There are 4 new permanent eyeshadow palettes released by Dior early this year, of which I’ve already shown you two – Rose Porcelaine and Grege. I honestly thought I’d like the blue palette best, so I saved that for last. Oh boy! Mistake! My personal favourite of the 4 is actually this one – Royal Kaki 454.
Despite the rather unfortunate name and, if I’m to be honest, quite boring look of the palette, I’ve found Royal Kaki to be the most versatile palette. Its good, whether you want to go for a subtle look, or for something more dramatic. There is a good mix of light and dark shades, shimmer and mattes, warm and cool colours. If you were to try just one Dior eyeshadow palette, my vote goes to Royal Kaki. You will experience effusive language, blatant fawning and nauseating adoration for this palette in this post. I’m not sorry 🙂
I will however, start with the rather unfortunate name. You see, “Kaki” in the Malay language translates as “foot”. You can understand why therefore I wish that when they translated the name into English, Dior went with “Royal Khaki” which would make a lot more sense. “Kaki” is however, French for “Khaki” but then should it not have read “Royale”? Maybe not. French is not a language I speak 🙂 Semantics aside, this palette is known as “Royal Khaki” on some sites and “Royal Kaki” on others.
Unlike the other Dior palettes, Royal Kaki features 2 matte shades and 3 shimmer shades.
Dior Royal Kaki 454 swatches L-R swatched 1 time clockwise: Shimmer warm gold, Shimmer white, Shimmer cool silver, Matte black, Matte Khaki
The 2 matte shades are the deeper shades, and if you use a brush, applies smoothly on the lids without fall out. I use the black mostly for deepening the colour and to line (if you use a fine tipped brush and dampen it a bit, it makes an excellent liner that stays put on the waterline for AGES!). I use the Khaki green as a colour accent while I use the shimmer shades to add highlight.
I actually found that blending the warm and cool shades kept it quite interesting. Most of the time, I use just the black and gold with white for highlight, or black and silver. They both look quite different.
Or as I’ve done here, you can use black and gold and then use the Khaki as an accent colour with silver and white to blend it all in. Yes, I used all 5 shades 🙂 For some reason, it looks incredibly polished, and considering that the Khaki is a matte shade and considering that I’m not very good as using matte shadows, this is great.
See how the Khaki green gives it that subtle smokey look? You could of course, blend it out even more for something more dramatic. I like to keep it simple this way. Its quick and thus far, error proof for me.
In an nutshell
Dior Royal Kaki (or Royal Khaki) 454 is my favourite palette out of the 4 eyeshadow palettes released by Dior this year under the New Look collection. The quality is quite unmistakeable and there is a good mix of shimmer, matte, light, dark, warm and cool shades in this palette. I usually use just 2 or 3 shades but you can easily use all 5 and it will still look good. Smoke it out for a night out, or tone it down for an everyday eye. Lasts on me all day without fading or fall out. I can’t rave enough about this palette and this is, I think one of the best I’ve come across from the brand.
Pros: Lovely palette with a good mix light, dark, shimmer, matte, warm and cool colours for a variety of looks and complexions, Matte colours are pigmented and are not chalky not do they have fall out, Shimmer colours are not glittery nor do they have fall out, Matte black is impressive as liner
Here’s how I wore this look with this palette.
I broke all convention and went with strong eyes and strong lips. I think it worked 🙂
If you’re eagle-eyed, you might wonder if this palette was in any way similar to the Chanel Ombres Matelassees palette in Montaigne. I’d say no. I find the Chanel one more golden and lighter in colour and feel. This one is deeper and doesn’t lean towards being golden at all. So, go ahead and get both LOL! 😀
Have you checked out any of the Dior New Look palettes yet? Does this palette in Royal Kaki 454 catch your eye or do you prefer one of the other 4? If you’d like a compact little palette that you can tote around, or use daily for everyday, or for special occasions, I will suggest you take a look at Royal Kaki.
The other Dior New Look palettes featured on MWS (click on thumbnail to go to review):
Dior New Look eyeshadow palettes come in 4 shades Price: RM210 Availability: All Dior counters Permanent: Yes