Best eyeshadows you can buy – our preferred pencil, as well as matte, shimmer and best drugstore picks
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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