Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe #6 - Review Pictures Swatches

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It has been a while since I featured a single taupe eyeshadow for you all. I know I have shown you some taupes that are in palettes, but a single taupe hasn't been featured since October 1st, when I featured some individual shades from Stars Makeup Haven.  I apologize for my lack of taupiness.  This blog has over 1,425 posts, and only 148 of them include taupe.  And sure, that's slightly more than 10% taupe, it's not enough in my book. I am the taupe fanatic. I should post about taupe more often!  I have failed you all. And for that I am truly sorry.

I offer the latest Sephora Collection eyeshadow as an apology for my lack of taupness.  Today I bring you Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe #6. Whew. That's a mouth full.  I'm not sure how "Outrageous" this shadow is. I mean it's genuinely nice and pretty looking, but "outrageous"?  I don't think so.  Or perhaps I'm jaded, and real "outrageous" things seem mundane to me.  Then there is "Prisma", which is Spanish for Prism.  OK. But why not prism in French? I mean Sephora Is a French company, oui?  Maybe not. They give the appearance that they are all about France and French things. But whatever.  Prisma is also a satellite project led by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and a 4 door sedan car from Chevrolet that is built in Brazil for the Latin American market. Chrome and Metallic together. Hello! It's the department of redundancy department calling. We get it, it's a shiny shadow.  Cool.  I'm surprised they didn't include Frost in the name too.  And Taupe...well.. this is actually taupe. An ideal taupe if you ask me....and you should be asking me since I'm so cuckoo for taupe.  But enough of me riffing on the silly name of this shadow. Let's all agree to call it Sephora Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe.  OK?

Soooo, the Sephora Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe is, in a word, Pretty darn good.  I mean, it's not super soft like a Chantecaille shadow (Well the way Chantecaille shadows USED to be), but it's incredibly pigmented like an Inglot shadow would be. It has a decent amount of staying power, providing you use an eyeshadow base underneath.  It is super shiny and almost reflective as a metallic shadow, like the old Bobbi Brown or Estee Lauder  metallic shadows are.  It's just a neat all around good shadow.

As you can see, the Sephora Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe comes in a single case with a  clear top to easily identify the color you are reaching for.  The raised, quilted design on the shadow is a lovely touch. This shadow is a whopping 0.12 oz while the average for other shadows is literally almost half that size (around 0.07 oz) for more money.


Too Faced $18  Size 0.06 oz Stila $18 Size: 0.09 oz
Urban Decay $18  Size 0.05 oz LORAC $19  Size 0.06 oz
Make Up For Ever $20  Size 0.08 oz
Illamasqua $20  Size 0.07 oz 
Bobbi Brown $21  Size 0.08 oz
Laura Mercier $23  Size 0.09 oz
NARS $24  Size 0.07 oz
Dior $29  Size 0.07 oz
Edward Bess $30  Size 0.07 oz
*Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow $16 Size 0.12 oz
That's a lot of taupe for the money.

light application on left, heavy application on right

Oh the money. Yes. the Sephora Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe retails for $16.  Not terrible actually.  When you think about the decent quality, strong pigmentation and the huge amount of eyeshadow you receive for that amount. (WARNING - the following "Taupe Orgy" picture may be NSFL (not safe for life))

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I bet a lot of you are thinking that I probably already have a dupe of this shadow somewhere in my stash.  Well you'd be WRONG!  Look at the eyeshadow singles I compared it too in my currently available stash (I have a lot more, but this was handy when I was taking a picture, and I'm all about extending the least amount of effort to do anything.)  Compared to what look like possible dupes in the pan, end up being  nowhere close to the same when swatched.  I even compared it against the holy grail of taupes the Shu Uemura ME Silver 945, and it was quite different.  (By the way, the Addiction eyeshadow in Flashback is an almost exact dupe for Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 if you were wondering)  

Not only was this shadow more pigmented, but it had a truer taupe color than all the other taupes combined. It was the taupest taupe taupe that ever tauped taupe. You know that thing when you say a word over and over again, and it starts to lose its meaning to you when you hear it?  Yeah. that just happened to me with the word "taupe" after typing that sentence above.

