With a Little Help, Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres Makes a Great Smokey Eye!

Chanel Mystere FOTD

I remember oohing and ahhing when I saw the promo image of Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres: there are two khaki shades in there? I’m in! The palette turned out to be quite different from what I had imagined, but I have played with it in different ways and I’m going to tell you how I got the most out of it!

Chanel Mystere Les 4 Ombres (43)

Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres (43. RRP in Belgium: 49,50 euros), or rather the European/rest of the world version of Chanel Mystère (the US version looks slightly different), consists of a blackened khaki with gold and copper shimmer, a shimmery white gold, a satiny pale gray, and a blackened brown with an olive tinge.

Chanel Mystere Les 4 Ombres (43) closeup

The blackened khaki has a good texture and color payoff. The white gold is somehow dry and powdery. This is the only shade that produces some sparkle fallout when used dry. The gray is finely-milled with good color payoff. The blackened brown is a little hard to the touch and a little sheer with one pass, but it can be built up.

This is Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres swatched dry:

Chanel Mystere Les 4 Ombres (43) swatch dry

Since the rest of the world version is baked, it can also be used wet. As you can see, all the shades become really intense when they are used wet!

Chanel Mystere Les 4 Ombres (43) swatch wet

Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres leans cool in general. On my skin tone, when I use it alone dry, the gray clashes a little with my yellow undertone. However, when used wet, the gray becomes a silver, and it’s actually easier for me to pull it off!

Here is how it looks on me when used wet. I applied the gray on the inner half, the khaki on the outer half, the white gold in the inner corners, and the blackened brown smudged over PIXI Sage Gold on my lower lash line.

Chanel Mystere FOTD

Chanel Inspiration FOTD

For the rest of my face, I have Chanel Inspiration Le Blush Crème de Chanel and Hourglass No. 3 Femme Nude Lip Stylo (review coming up soon).

The looks is inevitably intense when you use the quad wet, but Mystère can create a soft smokey eye when used dry! For the second look, I used it with the same placement over Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow. Another difference is I lined my lower lash line with my black gel liner. The warmth in Birthday Suit makes the gray less harsh-looking on my skin tone. Just an idea, a base such as Benefit Skinny Jeans or Chanel Epatant should work well if you want to bring out the khaki tone.

Chanel Mystere EOTD

Guerlain Madame Rougit FOTD

For the rest of my face, I have Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush and Chanel Mystique Rouge Coco (review coming up soon).

Bottom line: If you are hoping for a quad that is obviously khaki, you might be disappointed in Chanel Mystère Les 4 Ombres. For the most part, the gray tone in the quad dominates how the looks turn out. Quality-wise, this is a pretty typical baked version of a Chanel quad. In other words, it needs a little help (used wet or over a base) to be truly opaque. If you are willing to take the extra step however, you can definitely get a nice smokey eye out of Mystère!

What do you think? Is Mystère right up your alley?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Wow, this is so different than we expected, no? I actually still love it though but yeah, if you were hoping for a real khaki, this is not it I guess. I still need to play with mine!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Definitely. Not very khaki, eh? It does make a great smokey eye in any case though!

  • Lily

    I’ve only bought 2 Chanel eye quads in my life, and they’re the baked version too. I don’t like them very much. I prefer NOT to use my eye shadows wet, and they are generally dry and stiff otherwise. I still wonder why the rest of the world gets the baked version.
    That is also the reason why I never look at Chanel quads. Too much hassle to make them work, and other brands offer better selections most of the time… think Dior and Guerlain!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I know what you mean! Wouldn’t it be easier for Chanel to just make one version?

  • http://bronzerbunny.com/ Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    this look is gorgeous on you!!! i am so not in love with chanel shadows any more, i feel like there are so many better options for the price these days! and actually this reminds me a bit of the smokey eyes quad!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, I can see why Chanel quads are loved by many, but I can also see your point. If only they made every quad with the same formula as Harmonie du Soir, I’d be ALL OVER IT!

  • Diana

    Such great colors, they look amazing on you!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Diana!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    I love the more intense colours ! Really great for a smokey eye.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, you can get a real party look if you use this quad wet!

  • http://nothingspaces.com Carina

    Looks lovely, still! I guess if you’re not really looking for a khaki look, then this could work.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Carina! If you set your expectations right, you should be fine :)

  • http://www.colormeloud.com/ Sara_BeauTime

    H Sunny, I like both of the looks on you. You can pull off silver. In Amercan Quad (powder version) I had major fall out with darker shades, which pulled me away from this one. Wish I had the baked version too…

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, now that’s weird! I really only get minor fallout from the lightest shade here. I’ve picked up colors with both a paddle brush and a fluffier crease brush (MAC 217), and there was no fallout. So sorry to hear the US version is more problematic :(

  • beauties

    the wet swatches looks great :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Yeah they become SO intense and metallic!

