So many Taupe eye shadows and yet soo little time. Honestly I have more taupe eye shadow than I know what to do with, but that does not stop me from acquiring more. My most recent acquisitions are Ulta Eye Shadows in Sandstone and Mystique.
Now, I will admit that Sandstone is really bordering on beige and really may not qualify as a taupe, but since it’s my blog and I make the rules I get to say what is taupe and what isn’t. It’s nice being the boss. I’m only the boss of two things: This blog and Darthypie. I am the boss of Darthypie and I let him know that quite often. He has entered his “Why” phase of development. For example:
“Darthypie. Please put away your toys.”
“Because we need to clean up before dinner.”
“Because we need to eat and I don’t want a mess everywhere.”
“Because I said so.”
“Because I’m The Boss Of You!”
That usually settles it. It’s fun to say. I highly recommend having a child for this very reason. Just so you can say “Because I am the boss of you.” It’s very empowering.
But enough of my being the boss. Let’s get back to taupe that really may not be taupe, but is taupe because I am the boss!
I have already talked about Ulta shadows before here. The quality is OK. The cost is reasonable, especially when they are having a buy 3 get 2 free thing or something like that. I must say that after a long day the shadow does tend to crease a bit. I think I am spoiled because my Chantecaille shadows don’t ever fade or crease and after wearing those everything else seems… well…inferior.
Let’s start with a Taupe that IS a taupe. Mystique. Ahh. I love Mystique in The X-Men. Movies and comic books. I must say that Rebecca Romijn makes an awesome Mystique. She’s sexy despite being covered in blue scaly skin.
Just like Rebecca, Ulta Mystique eye shadow is sexy despite the dull presentation in the utilitarian Ulta plastic packaging.
Mystique is a true Taupe. It’s a brownish grey. It makes a wonderful crease color when paired with a champagne or light pink-y violet shadow and turns into an amazing smoky eye when paired with a nice true black liner. Either way. This Taupe should be a staple in every taupe lover’s collection. I find this color so versatile that I liken it to Chanel Safari. While it is not as shimmery as Chanel Safari and the quality is not as great. It is still pretty enough to use every day and never tire of it. Trust me. I have worn it for a week straight and love it each and every time I wear it.
On to the Taupe that may not really be a taupe. Sandstone.
This is a much warmer brown with a nice frost to it, but it’s really bordering on beige that it could pass for brown rather than taupe by some standards. That’s not to say it’s not worth a purchase. I find the formula to be very nicely pigmented and very frosty, but decent as far as wear and application. It pairs nicely with a warm brown in the crease or deep plum. It can be worn alone as a light wash of color or applied as a nice conservative day time smoky eye.
Do you NEED these? Well I say YES for Mystique for sure. Sandstone may be too warm for some people and not taupe enough for others. That’s OK. I don’t really think this is a must have anyway. It’s a nice to have.
Sorry. No eye pictures this time. ...OK Just one eye picture. This is Ulta Mystique and Becca Chantilly. Chanel Ecriture de Chanel liquid liner in Noir, Shu Uemura The Basic (Still sold out on Sephora.com) Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Mascara.