Thursday, August 8, 2013

Top 10 Stand Alone Eyeshadows (Updated!)

Hi everyone!
This blog is a companion to my latest YouTube video on a "One Shadow Look"... sometimes you just want a look that's quick, easy, and uncomplicated! I thought I'd offer some ideas of the types of shadows that work well for a one-shadow look. They're mid-toned shades that have at least a little shimmer- this helps the shadow pop in the lid, but then deepen in the crease. It gives the eye a multi-dimensional look, even though you're just using one product! For details on how to get the look, watch my tutorial! 


And if you want even MORE suggestions, check out my original version of my Top Stand Alone eyeshadows from 2011! It also includes a one-shadow tutorial. Now here are some new stand-alone favorites... I've listed them in order from most neutral to the most bold :) 
L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe ($7, Drug/Discount Stores)
This is the shadow used in the tutorial- it's just perfect for this type of look. It really pops on the lid, but looks deeper when shadowed by the crease. I also notice more bronzey-warmth from this shade when I sheer it out and blend it up on top of the crease. This is a super pigmented shade that seems to blend with very little effort!
Motives Eyeshadow in Bedroom Eyes ($12.50, Shop.com)
I just reviewed this and other Motives products in my last blog post. Check it out to see how this shade looks on the eyes. While it's definitely a taupe shade, it has a bit more of a rosy tone than Bronzed Taupe. It's really unique and has the prettiest golden shimmer. I've actually ordered several other Motives singles since trying this one. It's so soft and creamy!
Sephora Outrageous Prisma Chrome in Outrageous Metallic Taupe ($5 to $7- on clearance at Sephora stores) 
Again with the taupe-ish shades! They are truly gorgeous though... I couldn't help myself! This shade is quite a bit deeper than the first two, but still has some very fine, gorgeous shimmer. I did a one-shadow smokey eye with this a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it. This looks really pretty smudged under the eye as well. Check out the clearance bin at Sephora if you want this shade- they're limited edition and going fast!
MAC Twinks ($15, maccosmetics.com)
This is one of my favorite MAC shadows. It looks a bit deeper in the pan than it appears once you blend it out on the eye. It's kind of a brownish-plum with shimmer (It's a Veluxe Pearl finish). It has a very pretty warmth to it, and if you really concentrate the color, it can look even deeper. 
Sigma Resist ($11, sigmabeauty.com)
Such a gorgeous, unique shade from Sigma. It's a dusty lavender/mauve with gold shimmer. The mauvey-pink tones tend to come out more when this shade is blended out, but you'll see more shimmer when it's packed on the lid. I love this color! I believe this shade is also part of the Flare palette.   
Sephora Ourtageous Prisma Chrome in Outrageous Metallic Purple ($5 to $7, on clearance at Sephora stores)
Again, these Prisma Chromes are absolutely stunning and this shade has the very same depth as the Outrageous Metallic Taupe shown above, only it has a purple tone. It's amazing how dark these shades can look when you use them in your crease, yet they catch the light on the lids and shine like crazy! 
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Ruby ($24, esteelauder.com)
This shade is just so gorgeous! The camera isn't doing it justice. It's such a pretty burgundy shade, and I believe this was the shadow I used in my Estee Lauder 1-Brand Tutorial. These shadows are great and work well wet or dry. I see myself using this a lot in fall and winter- it could potentially give you a very smokey look!
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Goddess ($5.99, makeupgeek.com)
This shade looks like a burnt orange color in the pan, but has the most gorgeous golden tone when you sheer it out. Almost like a deep peach color. I've been experimenting with a lot of different Makeup Geek shades, and she has a lot of really unique colors in her line. 
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Poison Ivy ($5.99, makeupgeek.com)
Another great mid-toned shadow from MakeupGeek! This is a nice not too light, not too dark green that has a bit of shimmer. As you see the swatch, you can see how the left side is hitting the light and appearing brighter, while the right side looks like a slightly deeper green. 
NYX Eyeshadow in Atlantic ($4, cherryculture.com)
The CherryCulture website calls this a matte shade, but I think it definitely has a satin finish. Just a bit of sheen, and gorgeous blue color. While it looks kind of bold, I think this is a very wearable blue shadow that's just a step up from using navy. I think it's beautiful!

