Chanel Mystère, Gri-Gri and Khaki Précieux

June 28, 2013
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The Chanel fall collection for eyes this year consists of some beautiful neutrals in the khaki family. I immediately picked up Gri-Gri Ombre Essentielle a beautiful sparkling taupe. I resisted the Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres and the Khaki Précieux Stylo Yeux Waterproof for a week before caving. Khaki colors are challenging for me to pull off. The olive color on olive skin often results in a sallow muddy look. I was hesitant to try any of the khaki items but a quick mini-makeover with the quad at the Chanel counter fixed everything.

Quick swatches, left to right: Mystère Quad, Gri-Gri Single and Khaki Précieux Eyeliner, I find it interesting the taupes pull more mauve on me while it pulls more neutral and brown on others (similar effect happened with Taupe Gris and some other taupes). See Mystère on Café Makeup and Weekend Ramblings, also Gri-Gri on The Non-Blonde. Clearly your mileage may vary depending on your skintone.

Some close ups of each item. First up, Mystère Quadra Eyeshadow ($59 for 6.8g) is a stunning mix of pale sparkly champagne with gold flecks, soft neutral mauve-taupe, dark blackened-khaki with gold shimmer and a neutral brown satin with green tones. What makes this work for me is that none of the shades are a pure khaki, but two have some khaki elements. The lightest and darkest shades have slightly larger shimmer particles. A base is absolutely necessary or else you will have some glitter fall out on the cheeks and smudging for the dark shade. I used this over Edward Bess’s Eye Base and also RMS Beauty Solar Cream Shadow. The colors are well pigmented and easy to blend. I found it flattering on my olive skin. Easy to wear for day and versatile enough to take into night by adding more of the smoky khaki/gold/black color.

Next, Gri-Gri Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 1.6g) is a must-have for any taupe lover. On me it pulls more on the mauve side versus a straight taupe. It’s very sparkly. I love it. Some close ups and comparisons below.

Khaki Précieux ($30)  is a lovely metallic khaki green. I find it to be both a good liner and a smudgey base for a smokey eye. It’s dark enough to define the eyes but the shimmery quality makes it soft. The texture is soft and easy to apply on the eyes, but firm enough so it doesn’t smudge. Some close ups and comparisons below.

For me, I think the Mystère quad is the winner for eyes. The taupe is similar to the Gri-Gri single (although not an exact dupe). There’s more versatility in the quad.
So far I’ve spotted the collection in store at Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms and the Chanel Boutique on Rodeo Drive. It should start trickling in all stores by next week, as well as online. For now you can find the collection online at Nordstrom.com.

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  • Oh my God, these are SO awesome! I need the quad for sure, and the liner also looks really good! Can't wait for them to finally show up in Belgium!

  • You just single-handedly caused my need for Gri-Gri! 😀

  • This quad is so at the top of my list I just love these colors and can't wait to get to play with them.

  • AHHH! Thanks for the review (: I am DEFINITELY picking the quad up this weekend! I actually really like Khaki..i.e. Burberry's e/s in Khaki was a total surprise to me; it would not have been a color that I would've chosen for myself until the girl put it on. I was a bit stunned. The eyeliner looks lovely too; Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliners are my favorites — don't budge, and don't make my eyes water or smear into my contacts. Have a good weekend!

  • Thank you, Sabrina! Your Gri Gri comparisons to those other shades is exactly what I needed to see. That is one gorgeous color.
    I also think Khaki Precieux looks really fantastic. 🙂

  • OH MY GOSH! All of those colors are so gorgeous. The color in that single is amazing.

    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

  • I expect the taupe shadow is going to be a huge winner for Chanel. And rightly so – it's stunning! I like the olive liner as well

  • Thank you for the link, Sabrina 🙂

    I really realllly need the LM Jade..it's just the perfect dark khaki I have been looking around for ages!

    • Your welcome, loved your swatches!

  • I purchased the quad and the Gri-Gri; the single is a FANTASTIC shade. The quad, however… went back. I'm very fair with cool undertones and the combo of the shades look EXACTLY like a bruise. HORRIBLE colors on me. The Chanel SA, who I've known for years, acknowledged the disgusting hue the shades left on the back of my hand when I showed her and informed me that this quad REALLY works well for those who can wear yellow-based shades (I can NOT).

    Beautiful quad for those who can carry it off.

    • Thanks for the caveat, 3bDiva.
      I'll wait til I can swatch it person after all.

  • These colors are just beautiful. Really liked the colors in the quad. Will have to make a stop at my local Chanel counter after work now.

    Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/

  • The quad is prettier than I thought it would be! Definitely a winner 🙂 Thanks for the comparison swatches 🙂

    • I agree! Definitely check out Cafe Makeup and The Non-Blonde for swatches on fairer skin. Glad the comparisons helped 🙂

  • J.

    Gah! I picked up Gri Gri already, but now I have to go back for Khaki Precieux. Thanks as always for your lovely swatches Sabrina.

  • I absolutely love Gri-Gri! Holy cow!

    • It is quite stunning! Very sparkly!

  • Amazing colours! They are just what I really love! Khaki and Gri Gri are so pretty too, I now want even more now, doh! ^^ Thanks a lot for those beautiful comparison swatches, you are the best Sabrina!

    • Thank you Teri! They were nice surprises 🙂

  • Hi Sabrina, The Chanel Mystere quad looks more gorgeous in swatches than I'd imagined! 🙂

  • Thanks for the swatches. Definitely nees the quad and eyeliner.

  • Thanks Sabrina!

    I was waiting for your reviews. I have the quad and the pencil. Just beautiful!

    BTW- Did you happen to pick up either of the Aqualumiere Saks limited editions/Japanese release colors? The Beverly Hills store had only received the French Toffee color when I was there. I snapped it up, however. Of course now i want it in the pink color too! ;-D!

    • Hi Lori! Sorry I didn't get back to your other email on LA! If you're in Beverly Hills there's plenty to keep you busy! I love the Bouchon Bar and Bistro at the Montage (a few blocks from Rodeo). Rodeo Dr is awesome, but you can probably spend an entire week at just Barneys, Saks and Neimans.

      If you go outside of Beverly Hills:
      – NARS Store is on Melrose
      – Woodley and Bunny, Le Labo and Magnolia Bakery is on Third
      – Downtown LA Bottega Louie is an amazing restaurant
      – Lucky Scent is also there
      – North Robertson is also a great street to shop for All Saints, Chanel Boutiques, Paul & Joe etc.

      I did pick up some of the Saks/Japanese collection. Saks should have the pink gloss (saw it at South Coast Plaza Saks). If they can't locate and ship to you check Chanel.com 🙂

    • Hi Sabrina!

      Oh gosh! No worries! Thank for the reply now!

      And, yes, you could easily spend an entire week at Barneys, Saks and Neimans! It's kind of thrilling to hit all three stores in a day, isn't it!!

  • I love the quad. It was my only purchase from this collection, though I think I may cave on a few more things!
    Love your swatches!

  • I love the quad, I am so drawn to colours like this but I already have prelude I think the colours are a pretty close match! Oh well, I love this blog and will continually check this out for future beauty buys!