I'm giving this particular shadow a slightly higher rating than I have other NYX shadows solely for the shade. The pigment and texture are nice for the money but not something you need to rush out to get..unless you love MAC Smoke & Diamonds as much as I do:)How do I describe this color. Is it taupe..I guess you could classify it that way. It has some slight brown undertones though it's mostly grey(on the pewter side) with a sheen. Is it like Smoke & Diamonds. Swatched side by side I must say, they are very similar though S&D appears to have some mauvey undertones that I've never noticed before. Would I buy Dune again? Since it's as close as I can get to my beloved, discontinued S&D,yes I'd definitely buy it again.