Les Khakis de Chanel: Khaki Brun, Khaki Vert & Khaki Rose

September 8, 2010
The highly anticipated Les Khakis de Chanel nail polishes for Fashion’s Night Out have finally arrived ($25 each). These are exclusive to select boutiques in the US so you won’t be seeing these at your local department store counters, unless they have a Chanel Studio that carries exclusives or imports collections. I’ve been anxious to see what these look like in real life as each swatch photo I’ve seen looks different. These are some other websites I’ve seen pictures on:

All the Khaki shades have a smooth cream finish with no detectable shimmer, even in the bottles. They apply with absolute perfection – creamy & opaque with 2 coats. The colors are so not me – but I still caved. Curiosity got the best of me because it’s Chanel. My descriptions:
  • Khaki Vert – forest khaki green cream (my favorite one)
  • Khaki Rose – warm brown taupe, there’s nothing “rose” about this once it’s on the fingers (only looks slightly pink next to Khaki Brun)
  • Khaki Brun – deep brownish green, resembles green pea soup

Outdoor lighting, no flash:

Four sets of swatches in different lighting, Khaki Rose looks slightly pinkish here only because it’s next to a green and a brown, but scroll down below for the comparison set to see how un-pink it really is. All with 2 coats, no base coat or top coat (hand swatched by me, so excuse the messy finish and unclean cuticles).

High flash and natural sunlight definitely bring out the color, but I find the above photos are more accurate.

From the promotional images I had wondered how these compared to existing shades. While I should have known what to expect with the khaki military colored theme – I kept thinking in my mind, “maybe they’ll be more wearable than they sound.” Right now I’m undecided. My favorite in the bunch is Khaki Vert. While the following comparisons are not exactly dupes, I hope they will give you a better idea of what the shades are like. I don’t own many medium browns or greens for nails.

Chanel Particuliere vs. Chanel Khaki Brun

Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow, Chanel Khaki Vert, Chanel Jade

Rescue Beauty Lounge Om, Chanel Rose Confidentiel (here too), Chanel Khaki Rose

* Funny how pink Rose Confidentiel looks next to the brown, when by itself, it’s not all that bright of a pink

*Update* Someone commented how close Particuliere looked to Khaki Rose. Upon reviewing my swatches/photos I saw how it might be misleading so I did another proper comparison set. Here is Particuliere v Khaki Rose v Khaki Brun. Interesting how Particuliere almost looks purple now.

Overall thoughts: I have gone way outside of my comfort zone in buying these colors. My favorite color in the trio is Khaki Vert. I normally think Chanel does it best with the nail colors, but in this case I much prefer RBL Diddy Mow to Khaki Vert. (I bought Diddy Mow because it looked so good on Cafe Makeup – see her swatch/review linked.)

I can definitely see myself wearing Khaki Vert and Khaki Rose. The Brun shade – I’m not sure. It has me going “hmmmmmm …” I think if I had seen and tried it in person myself I would not have purchased it. Still, I have to give kudos to Chanel – only they can manage to capture my attention and $$$ with these odd shades for the nails.

All shades purchased by me. These are available at select Chanel boutiques around the US and is rumored to be online starting 09/10/10 for Fashion’s Night Out.

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  • Great comparisons. I can't wait to get my hands on these!

  • I was waiting for this review!!!! It looks like Particuliere is similar to Khaki rose, isn't?
    Thanks for this review!!!!

  • Swatchcat – TY, glad they helped. Are you going to FNO? I wish I were in NY now, would be amazing!

    Lucia – I updated the post for you. They are similar, Particuliere is more grey, Khaki Rose is more warm brown. Hope the swatches help.

  • Thank you for the review. The colors are rich. 25 is expensive but I have a feeling that you'll use them for a long time.

  • Anh

    Wow – great comparisons. Thank you for making it so much easier to decide!!! I may want to go for the Khaki Rose…but I tend to stick to natural clear or light pink on my nails and it would be a big change!

  • Amazing swatches! Thanks so much!
    I thought I wanted Khaki Vert but this post has me lusting over Khaki Rose!
    Awesome, informative post!

  • great post. i love the chanel jade — so pretty. you have such cute n tiny fingers.
    love the blog.

  • Eileen

    Actually, Khaki Vert and Khaki Rose both look lovely with your skin tone. Whereas Khaki Vert is quintessentially autumn, Khaki Rose looks Southwestern. I could see wearing it with muted earth tones and lots of silver and turquoise jewelry. I think they are both keepers for you.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that Khaki Brun does nothing to help itself look flattering, huh? Yeah, I think it is the least desirable of the trio. Khaki Rose still has my attention. Many thanks for the thorough review and *really* nice comparison pics, Lina.

    Leslieal πŸ™‚

  • uh oh! bad for me, i want all of them!

  • No, no FNO for me. I wish I could be in NYC to take part, too! Sadly, I will have to wait until these hit online.

  • When I initially saw Khaki Rose, I thought it was similar to Rose Confidentiel, which I purchased recently. I thought I was going to really like Khaki Rose, but the more swatches I see the more out of love I fell. So thanks so much for the comparison photos! Really helped me make up my mind. πŸ˜€

  • my favorite is Chanel's Khaki Vert, such a pretty green. thanks for sharing

  • I think they will look really pretty come fall. Oh how I wish they were available in Germany! (Other than in Berlin)
    Thanks for swatching and writing a great review, as always!

  • LuckyRedLisa

    Oh, thank you so much for posting this!! You know I've been DYING to see some good swatches.
    I hope these show up on line tomorrow.

  • I really want to get Khaki Vert -will have to hunt it down! Great swatches – very comprehensive! Thanks! x

  • Sabrina, thanks for the swatches! I haven't received mine, yet. I just called my store and they said they were sending them out tomorrow, but after seeing the swatches I may pass on the Khaki Rose and Khaki Brun. I'm with you, Khaki Vert is my favorite, too!

    So, now that we've gotten that Peter Philips stampede out of the way will you be purchasing the nail colors from the Soho collection? Or anything from that collection? I think I fancy the Steel and Strong colors a bit more than these! We shall see!

  • Jo

    I am so glad you got your new collection and the colors are awesome. I can't wait to go pick mine up tomorrow while I'm in the city for FNO! I hope you get your SoHo Collection soon!