Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now it’s been discontinued. What else can I use?

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Besides concealer and blush, a good neutral eyeshadow is right up there in terms of my desert-island, can’t-live-without-’em, must-have beauty products. Here is why. You know how I always say that the number one place we all should apply concealer is at the inner corners of the eyes? Well, ever since I started using Latisse, which discolours your lids a bit (ugh), I’ve extended that tip to applying concealer (or a hybrid concealing/priming product like this) all the way across the lid and at the outer corners, too. (And if I’m looking REALLY tired, I’ll do the upside-down triangle thing as well.)

But you know what happens when you get all that concealer on your eyelids? It creases. Badly. And so I’ve found that the best way to prevent that is by applying a neutral, waterproof, cream eyeshadow on top. It works like magic! And you just slap it on with your fingers—no technique required! Now, I would love to recommend to you the product I favour, but as reader Kate recently discovered—after I got her hooked—it has been discontinued. This makes me want to cry because I’ve been loyal to this shadow for something like five years now, which is unheard of for a beauty ed, and my supply is quickly dwindling. BOO.

However, there ARE quite a few other options out there. So let’s dig in…

Kate writes:

So, sad of all sads, you got me totally addicted to Dior Eyeshow in Undressed Beige and I walk into Sephora today to pick up another pot and find it’s been discontinued!

[Editor's note: Yes... this is The One. It looks like this. If you ever spot it, BUY. IMMEDIATELY.]

Dior Ultra Shimmering Eyeshadow in Undressed Beige1 Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?

I’m sure I can find a pot or two online or in department stores, but this is not a long-term solution.  Do you have a new fave that rivals it? I love the staying power of the Dior, and the colour is perfect for me. I’ve recently tried the new Chanel pots and while I think they’re great for evening, they’re just a bit too flashy for office and daywear. Any advice?

Okay, here goes!

I actually do think the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Émerveillé (discussed here) is a pretty close match, although it’s slightly more pink. The shimmer isn’t really any more than the Dior—it just looks that way in the pot.

Chanel Illusion dOmbre in Emerveille Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?Another Chanel option is the classic Ombre d’Eau fluid shadow:

Chanel Ombre dEau Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?It’s also waterproof and is what Lynne Ryan used on me during TIFF. I have a bunch of shades in my collection and I believe they rotate them all the time with limited-edition additions, but the best one (if you can find it) is Beach #82.

A very similar product (although less liquidy) is Guerlain’s Ombre Fusion:

Guerlain Ombre Fusion Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?

You probably won’t be able to get it anywhere now since it’s a limited-edition product that was part of their summer offerings, but keep an eye out for next year. It’s a little more pink but still very pretty.

Then there are the M.A.C Paint Pots. I have Nubile, which is completely flat, but Bare Study has some shimmer:

MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?

And some peeps swear by Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows… although I’m still not sure about that “creaseless” claim. Your mileage may vary. This is R.S.V.P. (sparkling champange):

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?If you’re up for something a little more dramatic, try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream eyeshadow in #13… it is a nude but very metallic (ignore the turquoise one in this pic):

MUFE Aqua Cream Eyeshadows Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?Also on the more metallic front, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyehadow in Champagne:

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in Champagne Reader question: Help! I found the perfect neutral eyeshadow and now its been discontinued. What else can I use?

Whew! That’s a lotta options. And sadly, I haven’t come across anything like these in the drugstore price range (tell me if you have though!). But I do think this is one makeup wardrobe basic that’s well worth splurging on, since it’s something I wear every single day.

Tell me:

Are you a neutral eyeshadow-wearer?
What’s your go-to product?
Have you tried any of these?


Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 4:40 pm

My go to neutral is L’Oreal Infalliable in Hour Glass Beige! Love it and it’s a drugstore product!


Thursday, November 10/2011 at 1:55 pm



Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 4:47 pm

I have a pile of eye shadows that are supposed to be my “neutrals” but they never end up looking the way I want. Too white, or too shimmery or too whatever. I’ve never even heard of that Dior product and I’m already jealous!


Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 4:48 pm

A number of Bobbi Brown powder and creme shadows are dupes of the Dior. Cement, Ivory, Navajo. Sandstone, etc.

That model has the most beautiful brows!


