TAUPES YOU CAN’T HAVE! NYAH!
Yes, we have decided to torture everyone by featuring a hard-to-find (HTF) and/or discontinued (DCed) taupe eyeshadow at the end of each month. Why are we doing this? Because we can, ha! Also, Elvira and I have a huge collection of DCed and HTF taupe eyeshadows that we felt both deserved love and are worth searching the internet for.
I am thrilled to be writing the inaugural post in this series, and I present to you all one of the prettiest taupe eyeshadows I own, MAC Innuendo.
Innuendo was released back in the days when MAC Limited Edition collections were worth their weight in gold, and worth the buzz they created. It was released in the Nocturnelle color story back in 2006, Nocturnelle being one of the last great MAC releases (if you ask me - and I’m sure Elvira will agree with me 100%, as would most MAC fans - the last great MAC release was Barbie Loves MAC back in February 2007). When Innuendo came out, it quickly established itself as one of the MAC eyeshadows every makeup/MAC/taupe addict had to own. It’s gorgeous, it really is, and it sucks that this was not made a permanent shadow.
Innuendo is a soft, cooler-toned purple-grey-mauve-taupe color, but it’s not so cool-toned that I cannot wear it (unlike MAC Smoke and Diamonds). It is soft (MAC Frost formula, but not overly frosty), and easy to work with, as it isn’t too pigmented. It’s just pigmented enough to work as a wash of color over my lids, and I’m sure it it pigmented enough for Elvira to use in her crease. I love how my deeper skintone really pulls out the purple and mauve undertones in this shadow. As I write this, I’m actually staring wistfully at the swatch on my hand. I want to stroke it, gently, as a lover would...but that’s a sexual disorder so I won’t go on about that. Anyways...
This eyeshadow came out before I started to collect MAC, and I was lucky enough to buy it in late 2007 at a CCO. However, I’m not entirely sure you would be able to find it at a CCO still. I just checked the MakeupAlley swap lists, and there are five available for swap. I’m not sure about Specktra, LiveJournal, or Ebay. If you are a fan of plummy taupes, this eyeshadow is definitely worth the hunt.