Altered State is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was drier, almost gritty, with noticeable sparkle/shimmer to the touch. It was very hard to work with dry with a brush as it had a ton of fallout and poor adhesion to bare skin. When I used a dampened brush, it improved the coverage (opaque!) and minimized initial fallout but made the base a little harder to diffuse and blend out, though at least it showed up on my lid that way. It started to look faded after six and a half hours on me.