I got a gwp mini compact of the Taupe Craze Colour Design Palette last week. The first thing I noticed is that the gwp mini is very different in colouration to the full size Taupe Craze. It is more gray and less cool brown taupe. However once on the skin, it's similar.
The photo above is not Taupe Craze either the full size version or my mini gwp version. What is up there looks very peach and bronze.
TOP: There is a cool toned cream matte that applies as an ivory with a pinkish undertone on the top bar. I am a NC 15-20 and warm pale skinned redhead. This and the liner I will use up. It is almost too pale for me, so on anyone else that is above a 15 to 20 skin tone, this will come across almost whitish ivory. More of a highlight shade for others, but for me it's a highlight or pale cream wash that knocks out discolouration and makes a blendable base.
The center 3 from the left are:
far left: a shimmery pale taupe with a purpley undertone that goes on pale shimmery taupe. Blends easily but the shimmer is a bit patchy.
center: a matte cool mid brown contour shade that goes on darker than expected but too light for a liner shade unless you want a moderate smoked eye look. Difficult to blend out. Grabs and holds.
far right: another shimmery pale taupe just a touch darker but otherwise the same as the far left one. Both of them are a pale taupe on the skin, cool tone, slight purple cast, not enough to show purple but a true taupe.
Bottom bar: the liner shade. This is a matte cool dark chocolate brown, no reds or purples, just a dark brown liner. It has less fallout, almost none. I am comparing it to Bronze Amour which has TONS of fallout onto the upper cheek area when applied with a liner brush. This one has very little but I'd still use a shield when applying it.
All the shades LAST well! I don't get the fallout problem with the shimmer or with the liner shade that I do with Bronze Amour.
That actually makes it a better eye shadow set. The shadows are creamy smooth, no irritation and are really nice to work with.
I won't rebuy because this is too cool toned for me. Taupes and greys make me look tired and often bring out the red rimmed eye look that I'm prone to as a redhead.
Unless you are a redhead who avoids taupes, this would suit almost everyone else.
Good set of neutrals, better than Bronze Amour for it's quality and performance. If you are like me and require a warmer set of neutrals, look at Bronze Amour but be prepared to deal with fallout.
EDITED TO ADD:
Yes I think I WILL buy a full size version of this. I changed my mind! I'm finding it works well when I'm doing a red lip evening look with a rose toned blush. So for me, this is as cool and grey as I can safely go, and it's still pushing my limits but I'm really liking it so I think the next time I'm on a cruise and hit the duty free shop, I'll pick up one of these.