Friday, November 11/2011 at 5:16 pm

That’s Camilla Belle and she’s famous for her brows… and not much else! Well, I think she dated a Jonas for a short while. :)


Sunday, November 27/2011 at 4:25 pm

“She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, wo-oah!” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)


Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 4:50 pm

My go-to is a powder, not a cream— I like the dry, crease-free finish, as I find my bare lids begin to feel sticky throughout the day with the natural oils in my not-excessively-oily-skin. It’s MAC shadow in Orb. It’s a matte/satin without shimmer but with a but of luminescence. I would die if it were ever discontinued. (Or at least cry a little)


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Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 5:41 pm

I find the Benefit ones not too shabby at all, also Cliniques lid smoothies are ace. I have Jane Iredale Lid Primer on the way too in canvas, a shimmery beige which I hope is a mineral alternative as I am in the middle of an all Natural Beauty blog project! Ombre d’eau looks stunning!


Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 6:56 pm

My ultimate neutral right now is (surprisingly) a Maybelline New York Chic Neutrals shadow in Earthly Taupe. I also use a light peachy color from Lise Watier as a natural-looking highlight color, it comes in a quad (Princesse des Iles if you wanna google it), so I dunno what the shade is exactly, but blended together those two colors cover the task of giving me a nice neutral eye.

I understand the pain of discovering one of your fave-raves has been discontinued… I had a similar thing happen with a LW shadow I absolutely LOVED, a champagne color much like the Dior actually.. Subsequently, I bought Kat Von D’s Rock n roll eyeshadow duo in Confessional (see link below), also a very similar sort of champagne-y color (one side has glitter though..), but it too was discontinued.. Seriously, they need to STOP doing this to us… :,(


Chelsea C
Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 8:35 pm

My Go-To neutral for eyes are the MAC Paint Pots – Painterly and Soft Ocre. When in a rush I apply with my ring finger but I like to use a flat Ecotools concealer brush when I am being more precise. Also great as a camouflage for under they eye to really hide that pesky bluish tint. Plus they don’t crease (they are great lid primers – for me any ways)


Wednesday, November 9/2011 at 9:54 pm

I have the Benefit one, but I also find that Mary Kay cream shadow in Beach Blonde is great. I find it will last all day and is great by itself or as a base.


Thursday, November 10/2011 at 12:39 am

Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics. There are several neutral colours (I like Flax) and they are amazing as bases for powder shadows, or just on their own.


Nomadic D
Thursday, November 10/2011 at 5:32 am

I vote for Nars All About Eve, it has one shade that is the perfect neutral, and then one slightly paler slightly shimmerier shade for highlighting.


Thursday, November 10/2011 at 11:05 am

I vote MAC Paints eyeshadow in Untitled! Just need a dab, apply to lid, and it is creaseless for the whole day! I have used this product for years and years as a primer before primers were all the rage. I have very thin, pale eyelids :(


Thursday, November 10/2011 at 1:11 pm

I like Illuminare cream mineral shadow in latte.


Thursday, November 10/2011 at 1:43 pm

All summer I used Becca Cosmetic’s Eye Tint in Vacuna, more of a lightweight gel than a cream so less prone to creasing and it’s waterproof. Only thing was that, I found it more sheer than I would like and am looking to try it in the shade Baroque. Also, Becca is really hard to find in Canada but has a decent selection (free shipping too!!!). Recently, I’ve been favouring more powder products especially from Bareminerals. Their new pressed eyeshadow duos are fantastic! I’m been using the duo, “The Enlightment” everyday… perfect nude but defined eye! Also great from them is their Well Rested powder, which you can use to set your concealer or swept on the lids as a primer!


Sunday, November 13/2011 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for the roundup Michelle! I picked up the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill this weekend (along with the Face Fabric foundation you’re always going on about) and love it. I think I’ll need a couple more — the fingertip application, subtle shimmer and lasting power that these guys have is exactly what I loved about the Dior.

Damn the luxury brands and their amazing formulas…


Tuesday, January 3/2012 at 10:15 pm

I use MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study – it is perfect for that daily, neutral but not flat look, but you have to apply it sparingly – too much & it looks too frosty :P


Thursday, December 13/2012 at 9:46 pm

I have a eyeshow in undressed beige for sale. I didn’t like the formula and only used it once.


Monday, April 29/2013 at 8:23 pm

Does this base have to be a high end product?
Maybelline has an excellent color tattoo in the shade Barely Branded.
It looks just like the above products at a much, much cheaper cost.


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