While Lhasa is not a product that will change my life, it is indeed a lovely eyeshadow with a subtle silver sheen and excellent pigmentation. It is not too powdery and applies evenly across the lid. It lasts all day when paired with the NARS Pro-Prime eyeshadow base. But unlike Liz of Cafe Makeup, who pulls off Lhasa alone on her lids beautifully, I personally find this eyeshadow unappealing when alone on my yellow-toned light-medium skin. It pulls too grey and cool, like a black eye that has nearly healed.. but shimmery, so I would add a matte black eyeshadow to the crease for some balance and restrict Lhasa to the lid for a simple smoky eye.
Lhasa is not a true taupe. It pulls far too purple in the pan and far too grey on my lids. The swatch on the back of my tan hand pulls more grey (on fair skin, Lhasa seems to run more purple - see the swatch on my fair arm below) and the shimmers create a slightly frosty finish. The silver shimmers look a touch chunky and loose in the pan, but they are not apparent on the eyes and I have not experienced any fallout with this shadow.
Here, I have photographed Lhasa with Chanel Taupe Gris and the taupe from Chanel's Cristal-Dusk duo. Lhasa's brown tones are much more faint and while it is more similar to Taupe Gris because they are both cool shadows, Lhasa has a more satiny texture, like the Cristal-Dusk taupe. The discontinued Chanel Irreelle Duo shadows had such a soft, silky feel. It's a shame they were pulled!
Once swatched on the fair skin of my arm, I immediately wondered how close Lhasa would be to Armani's Eyes to Kill Silk Shadow in 3. The base colors are both cool, but ETK 3 is still a richer purple, grey with no brown undertone. It also has a highly reflective metallic finish, whereas Lhasa has a subtle silver sheen.
Bottom Line: If the color appeals to you, Lhasa is a quality eyeshadow that is unique enough to warrant a splurge. I recommend!