So I wanted to get this review of Sonia Kashuk’s Monochrome Eye Quad up because they’re being discontinued and in the clearance bin at Target. I bought it in 08 Textured Taupe because (1) I ❤ taupes and (2) it was the only one that had all the shadows intact. They’re still available on Target’s website; in stores, they’re discounted from $13.69 to $9.58. The other colors (Textured Cocoa and Textured Mauve) look dreamy, too.
The idea behind the Monochrome Eye Quads is to offer one color in four different finishes: velvety matte, subtle shimmer, metallic sheen, and sparkle.
Going clockwise from the top left, we have:
- Medium matte taupe (lovely as a contour/crease/transition color)
- Medium matte taupe with gold micro-glitters (base color is almost identical to the true matte, just slightly browner)
- Sheer chunky silver-taupe glitter (looks great as a last layer patted on all over or on the center of the lid)
- Metallic, shimmery icy taupe (texture is very soft, almost like a Stila eyeshadow, and is very reflective, like Stila Kitten; beware of fallout)
The first three shades are quite soft and pigmented. The glitter shade has a hard but crumbly texture; in all the other palettes in the clearance bin, that was the shade that was universally shattered.
Pros: TAUPES. The textures and pigmentation levels suit each type of finish. Every shadow works as a lid color.
Cons: Best for fair to light skin; deeper skintones will find that the shades don’t show up or look chalky/icy. Shadows are too delicate for travel. The “subtle shimmer” shade doesn’t differ from the matte shade enough and barely qualifies as shimmer since the micro-glitters are spaced far apart.