there’s just something about a taupe eye shadow, you know? it’s such a beautifully subtle, natural color, giving any eye color a nice little pop. it’s suitable for every day use as well as a heavier makeup look, while being grungy enough to not look overdone. for me, my taupes are old reliables.
sephora shadow and liner in 04 taupe // the creamiest (obviously) and most pigmented of the bunch. taupe is really the perfect cool-toned taupe, with flashes of lavender or silver depending on the light. it’s described as a shimmer but i would say it’s more on the metallic end. it reminds me somewhat of laura mercier amethyst but still a true taupe. i highly recommend checking out these shadow sticks, they are the best on the market in my opinion.
rms beauty eye polish in myth // my other favorite cream taupe. i’ve mentioned this shadow a million and one times, but it’s just that good. it’s a sheer wash of glowy goodness; a cool-toned taupe with hint of minkiness. i would say this can be hit or miss product depending on your shadow/lasting power/creasing preferences, but i love the messy, sheeny look it imparts.
colourpop super shock shadow in mixed tape // this is a new purchase but i’ve already worn it 3 times so that’s really saying something. this is like the cream to powder, more pigmented version of myth. it has those purple cool tones, but this time with subtle silver shimmers. it looks extra cool on me, definitely on the silver side, which i love. if you haven’t tried these shadows – and it took me forever to – they are just the coolest things. they are a marshmallow consistency that’s impossible to describe, but they are a cream/powder crossover. gorgeous.
l’oreal colour riche shadow in 201 // this is another very sheer and shimmery formula. it’s a lot sheerer than i expected or would like it to be, but it’s beautiful either way. sitting next to mixed tape you can really see the silver tones, so i would say this doesn’t contain as much purple as the others. the shimmers are more noticeable than any of the other shadows i’ve mentioned, but still not in an obvious or tacky way. i don’t know if i would repurchase this shadow just because of the lack of pigmentation, but i’m enjoying it in the mean time (i purchased this in london but the us shade pain au chocolat is identical).
gabriel cosmetics eyeshadow in sable // the only matte taupe i have, but the only one i need. i absolutely adore this eye shadow, it’s the right amount of browny purpley pink without making me look sick or weird. this is a really nice staple shadow that’s easy to wear and blend, but is a slight departure from a regular brown. this also looks great when blended with the powdered shadows mentioned above.
sephora contour eye pencil in 15 flirting game // this is an honorable mention as it’s a liner and not a shadow. this is a darker taupe than the sephora shadow stick, but still a true taupe and not a brown. it has fine silver shimmers that i don’t find noticeable when i have it actually lining my eyes. i’m really not an eyeliner person, but sometimes i want that definition, so i love this color to give me the eyeliner look without being nearly as harsh as black or brown. i don’t reach for this often, but i think this is a product to check out – creamy, blendable, and long lasting.
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