When I first started getting into MAC make-up, Satin Taupe had cult status amongst make-up bloggers and users. The shade was regularly mentioned as must-have, due to its ability to look amazing on the lid all on its own or when combined with other eyeshadows. No matter how much time has passed, MAC Satin Taupe is still an eyeshadow I find myself reaching for and one that continues to be a staple in my make-up collection.
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Satin Taupe is a medium, cooler toned taupe with a silvery sheen. It’s got just the right amount of sheen – not so much that it is super metallic but just enough to give it a soft gleam on your lids.
I have Satin Taupe in pan form for palette use (as seen below). You can also buy Satin Taupe, along with other MAC eyeshadow singles, in pot form if you prefer that format. I like buying MAC eyeshadows in pan form as I find eyeshadows easier to store in palettes and I like making up my own palettes. The pots are handy, though, if you like to take eyeshadows with you and if you prefer pots.
This shade looks amazing on the lid on its own, with liner and with combined with all sorts of different colours. I’ve worn it on so many different occasions and in so many different ways. It works well during the day, smoked out in the evening, for work and for special occasions. It really is a versatile shade, particularly if you want an eyeshadow that will work for easy, quick looks or for more complex combinations.
Use for a single eyeshadow look
Satin Taupe looks amazing its own on the lid for an easy, effortless smokey eye. Just pat gently on to the lid with a flat shader brush and you are good to go!
If you want to vamp up a single eyeshadow look with Satin Taupe, you can just add a slick of eyeliner along your lashlines. You can get a smokier effect by using pencil liner (especially if you blend it out) or a darker eyeshadow along the lashlines. Alternatively, applying a crisp line with a gel liner will give you a more structured, defined look.
Suggestions for colours that work well combined with Satin Taupe
Satin Taupe goes well with other cooler and warmer toned browns for a soft or deeper neutral look. Warmer browns (like Folie and Embark) add more warmth to Satin Taupe, whilst cooler browns (like Wedge, Mystery and Charcoal Brown) take Satin Taupe in a cooler direction.
For the look below, I combined Satin Taupe with All That Glitters, Folie, Embark, Soft Brown and Brule for a soft smokey brown combination.
Silvers (like Electra), deep greys (such as Print and Knight Divine) and blacks (think Black-Tied and Typographic) work really well alongside Satin Taupe, as they bring out the cooler, silvery tones in the shade.
Purples (such as Crystal, Beautiful Iris, Indian Ink) are a beautiful complement to the shade.
Blues (like Deep Truth and Prussian) add a beautiful pop of colour to Satin Taupe.
Greens (like Bottle Green and Plumage) add a beautiful twist to Satin Taupe.
Are you a fan of MAC Satin Taupe? Any combinations that you love? Are there any other MAC eyeshadows that you think are extremely versatile or you find yourself buying again and again? Let me know in the comments section below.