Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow
Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow

It’s Taupe, It’s Gray, It’s Taupe Gris!

In addition to Vert Khaki, Chanel will launch Taupe Gris ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) with their fall collection. The name is completely spot-on–it’s a grayed taupe brown with a soft sheen. It has the same silky smooth texture of Chanel’s single eyeshadows, and while the pigmentation is there, it’s not quite as rich as Vert Khaki’s. Fans of shades like MAC Smoke & Diamonds and Stila’s Lil’ Diamond may want to consider adding this smoky taupe shade to their collection.

I like Taupe Gris for a subtler smoky eye–when you don’t want to go silver and gray and black. It can work well with plums and burgundies, as it almost looks like it takes on a purple tone when paired with them. Similarly, it is just as nice to add darkness to the crease in a smoky brown eye, too.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The formula is good but not quite as great as I’d expect from Chanel. It’s just a little sheerer than other single shades, but it’s still smooth and buttery, and on the lid, the pigmentation difference is further minimized as it blends out beautifully.


See more photos & swatches!

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow
Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow
Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow
Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow (right)

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23 thoughts on “Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches (Fall 2010)

  1. livnzoe

    for me a must-have colour!

  2. Meike

    Looks nice! Are you gonna swatch/review the paradoxal polish? I really want to see if the color on the nail lives up to the promo pic!

    • I’m trying to get my hands on it still!

      • Lynn

        Hey Christine! I was able to pick up Paradoxal at my local Nordstrom counter yesterday. It’s a really a beautiful color- like a darken gray purple. The SA told me they’re getting more items in in the next few days. Some of the blushes weren’t in yet either.

  3. Oh I love taupe grays, I bought one from Bobbi Brown some time ago and I’ve been using it since. It really compliments brown eyes. :) I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  4. Eve

    Why did you have to mention Smoke & Diamonds? :( Now I have to have this shade.

  5. Sweeda88

    Eh, it’s not doing it for me. I’ll stick with MAC’s Satin Taupe. HG!

  6. panties

    what’s the eyeshadow on the left? it’s beautiful !

  7. aleksandra

    it looks so boring and is probably the most dupable eyeshadow out there, why would people pay so much money for it when they can get the same thing much cheaper, meh

  8. Colette

    Although I think Vert Khaki is prettier, Taupe Gris looks like a classic fall shade that will look great on a lot of people.

  9. Melissa (divinem)

    The swatch is much nicer than in the pan. I just ordered Chanel’s paradoxal nail lacquer today. Such a beautiful grey/plum. Yummy!

  10. Chanel’s fall collection is gonna make me broke!

  11. Jennifer

    This color is gorgeous. I can never have too many neutrals.
    I think I only have one taupe brown by nars…I love that, so I’ll be hoping to pick this up.

  12. amelia

    hm. thinking of acumulating some browns and greys for smokey looks, and this is nice :)

  13. rose

    will u review the clair eyeliner? i bought it, but dont know how to use it. heh

  14. Erin

    It looks similar to MAC’s mothbrown!! Yay! (Oh, and it’s Stila Diamond Lil, not Lil Diamond)

  15. Chrissie

    This looks similar to one of the colours in the Enigma quad – the bottom left (I think?) – is it worth getting both of them? Or is the Taupe Gris different enough in reality that I could justify getting them both, as I have nothing like this?

  16. Valerie

    Please compare Taupe Gris with Splash. Swatches together would be fantastic, as would your recommendation!