8.08.2011

The Different Shades of Taupe.


Taupe has been my eye makeup color of choice as of late, and it's no secret that it's also a consistent favorite among many a makeup lover. Unlike pretty much everyone else on the planet, though, I do not own MAC Satin Taupe, nor have I ever tried it. What are your thoughts on it, by the way - is it a must-have? Let me know, please :)

Too Faced Like a Virgin (top) and Urban Decay Mushroom

I have Like a Virgin from the Too Faced Eye Love palette, which was a recent Sephora 500-point perk, but it's originally from their Naked Eye palette. It's a slightly plummy, grey-taupe, and it's the only matte taupe in my collection. Mushroom is from my UD Alice in Wonderland palette and is a silvery, pewter-taupe.

Clockwise from left:
Wet n Wild "Eyelid" shade from Silent Treatment palette
Benefit Where There's Smoke
Wet n Wild Nutty

The taupe from the Silent Treatment palette is silvery, purple-taupe, while Where There's Smoke is a pewter-taupe, but with a bit more of a brownish-green tone to it, as opposed to UD Mushroom, which is more silvery. Nutty is a brown-taupe.

Jouer creme eyeshadow in Cashmere (left) and Sephora Jumbo Liner in Taupe

Cashmere (previously reviewed here) is a golden, brown-taupe, and Taupe (discussed in further detail here) is metallic, brown-taupe that has a similar sheen to the "eyelid" shade in the WnW Silent Treatment palette, though the WnW shade is much more purple-toned.

Left to right:
TF Like a Virgin
UD Mushroom
WnW Silent Treatment "Eyelid" shade
Benefit Where There's Smoke
WnW Nutty
Jouer Cashmere
Sephora Taupe

All of the powder taupe eyeshadows, with the exception of Too Faced Like a Virgin, have excellent pigmentation and wear beautifully on the eyelids, especially when used over primer (I use UDPP). 

I'd say the one that stands out to me the most, in terms of both shade and quality, is Benefit Where There's Smoke. The color is absolutely gorgeous and it lasts all day on me without any fading or creasing whatsoever. 

Too Faced Like a Virgin is nice, but it suffers from much the same fate as other matte eyeshadows before it, in that it can sometimes apply a bit patchy and slightly chalky. It's not terrible by any means - it's just not as smooth as the other, non-matte taupes.

As for the cream and the pencil taupes, I've linked two posts above where I talked about those in more detail, so check those out if you're interested.

I have my beady little eye on Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian (supposedly the taupe of all taupes), but I have a feeling that's one taupe that may end up just keeping a permanent spot on my wishlist. I actually ordered it a few months ago when it was on backorder, but when I found out it wasn't going to be available for at least 2 months, I cancelled my order. Who in the world has the patience for that?! And let's not forget it costs $30 for a single eyeshadow o_0

Are you a taupe fan? What's your favorite taupe eyeshadow?


65 comments:

  1. personally i dont really care for satin taupe. it makes my eyes look tired! which is weird cause every other taupe on me looks fine. nutty is very similar to it. and ooo you have benefit where there's smoke! i swatched that at sephora and i almost got it. it is so pretty!

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  2. Yes!  I think that this is one color that manages to look good on everybody!  Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I struggle with taupes, but I can tell by your swatches alone they must be very flattering on you. Do warm taupes exist or do they become beiges?

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  4. I'm a huge taupe fan! I don't think there's an eye color that it wouldn't look good with. I just got Satin Taupe from MAC and I've been loving it so far!

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  5. I really do think Satin Taupe by MAC would be a great addition to your collection. It was actually one of my very first MAC shadows and one of the few that I've hit pan and repurchased. I recommend it to a lot of girls as it is a versatile shade that compliments browns, purples, darker charcoals, adds depth to a smoldery eye or looks beautiful on it's own. It has great pigmentation and wears really well. I say go for it!

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  6. my favorite is the jouer cashmere one :D   i want some taupe accessories in my clothing!

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  7. OMG I'm such a taupe whore! Love this collection. Satin Taupe is one of my fav shadows of all time (and a must-have). Based on your swatch it seems closest to WnW Nutty.

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  8. I really like Clinique's Foxy as an all over taupe. I wouldn't say it's matte, but it's not shimmery at all. More of a soft sheen which is gorgeous!

