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The Effortless Eyeshadows

10 July 2015

Eyeshadows that do all the work for you

Although I do enjoy a good eyeshadow palette, interesting eyeshadow singles are where it's at for me. I just love how the right eyeshadow lets you achieve a quick and easy eye look without the use of multiple colours or brushes. The best part? The end result makes it look like you put a tonne of effort in, when really, a sweep of a blending brush (or finger) is all it took.



For amazing quality at an unbelievable price, the Wet n Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow Single in 'Nutty' is your guy. This shade was all the rage a few years back after being touted as a dupe for MAC's Satin Taupe. I can't vouch for that, but it does have a smooth texture not too dissimilar from the MAC Veluxe Pearl formula and it's much, much cheaper too. Nutty is a taupey mink brown shade with a lovely reflective quality. The silver shimmer is really fine, giving the shadow a multi-dimensional effect where it looks more brown, taupe, purpley or silver depending on the light and on the skin tone of the person it's applied on. On me, it's a cool dirty brown that gives off a silvery, almost purplish-blue shine, but becomes warmer when blended out into the crease. Truly interesting. 


Wearing Wet n Wild Nutty atop a matte, medium brown cream eyeshadow


If you like the effect of pigments, you can't go past these pressed offerings from the drugstore. There's a reason these L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are so popular. They're smooth to apply and shiny like a pigment but no where near as messy since they're pressed, in a similar vein to the Chanel Illusion D'Ombres. I have the shade 'Burning Black' which has since been discontinued, but all the shades in this line look equally amazing. I just wish Australia had access to all the drool-worthy neutral shades you seem to be able to get in the US and the UK (Amber Rush, Bronzed Taupe, I'm lookin' at you).


An iconic lipstick shade in eyeshadow form, the Clinique All About Shadow Single in 'Black Honey' is a burnished reddish purpley brown in the brand's Super Shimmer formula that is sure to flatter just about everyone. It's an interesting take on a neutral, and looks great when used on the lid, blended out into the crease, and even when taken along the lower lashline (all in the same eye look!). Clinique's single eyeshadows are $33 AUD, which seems kind of pricey (it *is* kind of pricey), but a single MAC eyeshadow in its clam is the same price, so it's not too bad. My justification for buying it is that it's just one of those unique, effortless shades. In fact, it's the eyeshadow that gave me the idea for this very post.



L'Oreal Burning Black, Clinique Black Honey, Wet n Wild Nutty

What's your favourite effortless eyeshadow?

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