Hit List: Best Transition Eyeshadow

What’s the Best Transition Eyeshadow that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why/what your coloring is 🙂 Thanks to Jennifer for today’s question!

I’ve been using Makeup Geek’s Barcelona Beach a lot for this purpose on my medium, warm-toned skin!


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Miss J Avatar

I’m not sure if BB’s Camel is available anymore. 🙁 If anyone is looking for a similar color, though, try Uninterrupted from MAC. It’s one of the Pro Longwear shadows.

Nicole Campbell Avatar

I’m between an NC15 and NC20 (so fair to light with yellow undertones), and I really love Too Faced Fuzzy Handcuffs from the Boudoir Eyes Palette. It looks fairly neutral in the pan, but when applied and blended on my eyes it turns a bit warmer, which is great underneath smokey shadows.

Jennifer Avatar

My favorite is Ossuary from Detrivore, it’s a matte that’s is nearly perfectly my skintone. I have a bunch of similar shades from Detrivore as well, like Porcelain that’s slightly warmer with a little bit of sparkle, and Autopsy, Malacath, Courtier and Embalm that are all very close to my skin but warmer, darker, or cooler. Her matte formula blends so easily, it’s like you just have to hold the blending brush near the eyeshadow for it to melt into your skin.

Mariella Avatar

Stila Puppy, Too Faced Teddy Bear (I don’t think it’s available any longer – I have it in the Enchanted Glamourland palette), TF Velvet Revolver (ditto) and Sephora’s Malted Milkshake (it’s terrific!). I also like 2 of the mid shades in my new Naked2Basics – they are perfect for this purpose.

Rachel R. Avatar

Very fair/neutral; auburn hair, hazel/green eyes.

I had to look up what a transition color was (laughing at myself).

I usually don’t use one. I just blend my crease shade out, put on my brow bone/highlighter, and blend that slightly into the fade of the crease color.. If I need a transition color, it’s usually WOS from the Naked Basics palette.

Vi Avatar

Lately, I’ve been using the second lightest matte shade in Coastal Scents’ Revealed 2 palette. It’s mauvey so it gives a nice hint of colour when I’m doing a more neutral look for work.

Sophia B. Avatar

yes! I was going to say this too!!! I always used brown/taupey transition colors before I got the coastal scents revealed 2 palette. But the muted pinky mauve you’re talking about is super flattering and just a bit different! 🙂

Sherri Avatar

I’m cool-toned, fairly light skinned gal (MAC NC20), so I really appreciate Urban Decay Naked as a great neutral, cooler-toned transition shade. I recently re-discovered a great brow bone and/or blending eyeshadow that almost exactly matches my skin tone: Paula Dorf eyeshadow in Sea Shell.

Kelsey Avatar

Maybelline ‘Earthly Taupe’ is the perfect transition shade for my fair, neutral skin tone. I love this one because it isn’t uber pigmented, but just enough so to give me a natural shadow.

Alison Levy Avatar

I am light neutral and I am wearing some Face Stockholm matte shadows– in greyed green, pale lavender, and light greyed beige. I am not recognizing them from the shades on their website right now– even though I got them recently. I also got the new Shue Uemura green palette and I am using those over the neutrals to give the look some pizazz.

Yana Avatar

I love MAC’s Malt and Quarry. Also in their 15 eyeshadow palette (the cool tone), it’s called Cozy Grey, I think, and it’s a matte shade. I think it works out very well for a soft grey look. It’s a mix between grey, taupe and a hint of nude; it’s definitely something different than a traditional nude transition shade.

Linda Avatar

NYX Maybe Later or Blame It On Midnight! I was looking for a shade similar to Taupe from the Lorac Pro palette and I’m really enjoying both. (I’m a MAC NC20/MUFE 117).

Donna N Avatar

I’m Fair, with both yellow and pink undertones, but UD’s Walk of Shame (very light nude matte) from the Naked Basics palette is one of the *BEST* matte eyeshadows for me!!!

Miss J Avatar

NC20ish. MUG Peach Smoothie, MUG Creme Brulee, MAC Soft Brown, or LORAC Taupe. Peach Smoothie since it is similar to my skin tone in depth helps to give an even softer more blown out look to my shadow. I use Taupe as a transition when I want something less warm than Soft Brown or Creme Brulee.

LikeXO Avatar

I’m a NC42 in Mac. And my favorite transition color would have to be brown script, soft brown, texture. It makes like so much easier, beautiful beautiful transition colors.

Erica Avatar

I’m NC50 medium dark with yellow undertones. I love transition shades and I have a lot of favorites! My favorite is a combo of Mac’s Texture and Cork. I also love UD Buck, Mac’s Saddle, Mac’s Uninterrupted and Bobbi Brown’s Camel eyeshadow.

Pami Avatar

MAC NW15-20 (cool/pink fair/light)
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Single 83 Slate is my go-to.
I also like Urban Decay Naked 2 from the Naked Basics Palette.

xamyx Avatar

NARS Edie, or something similar. I like the option of layering deeper crease shades. Lately, however, I’ve been experimenting with MAC Next To Skin blush, and it works quite well, as well as NYX Taupe blush.

Sophia B. Avatar

Are you a warm toned vampire or a cool toned vampire? Haha, I find that undertones are particularly important for transition shades. If I blend with a warm shade than I end of looking sickly and sallow!

Áine Avatar

I have very light, neutral skin, and I love the matte colors from the Naked 2 and 3 palettes, but they’re very cool and very warm respectively. Lately I’ve been reaching for Nyx Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Happy Hour. It’s a neutral, matte, medium brown and even if I don’t use it in my eye look, I often use just a touch to set my cream contour.

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