Every once in a while, I like to go through my makeup collection and have a clear out. Yeah, I still have a lot but since I’ve managed to slow down my spending I’ve really been appreciating what I have and working out what I don’t reach for. I noticed during one of my clean outs that I had a stack of single eyeshadows that I hardly used and decided that I could definitely thin out the collection – here the shadows that made the cut (not including the MUG, the MAC and the Anastasia Beverly Hills singles that I’ve thrown together into palettes, of course. Sure, there’s still quite a few but hey, what’s a makeup addict to do?
A super creamy, taupe shade that looks stunning all over the lid. Get ready to see a theme there. I’m a huge fan of this L’Oreal formula and I definitely think this shade could work for anyone.
A slightly warmer rose gold pressed pigment – the formula reminds me a lot of the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill and for a fraction of the price, I’m very impressed. Another gorgeous one for all over the lid.
Bloom Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Whisper* –
I was pleasantly surprised by this shade – sort of like a subtle Stila Kitten. It’s a favourite for inner corner or brow bone highlighting. The formula is simple but super easy to work with.
One of my favourite single eyeshadows of all time. I always reach for this one on days where I only have a few minutes to do my makeup. It’s simple but the shade is so effortlessly stunning all over the lid.
The odd one of the bunch, it’s one of those stunning brown/green duochromes (like MUG Insomnia) and although I don’t reach for it a lot, I just can’t seem to part with it. The formula is incredibly pigmented and buttery so that’s definitely a win.
When I dedicate a whole post on TBC to a single eyeshadow, you can tell I’m a little bit in love. This remains one of my favourite cool-toned transition shades, it’s subtle but it adds just the right amount of definition to the crease. Considering how cheap this shadow is, I could recommend it to anyone.
L to R: L’Oreal Cafe Saint Germain, L’Oreal Amber Rush, Rimmel Backstage, Essence Hazel Me Not, Bloom Whisper, Prestige Hocus Pocus
I haven’t tried much from Sigma’s makeup line but this shadow is such an interesting, unique shade. It’s a stunning purple-y taupe with a fine gold shimmer running through it, I haven’t seen anything quite like it.
Wycon Cosmetics Eyeshadow in 100 –
I picked this up entirely on a whim while I was in Europe, having never heard of the brand but damn, is it pretty. The baked formula has incredibly intense pigment and even though it looks quite metallic on the lid, the texture remains super blendable with none of the chunky glitter.
Stunning to look at and stunning to wear. I’ve had 200 for a while now and it’s one of my favourite light golds but 208 was a more recent purchase. Although I sort of hate putting my shadow brush in the stunning design, the formula makes it worth it. Beauty lover problems.
Another recent purchase from my Europe travels. And, because I clearly have a type, it’s another light gold that looks stunning all over the lid. I’m planning on going into more detail on the H&M shadows I picked up but so far, so good.
L to R: Kiko 200, Kiko 208, Wycon 100, H&M Baci Di Dama, Sigma Notre Dame
Dione is looking a little worse for wear after being the victim of a bit of a flooding incident but you can see I’m trying to keep Himalia’s pattern as pristine as possible. Himalia is the shade that I reach for when I’m in a rush but have to look put together and Dione is another taupe-y beauty from the collection. I really love the formula of these shadows, wet or dry.
I find that even though the pan is a little annoying to work with (I can’t even count how many times I’ve had to repress the powder) the shadow itself is stunning – it can be an intense inner corner highlight or blended out all over the lids for a subtler effect, either way it’s a stunner. I totally understand the hype behind the shade.
The splurgiest of splurges but I have no regrets. It’s another one where I’m really trying to keep the pan as pristine as possible but when you find a shade that’s so effortlessly perfect when blended all over the lid, it’s hard to resist. Yes, it’s pricey but the formula is just so good.
I was silly and forgot to include this in the photos but that doesn’t mean I’m not 110% in love with it. It’s an incredibly intense pressed pigment, a warm, rusty gold but my favourite thing about it is that it can be really built up or really sheered out. Either way, it’s one that I like to pull out for special occasions.
L to R: Stila Kitten, NARS Himalia, NARS Dione, Burberry Pale Barley, Giorgio Armani 5 Gold Blitz
I’ll admit, I still have some thinning out to do but for now, I’m very happy with my little collection of single shadows. My latest routine has been throwing some matte shadows from a palette in the crease before going in with one of these beauties all over the lid – simple.
What are your favourite single eyeshadows?
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