I must apologize to all of you. I have not personally brought you a taupe eyeshadow review since May 4th. Sure, Joeybunny has provided several Taupe Shadow Reviews but I feel poorly that I have not been picking up the slack. I mean, Helloooo, I wear taupe shadow almost every day...even on the weekends. Perhaps I had not come across any taupe shadow that I felt was special enough to write about. Well now I have!
My darling friend Pili, who lives in The Netherlands, sent me a Chanel eyeshadow that came out in Europe before it came out in the US. In fact. This shadow isn't supposed to come out in the US until after July 25th, and I have it now! Muwahahaha. This makes me feel Special, Powerful, Lucky. It doesn't take much, as you see, to make me feel good. So why, do you ask, why am I so excited? Well aside from the shadow being taupe, it is Chanel, It is a Chanel Ombre Essentielle, which has one of the nicest finishes and is one of the best quality shadows for this line. Chanel may have some haters for their eyeshadow quads but you really can't beat the silky softness of the Ombre Essentielle shadow singles.
You may be saying to yourself, "But Elvira, What makes this taupe different from any others? Why do you only love this taupe today and not all kinds of taupes like you do all other days?"
And to that I answer:
When I finally realized that I loved all taupes, I was in such a hurry to acquire all of them that I didn't have time to recognize the subtle differences in taupes. Thus, I collected all these taupes and put them in my collection without letting myself realize that every taupe is special. Thus I will explain why this taupe is special to remind myself of the haste I took in the past and to remember to slow down and appreciate all taupes as individuals.
Now who remembered to hide the afikoman?
OK. Where was I? Ah yes. Taupe.
The Taupe in Chanel's Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Fauve is a purply taupe with strong shimmer. It is a grey brown purple when applied to the eye but I believe that it will look different on different skin tones. For example I think it will look more silvery purple on Joeybunny than it does on me. Even the flash from my camera kind of washed out the color. I apologize for not being able to get a better shot of it. The color looks stunning on it's own or when paired with a rich plum in the crease.
The shadow itself is smooth and soft and not powdery. when used with a primer this shadow lasted over 10 hours and looked as picture perfect as when I first applied it. I experienced no fall out from application, no creasing or fading. The color stayed true all day and didn't oxidize. And to be quite honest, for $28.50 this shadow darn well better be perfect! Surprisingly I only own 3 Chanel Ombre Essentielle shadows, but I plan to change that in the near future. With the release of Chanel's Sophisticated Eyes Collection there will be three other Ombre Essentielle shadows released with Fauve and I intend to get at least one more.
Do you NEED this? YES! It's Taupe, It's a Purply Taupe, It's CHANEL! I don't think I need any other reasons to convince you.
Not only is Pili awesome for sending me this shadow she also included pudding from The Netherlands! She was kind enough to translate the directions for me. I can't wait to make it! NOM!
Here is the Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Fauve on my eye and here is a swatch comparison for your review.