Let’s face it: eyeshadow palettes are gorgeous to look at and it’s just so tempting to collect every single one of them that catches your eyes. But you also know that of the 12 colours that are in that palette, you’re likely to only constantly reach out to those few shades.
Wasteful? Yeah, definitely.
This is why the DV team is currently obsessed with single-pot eyeshadow. These make great supplements to the stash that we already have, and picking up that one hue also mean that we’re quite sure we would use it.
And of course, if you’re a makeup novice, picking up a single pot of eyeshadow makes your experimentation with eye makeup a lot less intimidating – you’ll also be putting down less investment at the start. (Psst, if you’re a beginner but want to invest in a palette, we have eyeshadow palettes for beginners to recommend too.)
Ready for single-pot goodies? Here we go.
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1. Marc Jacobs See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow
2018 is all about showing off your glitter game, and this is the perfect eyeshadow pot to do it.
Glittery, shimmery, jewel-toned to either add a little pop to your usual smoky-eye look or go all the way extra, the world is your stage. Rock the hell out of it.
Marc Jacobs See-quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow retails at SGD38 and is a limited edition item. It is available at all Sephora retail outlets and at Sephora.sg.
2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow
You may know Urban Decay for its cult-classic Naked Eyeshadow Palette, but if you’re not all about the muted, toned down, everyday colours of its Naked palettes, then check out their single pot eyeshadows, which is all about the pigments, and serving fierce looks.
In bold hues of bright orange, solid brick-reds and dark blacks and purples, this collection is for truly for the adventurous and for those who’ve seen it all, done it all.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow retails for SGD31 and is available in Urban Decay freestanding stores, Sephora retail stores, and Sephora.sg.
3. Kat Von D Metal Crush Highlighter
We love a product that is super versatile. What are we talking about? Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Highlighters.
But wait, you say, these aren’t eyeshadows! Well guess what – your cheeks aren’t the only place you can use them on. This year’s all about breaking set conventions – so go ahead and smear this beautiful metallic liquid or powder formula allll over your face, eyes, cheeks, body – you do you, girl!
In five beautiful metallic shades, apply this for a subtle sheen on the eyes that’ll have people questioning if you are literally a sun goddess that emits light naturally from your face.
The answer is obviously a resounding yes, of course! (What, who says you can’t fake it for a day?)
Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter retails for SGD42 and the Metal Crush Liquid Highlighter retails for SGD37. It is available in all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora,sg.
4. Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlight
There’s a good reason why these babies are selling like hot cakes. Coming in gorgeous duo shades like bright magnolia and metallic barbie pink, metallic mint (!) and a brownish champagne sheen, a baby pink metallic and cool lavender hue – we’ve definitely got our eye set on these babies – and you should too.
Perhaps you have one of these bad boys at home and bemoaning that you can’t pull off the super iconic bluish-purple highlight that’s been all the rage with beauty gurus these days.
Guess what? Get your money’s worth and put it on your eyelid instead so you still get that extra-terrestrial look, instead of that ‘dirt on your cheek’ look when highlighters just don’t show.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter retails for SGD54. It is available at all Sephora retail stores and Sephora.sg.
5. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow
This is for the sisters out there on a budget.
You may see everyone recommending Colourpop’s super affordable (but oh-so-pretty) eyeshadow palettes, but if you’re sick of their palettes, take a look at their overshadowed single eyeshadow pots.
From daring mermaid sea-foam green sheens to soft, pink shades, to Trophy Wife sort of glaring yellow and even black, this is definitely for the battle-worn eyeshadow veterans out there who’re just looking for one or two shades you might be missing out on.
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow retails at SGD6.91 (USD5) and is available online.
6. Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow
Often overlooked by its other more beautifully packaged neighbours in the Sephora aisle, Sephora Collection actually has a whopping 108 single-pan eyeshadow colours in stock for you to choose from.
From matte shades to shimmery glittery goodness – this is the place you go to if you don’t really know what you’re looking for, but know you don’t want to leave the store empty-handed!
Heck, we’d say this is even perfect for eyeshadow novices who don’t have many eyeshadows at home, as there’re milder pinky, golden, and coppery shades too if you’re not looking to pull off anything too complicated!
Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow retails at SGD13 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
7. NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
A little on the pricey side, but if you’re someone who finds yourself hitting the pan wayyy too fast – this is perfect for you.
In nine shimmery, icy-metallic shades (and even colours like navy blue and black!) apply this all over your cheeks and lids to look popping.
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow retails for SGD45 and is available at selected Sephora retail outlets, NARS free standing stores, and Sephora.sg.
8. M.A.C Eyeshadow
With a total of 108 shades to choose from, there’s bound to be at least one colour you don’t currently have in your arsenal right now.
From sweet peachy coral hues, to navy blues, forest greens and pastel heaven galore, M.A.C’s large selection would never let you down.
M.A.C Eyeshadow retails at SGD33 and is available selected Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg (limited collection of 23 available only), while the freestanding M.A.C outlets have the full 108 shades available in store.
9. Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow
If you love yourself some K-Beauty, you’d know that all hell broke loose last year when Innisfree first announced its customisable eyeshadow palette.
But if you can’t make up your mind or really don’t feel that you need a palette, you can also simply pick out individual shades too, especially if you only have your eye out for one.
From iridescent shimmers to bold or low-key matte shades and over a 100 total shades, at a pretty affordable SGD9.16 per shadow, Innisfree sure does know how to look out for its beauty veterans on a budget.
Sure, we’ve definitely seen better packaging, but you can’t deny how beautifully it swatches!
Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow retails at SGD8.46 and is available at all Innisfree retail outlets.
10. Etude House Play 101 Stick
Coming in a million and one colours in total and can be used as a blush, lippie, highlight, and eyeshadow all at once, play around with these gel sticks for a soft girl-next-door look with pinks and soft golden coppers, or super bold, fierce and independent with bright orange, reds, blues, and green eyeshadows.
Wanna hop onto the pink trend without spending too much money? We’d say these Etude House pencils are a perfect place to start without breaking the bank or wasting too much space on your vanity!
Etude House Play 101 Stick (and pencils) retail for SGD12 and is available at all Etude House retail outlets.
For the beauty novices who don’t want to be fussed with a billion and one colours to blend
11. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender
This one is for the girls who don’t want to lug around an entire palette everywhere with you – especially when you’re travelling!
Simple to apply and designed for eyeshadow novices (literally all you have to do is to swipe the sponge in one direction and you’re set), this small and compact eyeshadow is made for easy travel, what more could you ask for?
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Duo Eyeshadow Blender retails at SGD42 and is available at all Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
12. 3CE Pot Eyeshadow
‘fess up – you’ve bought your fair share of 3CE items because the models on 3CE’s IG page look too gorgeous to ignore.
A single eyeshadow pot that is perfectly wearable, this is for people who want their eyes to look popping, but without the fuss of dealing with like, a million and one eyeshadows to put in strategic places (because who has the time to deal with that?) just to achieve the gradient look that everyone spots these days.
Simple, classic, feminine and light – there’s nothing to hate about this look at all!
3CE Pot Eyeshadow retails at SGD29 and is available at Sephora retail outlets and Sephora.sg.
13. Laneige Two-Tone Shadow Bar
With a similar concept to the Benefit duo eyeshadow pan, this is it in stick form, if you want something even more compact and fuss-free. Simply swipe the stick in one direction, and you’re set with a banging al naturale gradient eyes look!
Radiant, popping, but effortless? Yes please!
Laneige Two-Tone Shadow Bar retails at SGD38 and is available at all Laneige and Sephora retail outlets, and Sephora.sg.