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Best One and Done Shadows for Single Shade Looks

Best One and Done Shades

Best One and Done Shades

I am really excited about today’s post.  There is a tag doing around Youtube about the best shadows for one shade looks.  I think that’s great because, let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t have the time or the inclination to do a complicated shadow look with six different shades.  Sometimes we need to rush out the door and only have five minutes to throw on our makeup.  Or maybe you just want to do a simple look to liven up your face as you run a couple errands on a Saturday.  I have seven one-and-done shadows, all from the drugstore, that will give you a beautiful eye look with just one shade.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

One of the easiest shadows to apply when you need to rush out the door are cream shadows.  My first one-and-done offering is Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.  I find that the Color Tattoos work very well for me without creasing or fading and don’t need to be set by a powder.  I don’t even need a brush.  I simply apply the Color Tattoo and blend it out with my fingers, easy peasy.  Bad to the Bronze is a deep metallic bronze shade.  The intense metallic finish gives it a multi-dimensional look when the light catches it, making it look like you have more things happening on your eye than you actually do.

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin' Chic

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic

Another cream shadow that I have spoken of often is the e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic.  It is a gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe, and a lighter shade than Bad to the Bronze.  The Smudge Pots are so lightweight and creamy, they blend like a dream.  When they dry down they have great lasting power with no creasing or fading.  I really love Cruisin’ Chic.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  It is a great everyday option that all by itself looks like I put way more effort into my eye look than I really did.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

Moving away from the cream shadows, let’s talk about L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush.  First of all, if you don’t already have this shade in your collection, run out and get it immediately because it is gorgeous.  Amber Rush is a metallic rose gold color that is to-die-for.  It is so beautiful!  The Infallible Eyeshadows are pressed pigments that seem to “melt” onto the skin during application.  The soft, velvety texture glides on beautifully and is extremely lightweight.  You can use either a brush or your fingers to apply.  I like to use both, actually.  I use my fingers to pack the shade onto my lid, and then diffuse it up through the crease with a fluffy brush.  One shadow look or not, Amber Rush is a must-have.  Another Infallible Eyeshadow option for a one shadow look is Bronzed Taupe, but that one is quite a bit darker.

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

A similar style to the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows is the Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe.  It is also a pressed pigment and performs just as well as the L’Oreal Infallibles.  Taupe is a warm brown based, metallic taupe shade.  It is a great neutral, but with some drama and intensity. It is a little bit lighter than Bad to the Bronze, and a little darker than Cruisin’ Chic.  For those of you who aren’t a fan of cream shadows, this type of shadow may be a better option.  You can apply Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe with fingers, or use a synthetic brush for great results.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

I can’t do a one-and-done post without mentioning the quintessential Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty.  It is a metallic taupe that works for any occasion.  It can be built up for a darker look, or sheered out to look more natural.  Nutty is a standard powder eyeshadow, so those who may not know how to use other formulas will be able to apply it with ease.  It is the least expensive shadow on the list at only $0.99.  Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadows are intensely pigmented, have excellent lasting power and an overall fantastic formula.  You need Nutty in your life.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

A somewhat daring one shadow option is the Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus.  I mentioned this in my April favorites post and can not get enough of it.  There are orange, gold, and green pigments in the shadow, and they create all of these fantastic dimensions to the eye.  Loose shadows can be a little messy at times, but I definitely think that Sunlit Cactus is worth the trouble.  The shade is so eye catching, and interesting without much effort on your part.  It has so much drama and intensity, it can absolutely stand alone.

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

The last shade that I have is e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden.  It is a warm, brassy gold shade that is lighter than many of the shadows on this list for those who don’t like dark eye looks.  I really like the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow formula.  It blends extremely easily and evenly.  The shades offer great pigmentation, but can be applied lightly and sheered out for a subtle wash of color.  For a one color look, I would pack Golden on the lid, and then gradually blend it up to nothingness with a fluffy brush.  It is beautiful.

