Friday, July 30, 2010

Taupes You Cant Have #7 Tarte - The Real McCoy

Joey and I have been rather mean with our posts featuring a taupe eye shadow that is discontinued (DCed) and/or hard-to-find (HTF) at the end of each month. I have read feedback that some readers are masochistic enough to enjoy this monthly segment. To that we say, Thank you for enabling our sadistic streak! We love to torture our readers. Joey and I have a large collection of DCed and HTF taupe eye shadows that we believed deserved the attention and love that all taupe eye shadow deserves. The first month we featured MAC Innuendo, the second month we showed you Shu Uemura ME Silver 945. The third month was Cargo Yukon. The fourth month, a taupe I don’t even have, Isadora Eye Shadow in Icy Khaki was featured. The fifth month was Club Monaco Quartz. Last month was Joey’s brand obsession with Paul and Joe Eye shadow in #23 Boulevard. So what is in store for you today?

Tarte Cosmetics The Real McCoy Eye Shadow.

Tarte, well known for their stick blushes in various gel formula colors, does have a decent range of eye shadows for use as well. Ah I remember the days when Tarte was nothing more than Stick Blush and lip gloss. Memories. Well I guess my aversion to their sticky stick blushes made me miss the eye shadow line. Before I knew it The Real McCoy was gone. I searched on line for The Real McCoy shadow but came up empty handed. Then one day I saw a swap listing for the shadow and offered up a swap for the little beauty. Success. In no less than a week Tarte The Real McCoy was in my hot little hands!

Since this shadow is from a swap and since it is discontinued I don’t have “fresh” photos of it. So what you are looking at is a slightly used Tarte The Real McCoy shadow. This shadow is soft. Almost as soft as Stila shadows, but not quite. That means one must use careful pressure when using a brush to this shadow. The true grey/brown taupe is shimmery and pulls slightly different colors on different skin tones. I have heard it can look plumy, grey and almost a pink-taupe on some people. On me it is a grey taupe with beige undertones.

The shadow is well pigmented and a little goes a long way. I find that it blends easily, but one needs to be careful if using this as a crease color that it doesn’t get muddy from over blending. I use it as an all over wash and then pair it with a navy or dark brown in the crease. I finish it with my predictable black cake liner and lots of mascara. This gives me an easy go to neutral office friendly eye.

The packaging seems to be faux leather wrapped around cardboard with a magnet embedded in it to keep the little compact closed. Not the sturdiest packaging in the world nor the easiest to keep clean, but honestly when the color hits your lids, who cares about the packaging?

This is one of the most true to definition taupe shadow that I own. The soft shimmer, the excellent pigmentation and long lasting color make it a very valuable item in my collection. I’m surprised that more people haven’t surrounded Tarte’s headquarters with torches and pitchforks asking for them to reissue this color. If you have this shadow you know what I mean, if you don’t you have no idea what you are missing.


  1. I had no idea they had discontinued this! Charrrgeee!

  2. You know, you make me want to try taupes out on occasion by showing me the pretty ones I can't have :)

  3. I love your Taupes You Can't Have articles! I don't own a single taupe eyeshadow but reading your posts convinced me that maybe I should. What's your favorite non-discontinued taupe? :)

  4. Lovely shadow! I wonder if tarte has a dupe in their new formula.

    Also, their stick blushes are no longer sticky now that they've switched to being all natural. They're more creamy-greasy now. ;)

  5. I has! Haha I found this at a salon that was having a mega sale to get rid of their tart products, and picked it up for $4!

  6. Blows kisses to you my taupe-loving hero!!!!

    This is stunning indeed!

  7. FYI - Tarte's Real McCoy can still be found in the Little Black Dress palette.
    And Tarte's Here's Looking at You is a great, non-D/Ced taupe as well!

  8. How gorgeous!

    We're so damn evil - I already started thinking about next month's featured taupe!


  9. you are evil! And I'm crazy because I'm on a hunt for almost every featured taupe. LOL


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