Dior's recent release of the 3 Couleurs Smoky eye shadow trios has me positively over the moon. Not only are the choices well-edited and suitable for most eye and skin tones, but the fact hat there are only three colors make them much more user-friendly for the average woman. No more useless colors tossed into a palette, no more trying to figure out how to place a color on the lid just to feel as if you're getting use of the entire palette! Yay, Dior! It's a release a long time in the making, and I'm hoping it goes over well and ends up expanded in the near future.
Smoky Khaki, #481, is my first foray into the new trio line. I chose this one because I have no khaki palettes. In addition to the Khaki, there's also Smoky Navy, which is very similar to Fall's Blue Tie Collection, Smoky Pink, a gorgeous combination consisting of a deep gray, a silver, and a matte pink base, Smoky Brown, which includes a stand-out shimmery rosy brown, and Smoky Nude. As I stated, I went with Khaki since I felt it was the most unique and would add the most new interest to what I already have.
The first thing I want to mention about these trios is the super-cool packaging. The compact looks normal on first glance, but when you slide the lid back a mirror pops up, creating an entirely new type of case. It's ingenious, cute, and sophisticated all at the same time. It is a bit troublesome to close, as you have to fold the mirror down before closing the lid of the compact, but it's a great idea nonetheless:
Once open, the beautiful colors are in full display:
Clockwise from top left, you have a deep, slightly shimmery khaki, an extremely shimmery khaki that shows even deeper than the first, and finally a shimmery golden base with the tiniest hint of green. I thought the golden base would be too warm for me, but it turned out to be extremely neutral. As a matter of fact, the entire palette is very neutral and surprisingly wearable. I'd been concerned that the greens would turn too green on me, but they didn't. They stayed a lovely khaki, suitable for day or night.
Here are some arm swatches to give you a better idea of the colors:
Taken inside with flash. As you can see, the shimmery khaki reads darker than the matte khaki on the skin, although it appears lighter in the palette.
Indirect natural light.
As you can see in the above photos, the shimmery khaki reads very dark and cool on the skin...almost exactly opposite how it appears in the pan. It's my favorite of the three colors, which is interesting, since it's the one I was most skeptical of when I purchased the palette. I love it! The matte khaki is much warmer, with a more golden undertone. It also has less color payoff and requires a bit more layering to get full opacity; however, don't let that frighten you. All three of these colors are extremely pigmented and glide on effortlessly.
Finally, here's my EOTD with the Smoky Khaki Palette:
For this look, I used the golden base from lash to brow, followed by the matte khaki on the lid and the shimmery khaki in the crease. I lined with Laura Mercier's Cake Eyeliner in Black Ebony and finished with Benefit's new "They're Real!" mascara.
Bottom Line: This is a fabulous palette for any eye color. It reads very neutral on me, with just a hint of the green coming through, adding dimension to the look rather than giving a true "green" impact, which for me is a big plus. The combination of matte and shimmer adds a great deal of depth and dimension to the palette, as does the contrast between the cooler read of the shimmery khaki versus the warmth of the matte khaki. Together with the golden base, they make for a lovely, warm-leaning combination that stays quite neutral while still retaining the potential for some serious drama should the need arise. For everyday wear, this is a definite necessity.