  • peggy timmermans

    It looks amazing on you! On me it looks quite different…i guess green is just not my thing. I can wear it, not the glittery one, but the others look ‘ok’ on me.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, this one really doesn’t look that green though! I actually like the dark shimmery khaki a lot, but that’s me. I’m a green person ;)

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    The colors look great on you, soft yet sultry!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Melissa! For me this is already quite a dark smokey eye (what a wimp LOL)!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    You look gorgeous!!!!!! I love this quad so much. Some people are saying they aren’t liking it, or it’s dry.. but seriously it’s one of my favorites from Chanel!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Brooke, I’m glad to hear you like it so much! For the most part I’m surprised how this doesn’t produce that much fallout at all!

  • Jana Vmh

    Heel erg mooie look! wow :) x

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Jana :)

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Gorgeous on you Sunny! But I too have given up on Chanel quads-they’re just too much work LOL.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, I own a couple of them and my favorite is Harmonie du Soir. That texture and interesting color combination make it worthwhile! I’m still hoping Chanel will either start making everything with that formula or at least the US formula. That should make working with them easier!

  • Icaria

    I was so excited when I first saw this quad, now, it a bit of a meh. It a bit of a stretch to have the extra step for some color payoff in the morning when you have to be fast with makeup. Different but since I got Clarins Forest, I’ll still stop and swatch this one but will likely pass. You did a great job with it, looove the look! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I know what you mean. There’s a lot of other good stuff in the collection though! Don’t miss out on that ;)

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I’ve never much been interested in Chanel quads! They always look the same to me. Hahaha. But I love the look you created :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! I really really like Harmonie du Soir from last year’s holiday collection. If Chanel makes all of their quads with that formula, I’d be pretty screwed ;)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    You wear it well but I was just not convinced by these guys. No regrets though. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I understand! For the most part, I’m pretty sure you have gray-ish shades in your stash that will do about the same thing!

  • Dominique33

    I purchased it and to me it’s one of the prettiest Chanel quads ever ( I love Fascination too ), it’s grey, khaki, grey again well, it’s quite amazing. And so to say khaki/grey is not my fav combo at all but Mysterious deserves its name. Worth the splurge ! I also purchased Rendez-vous today, it was supposed to be a Guerlain haul but it turned out to be a Guerlain/Chanel/YSL one ^^ !
    I think Esprit would be perfect for you^^, the RCS are so easily wearable and pretty and the Fall ones are lovely !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dominique, I’m glad to hear you like it so much! I hope you’ll like Rendez-vous as much as I do! It’s such a pretty shade that goes with everything and works for every mood!

  • Christa

    Look at all that beautiful hair! The palette looks pretty darn good on you too! ;-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Christa! I would have wished for a warm-toned khaki palette, but that’s me being lazy. Now I know I can actually wear gray/silver!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Hi Sunny, these aren’t colors I usually wear much, I seem to gravitate towards warmer shades, but they’re very classic and can’t-go-wrong-regardless-of-skintone type colors. On another note, I just saw your post on Makeup and Beauty Blog…. is it crazy I could tell you were the author just from the swatch photo in my feedly feed? I can ID your swatches haha… anyway, congrats on that, so cool! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, same here! I’m glad to find out gray could work for me though! Funny how you ID’d my swatches :p

  • Krystle Kouture

    Mystere is right up my alley! I love browns/greys and Chanel’s quality is always on point!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, I’m glad to hear you like it! I don’t own much gray myself, but apparently it can work for me!

  • ValleyDoll

    I really cannot buy anymore neutrals but my god, this is pretteeeh !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean! I definitely wish it were more khaki, but it turned out OK :)

  • Khalil Coulibaly

    Se sera difficile pour moi puisque c’est le français que je parle correctement.

  • http://www.pinklavenders.com/ Rainy Days & Lattes

    Gosh this is beautiful. You’re a vixen Sunny! i love the look!!!!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Jen! <3

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    This is not a look the I’m used to seeing you in, but girl or works! I find a black smokey eye the most intimidating makeup to wear but when you do it it’s worth it. LOVE!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, thanks! Took me longer to put this together but it’s fun to do something different! This is not black black, but it’s definitely darker than what I normally wear ;)

  • Jacqueline Ma

    I don’t understand why the must produce two different types. I have been hearing that the US version is better but I can’t confirm. I got a friend to buy Mystere from the US so I guess I’ll find out soon enough. You look sexay girl. Love the look.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, I’d like to hear what you think about the US version of Mystere! I think the gray in the European palette is more like a taupe in the US version. You’ll see :)

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  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    I hesitated on picking this up because I was so scared of messing up the application. But wow, you made this work in more ways than one, Sunny. Definitely having second thoughts now. Huhu.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Shari, if you don’t already have another grayish quad that’s good for a smokey eye, consider Mystere!

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