Friday, December 31, 2010

Taupes You Can't Have #12 Chanel Shadowlights Eyeshadow in Vega

Joeybunny and I have been going strong with our monthly posts that feature a taupe eye shadow that is discontinued (DCed) and/or hard-to-find (HTF).   I know that we are naughty, and I know that these posts bring out the greeneyedmonster in all of us. However,  I believe that we have accomplished a lovely service to the public by honoring taupe eyeshaodw of days gone by.  You know the story: Joeybunny and I have a large collection of DCed and HTF taupe eye shadows that needed attention, and quite frankly, it's fun to parade them around from time to time. In January, Joey started with MAC Innuendo, and in February I showed you Shu Uemura ME Silver 945. March was Cargo Yukon and April was Joeybunny's review of Isadora Icy Khaki. May was my much loved Club Monaco Quartz. June was Paul and Joe #23 Boulevard. In July, I brought you Tarte The Real McCoy, and in August Joeybunny counteracted her hatred for Cargo Yukon with a review of Cargo Fiji. In September I brought you a taupe from a MAC palette that was released over 5 years ago called Hard To Please.  October was the old drugstore beauty Jordana Taupe, and in November Joey brought you the rosey, golden taupe from NARS Bohemian Gold eyeshadow duo. I now am ending the series with one of my favorite taupes and one that I featured a few years ago (before this whole sadistic thing started) but it is worthy of a re-run for month #12.

Chanel Shadowlights eyeshadow in Vega

Chanel had a line of eye shadow singles called Shadowlights. They came in small square compacts and in many pretty shades. Vega was the premiere taupe shade in this collection. Chanel discontinued this line in 2006 I believe. Anyway. Since then, taupe addicts, like myself, have been wheeling and dealing to get their grubby paws on Vega. I finally got my grubby paws on one via evilbay. I stalked evilbay for 1 year. After 3 lost auctions I finally won! Take that 8***e, j***j and e***n!! I beat you all! MUWAHAHA. 

Chanel Shadowlights eyeshadow in Vega has a soft silky texture and seems almost too powdery some times. I always use an eye shadow base but there are some shadows that don’t last all day even with a base. This Chanel Shadowlights did last all day. I’m happy to say and it still looked great at 7pm!

The taupe color is neither warm nor cool. It’s a good neutral brownish taupe with some shimmer and some micro glitter that is not over the top (OTT) for wearing in the day. It has no red undertones and sort of reminds me of a discontinued MAC pigment called Coco. The best thing about the color is that it is perfect alone on the eye. I use it alone as a wash and line under my eye with it. I even used it wet to line under my eye and it looked wonderful. It's a great every day color. In fact I wore this every day for an entire week and I didn't get tired of it. It's a great color to grab and go!

So is this the be all end all Holy Grail taupe eye shadow? I don’t really know if there is one. It’s like asking to choose a favorite child. You love all your taupes for different reasons. I love Chanel Vega just as much as I love Chanel Safari. Sure they look different, but they come from the same mother so what’s not to love? Regardless, if you love this shade I'm sure there is a good dupe of it out there and you aren't going to "die" if you don't have it...however...if you are taupe hoor like me, you will not be alive until you own it.

Here we are with a swatch of Vega next to a swatch of Safari

Here is my eye of the day using Chanel Vega. I applied to base of lid to above crease and blended with an old Skinmarket shadow that was applied to highlight. I used the Koji Line queen to line. On my lashes I have the usual Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.


  1. Very pretty!

    "Take that 8***e, j***j and e***n" OMG, SO FUNNY!

  2. I want that one, and I'm not even a taupe fanatic. You know, you really are evil to do this to us....

    Glad to see you back!(Not that you've been gone, unlike me who told everyone I'd be back in a few days way back in August and just posted a new entry in my blog last Monday). I hope you have a great New Year!



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