Monday, February 14th, 2011

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

Lancome Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette: Taupe Craze

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette ($48.00 for 0.141 oz.) is one of ten new palettes from Lancome. It includes five shades, and each shade is labeled for a particular purpose. The way they are labeled is actually very much in the order that one would apply them. Of course, I think it is safe to say that one could easily use any combination of the five shades!

Taupe Craze is a cool-toned neutral palette; not all shades have strong, cool undertones, but overall, the palette leans cool. I liked how the palette was a mix of finishes–satin, shimmery, and almost matte. Initially, the two shimmery shades were concerning, because they looked almost glittery, but it seems like it’s more of the top layer than anything else–both shades are more shimmer than glitter.

The all-over color is a pale peach-beige with a satin-matte finish and excellent color pay off and a smooth texture. The lid shade is a neutral-cool medium brown with a soft taupe shimmer. The crease shade is a medium-dark taupe brown with a soft satin sheen. The highlighter shade is a smoky taupe with a bright metallic sheen and shimmer in its finish; when used wet, the metallic sheen is emphasized. I have no idea why Lancome would recommend this shade as a highlighter. Finally, the liner shade is a deep cool-toned taupe brown with silver flecks of shimmer; it is best used wet, if you want really smooth, richly colored line. The liner seemed the least pigmented–it’s a touch lighter swatched than what it is in the pan, but when used wet, it is a touch darker.

Both the shimmery shades (lid and highlighter) along with the liner shade worked whether wet/dry (with the liner shade being better wet). I did try the all-over base and crease shade wet, just to see if I could, and they worked better dry. There did seem to be a slight hardening and darkening over the crease shade from using it wet, though. I couldn’t find out whether these were to be used wet/dry on Lancome’s website, but from my experience, it did not negatively impact any of the shades, with the exception of the crease shade.

my thoughts on the formula: With the exception of the liner shade, the other four shades had very soft, smooth textures with nice color pay off. I really loved the all-over base shade–it had such a silky soft texture with beautiful pigmentation. It worked well as a lid shade and highlighter shade (which is good, because the “highlighter” shade is quite dark for a highlighter).

I’m disappointing in the quantity provided in the palette, though. Lancome’s Color Design Quads come in at 0.16 oz. and their Color Design Eyeshadow singles at 0.0458 oz., which works out to be $263/oz. and $371/oz. respectively. This palette is $340/oz., which makes it more expensive ($48 vs. $42) with less product (0.141 oz. vs. 0.16 oz) than the Color Design Quads.

I also know this palette invites a comparison to Urban Decay Naked Palette, but this one is cooler-toned, while Naked is warmer. If I had to pick the most similar shades, I would say Virgin (but Lancome’s all-over-base is much more pigmented and smooth, less shimmer), Toasted (Lancome’s lid shade is cooler), Buck (Lancome’s crease shade is cooler-toned, more taupe), while the highlighter and liner shades have no real similarities to shades from the Naked palette.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This is a nice neutral palette for cooler skin tones, and there is a nice range of textures to create looks with depth. I wish they boosted up the quantity just a bit, perhaps to 0.18 to 0.20 oz.  It’s a shame how the below average value of this palette brings down the overall grade.

where to buy: Sephora

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Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
All-over base, lid, crease, highlighter, liner (dry/wet)

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
All-over base, lid, crease

Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette
Highlighter, liner (dry/wet)

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Where can I purchase Taupe Craze? How much is it?

Sephora, $48.

Is it limited edition?


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32 thoughts on “Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design Palette

  1. Emily

    I would be much more likely to use the all-over shade as a highlight than the actual highlight shade. Either way, this is a lovely palette. Thank you for the review!

  2. Mariella

    I wanted this when I saw the look you did with it but now, reading your comments and considering the price, I think I will pass on this one or at least wait til Lancome has a good GWP promotion.

  3. That’s so strange! I thought the top shade would be the highlight! Disappointed about the value mark, but overall looks like a very pretty palette…not sure if I’d buy…excited to see the other 9! :)

  4. Marie

    Oohh that’s pretty.
    Had I not have a neutral palette already, I’d seriously consider this one.

  5. I love Lancome, and these are beautiful colors… but I could do any look I would do with this palette with Naked!

  6. Josie

    Any dupes for the highlighter and liner shades? Thanks!

  7. Kat

    I love that highlight shade, although I’d never use it on my browbone! I guess it’d make a decent inner corner shade for someone with darker skin, but I’m more inclined to use it as as a all over lid colour.
    Christine, do you know of any dupes for it? I can’t justify buying that whole palette for just that one shade.

  8. Svetlana

    I was really looking for a natural/neutral palette for a girl with cool undertones.This one seems to be exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for the review!

  9. These look soooo pigmented and pretty! I barely use neutrals, though.

  10. Amanda Enn

    This is absolutely gorgeous! The only problem i have is that it is a pretty small package.. and it’s more than what I paid for the Naked palette!

  11. Lisa G

    Not a real big fan of Lancome in general, but this palette is beautiful. I’m a sucker for neutrals. But, given the price and the fact that I own tons of neutral shades, I’ll probably pass on it.

  12. Quinctia

    Wow, my first thought was “that’s certainly very taupe”! I know some out there get very excited about taupes, but they’re not really my thing. I don’t know, despite being cool-toned and being a bit biased towards cooler shades like blues and greens, when it comes to my browns I want them leaning towards chocolatey or gold.

    The highlighter shade seems like someone put Sin into Photoshop and cranked the saturation down by half!

  13. cloudburst

    I like it. It’s going on the wish list.

  14. Dara

    Gorgeous swatches! They kind of remind me of UD Naked.

  15. Nina

    I think this palette invites more of a comparison to Guerlain Écrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette – Rue de Passy than to UD Naked palette. I doubt Lancome has ever been aiming at being compared to a cheap teenager-level brand.

  16. Polly

    Ah! When I use up my neutral palette, I will grab it. Pretty and good color pay-off.

    Thx for the swatch!

  17. Maya

    I’ve been looking for something like this – cool-toned neutrals, but I do agree that it’s not the best value. Anything else out there that’s similar?

  18. taup means in my language is cannon gun…thats awsome…!!!

  19. The highlighter and base colors are very pretty. Not enough to get me to buy this for that price, though.

  20. Jessica FB

    I bought this palette over the weekend and love it. I’m a huge fan of taupes and neutrals for my eyes. It has great color pay off on me and no fall out. With my Too Faced primer it last all day. I’m very happy with this palette, it’s now my everyday eye look.

  21. Rebecca

    Hi Christine,

    I know from your past reviews of the Colour Design 5 Pan Palettes that you are disappointed with their price points. Still, I’m wondering if you will be reviewing “Coral Crush,” because I love Mila Kunis and it appears that this was used on her for both the golden globes and the oscars–my favourite looks for her so far!

  22. Maz

    Does anyone know if these palettes will be available to buy in the UK?

  23. Amanda

    This palette is so beautiful! If I didn’t have so many MAC eyeshadows, I would be able to use this Lancome palette everyday. *sigh*

  24. Lisa

    I would say it is very similar to Naked 2 in some of the colors – and a lot more expensive!

  25. jean1015

    Could you tell me a color that would be a dupe for the lightest shade (all over base color)?
      It can be any brand. I would like a single in that shade.