Do you NEED this?  Well Duh, does a fish need water? Does a hair metal band need perms? Does supreme executive power derive from a mandate from the masses, and not from some farcical aquatic ceremony?  YES!  You NEED this.  And you seriously need this because who knows how long Sephora will actually sell it.  They discontinue their "Sephora Collection" shadows so quickly one hardly has time to even hear about them, let alone purchase them. So run, do not walk to your nearest computer/store/etc. to get you one of these.  Oh and Sephora also has 7 other colors including a warmer taupe to choose from.

What say you?  Is this taupe enough for you?  A little surprised at how little product you get for the money from other brands?

heavy application
light application

Ingredients Taupe #6:
Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 , (Iron Oxides) CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens) , CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder).

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  1. I got this recently and love it! I was actually going to tell you about it, I thought you'd like it too! Definitely a great shade of taupe and good price. I might get the warmer one too.

  2. Wow, I didn't realize it was so big! I saw these on the Sephora website while I was looking for something else and thought it was a taupe I had to have. I am eagerly awaiting my box in the mail now. :)

  3. Wow! Gorgeous! Need! Want! Ordering.

  4. Too dark and smudgy a taupe for me-- I think the glimmer is too high a wattage, also. Wish someone would put out a palette of the ultimate creams, for me.

  5. Well this little bugger looks pretty in pictures, but really WOW's me swatched!

    I like that it is deeper than your other swatches, and it looks like it could be 'the taupe' for my light/olive skin.

  6. I usually don't like taupe all that much (sorry sorry don't hate me please! :-)) but this one is so dark that I like it.

  7. Think I might need this, and even some of the other shades too.

  8. When I saw the press release for the products, I thought to myself "how long will it take before it's reviewed on Pink Sith?" I feel like the color is a little too brown for my tastes but I do tend to prefer more silvery ones. I do wanna check out the rest of the colors though since I really like the ideas of these types of eyeshadows

    BTW, the phenomenon when a word starts losing meaning when said over and over is called semantic satiation

    1. Mai! You 'n your education rock. Semantic satiation...

  9. Sephora's prices are rising, but it looks like the quality is rising too. The premise and imprint on this eyeshadow is reminiscent of Laura Mercier's recent illuminating eyeshadows, so that's gotten me pretty curious about these. Great swatches, and I think I'll actually want to take a look at these in person soon!

  10. I bought this one recently and I like it! I also have the Pearly Golden shade, and I want the Silver Taupe shade.

  11. The loreal infallable in bronzed taupe is amazing! It looks alot like this one but I personally think the loreal is prettier, it lasts forever with or without primer, its $8, its more readily available, its a permanent collection, and I've been using it pretty much everyday since last april and I've barely made a dent! I'm sorry i just love so dang much!

  12. Love the taupe and also the Monty Python reference! Definitely going to pick this one up.

  13. That is a beautiful color.I'm so addicted to Essence Swirl it Baby and Ulta Twilight. I really love taupes! I'll Have to swatch this next time I'm at Sephore for sure!

  14. Isn't this a great eye shadow. I've had mine for a few weeks and just love it. Sephora also has a great jumbo eye pencil in Dark Taupe Shimmer and it's wonderful. Sephora is really stepping up their game with their house brand. Also, how do I post just using my handle? (I don't have a URL or any of the other things asked for in the drop-down box). I'm just plain ol' Mariella.

  15. Have you seen the nude tan dior trios, from memory this looks similiar. Thank you for the post.

  16. Thank you so much for the detailed review, Elvira!
    The comparison swatches are fantastic. I just purchased this shade because of your post!

  17. I linked to you today. You forcefed me this shade. You're welcome.

  18. I just saw this on the website and had to look up reviews and swatches, because sometimes the product's color is different than what it actually is on the Sephora website. This product is LIMITED EDITION, and it's ON SALE FOR $7.00. Yes, $7.00 for 12 oz. I love the eyeshadow, thanks for the swatches, and what it looks like on your eye. It's limited edition so i might just go pick up two...


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