I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’m well and truly an eyeshadow palette girl. There’s something about all of the colours being laid out for me that is so helpful and makes it easier to put together looks. But every once in a while, I like to reach for the single shadows that I keep lying around. But as you can imagine, if I keep a single shadow in my collection, it must be well worth the storage space. I’ve recently had a bit of a declutter but there were more than a couple that I just couldn’t part with.
You’ll notice that they’re mostly shimmery shades. That’s because normally if I do reach for a shimmery shade, it’s the sort of shade I throw all over the lid to add a little bit of somethin’ extra. I keep the matte shades for in my palettes. I also haven’t included the cream shadows I keep in my collection in this post. I’ll have to touch on those another day…
Although this shadow single has been crumbling for over a year now, I can’t bear to part with it. Stila’s Kitten is such an iconic shade and whenever I reach for it, I can understand why. Whether it’s all over the lid, used a pop of shimmer in the centre of the lid or thrown in the inner corner for a bit of highlight, this champagne-gold looks stunning.
This very special addition to my collection, Burberry’s Pale Barley, has hanging around for ages but I still absolutely love it. The Burberry shadow formula is super dreamy and I love this shade for a 2-minute wash of colour all over the lids. The shade is the perfect flattering, neutral taupe-y brown and I can never get enough.
I’m a huge fan of my NARS Eyeshadow Duos but I’m also very fond of this wet or dry Dual Intensity formula. I own Dione and Himalia, a beautiful shimmery taupe and an equally stunning bronze. Himalia is my most-used of the two, however, it looks beautiful applied wet or dry all over the lid for a stunning pop of shimmer.
This was a gift from my boyfriend which has definitely gone appreciated since then. This pressed shadow does not mess around when it comes to pigment. I’ve gotten in the habit of dipping a tiny brush in and applying it to the centre of the lid and not much can beat the shade 5 Gold Blitz for bronzey, warm goodness.
Stila Kitten, Burberry Pale Barley, NARS Dione, NARS Himalia, Giorgio Armani 5 Gold Blitz
These have been a bit of a revelation for me. Although they look beautiful in the pan, I wasn’t sure if these would be as intense on the lids. I was mistaken. Both of these shades are super smooth and easy to apply and don’t fade throughout the day. I can’t get enough. Liquid Gold is an intense, warm gold and Bedroom Eyes is the perfect bronze-y brown.
These wet or dry shadows are amongst the most hyped up products from Kiko. And I can definitely understand why. Of course, the design on the pan looks absolutely beautiful and on the lids, it’s the same story. Both shades are incredibly metallic and that translates onto the lids beautifully, particularly when applied with a damp brush. 200 is a beautiful rosy taupe and 208 is a light gold.
NYX Liquid Gold, NYX Bedroom Eyes, Kiko 200, Kiko 208
For a couple of dollars, you can’t go wrong with these Essence formulas. They’re incredibly soft and blendable. I’ve tried some shimmers in the past and have found them a little chunky but these softer mattes do a beautiful job. Taupe Secret is a medium brown and Hazel Me Not is a little lighter. I love blending either of them through the crease or all over the lid for a quick bit of definition.
These are essentially a dupe, formula-wise, for the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill. A pressed powder that is incredibly pigmented and metallic. Amber Rush is such a warm, golden bronze that I love wearing all over the lids when I feel like getting a little bit glam. Unfortunately, this shade isn’t available in Australia. I’m not sure why L’Oreal hasn’t brought most of the shades in the Infallible range to Australia because they are beautiful.
This has been one of my longest eyeshadow loves. Backstage, a beautiful shimmery taupe, has been with me for years and still remains a favourite when I want something simple but shimmery on the lids. I think that Rimmel have changed the packaging since I picked this shade up but I believe this same shade can still be found in the line-up.
Essence Taupe Secret, Essence Hazel Me Not!, L’Oreal Amber Rush, Rimmel Backstage
What are your favourite single shadows?
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