(Indoors, in direct sunlight.)
I own two eyeshadows that are similar to Lhasa: Selfish, from theBalm's Nude 'Tude palette, and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe. Left to right: Tough as Taupe, Lhasa, Selfish.
Tough as Taupe is a cool-leaning matte taupe in a cream formula; Selfish is warmer and frostier than the others. As different as the three are from each other, they're all connected in a chain of causality: I bought Lhasa to replace the near-extinct Selfish, and Tough as Taupe as an intensifying base for the semi-sheer Lhasa. (This is how you go bankrupt, kids.) Below, Lhasa swatched on its own, then layered (sloppily, sorry) over NYX HD Primer and Tough as Taupe:
Worn on its own, Lhasa is the perfect companion to a bold lipstick. To any bold lipstick, cool or warm: one of my favorite eye/lip pairings for spring is Lhasa and Milani Flamingo Pose, a pinky-red coral.
Inspired by this look from Dior S/S 2012 (taupey grays were everywhere two years ago, apparently):
But Lhasa isn't just a wingman for coral or fuchsia lipstick. It also pairs beautifully with bolder eyeshadows, lending depth and a violet sheen to any color it's blended with. Below, I've swatched Lhasa over Maybelline Color Tattoos in Electric Blue and Pomegranate Punk, and under the left-hand shade in the NARS Habanera duo. Left to right: EB alone; EB under Lhasa; PP alone; PP under Lhasa; Habanera alone; Habanera over Lhasa (my favorite).
ETA, a day later: I liked the result of the Lhasa/Habanera experiment so much that I'm wearing the same combination today:
Maybe I like Lhasa so much because it reminds me of myself. Lhasa is a sociable introvert, unassuming but quietly eccentric, content on its own but also happy in small groups of friends. It's the INFJ of the makeup world. That said, I often suspect that Lhasa is friendlier and more congenial than its owner. That's right: I've been outclassed by an eyeshadow. It was bound to happen.