Our Favorite Taupe Eyeshadows + Reader Favorites!

Taupe eyeshadow is truly glorious, and it’s a real chameleon!  Taupe is that color that is hard to describe, that looks a little different to each person, but no matter your definition, I think we have a taupe you can fall in love with!  You’ll find a list of editor’s top rated taupe eyeshadows (broken out by budget-friendly and luxury price points), plus readers’ favorites by skin tone.

How to Wear Taupe Eyeshadow

In makeup, “taupe” often leans cool when it’s more of a purplish-gray and warmer when it’s more of a silvery bronze.  Per Merriam-Webster, taupe is defined as a “brownish gray.”  If you search through Pantone’s colors for taupes, there are 36 color swatches of taupe!  They run the spectrum from almost a muted olive-beige to soft gray to greenish-gray to rosy beige to darker, muted mauve and warm grays.  What they have in common is that they’re neutral, often a little more muted, and can look warmer/cooler, grayer/browner/purpler depending on what else it is paired with.

To bring out the cooler undertones in your taupe eyeshadow, pair it with other cool-toned hues like icy pink, silvers, sooty grays, lavenders, and violets.  Shades of pink, rose, and mauve work well with purple-leaning taupes to enhance the rosiness in them.  To bring out the warmer undertones in your taupe eyeshadow, pair with richer coppers, golds, bronzes, and warm beiges.  To bring out the olive undertones in your taupe eyeshadow, pair with shades of pewter, patina, yellowy greens, deep golds, and rich, golden bronzes.

You can use taupe eyeshadows to smudge and smoke out eyeliner on the lower or upper lash line by applying it over your eyeliner with a pencil brush (or for a softer look, skip the eyeliner and use a taupe shade as eyeliner–pick one that isn’t quite so metallic in that instance).

Best Taupe Eyeshadows Under $15 – Editor’s Top-Rated

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02. Tiara Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

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Sydney Grace Tiara Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium bronze with a cooler, reddish undertone and warmer, golden shimmer paired...

Sydney Grace Tiara Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium bronze with a cooler, reddish undertone and warmer, golden shimmer paired...

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03. Moon Landing Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Moon Landing Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pale taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented...

Sydney Grace Moon Landing Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pale taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented...

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04. Officer Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.

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Sydney Grace Officer Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, purplish taupe with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich...

Sydney Grace Officer Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark, purplish taupe with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich...

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05. Somber Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Somber Shimmer Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium taupe-brown with soft, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had rich color...

Sydney Grace Somber Shimmer Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium taupe-brown with soft, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had rich color...

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06. Cliff Jumping Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light taupe with subtle, warm undertones and more silvery sparkle over a metallic...

Sydney Grace Cliff Jumping Cream Shadow ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light taupe with subtle, warm undertones and more silvery sparkle over a metallic...

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07. Reindeer Fur Fyrinnae

Fyrinnae

PPermanent. $7.00/0.07 oz.

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Fyrinnae Reindeer Fur Pressed Eyeshadow ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was...

Fyrinnae Reindeer Fur Pressed Eyeshadow ($7.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It was...

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08. Troops Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Troops Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, plummy taupe with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer that...

Sydney Grace Troops Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, plummy taupe with subtle, cool undertones and warmer, golden shimmer that...

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09. Bronzed Taupe L'Oreal

L'Oreal

PPermanent. $7.99/0.12 oz.

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L'Oreal Bronzed Taupe Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling,...

L'Oreal Bronzed Taupe Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling,...

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10. The Virgo Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $4.50/0.05 oz.

B+

Colour Pop The Virgo Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich...

Colour Pop The Virgo Pressed Powder Shadow ($4.50 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had rich...

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Glossover Breakdown

95%

Average Score
A
9
B
1
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
95%
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9
application
5
Total
95%

Best Taupe Eyeshadows Over $15 – Editor’s Top Rated

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05. Tiger's Eye Kaja

Kaja

PPermanent. $16.00/0.29 oz.

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Kaja Tiger's Eye Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment ($16.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with subtle, golden olive pearl and faint...

Kaja Tiger's Eye Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment ($16.00 for 0.29 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with subtle, golden olive pearl and faint...

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06. Slinky Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors

PPermanent. $20.00/0.08 oz.

A-

Dose of Colors Slinky Block Party Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark pewter with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic...

Dose of Colors Slinky Block Party Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark pewter with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic...

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08. Industrial (45M) Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00/0.08 oz.

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Industrial (45M) is a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, smooth,...

Industrial (45M) is a dark, taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a soft, smooth,...

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09. Gray-Brown (38M) Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00/0.08 oz.

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Gray-Brown (38M) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with cooler gray leanings but still had a warmer base paired with a frosted sheen. It had great...

Gray-Brown (38M) is a medium-dark, taupe brown with cooler gray leanings but still had a warmer base paired with a frosted sheen. It had great...

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10. Deep Slate Gray (32P) Natasha Denona

Natasha Denona

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00/0.08 oz.

B

Deep Slate Gray (32P) is a dark taupe with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler overtone. If you blend it out a lot, especially if you diffuse the...

Deep Slate Gray (32P) is a dark taupe with subtle, warmer undertones but a cooler overtone. If you blend it out a lot, especially if you diffuse the...

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Glossover Breakdown

79%

Average Score
A
6
B
1
C
0
D
0
F
3
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
92%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
92%

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Best Taupe Eyeshadows for Cool Skin Tones

Mixed Tape
Colour Pop
PPermanent. $5.00/0.07 oz.
+11 Recommendations
Bill
Colour Pop
PPermanent. $5.00/0.07 oz.
+5 Recommendations
Cool Brown
Sydney Grace
PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.
+2 Recommendations
Officer
Sydney Grace
PPermanent. $5.00/0.06 oz.
+1 Recommendations
Troops
Sydney Grace
PPermanent. $6.00/0.06 oz.
+1 Recommendations

Best Taupe Eyeshadows for Warm Skin Tones

Mesmerized
Makeup Geek
PPermanent. $9.99/0.064 oz.

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Old MUFE crystalline gray beige. I see lots of faves, and prefer taupes with a gray lean, though CGB has a lot of gold….To my eye, buon fresco and cp bill are more mauve than taupe. Probably laced, too. Great shades picked, everyone. The big plus to Taupe is it’s so easy to wear for everyone.

Taupe is my favorite eyeshadow color range! My favorites are MAC Omega and MAC Satin Taupe. ABH Buon Fresco is at the top of the matte-to-satin list (as of this writing), and while it’s a shade I love and use often, it seems more mauve than taupe to me. I see several other shades here that have piqued my interest. I’ll be keeping my eye on this list.

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