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  9. I loooooove taupes. Such a versatile and wearable shade. MAC's Satin Taupe I love, the one in the Grand Palais duo from NARS is quite nice and you were the reason I bought the Sephora 12 hour Taupe pencil which is fabulous. Thanks for the great rec!

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  10. Call Neiman marcus Palo Alto, they had 1 left. I bought mine there :)  No doubt you will love it..

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  11. Ooooo I soooo wanna try Wet N Wild Nutty! I love Tapestry Taupe from CoverGirl! It is more golden-taupe. Hey! Follow my new beauty blog: ultaismycandystore.blogspot.com

    -Holly

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  12. JessicaGettingCheekyAugust 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I've also been having an *IMPOSSIBLE* time finding Corinthian. It's a bit frustrating really ...

    ♥ Jessica

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  13. Brown taupes are my personal favorite just because they're so easy to use! :)

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  14. The photo of UD mushroom makes me remember what a mistake it was not to get the Alice in Wonderland palette. I'm still regretting it! As for the taupes, I'm with you; they're total love =)

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  15. Taupe is my favourite colour too! I'm still waiting for UD to release Mushroom as a single by itself...

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  16. Siiiiigh love taupe. I want to try Satin Taupe, and I'm yet to own a Benefit Creaseless Cream and it annoys me!

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  17. I think I have a tendency to go for taupe eyeshadows and I always have to stop myself because I have Satin Taupe and I absolutely adore it! I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot if you like taupe! My best friend bought it after I got it cuz she liked it hehe.

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  18. Wow so many come across as quite purple!!! but i LIKE IT all your recent talk about the sephora pencil in Taupe has me itching to get it!! 

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  19. Taupes are so pretty! I always feel like it's a light grey color. Never tried Mac satin taupe before either, but your picks seem good enough:)

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  20. I love taupe! It's so nice both as a neutral and to add a little 'oomph' to a look :) my favourite taupe is actually from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette. The shade on the top right is a sort of pewtery-greeny?-taupe, less purple than the Silent Treatment one, and I prefer it for warmer looks!

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  21. I personally think Satin Taupe is a major must! You can wear it on the crease, all over the lid or even as a liner for a super soft look. it's just GORGEOUS

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  22. ♥JoJo cappucinn♥August 8, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    I love taupe as shading :D

    NYX - taupe

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  23. Love satin taupe and where there's smoke. Also love MAC's smoke and diamonds. taupe love!

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  24. I loves my taupes! Jouer Chashmere looks amazing! My kinda taupe..

    The Taupe I really love it is Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Taupe which I mentioned a few times in my blog.. And not sure if it falls in the Taupe category but I'm enjoying Urban Deacy 24/7 pencil shadow in Rehab..

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  25. i pretty much wear taupes and nudes every day on my eyes! they are just so simple and gorgeous. i have satin taupe and LOVE it, i wear it constantly, it looks great my blue eyes bc it has warmth in it. if you love taupes, you have to own satin taupe =)

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  26. BeautyisUbiquitousAugust 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I remember thinking the exact same thing about Benefit's Rich Beach eyeshadow. I was so surprised at the end of the day to find that my eyeshadow didn't crease!!! And my lids are so oily! Rich Beach, btw, is definitely a shade to check out if you are a neutral fan and like Benefit shadows!

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  27. Alexis the Honey BAugust 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    i love taupe eyeshadows- they look smokey and sexy! thanks for these swatches. my favorite is of course, MAC's Satin Taupe! :)

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  28. Taupe is one of my favorite eyeshadow shades as well, and I admit that I'm a major user of Satin Taupe. The WnW taupe shade photographed gorgeously here. I might have to run out and grab it!

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  29. I'm not really a taupe fan, but I can see why people like them - they're so multidimensional and everyone seems to be so different. 

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  30. You should totally get Where There's Smoke...I'm seriously LOVING it! And I though Nutty was more brown and Satin Taupe was more purpley? Not sure.

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  31. No problem! :)

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  32. I think they exist :) Most of mine seem to lean towards the cooler side, but I definitely think that Jouer Cashmere is a warm taupe :)

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  33. I agree! Taupe seems to be the "it" color!

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  34. Wow, seems like you really love it! I'll have to give it another swatch next time I'm at a MAC counter. Thanks, Michelle!

