighton Denny Bronzed Babe, Chanel Khaki Rose, Leighton Denny Supermodel

Left to right: Chanel Inattendu, Chanel Khaki Rose

Left to right: Chanel Khaki Rose, Chanel Particuliere

The photo of Khaki Rose and Particuliere side by side really shows the warmth of the former. For those with a tan or warmer skintone, Khaki Rose might be a better alternative to Particuliere.

I applied some of the shades I thought were similar to Khaki Rose to the nails, so you can get a better idea of whether there are any potential dupes out there. Colours that looked close in the bottle appeared quite different on the nail, and I was surprised that Over the Taupe by OPI was the closest match.

Left to right: Chanel Inattendu, OPI Barefoot in Barcelona, OPI Kreme de la Kremlin, Nails Inc Jermyn Street, OPI Over the Taupe

Little finger - OPI Over the Taupe, Ring - Nails Inc Jermyn Street, Middle - OPI Kreme de la Kremlin, Fore - OPI Barefoot in Barcelona, Thumb - Chanel Inattendu

Left hand: Khaki Rose applied, Right hand: alternatives applied

3 coats of OPI Over the Taupe applied (3 coats and I can still see the nail line!)

I like this shade but I don't love it, Khaki Vert is still my favourite from the Les Khakis de Chanel Collection. I expected Khaki Rose to be more like OPI's Kreme de la Kremlin, a nude with a clear rose tint to it and what I have found is a warmish brown. I probably would not have bought this if I had realised how similar it was to OPI's Other The Taupe. Although I needed 3 coats of the OPI and the shade leans a little more grey/mauve than Khaki Rose, I prefer cooler colours. Over The Taupe is the closest I have found to a Chanel Khaki Rose dupe, it is more cool toned in contrast to Khaki Rose and makes Khaki Rose appear a neutral brown.

Compared to the Khaki Vert that I applied yesterday, this formula felt very thick. I can't imagine why, but that is how I found it. It still applied a lot better than most nail polish brands, great pigment, could have left it at just one coat. When looking for similar shades at cheaper prices, the main difference I found was how the colour looked after one and then two coats. Chanel just can't be beaten on this.

I don't think Khaki Rose is a unique enough shade to justify £19 a bottle, and I was disappointed but the thick consistency of the polish compared to Khaki Vert. If you don't own any autumnal colours then you might like it but on my fair, cool toned skin, I have other shades that are much more flattering.


  1. I struggled in vain to find a better way of describing the shade! No idea how Chanel had the nerve to put 'rose' in its name. 'Warm brown' would have been much more accurate.