SOMETIMES all it takes is one eyeshadow colour to make your peepers pop.
The best eyeshadow singles offer no-smudge stay-all-day colour that can easily be kept in your handbag for out-and-about peeper pep-ups.
There’s an array of seriously gorgeous colours, textures and formulas out there.
Love the easy no-fuss application of an eyeshadow pencil? Like the soft, dewy look of a cream shadow? Are you a matte or molten metallics kinda gal?
Whatever your preference, we’ve got you – and your peepers – covered.
Keep scrolling for the best eyeshadow singles below for dazzling day-to-night looks that mean nobody will be able to take their eyes off yours.
1. Best eyeshadow: Star buy
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single, £12 from Cult Beauty – buy here
There is nothing we don’t love about this delectable collection of eyeshadow singles.
Every colour you can think of? Tick. High-pigment? Tick. Gorgeous mattes? Tick. Show-stopping shimmers? Tick, tick, and tick again.
These shadows are so finely milled they feel like gold dust (and Amber looks like it if that’s what you fancy), and super-easy to blend.
The only difficult thing will be picking one. We love Metallic Copper Penny for after-dark glam, and Warm Taupe for must-have daytime matte.
2. Best drugstore eyeshadow
- NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eyeshadow, £3.50 from Boots – buy here
Nyx pulls it out of the beauty bag again with these fab eyeshadow singles, which are completely loaded with pigment at a brilliant price point.
The versatile powder shadows are easy to blend and build on, and come in multi-use mattes or subtle sheens.
We love Spellbound for the perfect matte that you could also use on your eyebrows, or Stiletto for a soft-focused daytime matte; for a little sheen, try Illusion, Sun Glow or Bonfire.
3. Best matte eyeshadow
- Nars Single Eyeshadow, £17 from Space NK – buy here
Ultra-fine, crease-resistant, colour-rich, highly-pigmented and long-lasting, the Nars Single Eyeshadows are the last word in luxury.
There’s a whole host of need-me-now shades and finishes, but for a multi-tasking matte must-buy, we love Bali. One layer is perfect for day, while you can build it up for a more intense look for later.
You can also use this shadow as an eyeliner (wet your brush for a more defined finish) as well as brow colour. It’s pretty perfect.
Looking for a slightly lighter shade? Try Blondie instead.
4. Best shimmer eyeshadow
- Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Midnight Blast, £16 from Look Fantastic – buy here
Sparkle, shimmer and shine with Urban Decay’s Moondust eyeshadow singles that are literally a gleam dream.
Create dazzling after-dark eyes without the glittery face fallout with these stay-put shadows.
Use wet for deep intensity or dry for gorgeous, glowing, iridescent peepers. We love the molten copper Midnight Blast, but silver-charcoal Moonspoon and mossy-green-meets-black Scorpio are also amazing.
5. Best eyeshadow pencil
- Elf No Budge Shadow Stick Metallic Mocha, £5 from Superdrug – buy here
Need a no-budge, easy-to-apply, no-mess eyeshadow to take you from desk-to-dancefloor? We’ve got just the thing.
The Elf Shadow Sticks are creamy yet long-wearing and are super-simple to use for on-the-go touchups.
We love Metallic Mocha for a subtle sheen that’s perfect for day or night.
Want to shake things up and add a real pop of colour to your peepers? The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil is brilliant for hot tropics shades. Try Psychedelic Sister for a purple-pleasing smokeout.
5. Best cream eyeshadow
- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, £22 from John Lewis – buy here
What could be more gorgeous than a molten metallic eyeshadow? Not a lot, that’s what.
This cream-to-sheen shadow is super-simple to use – add a sheer colour-wash with your fingertip for day, or use a brush to build up a high-impact night time look – and glides on like butter, but lasts all day.
There’s six gorgeous shades to choose from: go for mossy grey-green Veruschka for brown eyes; make green eyes sparkle with antique oyster-gold hue Marie Antoinette; or make blue eyes pop with the beguiling Bette, a rich, burnished amber-gold.
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