5 of the Best Gray Eyeshadows I’ve Tried

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01. S114 Pearl Gray Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever

DCDiscontinued. $21.00/0.08 oz.

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S114 Pearl Gray is a light gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture...

S114 Pearl Gray is a light gray with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture...

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04. Galaxy Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

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Galaxy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic gunmetal." It's a dark, charcoal gray with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color...

Galaxy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a "metallic gunmetal." It's a dark, charcoal gray with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color...

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05. Print MAC

MAC

PPermanent. $17.00/0.05 oz.

B+

Print is described as a "muted grey with shimmer." It's a dark, charcoal gray with subtle, cooler undertones and a satiny finish. The shimmer is...

Print is described as a "muted grey with shimmer." It's a dark, charcoal gray with subtle, cooler undertones and a satiny finish. The shimmer is...

I have had a few reader requests to share my top picks for gray eyeshadows, and here they are! The list was easier than you’d think, because there really aren’t that many amazing gray eyeshadows (that are available individually are permanent!). What are your favorites?

  1. Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray — A Cool Gray with a Satin finish.
  2. MAC Typographic — A Cool Gray with a Matte finish.
  3. NARS Transvaal — A Neutral Gray with a Matte finish.
  4. Makeup Geek Galaxy — A Cool Gray with a Frost finish.
  5. MAC Print — A Neutral Gray with a Satin finish.

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My favorite gray eyeshadow is MAC Typographic. It’s such a great texture and color and it’s perfect for smoking out black eyeliner.

Thanks for the swatches, Christine! I gotta say though that gray is probably the most difficult shade for me to wear around my eyes! It dulls them, and makes me look as if I haven’t slept in a week, unless they are gunmetal gray like MAC Knight Divine or blackened gray like MAC Typographic. I have MUFE Pearl Gray in my 15 palette, but I have yet to use it. Eventually, eventually, LoL!

I don’t wear gray eyeshadows very often. If I do, they usually are more silvery like the MUFE Pearl Gray (which I do like a lot), or have a pink, lavender or plum tone to them.

I think Catrice Welcome to Graysland is my all time favorite, followed by MUFE Pearl Gray. I was so psyched and let down by the grays in MUG’s latest offerings. Still pretty annoyed…

I find gray eyeshadows interesting in how much they change person to person – like what’d gray to one person might be taupe to another one and even silvery blue to another.
Like UD Mushroom is one of my favourites, but while it swatches warm gray on my hand, it takes on a blue-ish tone on my much darker eyelids. And I think it looked more taupe in your swatches.
And nice picks, I really like Transvaal for some reason.

Very true, A! I tried to pick shades that were primarily gray, and not taupe (Mushroom is taupe to me), and there definitely seemed to be more shades in the taupe arena!

I agree with you about Typographic – it is a wonderfully versatile and useful shadow. I also like Too Faced Garter Belt and (now discontinued) Velvet Revolver. Not sure if they are “true grey” shades but I sure do find them useful. Another “love” is UD Undone from the Naked2Basics palette. It might be one of the ones I actually hit pan on/

I love my grey eyeshadows – I use them a lot because I often wear black and white.
My favourites include:
Estee Lauder Film Noir – still one of the best grey quints around
Too Faced Glamour to go – the smoky grey shades
UD – Derailed (in Vice 2)
Thank you for this list. I love the Makeup Geek Galaxy colour- so beautiful.

Print from MAC is my all time favorite shade! It is the perfect, mid-tone cool gray. “Girl Crush” by ColourPop is another perfect mid-light gray.

I love grey eyeshadows, and I don’t have any ot these!
I’ going to add Typographic and Galaxy to my wishlist. I think I go for silvey and cooler greys, I have a few, like Knight Divine, Silver Ring, Electra, I also like Scene, but maybe that’s not a true grey. My light isn’t all that good in the evening.

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