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Here is a swatch of all the shades mentioned, side-by-side and in the order they were mentioned, so that you can easily compare them to each other.  By now you may be noticing a trend in all of these shades.  They are all shimmer or metallic finish and they are mid-tone shades in the taupe, bronze, and gold families.  My personal opinion is that those are the best shadows for single shade looks.  They are universally flattering, go with everything, and the finish catches the light in such a way that the shadows look darker or lighter with the contours of your eye.  You can certainly do one shadow looks with other shades families like grays or plums, but these shades are the ones that I thought would appeal to the most people, and that most of you may already own.  You can achieve different looks with only a single shade depending on the tools you use to apply them.  For most of these shades I would recommend a flat shader brush for the lid and a fluffy brush for the crease to alter the way the shadow looks slightly.  You don’t have to make it too complicated; the whole point is that these are for easy looks to get you out the door quickly.  I hope that you saw some shades you like and that you try some one shadow looks the next time you are pressed for time.  What are your favorite one-and-done shades?  Let me know in the comments below.

L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Eyeshadows


L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies, otherwise known as National Screw the Diet Day!  Whether you have a sweetie, or are flying solo, I hope that you take this day as an excuse to have an ultra rich dinner and lots of chocolate!  I also want to thank you again for your patience.  My body’s reaction to the stress of last week was for my immune system to take a vacation and I’ve been battling a raging sinus infection and a fever.  I laid down Friday afternoon and didn’t manage to get back up until today.  No bueno.  But, I’m feeling a little better and, though I may not be fit for the outside world, I can come back here and finally write the post that I know many of you have been waiting for.  (Click Photos to Enlarge)

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows were released to rave reviews last year in the UK and Canada.  They have been compared to Armani Eyes to Kill as a possible dup.  Though I have not tried the Armani version, I feel comfortable (due to the research that I’ve done) saying that these are more like a drugstore alternative, rather than actual dupes.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows come in a little glass jar that are thinner and less bulky than Maybelline’s  Color Tattoos.  The base shows the product inside, while the cap’s label shows the shade name and number and the product info.  When you unscrew the cap, you will find a little plastic flattener thingy that plainly states  “DO NOT DISCARD”.  Although it may look cheap and unnecessary, you don’t want to throw it out.  The flattener is designed to keep the product pressed flat and to help keep it from drying out.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows flattener

Though there has been some confusion, L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are not cream shadows.  They are actually pressed pigments.  This means that if you were to press too hard or dig in with a brush, the product will crumble and become a loose pigment.  This is where that flattener thing comes in handy, because if you do loosen some of the product, you can press it flat again.

Per L’Oreal:

“Infallible Eyeshadows contain ultra concentrated colour pigments, for an intense colour finish. Additional binders (oils) coat and magnify the colour pigments revealing beautiful shimmer and maximized colour. The colour adheres to the eyelid as durably and comfortably as a second skin and lasts for up to 24hrs. With a formulation that lies between the comfort of a cream and the ease of application of a powder, infallible eyeshadow melts gently from the fingertips to the eye lid on application. The result is a luxurious, velvety texture.”

I found that they do indeed “melt” onto the fingertips during application.  The soft, velvety texture glides on beautifully and is as lightweight as a powder.  They don’t feel like a powder, though.  Though they are not sticky in any way, there is just the tiniest bit of tackiness when first applied that lasts until the shadow “sets”.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are packed with pigmentation.  You can sheer them out a bit if you blend with a brush, but if you are looking for intense color, these are for you.  The color pay-off is true to pot, so you can see what you are getting beforehand.  There are matte as well as metallic finishes in their lineup of 13 shades, so everyone gets a chance to play, no matter their preference.  I find the metallic shades really multi-dimensional, and think that they are excellent stand-alone shades.

The shades that I have are:

  • Bronzed Taupe
  • Amber Rush
  • Continuous Cocoa
  • Sultry Smoke
  • Golden Sage

Bronzed Taupe

Amber Rush

Continuous Cocoa

Sultry Smoke


Golden Sage


L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows Swatches

I did have some issues blending colors together.  I did not feel that they wanted to blend with each other and I ended up with a muddy look.  If you are a blending superstar, you can probably get them to work, but my experience is that they don’t play well with others.  That may be a deal breaker for some of you, but it isn’t for me.  As I said before, some of these shades are so beautiful that I am fine using them by themselves.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows last all day on me, even without a primer.  Granted, I have dry lids, but I don’t think those with oily lids will experience any issues with fading or creasing, especially if they use a proper base.  There is a risk of fall out if you choose to use a brush instead of fingers or a sponge.  They basically go on as loose pigments when applied with a brush.  I would advise playing around with several different methods of application until you find what works best for you.

L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadows retail for around $7.99 and are widely available.  They are winners in my book and I definitely think that they are worth a try.