Apr 082010

Believe it or not, the picture below is actually  in full color.  No, I’m not kidding–these are my favorite gray eyeshadows.  No brown, no taupe, no green, no white, no kidding.  Just straight grays, which can be both very striking and easy to wear.  I tried to stay away from silvers, but some shimmery grays sneak into silver, so I’m not sure that I succeeded.

These are eyeshadows that I’ve collected over the years, and you will see some limited edition and “old school” Bobbi Brown packaging.  There are a few more that I might add, such as Chanel Silvery, but I’m mentally preparing for a Chanel Eyeshadow single marathon in a few weeks so I thought I’d do it then.

  • Absolute favorite:  Make Up For Ever #145 is a shimmery luminous gray that adds light to my lids.  It’s a sweep-on and look-polished color, and looks really nice with black liner.
  • Second favorite:  MAC Swan Lake was sold with the Danse collection a few years ago.  I find this the most similar to Make Up For Ever’s #145, but it has a bit more pigment and shimmer.
  • Two classics from Bobbi Brown:  Steel, a deep matte grey and Sterling, a light gray shimmerwash, look great together
  • MAC’s Softwashed is a shimmery dark gray that borders on silver, but it’s so beautiful I had to include it
  • Lorac Dreamy has an amazing pigmentation and color, although it can look a little blue when applied to my warm coloring.

Here are individual swatches:

Do you have any favorite grays?  What do you recommend?

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  6 Responses to “Favorite Gray Eyeshadows”

  1. Ohh! I love the look of BB Sterling. Kind of looks like the MUFE except with a bit of a matte-ish base.

  2. I love the colour of Swan Lake; I really liked it with French Grey from the same collection. I never reach for my MAC though, I don’t know why.

    I do like the look of the BB ones too.

  3. Well, I think it’s official: we would never agree on a grey e/s 😀 I love deep dark blue greys, so I think we are at the opposite 😛

    • PlatinumV- That’s the wonderful thing about makeup I think–we can all be different and use it to our own advantage!! Thanks for your comments Platinum! 🙂

  4. I like my NARS Paris duo with the light/dark gray – that said I should use that one more often. Because I LOVE Paris and I love me a smoky gray eye! I also like using MAC copperplate as a crease color. I have UD’s Gun Metal for metallic silvery smoky eye but I don’t think that qualifies as a true straight up gray.

    • Lexi-I’ve been dying to try Paris–thank you for the reminder–I should add that one to my list. I’ll also look for Gun Metal–it sounds so pretty!

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