A Guide to Single Pan Eyeshadow
If you’re into your makeup, chances are you have a few palettes. And while palettes have their zillion-shade swagger, let’s face it: they are rarely used in their entirety (except for maybe the Nudes of New York Palette). Instead, single pan eyeshadow is the way to go. It’s cheaper, more customizable and super easy to use. Plus, you can mix and match your shades to create a look you love and have all your powder products in one convenient place.
There are a lot of options out there, but I’ve rounded up some of my favorites. These include a mix of creamy mattes and frosted/shimmer formulas that offer major staying power. They’re also easy to blend and work beautifully with both fingers and brushes. Some of these are also cruelty free, which is a big bonus.
Whether you’re in the mood for a neutral-heavy look or something more bright, there’s a shade for everyone here. The eyeshadows have a rich, silky texture that’s smooth and comfortable on the eyes. Plus, they have a beautiful sheen to them. These are an essential for anyone who loves to create a smoky eye or just wants to add a bit of sparkle.
These single shadows come in a wide array of colors from warm neutrals to cool grays and even some shimmery accent shades. Each is finely milled and easy to blend. They have a soft, satiny feel to them and are long-wearing.
This kit contains six eye-enhancing shimmery shades that are perfect for everyday wear. The formula is velvety and pigmented, so you’ll be able to get an intense look with just a few swipes. Plus, the colors are flattering on all skin tones.
If you’re a fan of the Magnif’Eyes Smoke Edition palette, then you’ll definitely want to try out this duo. It includes all the necessary ingredients to create a sophisticated smoky eye. The cool-toned shades are mattes and shimmers that can be used as a base, highlighter or liner.
For those who prefer a more natural look, this set has three creamy matte shades that are super easy to blend and have a subtle sheen. The palette has a light, medium and dark shade so you can build your desired level of intensity.
The best thing about this palette is that it comes with a brush and a magnetic case, which makes it easy to keep your makeup organized. Plus, it’s a great size for traveling.
These eyeshadows are available in a few different pan sizes, but all of them fit MAC palettes. This means you can easily transfer them into a MAC-compatible palette (like the old e.l.f. pans, Morphe, Coastal Scents Hot Pots, Makeup Geek, Ofra and the old MAC singles). They’re also available in clear trays that can be stacked together.