Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow Where Theres Smoke
I haven´t written a make-up post in sooooo long. The truth is that I moved to New York with very little make-up in my luggage and the rest I shipped over along with furniture and general “stuff”. It took three months to arrive and in that time I got used to wearing the same eyeshadow, eye liner, blush etc. every day.

Now I’m more settled and no longer toiling in the office until 10/11pm every evening, I’m starting to get back that thrill I used to get cruising for beauty products. I’d lost it for a long while but I spent about an hour in Sephora the other day looking for nothing in particular, so it must be back.

While in Sephora, I found this Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in the shade, “Where There’s Smoke“. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before because I’ve been looking for an eyeshadow this exact colour for literally four years since my trusty Revlon “Taupe Star” eyeshadow was discontinued.

Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow Where Theres Smoke
This eyeshadow feels great to use and applies smoothly and velvety like its name.

It’s a neutral-toned, slightly murky, pewter grey. I usually have a real problem wearing grey on my eyes because it makes my skin look orange in contrast. But this shade has just a hint of brown in it which stops it doing that. It’s also not too dark, so I can just slap it on without worrying about harsh lines.

The shadow has a satin finish with a very fine, multi-faceted iridescence. This is my favourite type of finish because the light-reflection hides clumsy application. I’m really not someone who spends ages (or any time at all) layering and blending eyeshadows.

Here’s a swatch…

Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow Where Theres Smoke swatch
And here I am wearing it….

Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow Where Theres Smoke wearing
This Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow cost me $18 (around £13.50 in the UK) for 3g.

14 comments on “Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Where There´s Smoke: My new favourite taupe

  1. Looks fab! Can I ask how you applied it? Did you put it along the lashline then blend up?

  2. What foundation, mascara, and blush are you wearing? It looks natural and effortless!

    By the way, I bought the Le Metier creme tint you reviewed a while ago, and I love it!

  3. @calicoaster – Thank you!

    @EllysMakeupbag – I know what you mean – MAC Satin Taupe is so bad on me… I don’t like the way it has a mauve undertone.. it just looks like a bruise on me!

    @Anonymous – Yep pretty much just applied it across my eyelid and blended upwards. I also applied black eyeliner and then added the eyeshadow over the top of the liner to soften it a bit.

    @Becky – Haha hope you like the shade in real life!

    @Anonymous – I’m glad you like the Le Metier Creme Fresh Tint! In the photo, I am not wearing foundation – just concealer around the sides of my nose and under my eyes, and Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder. I am wearing Maybelline Colossal masacara (standard, not waterproof) and Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Tremble. All of these products are my daily staples!!

  4. Hi, I’ve been looking for a brownish taupe that doesnt turn purple on me and wondered how this compares to UD’s underground? Thank you!

  5. @Angela – Urban Decay Underground was the eyeshadow I was using every day before I found this one! Underground is a golden brown in comparison to Benefit Where There’s Smoke which is a much more grey taupe.

  6. Hi! I was wondering what other eyeshadows and lip products you used to create this look 🙂


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