MAKEUP WARS: Battle of The Taupe Shadows

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Beauty Blogger Makeup Wars! Battle of the Taupe Shadows

Beauty bloggers don’t always agree and I’m sorry to tell you this, but your favorite bloggers are entrenched in a war. That’s right, ….a Makeup War. We each have our favorite taupe eye shadow and are pitting them against each other in…..The Battle of the Taupe Shadows!! Here is my taupe soldier, Burberry Pale Barley. At the end of this post is a list of the other warriors and their favorite taupe soldiers, make sure to check them out.

Our Makeup Wars group has lots of ideas and fun projects planned so stay tuned for more challenges!!

For a neutral lover like me, Burberry Beauty is a treasure trove of understated natural loveliness. The line is ideal for us over 40 women–there is no overt shimmer or glitter to fall on cheeks and the textures are creamy, thereby making it nearly impossible to settle into fine lines.

Burberry eye shadows are soft, smooth, blendable and super easy to work with. Pale Barley is a luscious amalgam of gold, beige and taupe. At first glance, it appears as a typical taupe in the pan, but when swatched, the complexity of the shade starts to emerge. It glows on the eyes with a delicate sheen. It’s simply stunning! Being a chameleon, varying the intensity will make Pale Barley shift from gold to taupe to champagne. Using a variety of cream eye shadows underneath will also render varied results. I like to pair neutral eye shadows with different colors of eyeliners to make eyes pop. In the pictures below, I paired Pale Barley with bareMinerals Big and Bright Eyeliner in Oz, a pretty deep green. Any shade would work well–navy, purple, bronze–have fun and experiment!

Burberry’s packaging is exquisite.  A heavy (but not too heavy) gunmetal compact with the iconic Burberry pattern encased in a black velvet pouch. The eye shadow compacts come with a full mirror and a sponge applicator. I do wish they came with a brush like some of the other brands are starting to do more often.


If you like neutral eye shadows with a little kick or that you can morph into several different looks, Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eye Shadow is a must have. By the way, although Burberry’s eye shadows are billed as ‘sheer’ they are very pigmented!

Burberry is sold exclusively at select Nordstrom stores. I did hear they are now at Saks too.

See more “warriors” favorite taupe eye shadows below!

What taupe shadow does Pammy Blogs Beauty love so much that she has not only repurchased it, but also hit pan on it again? Its MAC’s Satin Taupe!

Phyrra has more taupes in her makeup collection than she expected, but her weapon of choice is Fyrinnae Damn Paladins.

Beauty and Fashion Tech compares MAC Satin Taupe and NARS Lhasa

Beautiful Makeup Searchhas a drawer full of taupe eye shadows but uses Urban Decay’s Midnight Rodeo more than any other, so she had to declare it her fave.

The Pink Sith has found a taupe from FACE atelier called Metallic Taupe to tempt you. See where it falls on the taupe scale of awsomeness.

Over at Beauty 411 you can check out MUFE Aqua Cream 02. Did Nancy love it?

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone repeats an old favorite for her Taupe Makeup Wars choice. See which it is.

Cindy from Prime Beauty tried out Burberry Pale Barley. Did the plaid live up to the hype?

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic fell in love with Wet’n’Wild Nutty Eye Shadow. Somehow it makes her look amazing for just $2.

Raging Rouge selects her favorite taupe shadow MAC Satin Taupe, without a second thought.

Retrodiva realizes that she doesn’t have any taupe shadows at all! Find out which one she chose to review for Makeup Wars.

Brooke from BlushingNoir shows you how to use Tarte SLATE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow to make all taupes play well together.

Jessika tells us her dirty secret – the polish insomniac is not just obsessed with polish! Check out her favorite uber affordable taupe shadow from Wet n Wild!

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  1. Love Taupe Eye shadows, the Burberry looks lovely:)

  2. So pretty Cindy! It’s sort of the perfect Burberry color too.

  3. Oh it’s on!!
    My fav Taupes are Fyrrinae Knickers in a Twist. This is a rich dark greyish taupe with a silk finish. For a lighter midtone “sweet spot” taupe, I love Beauty From the Earth Wizards Wand. It reminds me of a cross between MAC Style Snob and MAC Satin Taupe.

    Oh and send Retrodiva my way, we will get her taupified in no time.

  4. BEAUTIFUL! Delicate! I need this one! Gosh darn it. How did I talk myself out of this shadow recently? It’s so obvious I was wrong in not purchasing it sooner! Great Post!

  5. Great post Cindy! You are making me want to go and purchase some Burberry Shadow! 🙂

  6. wow that is a beautiful and demure taupe! killing me. I have no burberry shadow so maybe this should be my first!!!!

  7. This is a really pretty taupe. I haven’t tried Burberry shadows yet. I guess I should!!!!

  8. This is such a pretty shade! I haven’t tried Burberry eye shadow yet, but Pale Barley would be a great one to start with!

  9. Ordered. The Taupe Wars are turning into the Credit Card Wars. You made this look and sound so beautiful.

  10. LOVE that you girls have done this! So many pretty taupes!

  11. Frankie Romeo says

    Wow!!! the color of Burberry Pale Barley is awesome. I think Burberry will win at makeup war, because Burberry’s products are mind blowing.

  12. Oh no, I need this now! :O It’s too gorgeous!! x


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