Jun 282010

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Taupe Grisé #87 ($28.50) (Ombre Esssentielle / Ombre a Paupieres Mono Douceur/ Soft Touch Eyeshadow/ Single) is a chameleon color that moves from soft brown-gray to mauve.  It is a must-have eyeshadow for those who want a beautiful deep toned taupe. As you read this review, please keep in mind that this is precisely the type of color that I could wear every day for a month.  I am NC15/Chanel Cameo, with blue-green eyes. This color works unusually well for me, so my glowing review may not apply to your coloring and personal preferences.

The texture is absolutely beautiful and quintensentially Chanel.  It is one of the best of the Chanel singles–and, in case you don’t already know, some of the Chanel singles are very, very good.  It is buttery smooth and quite easy to work with.  The color is an instant classic to me–innovative and timeless.  Just as Vamp was for nail polish, Taupe Grisé is both edgy and classic for eyeshadow.  It is a delightful surprise to find that of all of the beautiful taupes on the world, there was one that had yet been imagined. I don’t have (or know) of anything that is quite this color.

The color is a dark brown-gray in the pan.

Once applied, Taupe Grisé’s dimensionality defies description–the way that it changes in different light indicates that it has been infused with something that reveals a silver, a brown and sometimes a touch of mauve depending on the light.  Here is a comparison with Chanel Safari and the long-ago discontinued Chanel Vega in neutral light.  This is very close to the color that it shows when applied to the lid:

This is not, strictly speaking, a true duochrome.  However, it does have a complexity that shows different predominant colors depending on the circumstances.  Here is a comparison of warm and cool lighting effects on the shadow:

It has been shot through with multicolor micro-shimmers, which you will see only if you look very close.  This is not a frosty shadow with big pigment pieces, rather this is finely milled so that it does not create any lines or create an unflattering emphasis. This is a must have for someone like me, who loves neutrals with a kick.  Each of these photographs reflects a different side of this very complicated eyeshadow.  That is exactly what I enjoy about it. I’m quite that I will use this up.  Expensive, but the texture and gorgeous classic color are worth every penny.

According to an email that I received from Chanel.com, Taupe Grisé is a limited edition product.

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