You know how it is when you are like the last person on Earth to see a movie and everyone around you has hyped it up so much that you just have to go see it? They say things like, “Oh MY GAWD, the ENDING was AMAZING!” or “I totally did NOT see that coming!” Then you actually go to the movie and the whole time you are wondering when this big twist, this huge surprise is going to happen and then…. *crickets* Yeah, so I told you that to tell you this: I am kinda disappointed in Moth Brown. Please, don’t go grabbing your torches and pitchforks. Let me explain.

The Legend of Moth Brown began for me around the time I started blogging (Dec. 2010). My interest in it was piqued because, hello, it’s a taupe. And, oh, another hello, it was super limited edition and no longer available. Le sigh. So when I found out it was being repromoted in the By Request collection I knew she would finally be mine. The thing is, once I got her properly settled in she looked less and less amazing next to the other fabulous taupes already well-situated in their habitat that is my makeup room. The texture isn’t nearly as velvety as say Le Métier de Beauté’s Corinthian or Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Delicate Hummingbird and the dimension is lacking too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely pretty. Just not *as* pretty as what else is already permanently available. Then again, it costs half as much as those other shades.

Clockwise from left: Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian, Chanel Taupe Gris, Chanel Fauve, MAC Moth Brown, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, MAC Satin Taupe

Swatches L-R: Chanel Taupe Gris, Chanel Fauve, MAC Satin Taupe, MAC Moth Brown, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian

If I were to pick just one shade from above I would go with Delicate Hummingbird from Rouge Bunny Rouge. It may be personal preference but the shade and dimension is my favorite and it also has a fabulous buttery texture. Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian comes close though, but it more brown. I was surprised by how almost blue-toned Moth Brown looked when I applied it to my eyes.

Moth Brown is now sold out but don’t fret. I think any of the other above shades will do just fine if you are in search for your perfect taupe. 🙂

10 responses to “The Wait For a Legend: MAC Moth Brown & Comparisons”

  1. OK so I saw the swatch picture and picked a favorite before I proceeded to find out what it is… It’s Delicate Hummingbird! Not all taupes work on me, but I think I might need to try it especially after my great experience with Abyssinian Catbird!

    Thanks for making those of us who didn’t manage to get it/have no access to it feel better about this one that got away 🙂

  2. Lindsay says:

    You read my mind with this post! For me, I was disappointed in Moth Brown’s texture…so far, I’ve had trouble blending it well :/ plus I think I found super cheap dupe in an old maybelline charocal smokes quad … I want to love it but fear I gave in too quickly to the hype.

  3. Jessica says:

    <3 <3 <3 the Delicate Hummingbird swatch! I may have to try….Hmmmm…..does RBR have coupons/discounts ever? 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

  4. annick says:

    Yaaaay! You’re totally making me feel better about having missed out on it! Perhaps I’ll save my cents for RBR! You da best! <3

  5. Dovey says:

    I kind of know what you mean by a Moth Brown being a downer. I still think it’s gorgeous, but it’s hard to live up to a legendary reputation! For me, I think I was surprised at how not-taupe it was. It looked way more purple than I had thought from swatches!

  6. Anna says:

    delicate hummingbird looks amazing.
    It’s great that there are review and swatches online, because first, I got really excited about Moth Brown, but after seeing the swatches online, I decided to pass.

  7. I’m so glad I’m in good company– I was totally eyeing up Delicate Hummingbird and then when you said it was your fav… I mean, it’s gorgeous! Moth Brown doesn’t even stand a chance! Of course, hummingbirds are much more intriguing than moths in the animal kingdom. I wonder if name association is part of why I like hummingbird so muh better?? 😉

  8. Alison M says:

    Just one more confirmation that I need Corinthian. I just hope it’s as perfect as I imagine when I do finally buy it. I’d hate for the build up to let me down :-/

  9. Toya says:

    I think there are probably a few items like this that we’ve all sighed over missing, but since which time new products have come out that are even more amazing. I like to think that Guerlain’s Noir G Blush is like that 😉 It is helpful though to show these other more amazing comparisions!! Sometimes it’s just a relief to know you didn’t ‘miss out’ yet again! Thanks Danielle 😀

  10. jenn says:

    Gorgeous colors!

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