Chanel Taupe 84 Stylo Yeux Waterproof

August 14, 2011

Chanel’s newest Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner is Taupe #84 ($29). It has been released in the US as part of the Sophisticated Eye Collection, a collection of new eyeshadows, eyeliners and tools (see entire collection lineup on Karla Sugar and featured on Chanel.com). I’m a huge fan of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners. They’re waterproof, easy to apply, soft yet not too soft (as in gentle on the eyes) and I love that they come with a twist-up design. Taupe #84 is a complex color. It’s nothing like you would expect from the name. I anticipated a grey-brown to arrive. Instead, I found that Taupe #84 is an intriguing beautiful complex fusion of plum brown silver. I applied this alone on the eyes and it gives subtle but pretty definition to the eyes. The silver shimmer makes it slightly lighter than I anticipated. It will look lovely with light-to-medium shades. However, over darker colors, I think this will not show up. I do envision that it will make a great layering base for colors like Fauve and Taupe Gris to intensify the color or help extend the wear of powder shadows.

It’s quite unique as shown by a few comparisons to other liners: L to R, Chanel Rose Platine, Chanel Brun-Cuivrรฉ, Chanel Taupe, Urban Decay Underground, Chanel Violet Smoke, Chanel Berry, MAC Earthline

At first glance I thought it might seem similar to Dior’s Aztec Chocolate Nail Polish. It’s in the same color family but has quite a bit more silver making it look more purply than brown. Here it is also compared to Chanel Fauve and Taupe Gris Eyeshadows.

$29 is rather steep for an eyeliner, but the quality and uniqueness of this color makes it easy for me to justify. I like the color but the lightness/silver reflective quality of this makes it seem more of something I will use like a cream shadow rather than a definer. It will be lovely with lighter subtle colors or as a base for Fauve. For the lasting power, I put it on this morning (alone without any other shadows or base) around 8 am and it lasted until around 5 pm.

Also see Natural N Chic Makeup’s blog for her thoughts, swatches and comparisons.

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  • Taupe! Can't say no to that!

  • Wow, Taupe does, indeed, look like a silvery plum with brown undertones, rather than what I think of as taupe. It is gorgeous, and I appreciated seeing the comparisons. Sometimes those are more valuable to me than the swatch itself, especially when they put a new color in perspective. I know how time consuming it is to drag all those colors out, let alone try to remember which ones you have that compare, so it's always greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Wow, I wanted Fauvre after seeing your spotlight a while back but now I think I'll just pick up Taupe and call it a day! Thank you for the swatches ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That's a great idea to use as a cream base instead. It is a lovely color but I know it'll be too light for me. I do adore that UD Underground liner on my waterline!

    Oh and I know these Chanel liners have the hidden sharpeners. What technique do you use to sharpen the liner? I only have Cassis and I think I broke off most of the tip than I acutally used just by trying to sharpen the tip =(

  • Walls

    Good timing! I bought le Stylo in Taupe at my local Chanel counter just this afternoon. I put it on right away and love it: it's a nice alternative to my usual brown eyeliner. I think Taupe adds dimension and interest. You can always count on Chanel to combine innovation with elegance. $29 may be steep for an eyeliner, but I don't mind shelling out when the quality is there.

  • When is the Fauve eyeshadow being released to us stateside, or did I already miss it?

    The eyeliner is beautiful. It's not what I'd call Taupe, but Rose Platine is. ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like an interesting complex color and I look forward to checking it out.

  • Sabrina, thanks for the great review, especially with the comparison shots. I'll have to check this out at the counter (will it be at the counter?) before taking the plunge, as it looks as if it might be a tad too light/subtle for me. However, your comparison shots are fantastic, and always help me so much in deciding whether I'm even interested in a product!

  • Great review, Sabrina! I have been using Taupe every day to line my lower lashes in the past week. It's such a lovely color. Based on your swatches, I'm also lemming MAC's Earthline. Thank you for the mention as well.

  • Thank you so much for the comparisons. Although my credit card is not happy! I swore I was through with $30 eye liners but this truly looks like something that will fill a void in my collection. Must have!

  • Your picturs are sooo gud quality!

  • What a wonderful shade!!!! When is it arriving @ Mexico??? (Fall collection has just arrived last weekend :s)