Makeup Wars – Taupe eyeshadow edition

Good Morning Marcia, your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to blog about your favorite taupe eyeshadow. As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Marcia. This will self-destruct in five seconds unless your taupe eyeshadow is one that the Makeup Wars accepts as part of this mission.

Makeup Wars is a group of bloggers who have banded together to write reviews on the same topic. The first assignment by the “chief” is to pick your favorite taupe eyeshadow. Other assignments will follow in weeks to come. So what’s a blogger to do? There are dozens of beautiful taupe eyeshadows. Once picking an eyeshadow would the others rebel and refuse to allow me to use them. Would they no longer look good once I chose one to highlight? I’m accepting this mission though and giving you ONE of my favorites, after I consulted with Cinnamon Carter that is. With a name like Cinnamon (aka Barbara Bain, Mission Impossible 1969) you’d think she’d know browns at least.

After scouring my collection I’ve chosen to concentrate on Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian. This is my favorite of all my Le Metier eyeshadow collection and since it’s a taupe then it’s a given for this assignment. It competes in my heart with two other eyeshadows though – MAC Satin Taupe and Sunday Riley Burnt Eggplant. All three of these are cool toned taupe shadows and have some similarities without being duplicates of each other. 

Top Sunday Riley Burnt Eggplant, middle LMdB Corinthian, bottom MAC Satin Taupe

Corinthian, like most Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows, has a satin finish that seems to glow on my eyes without adding any shimmer. It’s a buildable shade that works well with other shadows. The LMdB style (Couches de Coleur) is to layer eyeshadows. I do that when I have time but mostly with Corinthian I play it straight or use one other shade to layer with. Since I notice a cool purple undertone to Corinthian I like to wear it with other cool purples unless wearing it alone. One of my favorite combinations is to wear Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow in Heather as a base with Corinthian lightly over it and then darker in the crease. Other favorites are to layer either LMdB Plum or TheBalm Come Hither Heather (from Shady Lady 3) with it. Both of those give me a cooler eye especially when lining with something like Bobbi Brown Violet or Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Gel Eyeliner. If I want to emphasize the taupeness of Corinthian I’ll often use Laura Mercier’s Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in Alloy as a base. Whichever way I go I’m always happy with the beauty and blendability of Corinthian.

I think I’m alone in my choice of Corinthian in the Makeup Wars since some people feel they look bruised in a shade like this. But for those of us who like that cool undertone this is a winner and will not self destruct on you any time soon. LMdB eyeshadows are $30 and can be purchased at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. I bought mine online at nm.com the minute I heard about it and I’ve never regretted that choice.

Now that you’ve all accepted the mission of the Taupe Makeup Wars you need to continue on by reading what the other bloggers have to say. Click the forward or backward button to go thru the whole list.  I’d love to hear what your favorite taupe eyeshadow is in the comments. I personally can’t wait to go shopping and buy all the other taupes that my fellow bloggers have chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case you don’t like our lovely graphic, here’s a list of who, what and where! Enjoy the taupe wars.
What taupe shadow does Pammy Blogs Beauty love so much that she has not only repurchased it, but also hit pan on it again? Its MAC’s Satin Taupe!

Phyrra has more taupes in her makeup collection than she expected, but her weapon of choice is Fyrinnae Damn Paladins.

Beauty and Fashion Tech compares MAC Satin Taupe and NARS Lhasa.

Beautiful Makeup Searchhas a drawer full of taupe eye shadows but uses Urban Decay’s Midnight Rodeo more than any other, so she had to declare it her fave.

The Pink Sith has found a taupe from FACE atelier called Metallic Taupe to tempt you. See where it falls on the taupe scale of awsomeness.

Over at Beauty 411 you can check out MUFE Aqua Cream 02. Did Nancy love it?

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone repeats an old favorite for her Taupe Makeup Wars choice. See which it is.

Cindy from Prime Beauty tried out Burberry Pale Barley. Did the plaid live up to the hype?

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic fell in love with Wet’n’Wild Nutty Eye Shadow. Somehow it makes her look amazing for just $2.

Raging Rouge selects her favorite taupe shadow MAC Satin Taupe, without a second thought.

Retrodiva realizes that she doesn’t have any taupe shadows at all! Find out which one she chose to review for Makeup Wars.

Brooke from BlushingNoir shows you how to use Tarte SLATE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow to make all taupes play well together.

Jessika tells us her dirty secret – the polish insomniac is not just obsessed with polish! Check out her favorite uber affordable taupe shadow from Wet n Wild!

Comments

  1. So pretty Marcia! I am wanting all these taupes.

  2. Oh no!! You are killing me!!! I love taupe eye shadows! Now I really want Corinthian! I think my favorite taupes– that I own are NARS Lhasa and MAC Satin Taupe, but if I had to choose just one it would be Lhasa. Now for those not in my stash I have been drooling heavily over Chantecaille Sel & Granite (both of which I plan to buy in the refill pans).

  3. Oh my goodness. What a fabulous series. This is so much fun. I’ve only read a few so far but I’m going shopping. Can I send you the bill?

  4. LMdB Corinhian is an amazing taupe. So worth of all of the praise it gets. Now that Sunday Riley taupe. That’s a new one to me. I think I might NEEEEED this one. It’s different enough from Corinthian and Satin Taupe that will help justify the purchase…although I not need too much to justify a taupe purchase.

  5. What gorgeous taupes! Alas, I think I really might “need” to go taupe shadow shopping now. :) Like your Mission Impossible intro. :)

  6. Corinthian will always be my babys daddy <3 I think the top two taupe powder shadows that everyone needs are absolutely LMdB Corinthian and MAC Satin Taupe.

  7. Oooh! I really, really like this one! Awesome looking shade, plus I love the brand!

  8. I love LMdB and now I totally need this shade! Thanks for featuring it; would not have known about this fabulous color! We have similar taste in liners, too!

  9. This looks fantastic on you!

  10. I love this post so much that I had to come back to drool some more over the swatches!!

    By the way, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, Marcia!! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you!

    http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/versatile-blogger-award-recipient.html

  11. I would LOVE a battle of the brown eye shadows. I have so many different ones and still on the look out for more. My sister thinks I’m crazy, “another brown eye shadow?” Well, yes each one is very different!
    Please, I would love to hear everyone else’s favorite browns :)

  12. Oh so pretty! Love this Makeup Wars Collaboration!

  13. beautyin says:

    Thanks PP. I’m so honored I was invited and I love the challenge. I loved reading all the posts too.

  14. beautyin says:

    Victoria, I’ll submit that to the group. It might be a while until they get to it since they have lots of fabulous ideas.

  15. beautyin says:

    Thanks (I think) Lola. Your words are especially kind.

  16. beautyin says:

    Thank you Christine.

  17. Ah, I love the SR shadow! I can’t fall in love with another brand right now, I will go broke!

  18. beautyin says:

    I did another review on the Sunday Riley polish – not to tempt you or anything!
    http://beautyinfozone.com/eyeshadow/sunday-riley-lady-godiva-and-burnt-eggplant-review-and-swatches/

  19. I just speak the truth!

  20. Ah!!! MAC Satin Taupe!!! As soon as I saw the title of this post, it’s the shadow I thought of! It looks you and many of your readers are on the same page! A true basic that looks great on everyone. Perfect for any look from everyday natural to a fabulous smokey eye!

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