Makeup Wars: Midnight Rodeo in Battle of the Taupes.

I've joined in with a group of great beauty bloggers for Makeup Wars. Every few weeks, we will post on the same (or similar) product so readers can see a variety of posts, ideas and reviews on the same subject. Fun, right? That's what I thought and it is why I was thrilled to be ask to join in the fun.

This week, we are in a "Battle of the Taupes", with each of us posting about our favorite taupe colored eye shadow. At the end of this post, you can scroll through to see all the Battle of the Taupes posts.

Choosing my favorite taupe shadow was not as easy as I thought it would be. I use a lot of taupe shadows. I like darker, more gray taupes in the cooler months; while I like lighter and pink-y taupes in the warmer months. Not only did I have a lot to choose from, I am always buying more taupe shadows. In fact, I have one of Urban Decay's new Build Your Own Palettes filled with a variety of taupe shadows. One shadow does deserve the title of my favorite and it is Midnight Rodeo.

Midnight Rodeo is a gorgeous taupe shadow that has a bit of silver sparkle to it. It's not overly sparkly as a glitter shadow, but it is more than just your average shimmer shadow.

The taupe looks more rosey or pink on the skin than it looks in the pot.


Like all of Urban Decay's shadows, the formula is very silky and long-lasting.  As I wear it, I don't see any creasing or fading during the day. The secret to Urban Decay's silky formula is their pigment infusion system. This system makes sure the shadow holds tightly onto pigment as it gives the formula its glide and insane color payout. It is also the reason why there is little to no shadow fall out, even when wearing a more sparkly shade like Midnight Rodeo.

Take a look at a few of my other taupe shadows that fill my palette.

top row, left to right: Walk of Shame, Verve, Suspect
bottom row, left to right: Midnight Rodeo, Toasted, Smog

Midnight Rodeo sells for $18 as a single, as do all of Urban Decay's Eyeshadows. To use it in the Build Your Own Palette, just pop the shadow platform out of the original pot and then pop it into the palette. The Build Your Own Palette also sells for $18 and comes with Walk of Shame, the perfect neutral shade for any palette, and a travel-sized Good Karma Shadow Brush.

Be sure to check out the rest of my beauty blogger friends featuring their favorite taupe shadow by clicking 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.

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!