Syen put me on to this one when she asked me to pick up up online for her as it's not available in Hong Kong or Malaysia yet (boo!). But if you get a chance to buy this from Australia or online from FeelUnique (like I did - free shipping to HK), grab it! It's only GBP4.99 on Feel Unique by the way.
I have this shadow in On-and-On-Bronze as well as Permanent Taupe and I definitely prefer "bronze". Don't let the names fool you though. Bronze is more Taupe (as you'll see in the swatch below) and Taupe is more dark grey. Annoying huh?
Also, Taupe is a matte shade and definitely resembles the hard to spread Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. It does make an awesome base though. But so does Bronze. More on that!
I find myself reaching for Bronze as a quick one-step eye makeup solution ever morning. No primer needed, just grab my synthetic brush, pat onto the lid and smudge into the sockets and done!
When smudged in it, it sheers out to be a lot less shimmery and when patted on it looks deeper and more metallic - essentially giving you two shadows in one.
The shade is a mid-toned taupe that's slightly on the warm side but is by and large very neutral. I use it with both warm and cool toned blushes and it looks perfect. It's very similar to Shu Uemura's ME-850 eyeshadow. I also find it slightly deeper than Sephora's Taupe Crayon which can sometimes lack a bit of oomph on me.
I have to admit with this baby on hand all my other shadows are not getting much attention. I even use it on nights out as a base, smudging a darker shade into my outer corners and along my lashline.
Oh, and of course, it lasts all day even on my very oily skin with no smudging or creasing.
This is a HG for me and I'm even buying an extra one for my travel kit.