Hope you enjoyed my updated picks for stand-alone eyeshadows! :) I tried to work in plenty of neutrals and "wearable" colors. Thanks to those who requested that I do this, and thanks for taking time to check out my blog! By the way, yesterday's post was all about my favorite low-maintenace lip products, and it's on the Ladies' Home Journal Gloss Daily site. You'll find my posts there every other Wednesday! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Did you catch Beauty Broadcast LIVE this morning? Click here to watch! We had lots of makeup talk this week, as well as some tips for staying true to yourself on YouTube!
  • I shot a video while a heavy thunderstorm was passing through... hope you aren't to startled as you watch that one!
  • Do you ever forget that your hand has a bunch of swatches on it? It seems so normal to me and sometimes I go out and forget that some people probably think that looks really weird. 
  • By the way, I mentioned this on BBL, but Mederma Advanced is working well on my curling iron burn and "permanent swatch" from the oven. Yes, two scars in almost the same spot. They're fading quite nicely though! :) 

52 comments:

  1. Hi Emily! Saw your video and HAD TO come here to see more suggestions! All great! Thanks so much =)
    It's been a while since I've done a one-shadow look on myself so guess what look I'm gonna wear tomorrow? ;) I love to use Mac's Club eyeshadow for that look too, the duo-chrome effect is so pretty.
    Great post!
    ♥ Vanesa

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    1. awesome!! have fun with that look! :D

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  2. Yay for an updated 10 stand alone eyeshadows! I will certainly be trying these out when I get the chance :D Can you do a review on the Makeup Geek eyeshadows? I haven't heard much about them and I want to know if they are a good buy :D Thanks dear!
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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    1. yes!! i have a bunch of makeup geek products that i plan to review soon! :)

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    2. I want to add my two cents here, as I have been a Makeup Geek fan for quite some time and I remember when she launched her shadows. I bought 10 of them right off the bat, and I was STUNNED at the quality. Really. I have them in pallets, some are next to Mac shades, and now the Mac shades rarely get used. (Except Satin Taupe and Brulee. Those two I still use often.) They are super pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend in my opinion, and I'm so excited that Emily will be doing a review because the shadows are all I have as of yet! Yay!

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  3. These shades are absolutely beautiful. I was watching your Estee Lauder 1 brand tutorial last night and fell in love with that burgundy shade. The makeupgeek one in Goddess is hard to resist. But I just got too many shadows recently:( Does anyone know a dupe for that shade?

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  4. awesome! I'm kinda inspired to do a one-shadow only post of my own :D

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  5. Great post, I love all the colors! And I understand the swatchy hands thing, while I was working at Sephora that was a normal daily thing for me :) People in the coffee shop where I went on a break would always joke around how I'm selling only blue eye shadows that day :)

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  6. It's so nice to see a list of stand alone shadows without a shimmery champagne or Stila's Kitten. I love how well-thought out this is!

    Em (Mascara Warrior)

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  7. i so enjoyed BB Live this morning!! I just love watching all your video's and reading your blogs!!!

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  8. This is amazing! Thank you! I need to try some of these <3

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  9. Good call on the MAC Club. That's one of my all time favorite shadows but I never thought of using it just all on it's own!

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  10. ever since you first mentioned one shadow looks, i've been doing that occasionally with the maybelline color tattoo in bad to the bronze. definitely a time saver in the morning!

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  11. I really love shadows like this! Super easy and quick to use - and so pretty. I am loving some of these shades!
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  12. I'm going to have to bookmark this page and keep it handy next time I'm ready to make up shop!

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  13. The blue looks gorgeous and the burgundy would look great in the fall!

