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 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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