Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color. I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with. Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! 🙂 I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!
- MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
- theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
- Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
- Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
- Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe
Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow
Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mossy grey.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted finish. Disney Jaq is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter. Urban Decay Lost is similar. See comparison swatches.
It had excellent color payoff that was true-to-color. The consistency was incredibly soft, silky, and finely-milled, so the eyeshadow applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was just ever-so-slightly powdery, but it was very minor. Dusk blended beautifully on the lid, and it could also be softened and sheered out to wear more as a wash of color as well. Without a primer, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight and a half, I could see some light fading and very faint creasing.