So taupe is sort of a nebulous color, it can be many things to many people. And there's the endless variations of plum taupe, pink taupe, gray taupe, brown taupe. Oh my! I'm going to split this up for shadows and liners/cream shadows so this post isn't 20 pages long. I have a fair amount of products that we might consider taupe so I thought I'd share them with you. I have a video showing a selection of shadows and liners and how they actually apply on skin - check that out here! I do have a few more that I forgot to include unfortunately. Nothing that was a favorite, obviously. But my Laura Mercier small palette has Topaz and theBalm Nude 'Tude shade in Selfish are both firmly in the taupe category. See part 2 of this collection with my taupe liners and cream shadows!
First off, here are my shadows. I have three really nice drugstore shadows and three high end that I actually like a little less than the budget options!
From left: Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower (shimmer), Wet 'N Wild Silent Treatment, Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty
The Jane shadow in Passionflower is one of the best (if not the best) formulas I've used. It's easy to get on your brush, packs a bunch of pigment, buttery smooth, you name it. The color is very interesting, sort of a plum taupe with a warm undertone.
Wet 'N Wild's Silent Treatment trio has long been a beauty blogger favorite, but I had waffled over buying it for quite a while. Convinced myself it was too similar to things I had, that the crease color was darker than what I'd normally reach for, that kind of thing. But my friend Kristy coaxed me into it, what can I say! Definitely worth it, and I had a $1 off coupon! Love. The eyelid shade is a cooler, lighter purple gray taupe. Not quite as amazing of a formula, but still lovely to use.
Last up, another blogger favorite - Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty. I went on a bit of a spree depotting shadows for my MAC palette, so despite this having the smallest packaging ever, it's now living in that palette. The texture of this shadow is comparable to the Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower. Applies beautifully! Not quite as dense when picked up with a brush, but that's if I'm being picky.
Left to right: Jane Cosmetics shadow in Passionflower (shimmer), Wet 'N Wild Silent Treatment (eyelid), Wet 'N Wild single in Nutty