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  14. Thanks to this post I'm looking at NYX singles in a different light! I'm thinking of so many ways to wear the more brighter shades or shades I wouldn't normally gravitate towards. So thank you! :) PS. Mederma is amazing!
    Your Daily Mel

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  15. Emily,
    I do a similar one shadow look with bare escentuals high shine eye colors. They come in a tube with a sponge tip applicator. I sponge the color on the lid and then use a blending brush to work it in the crease. It is sooooo pretty. My favorite shade is meteor. You should really check them out! I loved the video!

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  16. Wet n Wild single in Nutty is a good one shadow color. :) My fave these days. :)

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    1. Yeah! that one was in my original video. total must have! :D

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  17. I am so into taupe lately so this was really helpful! Definitely going to stop by Sephora tomorrow in hopes of getting those single shadows. Thanks for another great post!

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  18. Thank you so so much for posting this!

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  19. Love these! NARS Lhasa is my absolute favorite standalone shadow! It's the perfect greyish lavender and it's so dimensional. I have hazel eyes and it really makes my eyes pop! I know you haven't branched out into a lot of NARS products, but I HIGHLY recommend Lhasa single shadow. It's a gorgeous product! Your blog and videos are my favorite, I recommend them to everyone!

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    1. Glad you mentioned that one-- it's actually incldued in the NARS palette I got from Nordstrom! :D I'll be giving that a try!

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  20. Full review on MUG please? :) Have you tried any of the lipsticks? I trust your opinions like no other, so I would love to know your thoughts on the brand!

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  21. Great variation of shadows! I'm especially loving the Sephora ones, will definitely have to take a look at them next time.
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  22. Amber Rush is also a really pretty stand alone eyeshadow :)
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  24. Hi Emily! Loved the tip! :D

    I was wondering if I could do this look with some of the NAKED 1 and 2 eyeshadows. What eyeshadows do you think i should use for this technique?

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  25. Beautiful suggestions! I'm daily rocking a one eyeshadow look because my eyes get really watery and sensitive during summer and if I'm wearing a few darker shades they look awful on my watery lids. So this post was perfect for me! Thank you :)

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  26. I love the look of all these colours! L'oreal do some great pressed eyeshadow!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  27. I've found that a lot of the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows work really well for the one shadow look!

    Forensic Beauty

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  28. Love, love ,love your channel. Just a suggestion....I will use Flower cream shadows as an all over eye color. Very workable and can be blended out on top to look like a highlight. Awesome blossom is one of my faves. I call it a deep rose gold. You might jut see me starting a channel in the fall. Love u. Erica W

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  29. Do you have more makeup geek shadows, i'd like to see a video review on those and swatches comparisions :)

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  30. Those Sephora eyeshadows are gorgeous! Whoever would have guessed? I'v never really purchased anything from their line so I may have to try those.
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  31. I have both L'Oreal Bronzed Taupe and Sephora's Outrageous Metallic Taupe , but never used either singularly. I will now!! Sometimes I want to run out the door without my" total eye look",as I lovingly have named it, and this is a great idea! I will assume that you use a primer first? That said, do you have a group of primers that you feel look good all by themselves?
    I wanted to let you know that I swatched a new palette at home the other day( Pati Dubroff Perfect Palette in Neutral). I started dinner and then realized I forgot a key item and ran to the store. Imagine my surprise when the cashier asked me, "Wow! How did you get a bruize that big? She pointed to the inside of my arm and when I told her that it was just eyemakeup, she just shrugged her shoulders and looked at me like I was REALLY weird. Oh well. The life of a make up artist !

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  32. Very nice shades! x

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  33. I love this post! Thankyou emily i love reading your posts because your so imformative! My fav stand alone shadows are - Venus (UD) for something subtle, or Bubbly and Kitten for Stila and my all time favorite is Bikini Tini cream shadow by benefit :)

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  34. They're absolutely gorgeous! and so pigmented!
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  35. Ohhh, awesome picks! Thanks Emily! I need to try out those Makeup Geek shadows, they look really pretty and they are local to me. I always forget about buying them.

