Not what I'd hoped. I like the color, but it' same bear to get on smoothly. The brand new, previously unopened product felt very dry. Several brushes brought up...practically nothing. I had to use my fingers, which doesn't bother me, and it still felt dry and difficult to blend. If you can get it on, it will stay...
One of the Color Tattoos that I somehow *had* to have... despite my inner dialogue ("Flat, boring taupe? Are you kidding? You'll never use that!") But I just had to have it... you know, because it was a flippin' Color Tattoo... and it was ON SALE... for like 1/2 price! I picked up pretty much every other one in the display over the weeks... I kept seeing the "sale" sign at my local SaveOnFoods and figured I could sneak them into the house one or two at a time under the guise of "groceries". And that's how it came to nestle in my collection. Having said that, I've yet to use it as an eyeshadow (not that I won't attempt it). I like mattes, but I kind of have to be in the mood to use them. They're... boring. They're respectable but dull, you know? And then over the past couple weeks I kept hearing all this talk about Anastasia Brow Dip, and I thought "Kewl... another attempt at gel for brows. I knew MAC put some out a while back - the Fluidline Brow Gelcremes - but those sold out like hotcakes and go figure, that wasn't enough to make them think "Oh, good idea! Let's make these permanent!" So much for an opportunity to capitalize on what many could have embraced as an essential beauty item. But the blonde shade was way too warm for my liking for me to even want to give it a whirl. And so, I'm also hearing the Anastasia ones are also too warm for a lot of blondes. Another lost opportunity (though I do hear more shades are coming...). BUT that is where this little gem steps in, because it works as a brow gel and fills that "true taupe" gap that both MAC and Anastasia messed up/missed out on. Seriously, it's my new BFF and I certainly didn't start the relationship even thinking it had that kind of potential. And it doesn't itch my like my pencil does, so I'm beyond grateful and pleased. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE... My usual "late to the par-tay" self is finally recognizing the greatness that was Chanel Notorious Ombre (not to be confused with Notorious Hombre...) Contraste - Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheeks. But you know why I missed out on this don't you? Because it's a flippin boring near dead, er matte taupe. Why put death on your face? Trust me, if you put too much on your face, people will think that BUT a judicious and strategic application will sculpt you the most perfect cheekbones, nose, eyelids or whatever else you want to sculpt onto your purdy li'l face. I get it. (Finally!!) Natural shadows mixed with flesh tones generally comes off as a taupey shade. (Not brown and certainly not a shimmery bronze... more on that another time). Now I'm not saying that Maybelline Tough as Taupe matches the illustriousness of Chanel, but you can also use this nutty little pot 'o taupe as a contour? (Oh yes, I did try it!) I haz cheekbonez! A little on one middle finger tip (it just seems to be the one I use to find my cheekbones), rub it on the opposite middle finger and gently press/slide it up under your cheekbones from just in front of your ear to about 1/2 way to the corner of your mouth. (Don't bring it too far forward or it will look unnatural). But it works... and it's long wearing! Didn't see that coming did you? Neither did I. This review just kind of morphed into some...thing and now I'm trying to think... Where else can you find a long wearing matte cream taupe? Mind blown. Who knew my little boring matte nemesis could turn the tables so fast? Nuh uh, not me! Get out the napkins cuz I just got served, man! Biggest sleeper in my stash. I should introduce it to my Copperplate...
I have owned this for several months but lately I am obsessed and wearing it every day. As others have said, this is actually the perfect shade of grey, not really taupe at all on me. I am a pale but ruddy NC15 with warm undertones, and I tend to avoid warm colors as they look muddy on my skin tone. I am crazy about thus product for several reasons: 1) it's cheap; 2) it's available everywhere; 3) it wears like a dream -- all day, no creasing (with UDPP); 4) you get a lot of product so you'll never run out; 5) but best of all: the shade. It's the perfect cool-toned medium grey that can, in certain light, be slightly brown/taupe (but it's usually pure grey). This color is SO gorgeous with dark brown eyes and pale skin. It's the perfect crease/outer v color, but you could also use it all over for a dramatic smokey eye. It can be sheered out for a lighter casual grey, or it can easily be built up for a deeper grey, a darker dramatic look. The color is so versatile that it pairs beautifully with any lid color, like a basic cream or a shimmery silver. The issues I have with it and the reasons it didn't get 5 lippies are 1) I can't seem to find the perfect brush for it so application and blending are a frustrating process (tried synthetic and natural but nothing's perfect); 2) it can apply patchy because of the texture - best to warm it with fingers before applying to prevent this; 3) the heavy glass jar container is a bit bulky and annoying to transport. And of course, the name could be more accurate. Other than that, this one is love, true love for sure.
