Saturday, 12 June 2010

A tonne of Taupes!

Do you ever have those moments when you look through your collection and realise you have a load of identical eyeshadows? Or endless versions of the same lipstick? I had one of these moments earlier. It was particularly bad as I was trying to do my eyes with two colours and I couldn't make out where one finished and the other began. Not because of my seemless blending skills but because the actual colours were just so similar.

It prompted me to swatch the eyeshadows on the back of my hand. The eyeshadows in question are Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon and MAC Style Snob. I included a swatch of Satin Taupe as a comparison. The colours are very similar, the differences are in the finish. Style Snob has a pinky gold frost finish with fine glitter. Solstice is more matte with a smoother texture. I'd say that Satin Taupe is the same tone but a shade or two darker and the finish is most similar to Style Snob.


Top to Bottom: Satin Taupe, Solstice Halcyon, Style Snob

I know I have a few more similar shades in my collection. Bobbi Brown's Taupe, MAC Era, Charcoal Brown and Omega immediately spring to mind. They're not so much dupes as variations on a theme! I could probably stand to lose a few but instead I'm more likely to purchase more of the same. I've already been looking longingly at the Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in Wisdom that Visionary Beauty posted about. Honestly, I'm tutting at myself.

I'm just as bad with lipsticks. Rouge Bunny Rouge Irreverence, MAC Modesty and Illamasqua Test, they are all similar but I'm always drawn to these shades. Will I ever learn not to duplicate? No, it's not likely.

Is this the peril of being a make-up addict? Do you have countless similar shades or are you ruthless and never duplicate? Tell me what colours are your weakness.

Jane x


  1. Taupes, browns, champagne, highlighters, pink lipsticks, coral lipsticks, the list goes on. LOL.

  2. Haha I did a post earlier about the same kind of thing, with Blushers! Im always drawn to the peachy/pink with gold shimmer blushers.


  3. Lipsticks Rules - that makes me feel so much better ;). I knew I couldn't be alone.

    Jo - Your post was great. I checked the times and it's so funny that we posted within 15 minutes of each other. It definitely IS a make up lover 'thing'!

    Jane x

  4. Well you know I am another taupe obsessed and I always seem to go for the pinky/brown lipsticks, the thing is if I deviate too much from my normal colours I just don't end up using them.
    I really like my KW wisdom and I do think you would like it but I do wonder if they have priced themselves a bit to high x

  5. Hi Replica! It's interesting that you mention the price as I was actually considering getting the refill form of wisdom and one of the blushers and getting a Z palette to put them in. Do you know if the refills are magnetic? I know the packaging is lovely but at that price for an individual item I can see me skipping them otherwise.

    I know what you mean about buying colours you know you'll use too. I'm sure that's part of the reason I buy similar colours.
    Jane x

  6. I'm sure they must be magnetic, unless its just the compact that is magnetic, I can get my husband to see if he can lift one of the pans up ( I wouldn't dare do it myself, I once tried to depot some Chantecaille shadows and chipped everyone of them, a dark day indeed....

  7. Please don't worry about checking the pans, I'd hate for any of them to get chipped. I think I may contact spaceNK or maybe KW directly to ask how the refills and compacts work.

    Undoubtedly they will spot me for the penny pincher that I am! It'll all be going in to the Guerlain palette fund though ;)


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