Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Taupe ($29/ #84) has an intriguing name. Who doesn’t love a taupe eyeliner? The shade flatters nearly everyone, and in deep toned shade has tremendous potential to add a soft touch of definition to the eye. However, I was a little surprised when the pencil arrived. Like Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book, I found that the shade is better described as a “plum brown silver.”
I do love the formula and packaging of this Chanel Stylo Yeux line. The twist up design, the sleek packaging and the overall feel of the pencil is sublime. I absolutely love some of the shades, including Chanel Ebene (reviewed here), which is re-released in the Sophisticated Eye Collection alongside Taupe. However, I have noticed that some of the shades in the Stylo Yeux line do not apply with the robust pigmentation of Ebene. I found that Taupe was one of these shades–using medium pressure, it worked best as a soft smudge under the eye. Attempting to create a deep, dark line above the upper lashline required a bit of work for me. Also, Chanel Taupe applies light-to-medium in color and tone. If you are looking for a deep, dark line, get Ebene. If you are looking for a lovely, light cool plum for a soft wash, get Taupe.
Here is a comparison with MAC Pearlglide in Wolf, which is more of a true gray taupe. I’ve also included Chanel Khaki Platine (reviewed here), Chanel Crayon Sourcils Precision Brow Definer in Taupe eyebrow pencil (because it’s labelled “taupe”), Chanel Khaki Dore (reviewed here) and Chanel Rose Platine (reviewed here).
You can see that the violet tones in Chanel Taupe will coordinate well with the re-released Chanel Vanites eyeshadow quad (reviewed here). One more set of swatches:
Despite my initial preconception of the name, I appreciate the unique quality that Chanel Taupe brings to this collection. It is a unique shade that can be used for a soft touch of color around the eyes. It’s a pretty, flattering shade that stays firmly in the soft brown-violet, which keeps the shade from going too red near the lid. It’s well executed, so long as the user is aware of its appropriate use.