This post departs from the norm in that it's less a review than a huh?
I'll state up front that I like all of my Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadows ($30) and will review them individually in upcoming posts. For now, however, I want to talk about the weirdness that is Mulberry, which I have seen described as "mauvish taupe" and "too cool for most people."
Such descriptions were an irresistible lure for me, but I'm not seeing what you're seeing, people. I see brown, a warm golden dirty brown, one that makes me look like one of the Great Unwashed or someone who should race to a women's shelter. No grey to cool it down, no mauve, no taupe, no joy.
I purchased Mulberry for the first time last year and declared it a dud on me, but after I started reading blog reviews afterward, I began to wonder if my compact had been mislabeled. So a few weeks ago, I bought a new one.
I was so excited to open the box when it finally arrived, so convinced that I would finally see the marvelous mauvishness that was Mulberry and say, "Ah, yes, mauvish taupe," but I did not. I twisted and turned the new compact in all kinds of light, and at first (in natural indoor lighting without flash only), I was able to approximate the color I had hoped Mulberry would be.
You might look at these images and say, "I see it! I see it!" I see it, too, but it is utter camera foolery! A trick of the light.
Here's where we get down with the brown. I compared the new compact (left) with the one I purchased last June (right). The one on the right does look a little warmer and darker, but that could be due to age and use. What I did not see was an obvious difference, one that made me think, "Aha! They did mislabel the one from last year."
Even swatched on my skin, there is very little difference between the two, so I am sadly forced to conclude that Mulberry does very weird things on my skin, and it isn't pretty.I'd even go so far as to say that last year's texture looks nicer on my skin (smoother, less choppy).
As for a mulberry, Wikipedia says: "the fruits are red when they are ripening, turning dark purple to black" I wasn't expecting a red-purple-black (we'll save that look for the lipsticks), but I wasn't expecting warm golden brown, either. I wanted cool brown.
|Photo credit Duke University|
Bottom line: I don't get it. Mulberry mayhem. My skin is a cool pink porcelain, so why would a color everyone says is mauve brown and very cool turn golden brown on me? I give up. And I feel doubly foolish for having spent $30 on an eyeshadow I won't get much use out of not once but twice.
All photos mine except for the one from Duke University.