Dior Smoky Khaki 481

August 30, 2011
This season seems to be the season of new innovations in eyeshadows. Chanel released their Sophisticated Eye Collection with new quads, singles and eyelash curler and Guerlain came out with nine new quads. Dior has also released a beautiful collection of Smoky Eyeshadow palettes with six new trios that have just started to trickle in stores (I spotted these at Nordstrom). Fab Over Forty has details on the full lineup and Cafe Makeup has a lovely feature on Smoky Pink #051. The trio that captured my attention the most was Smoky Khaki #481 ($48 each).

These trios come with a new type of packaging with a sliding top and a mirror that flips open once the top slides back. According to the National Artists at the store, the mirrors are designed at the perfect angle so you can apply your eyeshadow while looking down. The compacts are on the smaller side with a small mirror. It’s great for a detail touch-up but too small to be ideal for normal application (in my opinion). Each trio has three colors with different finishes/textures designed to create the perfect smokey eye by layering. The colors in Smoky Khaki are:
  • Base: golden beige shimmer (soft and buttery smooth)
  • Soft smoky: dusty khaki-brown (subtle shimmer but very fine)
  • Couture smoky: high sparkle khaki gold

Don’t let the sparkle in these palettes scare you. They apply beautifully on the eye without having an overly glitter or frosty appearance. Yes, the sparkle is extremely intense, but the colors look amazing once you apply. The base comes in a soft smooth texture while the other two shades have a slightly harder finish giving them a more sheer finish. The colors are easily buildable though so I found the pigment payoff excellent with a bit of layering.

The trios all come with a small instruction booklet and diagrams. The application recommendations:

I tried this today using my regular eyeshadow brushes from MAC and Trish McEvoy and the result was a pretty polished neutral smokey golden khaki eye. Swatches over NARS Primer:

In outdoor natural light, no flash:

I played with only 3 of the palettes and all seemed to have the same quality and texture and color payoff. I love Dior’s interpretation of the smoky eye this season and am thrilled with the variety and uniqueness of each palette. For me, the traditional smokey eye palette of cream, grey and black doesn’t always work for my skin making me look dead and washed out. The new trios from Dior offer a diverse range of options to give a modern smokey eye. I highly recommend you check these out.

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  • Thank you for the swatch! I need this.I can always count on your to have the newest /best stuff out quick!

  • Rei

    So cool, I'm already loving it based on your review! Totally agree with brandy that you always have the coolest makeup to show us πŸ™‚

  • It looks so pretty and perfect for the upcoming fall season.

  • Ava

    I really love the Couture Smokey, which fills a much needed color niche, I think. Or at least I've been looking for a pewter-like brown, which is how it appears on my screen. Wish they'd sell it in a single.

  • Amy

    SO GOOD! Wow that looks beautiful!!

  • The base eyeshadow looks more cool-toned, but still very gorgeous and suitable for warm skintones. LOVE! This trio could be used for both daytime and night time. =)

  • it's sooo pretty! πŸ™‚

  • This Dior Addict needs this trio. How perfect are those shades!

  • I am SO glad you posted this. I've been going back and forth but now I know I need to purchase!

  • I can see this palette being an everyday go to for Fall! I can't wait to go look for it. Thanks for the review!!

  • These colors remind me of a sandy desert. Very pretty. I can't wait to see more of these in person or online. I really like the idea of Dior trios.

  • I'll bet you look stunning in this set! stil waiting for these to show up in my store. fabulous swatches!

  • These colors are so pretty and natural.

  • Thanks for the swatches! It's either this or the Black!

  • I thought I was going to skip these sets totally but wow it is too beautiful not to take a closer look at. Thanks!

  • Great review! I don't usually go for Dior, but the swatches of these look really pretty. I love packaging innovations like Dior has been churning out lately! This one in particular seems kind of James-Bond-like to me πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful! Thanks for the lovely pictures πŸ™‚ I know I will have to get at least one of these! πŸ™‚

  • LuckyRedLisa

    WOWZA!!! I've been contemplating a Guerlain haul, but I think I may go with a couple of these Dior trios instead. Smoky Khaki is at the top of my list!! THANK YOU so much.

  • This one speaks directly to me. I need another Dior palette. My one Dior palette is so lonely!

  • Tia

    This palette is definitely on my wishlist! I love the richness of the colors and the metallic finish. It screams, "Holiday Party!"

  • These colors are so beautiful and would be perfect for fall!! <3

  • This is still sitting on my desk at home >__< now i know what to look forward to πŸ˜€

  • Hi can you pls pls pls o a look with it!!! Thanks in advance

  • WELL! This post just gave me a sobbing heart attack! =) I need this.

  • Ohhh… this looks stunning! Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to have to try this on sometime… unfortunately the quint I have already doesn't really last on my lids despite my best efforts, sounds like this might be a bit different of a formula though, and the colors are so beautiful!

  • This trio is calling my name. I still need to wait for awhile as we receive the collection 1 month after the U.S.

    Thank you for the swatches. I always depend on your blog of what to buy next.

  • Anonymous

    this item is pretty too but the mitzah collection is out!!!

  • Looking forward to try these trios. I am sure I will miss the quints though.

  • Beautiful! This is almost like the beauty of Edward Bess' Intimate eyeshadow spread over three gorgeous golden khaki pans.

    Are these trios really going to replace the quints? If so, I can live with that. I rarely wore more than 203 colors in any quint, anyway.

  • Z

    I finally ordered the Smoky Khakis today along with Exquis vernis from Dior.com. Better late than never πŸ™‚

    Thank you for yet another super helpful review!