Chanel Taupe Grisé 87 Soft Touch Eyeshadow

June 30, 2010
*Updated – see below at bottom*

Taupe + Shimmer + Chanel = must buy. If there’s a taupe Chanel makes, it’s instantly a must have for me. I am taupe-obsessed much like Elvira and Josie, and there’s no stopping us, ever. Taupe Grisé 87 is the newest taupe released by Chanel for their Fall 2010 collection. My makeup-twin Amy at Café Makeup has given a lovely review here (I call her my twin because we love the same things, although she has fairer skintone = Chanel Cameo/NC15 while I am Chanel Shell/NC30-35).

There a number of other great reviews, photos and swatches out there so the focus of this post will be on comparisons to similar shades.

There are a million other taupes out there (click on the Taupe Label below this post to see the other ones I have obsessed over) but I picked out the ones in my mind I thought, “Could this one be a dupe?” I personally could not find a dupe for this lovely color. There are similar shades, but from what I have, no dupe.

Compared to: Chanel Silvery, Chanel Safari, Chanel Vega (d/c), MAC Moth Brown (l/e), MAC Sweet Sienna (l/e), MAC Smoke & Diamonds (l/e), MAC Clue (l/e), Stila Dapple (d/c), Chanetcaille Meteorite, Laura Mercier Sable

In natural light (still cloudy weather):

Swatched over bare skin:

One more view with different lighting:

Is it a must-have? For me it was being a Chanel fan and a taupe fan. I have no willpower when it comes to Chanel. I played around with it on the eyes today, it works better when applied over a cream base, otherwise it just ended up looking bruisey on my eyes. I would describe it as having a subtle sheen. It looks shimmery in the container but when applied on the eyes, it looks more satin-matte rather than shimmery.

*Update* Upon reviewing my swatches and those on other websites, I thought Taupe Grise looked extremely brown on me compared to other girls. Much more brown than it appears in the container. I swatched it again alone, and then next to MAC Moth Brown to see if perhaps I made a mistake – but no. For some reason, it looks cool in the container, but on my skin, it’s not quite as cool. Here is another swatch comparison. Note that I have olive medium skin. This may look different on you. It’s still a cool colored taupe in my opinion, but next to Moth Brown it just looks warm perhaps because Moth Brown is overwhelmingly cool with an almost blueish sheen.

Hope this helps give you a better idea!

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  • lexi920 June 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

    LOVING IT! I'll be taking a peek at this baby on Thursday. I'm excited!

  • BeautyOnTheWay June 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Totally agree with this: Taupe + Shimmer + Chanel = must buy!! ^_^

  • shimmering2light June 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Your reviews are killing my willpower! I'll have to check this one out when I go see pink explosion again.


  • Martha June 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I thought for sure it would be similar to Moth Brown, but wow. Not at all. Thanks for the excellent swatches 🙂

  • Amy June 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Sabrina for the compliment–I'm so flattered that you called me your makeup twin–I love your taste!!! 🙂 By the way, EPIC swatches of all of these taupes–how helpful are these! Love this post!

  • Eileen June 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    The ever so lovely SA at the local Nordstroms is going to call me as soon as it arrives. I had a chance to see it yesterday, although I couldn't test it at the time as the SA hadn't set up the tester display yet. I must say that it is incredibly beautiful–so much more so than any picture has shown–and it defies description. It's cool, but has a warm depth. It's luminous and shimmery, but it's satiny and matte. The name Taupe Grise does not even begin to capture the beauty of this intriguing shade.

  • Lakshmi June 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Sabrina!! That's taupe heaven there!! 🙂 I was wondering if you compared the Taupe Grise to the taupes in the Enigma quad..

  • Replica June 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    That is stunning, the comparison pictures are really helpful. I will definitely be getting that shade when it comes out here in August.

  • BeautyGeeek, Kishmat-Lola June 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    love the Taupe, looks like a gorgeous shade. You have am awesome collection of swatches there x

  • THE DIVINITUS June 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    i'm a chanel fan as well 😉 is this similar in shine to star dust? wish i could see detailed review on that one too…

  • Estelle July 1, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Hi Lina, Taupe Grise on me went very gray and indeed I thought it was an exact dupe for Moth Brown – I tried 'em side by side, too, and they're close, with Taupe Grise being a shade or two darker, and it doesn't have that magical plum iridescence that Moth Brown has. But I love TG just the same! (I have neutral-cool pale skin, as opposed to your olive skin, so maybe that's the difference.)

  • Stef | we heart this July 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Heaven, I'm in taupe heaven…

  • Z' July 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I almost didn't buy this yesterday but I'm really glad I did. I tend toward lighter neutral colors and more browns, but this really changes color depending on the light. Thanks for the helpful review!

  • Serenity July 3, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Wow, this is a gorgeous shade. I admit to sometimes getting impatient with all of your taupe posts 🙂 but this one really caught my eye. Very unique and elegant.

  • Catherine July 4, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Wah… so many beautiful colors in this post! I really love these kinds of comparisons from you. 😀

  • Anonymous July 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I bought this yesterday and I wearing it today. I really tried to find a dupe for this one but unfortunantely I was unsuccessful. In my opinion it is a must buy, it is beautiful color. It is perfect for a smokey day look. I paired it with haux and a pink blush. Lis

  • shelley August 30, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    This looks very versatile . . . how do you think it compares to Edward Bess's eyeshadow "Mystery?"
    (I own that shadow and don't want to waste my $$$!)

  • Martina November 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    today i have almost bought it but at the end i didn't because it was not the color that i expected. on me (very fairy skin) it looks like a plum-purple. SO plummy, that i compared it with the purple in the new chanel palette, enigma (color right-down) and they looked the same. 🙁 still looking for the perfect taupe

  • HeidiB October 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I finally took the plunge at got this and I'm in love <3 Also got Safari, they make the most perfect everyday eye, but it's also possible to make very pretty smoky evening look with them.

  • Joane December 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I really like the Chanel taupe gris better than the Mac! Another great brand for single eyeshadows is Shu Uemura. The staying power of those things are great and so many colors! I dont have a taupe but I have a SU eyeshadow in Medium Brown that's beautiful.