I recently had a lovely reader lament over purchasing an eyeshadow that looked like it might be the perfect taupe for her after reading one of my reviews. When she purchased the taupe and swatched it on her skin, it turned into a completely different color. How disappointing! She's not blaming me, but simply sharing her experience. And let's face it, making a mistake on an expensive Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow is painful to not only your taupe loving soul, but to your wallet. I know that computer monitors may distort colors and don't always show them as accurately as they should be, but to go from a taupe that was described as a brown/grey taupe on one person to a grey lilac on another, well, let's face it. That's just weird.
|my swatch of RBR Solstice Halcyon|
Or is it?
I admit that I try to do the best I can to describe the color that I see with my own eyes on swatches on my own skin, but therein lies the problem. My skin color may effect the way the shadow looks.
The undertones in our skin, be they warm or cool or olive or neutral or yellow or pink all have an effect on the way colors look against our skin.I am very pale with cool to neutral undertones. I have more pink in my face than I do in my arm, but for the most part eyeshadows look the same on my eyelid as they do on my arm. Someone else with warm undertones may make the color look completely different on her. Also, lighting and monitor settings take its toll as well.
When one is unable to see an eyeshadow in person, shopping for the right color can be a challenge. Like many, I have no Rouge Bunny Rouge counters near me to test shadows, so I must rely on swatches I see on-line from other bloggers. I have taken the liberty of showing you some images from different bloggers that are swatching the same taupe shadow, Solstice Halcyon from Rouge Bunny Rouge, just to show you the differences that you can see from blog to blog.
Lola's Secret Beauty Blog shows you a line of of several taupes, comparing them for you in one picture. She's awesome that way, just like her blog!
Modesty Brown shows you how Solstice Halcyon looks compared to 2 other Rouge Bunny Rouge Taupes. She also has a great Taupe Comparison post you should check out. Modesty Brown is my sister from another mister when it comes to taupe shadows! I ♥ Her!
Zuzu's Petals from The Everyday Beauty Blog has a couple of Solstice Halcyon comparisons for you showing how lighting and comparison shades can make the shadow look different. I hope her schedule clears up so she can start blogging again. I miss her blog very much!
The Delicate Hummingbird Blog always has wonderful pictures of taupes and here in her comparison we see 7 popular taupes compared side by side. He blog is absolutely lovely but sadly she stopped blogging...however her blog is still a great resource for all types of beauty products.
|L-R NARS Ashes to Ashes, NARS Cairo, Wet N Wild Trio, RBR Solstice Halcyon (center), RBR Atlas Swallowtail, RBR A Major/fis Minor, Chanel Safari|
The Indigo Kir Royale blog is new to me, but I have already bookmarked it and have started to read it with much admiration. She blogs mostly high end makeup, and has a great swatch comparison for Solstice Halcyon that will really make you understand how lighting and skin tone can change a color.
L-R: Becca Lame, Becca Surah (from the Enigma Palette - Fall 2011 collection), Burberry Rosewood, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Chanel Fauve (taken outdoors in natural light + flash photography).
At the Blooming Beauty Blog she does us all a favor of comparing a variety of Burberry Eyeshadows with other similar colors from other brands. This incredibly helpful post breaks down by color and you can see how Solstice Halcyon looks compared to Burberry Rosewood and others. Not only is her blog awesome but she does a lot of comparison pictures, which I find really helpful!
|L-R: Chanel Fauve, NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Burberry Rosewood, RBR Solstice Halcyon, RBR Bohemian Waxwing|
The Renee Hearts Blog, or as I called it "Renee Loves", stopped publishing in 2011, but she still has a decent archive for reviews and swatches. She has a nice comparison of Solstice Halcyon with another popular Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow called Delicate Hummingbird. Her picture shows how compared to the purple of Delicate Hummingbird, the Solstice Halcyon shadow really looks like a warm brown.
So as you see, lighting, skin color and even monitor settings really can skew your results when searching for the "perfect taupe" shadow. Heck, even on-line swatches from the manufacturer can be incredibly deceiving. What should you do to make sure you don't pick a dud that can't be returned? I recommend a google image search of the color, that way you can view multiple pictures at the same time and then reading more than one blog post to see how the blogger describes the color. In the linked reviews above you will see that some bloggers call this brown while others say it has a mauve color to it and even others find it slightly grey to purple. Of course there is no fool proof way to buy a shadow sight unseen, but at least you will have done your research and if you still end up getting a dud, you can always give the shadow to your daughter, mom, best friend, or me! (Just kidding on sending me shadow. I really do not need it!)
What have been your experiences with purchasing cosmetics on line without having an opportunity to test them first. Did you ever get any big surprises when the color on line didn't match the color you see in real life?