I took two Lippies off because I wore this again but did two layers near my eye and it CREASED. So, that brings it down quite a lot as it is not so buildable, limits the looks I can do and possibly might require powder to set. Still like it and will give it a few more tries before it goes out of rotation.
I knew of this eyeshadow from the MUB. So, when I saw them BOGO half off, I bought this and the bronze color. I dug in and was surprised how much came up. Also, the color was different in the underlayer than on top. I thought it would be a sandy taupe, but it is more grey almost leaning towards blue.
I put on, smeared around to above crease, highlighted tear ducts and inner 1/3 with a shiny champagne color and the brows with a bone white. A dark brown liquid liner and black thick mascara completed the look. I got sooooo many compliments. Someone even told me I looked like I had model makeup on.
Need to be careful with amount of application - a little goes a long way!
Creased when applied second layer
I'm not crazy about this product. I've used other colors in the Color Tattoo line, but Tough as Taupe did not live up to what I've come to expect from these shadows. While others from this line are creamy and easy to apply, I found this one to be very muddy and little bit too thick. It is very easy to go too dark with this and it does NOT spread easily onto the lid. You really have to work it in so it doesn't look patchy. I also found that it appeared weirdly purple once I got it onto my lid. I don't know, maybe this shade just doesn't work with my face. Overall, I felt this product was too much of a hassle to apply and was not flattering on me. The one good thing I can say about this product is that, in true Color Tattoo fashion, the color does stay on all day long. So, if you think you would enjoy the shade, it will give you great staying power.
Nice base for a smokey eye.
It's more of a medium warm grey w/hint of taupe, not an actual taupe. It's a creamy matte finish and tugs a bit when applying.
For a lazy smokey eyes, I add a black in the crease, a shimmery highlight and smudge with liner on top and bottom lashes and voila, a super easy smokey eye.
Similar to Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place ShadowCreme in Mochachino.
Best for natural smokey look! Day look nd night look
Weird...I was going to give this to my mom when I saw a review saying to use it on your brows if you are cool tone (which I am)...It looks nice. I think I might go over it with an eyeshadow powder to get a closer match to my hair color. But thanks guys! I have a use for this now. I also think it might be a good lower lash liner for a soft look.
It gets a 5 rating as a brow product and a 3 rating as an eye product.
I have extremely oily lids. Without a primer, this product creases on me and lasts maybe 4-5 hours, which isn't long enough :< I like the color as a liner, but it isn't as purple as I wanted it to be.
The one reason why I'm keeping this product is it's an amazing brow filler for black eyebrows! So thank you MUA for the rec :D
I bought this soley to fill in a small area in one eyebrow. I swore at 20 I wasn't gonna age. I've always had very thick eyebrows which I've never tweezed but for a few strays well under and in between them. Suddenly by my mid forties my brows seemed less lush. One has a small spot that's a bit bare, I can see my skin through it and being by the upper/outer arch, it changes the whole shape of the brow.
I triied various brow products, each one covered/filled in the area, but merely filling it in isn't the goal. The goal is to emulate my missing brow hair in color and appearance, in the most natural looking and long lasting way. This product achieves that. I'm very pleased with its performance.
I've not used this as an eye shadow thus far, am more likely to use as a liner since I don't wear much shadow but love this sort of shade at the base of my lashes. This is a useful product to have, I wish there were many more matte shades in the line. I see this as a coo/ash/brown gray, no purple on me.