I've been having a bit of a moment with single eyeshadows recently, especially those shades that serve as what's come to be known as 'one wash wonders' in the beauty blogging world. Don't get me wrong, I still love me a good eyeshadow palette and they'll always hold a special place in my make-up loving heart, but lately I've been rather enjoying the process of selecting one shade that I know I will wear to death. I own my fair share of palettes, most of which are neutral toned it has to be said, and I do adore being able to create multiple eye make-up looks with just one product. But I'm not gonna lie, I definitely have my favourite shades in each of my palettes and there always ends up being a few that I wear a lot more than others. Have you ever discovered a really great shade and ended up wearing it until you've finished it, only to find out that it only comes with the palette and not on it's own? I know I have. And, yes, I have actually contemplated re-purchasing an entire palette just for one shade (Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess, I'm looking at you). I can never understand how some girls manage to find the time or patience to blend together what seems like ten different eyeshadows to create one look - 99% of the time I just whack one shade on all over the lid, and a darker colour worked into the crease or an inner corner highlight is about as crazy as it gets for me. Today, I'll be letting you in on three recent 'one wash wonder' finds, and boy are they good 'uns.
LAURA MERCIER LUSTRE EYE COLOUR in 'TOPAZ'
It all started when I ran out of one of my all time favourite eyeshadow shades - the 'enhance' shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Palette - and, not wanting to fork out €50 on a whole new palette when it was only the one shade that I was after, I began the search for a good dupe. Laura Mercier are not a brand that I think of when it comes to eyeshadows, but the Lustre Eye Colour in the shade Topaz caught my eye when I was passing by the counter one day, and a side by side hand swatch with the CT Golden Goddess shadow confirmed that the two were indeed very similar. I am obsessed with taupe eyeshadow shades at the moment. After discovering that it is the shade which flatters my skin tone and eye colour the most, I just can't seem to get enough of them, and I can see my collection growing at an alarming rate. I always thought that warm toned bronzey-brown shades were more up my street, but I'm now all about the cool toned taupe colours - I guess the grey undertone offers a better contrast against my dark brown eyes. On the lids, Topaz definitely isn't an exact dupe for the CT shadow - Topaz has stronger grey undertones - but it's still super pretty and I've been wearing it a lot. It's quite sheer, but that's not to say that the pigmentation levels are poor. It leaves a slightly shimmering finish, which incidentally is my favourite kind of eyeshadow finish, and I have no problems with the wear time when I pair it with a good lid primer. My favourite way to wear it at the moment is all over the lid (no shit...) with a little smudged into the lower lash line, and instead of adding black liquid liner like I always do, I've been tightlining and waterlining with a bronze toned kohl pencil eyeliner (MAC 'Teddy' is my favourite). And of course adding a good deal of mascara. It gives a sultry look which I love, but the sheer formula of the eyeshadow and the fact that I like to wear it with a brown kohl pencil means that it's day time and work appropriate.
BURBERRY WET & DRY SILK SHADOW IN 'ROSEWOOD'
I had been hankering after a Burberry eyeshadow for the longest time, but the fact that the brand was so difficult to get a hold of in Ireland meant that I could only lust after it from afar. When I noticed that Feel Unique were finally stocking the brand, I decided that it was about time for a 'treat yo'self' moment - believe me, those Burberry shadows are darn pricey. Pale Barley was the shade that I originally wanted, but since it seemed to be permanently out of stock, I decided to do a bit of online swatching and see what other shades tickled my face. In the end I opted for Rosewood, a taupe brown shade with a hint of a rose undertone, and I'm glad I did. The quality is incredible and unlike anything I've tried before - buttery soft and almost creamy in texture. The colour pay-off is incredible, and apparently it's even more intense when worn wet. Although the price makes me cringe, I can't help but want to try more shades from the range.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO MESMERISE CREAM EYESHADOW IN 'MARIE ANTOINETTE'
I had to throw a cream eyeshadow into the mix because aren't they all just made to be one wash wonders? One of my favourites at the moment is the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Marie Antoinette which, being a coppery bronze shade with a warm golden undertone, totally goes against what I said earlier about cool toned taupe eyeshadows being my thing these days. This one was so pretty that I just had to make an exception! I used to be a sucker for a good cream eyeshadow, and I've been getting back into wearing them a lot recently. They're just so quick and easy to use - in my experience they have better lasting power than a powder eyeshadow and so don't require a primer to be worn underneath, and they can even be applied with fingers. A must have for us lazy girls.