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  36. Hi Emily !!! This is my first time to post but I religiously watch your videos and anticipate your new ones!! Your gorgeous and radiate charm, class, and spunk from the inside out.And you have a presence that appeals to a wide and diverse range of women!
    I'm commenting because I think I may have a "DUPE" for the Estée Lauder shade above. I love love love that shade as all of the shades pictured are the colors I gravitate towards. However, 24$ for a shadow is a bit pricey ( although gift with purchase time at the Lauder counter would be a great time to pick this shade up) but I think Ive been using a shadow for 5+ years thats 7 bucks and on my cell phone appears to be a super close match! It is Neutrogena nourishing eye duo in Sweet Dusk 80. Like i said im comparing on my iphone so i could be off! oops of i am! Both are raisinie,plummy, slightly shimmering shades with a little more of a red tone. Also, like the swatch you showed this color is also a deep opaque color. In Hi Emily !!! This is my first time to post but I religiously watch your videos and anticipate your new ones!! Your gorgeous and radiate charm, class, and spunk from the inside out. And have a gift to appeal to a mass range of women in my opinion. I'm commenting because I think I may have a "DUPE" for the Estée Lauder shade above. I love love love that shade as all of the shades pictured are the colors I gravitate towards. However, 24$ for a shadow is a bit pricey ( although gift with purchase time at the Lauder counter would be a great time to pick this shade up) but I think Ive been using a shadow for 5+ years thats 7 bucks and on my cell phone appears to be a super close match! It is Neutrogena nourishing eye duo in Sweet Dusk 80. Like i said im comparing on my iphone. Both are aisinie plumie slightly shimmering shades with a little more red tones. Also like the swatch you showed this color is also a deep opaque color. In my opinion the texture and application of this Neutrogena shadow is on point. Although i predict the texture and lay of the Estée Lauder shadow will be above par and expensive feeling!! I would love to hear your opinion about this!!! If nothing else this shade could be another great single shade!! Another shade you mite like or at least enjoy taking a look at it is Bareminerals eyeshadow in Queen Tiffany! As many many Bareminerals shadows it is quite shimmery and is a taupish slight mauve metallicie shade. Gorgeous color especially if you favor all of the shades above! It's not super dark so you can wear it alone for a more subdued color or I like to layer it over a super plumie shadow and it makes it more dramatic!! Sorry for this essay lol hope you get a chance to check these shadows out!!

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  37. hii!!Emily
    this is my first time to post but I religiously follow your blog since last year. your reviews are so informative and I just love your videos. Lots of LOVE :-)

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  38. Hey Emily! I'm just sending you a request to do a make up tutorial for the look you had in the "Mall of America Haul of America" video. It is gorgeous!

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  39. What a simple but useful technique...I've been wearing single shadow looks since you posted this! I could kick myself for not thinking of this on my own :-) It will help me get use out of some of my palettes, like the nudetude that I don't necessarily like for putting looks together with my skin color. Thanks for the inspiration Emily

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  40. I love this blog I always want to find easy and fast ways to put on makeup ♥♥♥

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  41. Another eyeshadow that is great on its own is woodwincked by mac. It looks great on the lid and as you blend it out in the crease it changes its color a bit. Giving the appearance that you are wearing more then one shadow.

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  42. Love this post thank you! using one shadow is so out of my comfort zone. This inspired me to look @ my shadows differently and I came up with 3 different looks I really liked and would have never tried with out this post.

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  43. Hi Emily! :) I just got done with the tutorial. I had my pot of L.I. Bronzed Taupe, brushes, eye liner, and mascara (Maybelline Master Drama in M.M. and I love Extreme Crazy Vol., both of which arrived today from Ulta, Trying for first time, and bought because of you! haha), and I did the tutorial with you step by step. It was so much fun! Was thinking of getting UD Moondust Diamond Dog. Would that be a good stand alone? Thanks!

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  44. I just reviewed the Sephora eyeshadows!! Love your blog and channel!

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