This post is actually for a reader, Erin, who got in touch to ask for recommendations to recreate the eye makeup I was wearing here.
I guessed at Kjaer Weis Wisdom or colours from the BECCA Enigma palette but these are not easily accessible for Erin and she asked if could recommend anything similar. I enlisted the help of Twitter friends to get suggestions for similar mauvey-taupe colours with minimal shimmer that are available in the US. I had loads of great suggestion, many thanks to those of you that helped me!
Erin is looking for a colour to create a sophisticated but soft smoky eye. She particularly wanted to avoid anything too dark or warm as she struggles with colours looking bruise-y. She has Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts eyeshadow already as a base colour and I wondered if either LM Topaz or Sable would work. I only have Sable out of these two but thought I'd use it in a look to see how it would look in a less intense application. In these photos I have paired it with MAC Brule eyeshadow.
When I swatched Sable it was clear that it's an eyeshadow that can be used for a soft or more dramatic look. It's not very pigmented but buildable which gives it this flexibility. The light swatch is a couple of swipes and the heavy swatch was at least five passes with a clean finger. Normally I use a flat, lay-down brush to apply this colour all over the lid but in this eye look I used a fluffy brush in the crease.
I hope this post will be useful for others as well as Erin. Please feel free to add any alternative colour suggestions in the comments too. They would be most welcome I'm sure!