Monday, January 9, 2012

Chanel VIOLET SMOKE, BRUN, KHAKI DORE Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer Swatches and Review

Since I was so in love with my Chanel Le Crayon Kohl liners - Black Jade, Noir, and Marine - I decided to get a few more when my mom and I popped by the Chanel counter at Macy's the other day.  I was a little distraught and needed a haul.  In my frenzy, I grabbed Le Crayon Yeux instead of Le Crayon Kohl.  Oopsie.  It was actually a wonderful mistake.  I picked the colors from swatching the shades, and didn't even notice that it wasn't the kohl until I started to take the pictures.  Below I'll talk about the similarities and differences in the two eye liners.

What the Neiman Marcus website has to say about Chanel Le Crayon Yeux:
    Eye contour crayon outlines and accents dramatically. Creates a clear, precise line around eyes, enhancing their expression. Also gives a gentle shadow to lids when delicately blended with sponge applicator.

  • Extremely smooth texture with finely dispersed pigments for even, long-lasting wear.
  • Formula enriched with Vitamin E is ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers.
  • Sharpen pencil with the included two-bladed sharpener to assure a precise tip.
  • To contour the eye, draw a dotted line at the base of the lashes and blend.
  • To subtly accent eyelids, apply small quantity and blend with sponge applicator.
Founded by the French couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in 1909, the House of Chanel has become one of the most respected fashion empires in the world. The collection today includes haute couture, ready-to-wear, handbags, perfumes, and cosmetics and skin treatments. The legend and allure of the interlocking-C logo endures beautifully.

 (L-R: Violet Smoke, Brun, Khaki Dore)

Violet Smoke is a deep and smoky purple.  It wears with less pigment than I thought, but is beautiful for smudging.

Brun was a shade I purchased because I'm almost out of my HG MAC Teddy Kohl.  It's very similar, but a little softer. 

Khaki Dore is an olive shade, but leans more gold than green, which is what I was looking for.

Overall, I really liked these eye liners.  Le Crayon Yeux is actually softer than the Kohl, yet has the same type of wear.  These shades actually don't even come in the Kohl, and they don't even need to since the Crayon Yeux is such a similar and nice product.  A point I really need to mention, is that the Kohl are specifically designed to line the rim of the eye.  I had no problem using the Yeux for waterlining, but it's something to take into consideration.  There is also a one dollar price difference (Le Crayon Yeux is more expensive).

Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definers retail for $29.00 each and are available for purchase at Chanel counters as well as online and at


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