Falling for Grey

Umm… No, this is not going to be a review of the new 50 Shades movie.

This post is simply a round-up of my favorite eyeshadows in a shade I very rarely used until a few months ago:


Can you guess which brand made me fall in love with it?

HINT: It’s the brand that always manages to make me want things I normally wouldn’t even consider…


Yes, thanks to the Chanel Architectonic Palette from the Holiday 2016 Collection Libre, grey and I are having a big moment. This amazing palette (which I’ve reviewed and swatched here) combines some gorgeous greys with beautiful blue shadows in a pretty unique cream-to-powder formula. It’s still available and I highly, highly recommend it.

If blue is not your thang, YSL recently released a more conventional smoky palette featuring grey shadows in different finishes and undertones (swatches and look here). The powders in the YSL Couture Variation Underground Palette are pretty creamy and decently pigmented, but the shimmery shades have a ton of fallout during application, so I always make sure I use them before doing my base.

If you love the ease and speed of application of cream shadows, I really wish you could still get your hands on that hyper shimmery, yet super chic, beauty that is the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Épatant, which has sadly been discontinued. Italian brand PUPA makes an almost perfect dupe, though (see comparison swatches here), so if you’re planning a visit to this little old country of mine, make sure you check out the PUPA Vamp! Cream Eyeshadow in 200 Khaki.

Let’s stay in Italy a little longer, because indie brand NABLA has quite a few greys in their top-quality range of reasonably priced eyeshadows (here you’ll find swatches of the ones I have). But you don’t have to come to Italy to get your hands on their good stuff, since their website ships internationally.

If you prefer your cream shadows to come in stick form, the KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 33 Smoky Grey is where it’s at. I usually just scribble this matte, medium-deep grey along the lashline, blend it with a pencil brush, and am good to go.

The Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in 04 Silver Ivory is not exactly grey but does have a bit of greyness to it. It’s a light champagne-y, silvery, taupey shade that works amazingly well as an all-over-the-lid wash of color for the daytime.

If I’ve inspired you to venture into the world of grey eyeshadows, but you’re not sure how they’d look on you and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on something you might not like, the Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette is definitely the one for you. It features six different grey shades and is literally cheap as chips!

Do you ever use grey/silver eyeshadows? What are your favorites? And were you hoping for a 50 Shades review?

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  • Reply
    February 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Very interesting: I personally never wear grey: I’ve tried once (with a Kiko eyeshadow) and I didn’t really like it so I give up. That being said, that Chanel Architectonic Palette is stunning and blue, especially when it is as rich and intense as that first shadow, is a shade I’m learning to wear and love at the moment!

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    H A Parker
    February 12, 2017 at 4:53 am

    The shades in the Chanel Architectonic Palette look so gorgeous! For some reason I love my warm tones, but blue shades always excite me. I don’t think I even own a grey eyeshadow, but now I want to! I recantly used some cooler eyeshadows and ended up really liking it. The KIKO Long-Lasting Stick sounds amazing, I’ll definitely have a swatch the next time I’m in there.xx

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    February 12, 2017 at 5:35 am

    I’ve used dark grey eyeliner (for a more natural look, ) but rarely grey shadows because they don’t show up that well unless I’m doing a smokey eye. I want to try those KIKO sticks though!

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    February 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Come to think of it, grey isn’t a shade I wear often. I might have to look through my own collection to see what I have and do a little experimenting!

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    February 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    The Chanel palette is gorgeous! I normally wear grey shades in winter but this year I have been more into bronze shades so my greys have been neglected. Haven’t heard of NABLA before, going to check their website asap. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday Carol xx


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    Kiss & Make-up
    February 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Gray and silver are probably my least used colors! That said, tomorrow’s look is gonna feature them 🙂

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    February 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I was dreading a 50 shades review, it is enough to have it pushed in my face in every cinema advert for the upcoming Valentines Day.
    Grey though… Not really a color I have an opinion on, but I guess you could make me want to try anything.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    February 13, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I can’t stand 50 Shades of Grey so thank you for not reviewing it!

    I like more warm tones, but I think grey is a pretty cool color too. But I lean towards more silver.


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    Julia Nacheva
    February 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Amazing palette! Beautiful colors , I like shades of gray for make up

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    February 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I have the KIKO eyeshadow stick you mentioned-it’s really beautiful. I think the Chanel palette I see still available in some places-I think I might give it a try!

    Beekeyper – latest – Beauty Pie-is the new concept worth it?

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    February 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This post has really got me thinking, because until now I hadn’t realised I’ve never really experimented with shades of grey and/or blue when it comes to makeup. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

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    February 15, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I had a gray obsession a few years ago, all the shadows I was buying were some variation of gray… I hadn’t worn the shade much in a while but this year I got Nars Quai des Brumes winter duo and it made me fall in love with gray again!

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    Fashionably Idu
    February 15, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I have honestly not been a fan of grey shadows but guess what, last time I was at Sephora, thats all I was attracted to – various shades of grey. These are lovely! Whats not to love!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    February 18, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Grey and me are not best friends, I find it sits really weird on my very war and yellow skin tone. Maybe I’m just not good in making it work for me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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