The Battle of the Taupes is the first of (hopefully) many Makeup Wars amongst myself and some of my favorite bloggers! Yes, this is a new and unique post roundup link series hosted here on Pammy Blogs Beauty and my fellow blogger's pages.
*be sure to click on the "last shadow" and "next shadow" graphic!
Here is the scoop:
After some general discussion amongst bloggers on the love of and comparison across taupe shadows, the Makeup Wars group was born. We are a group of Makeup Bloggers (and Star Wars lovers) led by our fearless commander Christine from 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic.
We embark upon our first battle: The Battle of the Taupes. All blogs participating are reviewing and swatching their favorite taupe shadows. Taupe is a unique and much-loved shade by bloggers. Is it brown? Is it grey? Is it grey-brown? I know my eyes started to almost go fuzzy while trying to determine what shadows were actually true "taupes"!
I will showcase my very favorite taupe shadow in this post (a well as a comparison of said shadow to other taupes in my makeup collection). Also included in this post: Links to fellow Makeup Wars blogger's Battle of the Taupes posts! So, please visit the links in this post (see header graphic and links below) to see what taupes they are loving!!! That is the fun of this: Discovering tried-and-true taupes loved by various bloggers! :)
Our group is unique!
There is something cool and different about the Makeup Wars group and concept. We are a group of bloggers from all walks of life, different colors of skin and hair, from across the country, and in different stages of life. We are bound by our love of makeup and our desire for blogging. I think it is a unique concept for us all to either review the same product for Makeup Wars or the same type of product (e.g., taupe shadow). Have you ever liked a product but wondered how it would work with a different hair type or color of skin? Have you ever read a favorite bloggers review but then thought, "But would this color work on my skin tone?" This group will have those answers for you!!! Variety is our strength! Collectively, we have a ton of great ideas and our discussions only increase our enthusiasm for the products we are reviewing! :)
To see my very favorite taupe along with links to fellow Makeup Wars Blogger's taupe posts, please keep reading after the jump!
Taupe is one of my very favorite shadow colors to wear. It is so flattering to blue eyes! My go-to shade for my crease is almost always a taupe.
My Favorite Taupe: MAC Satin Taupe
My hands-down all-time favorite Taupe shadow ever is MAC's Satin Taupe. Not only is it my favorite taupe, but also one of my favorite shadows regardless of color!
Wet n' Wild's Silent Treatment Trio:
If I had to choose a favorite drugstore taupe, the "eyelid" shadow (bottom shadow) of the "Silent Treatment" eyeshadow trio would have to be it! Apparently it is a dupe for MAC'S Style Snob (I do not own style snob. So, I can't compare it for you). This shadow is soft, buttery, and highly pigmented. It is just about the perfect lid color (and it looks great in the crease too!).
Wet n' Wild shadows are such great quality. This trio is one of my faves. Highly recommend!
This shadow is the most "grey" of the group. But, I do believe it still qualifies as a taupe. Also, it is the darkest taupe that I own. A "gunmetal" taupe if you will. During my "swatching frenzy" while prepping for this post, I dropped this shadow and it shattered! :( What a sad thing! I was able to fix it (sorta, I wet it with rubbing alcohol and tried pressing it back together. It seems to be a temporary fix). I am also sad because this is my newest shadow in my entire collection! I just got the Urban Decay "Build Your Own Palette" 6 pan plus a few shadows for a future post (and, of course, my own use). Hey, at least I snapped this photo right before I dropped it!
NYX's Butt "Naked" Eyes Palette:
I am talking about the shadow in the dead middle. What a beautiful medium toned taupe!!! For me, this entire palette is worth it for this gorgeous taupe shade. The palette on a whole is good, but certainly not the best palette in my collection. The pigmentation and quality vary (see my full review here: NYX Butt Naked Eyes). With that said, the taupe is the best shadow in this palette in texture and color payoff.
Last, but not least, we have a baked shadow from Physician's Formula. It is the lightest taupe in the group and it could be argued that it is more of a greige. Either way, this is a gorgeous shadow that is so easy to wear!
Here is my comparison swatch!
As you can see, I have quite a variety of Taupes here, both drugstore and high-end. While MAC's Satin Taupe is my clear favorite, there are other good and great options in my collection (even a MAC dupe WnW shade!).
Too see what my lovely fellow bloggers love as far as Taupe, be sure to check the Makeup Wars links in this post! I know that I am curious to read the roundup too! I can't wait to see what my fellow bloggers recommend. I know that I will be making a shopping list from that post!
Be sure to check out Fellow Makeup Wars Blogger's "Favorite Taupes" Posts: See link list at the bottom of this post! :)
This was so much fun! I want to hear what taupes ya'll like!!!
Thanks for reading!
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.
Nancy from Beauty 411 shares her favorite taupe shadow here.
Marcia from Beauty Info Zone repeats an old favorite for her Taupe Makeup Wars choice. See which it is.
The lovely Cindy from Prime Beauty shares her favorite taupe here.
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!