I've seen both the Magnus and Taransay. Taransay I really like, especially for someone with dark brown hair and a fairer complexion. It's a mix of black, light brown and gold with maybe some small almost unnoticeable unless close up flecks of blue. It looks like a very dark brown from most distances, but as you get closer to it the gold flecks become more visible. Magnus isn't as dark, I would say a mid dark brown with a bit of green to it. Magnus is definitely quite a bit lighter, Taransay is quite a heavy tweed. I would order the samples though, honestly I ordered 7 samples from Bookster including those two and quite a few of them were very different than how they looked on my computer screen.