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  35. I never seem to see very much taupe outside of makeup, but taupe accessories sound lovely!

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  36. Another commenter mentioned the same thing earlier...I though Satin Taupe was more purple-based?

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  37. I LOVE soft sheens...even more so than shimmer usually! I'll have to check it out sometime :)

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  38. I'm glad you like it too!

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  39. So it really *is* as amazing as everyone says it is?? ;)

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  40. Nutty is gorgeous! I haven't hear anything about that Cover Girl one before but it sounds nice based on your description :)

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  41. Tell me about it...

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  42. I completely agree!

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  43. Don't feel bad - it's one of only a few colors I use from the palette. I still like the palette as a whole because I think it's cute, but I don't really use it all that much :-/

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  44. I know, right? I feel like it would totally be a fast fan-favorite!

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  45. I have a sample of a creasless cream shadow in RSVP and it creases on me :-/

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  46. I usually think of taupes as a grey/purple/brown type of color and everything in between :) Not sure if everyone else sees it the same way though!

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  47. Ooo, I don't have any of those larger WnW palettes but I've heard great things!

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  48. Sounds like you love it! I'll check it out again next time I'm at MAC :)

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  49. Like shading in the crease?

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  50. Smoke and Diamonds was limited edition, right? And I'm glad you like Where There's Smoke too - it's lovely!

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  51. I'm read and heard so many raves about the UD 24/7 shadow pencils. I was going to get one but then I saw the Sephora ones that were much cheaper so I got that instead. I still want to check out the UD ones sometime though. And Cashmere is a gorgeous color, but it has bad lasting power, in my opinon :(

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  52. Me too! I like all taupes, actually....lol

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  53. I'll definitely check it out again next time I'm at MAC :) I always swatch it and think it's pretty, but for some reason I never end up buying it. 

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  54. Ah, really?! I'll definitely check it out then...especially after how impressed I was with Where There's Smoke! Thanks :)

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  55. That seems to be a lot of people's favorite...I might have to get it too! :)

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  56. It's so cheap too! I think it's only $2 or so :)

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  57. It is slightly purple-based, but seems very close to Nutty! I did a post comparing Satin Taupe and the supposed NYX dupe and I've got a fairly accurate swatch, both with and without flash: http://6ftinheels.blogspot.com/2011/07/mac-satin-taupe-vs-nyx-iced-mocha.html

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  58. I do love me a good taupe, but I'm jealous of how well you're able to wear bright colors too!

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  59. I think the reason some people aren't fans of Satin Taupe is because it isn't the truest taupe. At least in my opinion! It's definitely in the taupe family, but it's purple tones are undeniable! I have it and think it's gorgeous (especially with Sumptuous Olive)! I wonder, though: I have warm skin, lots of golden undertones. Are shadows like Satin Taupe and other cool tones something I should be avoiding? Most of the raves, I find, are from cooler toned girls. Hm. That said, I think it would be a fun shade to play around with. You can always return in. :)

    Ooh, and may I recommend Bali by NARS? My only taupe, and my only taupe love. Though, you've convinced me to see what else it out there.

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  60. Thank you for recommending Bali! I've never heard of it but I love NARS, so perhaps I should give that a swatch next time I'm at a NARS counter :)

    And honestly, I don't really follow the whole warm skintones with warm makeup shades and cool skintones with cool makeup shades rule...I just wear what looks pretty to me. I'll definitely check out Satin Taupe soon - I have a warm skintone too!

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  61. Thanks so much for linking me to your swatch - it was very helpful :) And Satin Taupe is not nearly as purple-toned as I had imagined! I'll definitely look into getting it I think :)

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  62. The funny thing is that before I got into makeup I didn't even know what the word "taupe" meant!  Fear not, I do not own Satin Taupe myself! 

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  63. Yeah, I find that taupe isn't really a popular color outside of the makeup world! lol

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  64. My favorite taupes are Clinique's Eyeshadow Duos in "NO-SHOW TAUPES" (Matte) and  "DOUBLE DATE" (Satiny). If you like those purply taupes Clinique's "PLUM POTION" duo has a nice silvery one paired with a raisin-y purple. (I don't work for Clinique; I just have sensitive eyes and have had luck with them) Budget-priced taupes are NYX "TRUE TAUPE" and one of the two middle shades of the Physicians Formula Matte quad in "CANYON CLASSICS".

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