Top of the taupes

Everyday eye shadows

Taupe eyeshadows are my go-to for when I’m in a hurry and/or can’t really be bothered to blend eleventy shades on my eyeballs. My favourites have enough silver or copper to complement my sometimes brown, sometimes hazel eyes and are also subtle enough to look polished without having to make much of an effort – my favourite kind of makeup.

Everyday eye shadow swatches

The first swatch is Nars Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione. Described as a ‘metallic champagne beige’, it’s one of the most silvery of my picks and is great for making you look more awake. I really like this one with a slick of brown liner, as black can look a bit harsh against it on my pale skin. The formula is ace – it blends easily and lasts for hours without primer, which is unusual on me. I’ve also got Himalia, which is a deeper bronze and equally lovely. They’re a slightly eye-watering £21 here.

Next up is Benefit Cream Eyeshadow in No Pressure! I got it in a mini size in the Easiest Nudes Ever set and really like it, although I’m not a huge fan of the powder shadows in the kit. It’s a shimmery bronze (or ‘fawn’ according to the website) and it’s one of those shades that seems to create its own defined crease without having to add a second colour. It creases and fades without a primer but isn’t too bad over the top of one. It’s available individually for £15.50 here and as part of the set for £23.50 here.

The second silvery taupe is the cheapest of the bunch – L’Oreal Color Riche Mono in Cafe Saint Germain. The formula of these is amazing: smooth, creamy, and almost gel-like. The pay off is fabulous too, with a light hand definitely being needed with the darker shades. The downside to the creamy texture is that they do crease without a primer but it’s worth it for the amazing colour and feel. This colour seems to be unavailable at Boots or Superdrug but I’ve found it here for a bargainous £5.49.

The penultimate shade is the gorgeous but super-spendy Cream Eyeshadow in Platinum from Tom Ford. I can’t quite see why they chose that name, to be honest, as it’s not what I think of as platinum, but I absolutely adore this. It’s a big investment for one shade but you need such a small dab, and it blends out so easily, that the tiny pot will last for ages. It’s shares tones with the No Pressure! but is a far more luxe version, which catches the light beautifully. It’s £29 here.

Finally, we have one of the most hyped eye shadows in the so-called blogosphere, Burberry Eye Colour Silk in Pale Barley. It looks so boring in the pan and is the least metallic of the five, but on the lid is a brilliant, easy-to-wear, neutral tone with a very slight shimmer. It lasts on me for ages with a primer, and can be beefed up a bit by applying it wet (I get some on my brush and then spray it with fixing spray before applying). It’s another spendy option but it’s a hefty size and I think it’ll be a long time until I ‘hit pan’. Find it here for £23.

Have you tried any of these? What are your everyday eye shades?

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  • I love the NARS eyeshadow! The color looks perfect! I’m definitely going to have to get it! Lovely post!

  • Thanks! It’s such a good colour – I have my eye on a couple of more shades too…