Color Focus: Taupe Eyeshadows

Here is a series on some taupe eyeshadows. For me there are numerous shades that could qualify as “taupe”, these mostly range from neutral to cool-toned taupes. For most of the pictures, I’ve included MAC Satin Taupe to help you gauge the colors in comparison to one another. Also note there will be some repeats in some photos!

MAC, Becca & FACE Stockholm Eyeshadows:

MAC Pigments, Paul & Joe Pearl Powder, MAC Solar Bits:

Bobbi Brown Metallic, Bobbi Brown Shimmerwash, Laura Mercier, Scott Barnes Eyeshadows:

Bobbi Brown (some repeats to include Fawn Shimmerwash):

More Laura Mercier & Scott Barnes:

Chantecaille Eyeshadows:

YSL & Chanel Eyeshadows:

Christian Dior, Calvin Klein (original discontinued line), NARS Eyeshadows:

Urban Decay & Giorgio Armani Shadows:

Jouer, Le Metier de Beaute, Shu Uemura & Trish McEvoy:

Better view of Jouer Amaretto & Espresso:

Dior Jazz Club Palette:

Palettes from Lunasol & Dior:


  1. July 20, 2009 / 1:43 am

    Lina thanks so much for this! I'm so glad to find someone else who owns YSL Mink Brown! It's one of my favorite taupes. Your comparison photos are really helping me reorganize my stash =)

  2. July 20, 2009 / 7:46 am

    ooh I have the Chanel Safari

  3. July 20, 2009 / 10:55 am

    This is awesome! I now have a few more taupes to add to my list! Thanks for the great pictures!!!

  4. July 20, 2009 / 8:49 pm

    Great post, everyone loves taupes 🙂 I may have to get Chantecaille's Sel and Meterorite now, great pictures x

  5. July 21, 2009 / 5:46 am

    i knew Elvira surely will visit this post! HAHAHAHA you two are really makeup buddies as far as I can see. very similar taste. 🙂

    i love staring at your stash. everything is so beautiful.

  6. July 21, 2009 / 5:48 am

    by the way,now that i looked at the dior jazz pic, i wonder if i should get it instead of guerlain fall LE quad. your say?

  7. Anonymous
    July 21, 2009 / 6:33 am

    gorgeous taupe collection but where's Shu 945?

  8. July 21, 2009 / 7:57 am

    Jojoba – Thanks for the nice comments! Your question is a hard pick! I'm not really a Guerlain fan, I really prefer Dior. I feel like the Guerlain palette is more universally flattering, but I'm not crazy about the texture of the eyeshadows. If I had to pick one, it would be the Dior.

    For the anonymous comment – I never was able to talk myself into getting Shu 945 until it was discontinued! So I missed the band wagon on that! Wish I hadn't b/c there's nothing exactly like it.

  9. July 21, 2009 / 10:20 pm

    Lovely taupe montage : ) Will need to keep this handy for when I'm shopping for taupe next…

  10. July 23, 2009 / 2:14 am

    WOW – that is an absolutely beautiful collection of taupes!