The One Wash Shadows

one wash shadows

Something has changed in my makeup routine, something so drastic it has demanded it’s very own blog post. I jest, nothing that alarming is going on here apart form when it comes to shadows. You see I’ve always been the girl to wear shadow, whether it was back when I was working at my part time job in the local jewellery shop, blending four shades together for a lecture or spending half an hour on a cut crease for a night out, I’ve always loved experimenting and wearing shadow.

Over the past few months, call it laziness call it a shift in routine, I find myself gravitating towards my collection of one wash shadows. That’s right, one shade, one application, yet still achieving dimension, shape and colour. Praise the makeup gods! Not only does it dramatically reduce that time to get ready in the morning, my shadow still looks like I’ve spent half an hour blending with 12 different palettes. Seriously, my only regret is that I didn’t find these sooner ;)

Budget – we all know how good the L’Oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows are, how about the fact 200 Nude can be blended across the lid to give you rich colour and dimension throughout the day without the need of a second shadow? I know you’re gonna want to rush out and buy them all, I don’t blame you.

Pencil – if using a single shadow wasn’t speedy enough for those rushed mornings, try one that comes in pencil form. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in the shade Golden Bronze will give you all that bronzed up colour with the swipe of a stick. Luscious and deep tones are created from one application that can be built up in intensity if you are looking for something more sultry. Smokey eyes done!

Luxe – the two shadows that really got me into this whole ‘one wash’ routine was the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia and the Burberry Eyes Eye Colour in 002 Nude. Now I’ve gotta admit, these are pretty darn similar but the Burberry offering has a few more golden flecks to quantify a purchase. For those days when I’m looking for a bronzed lid without the faff, each of these will deliver without smudging by the time I’m home.

Uber Luxe – now I’m being a bit cheeky by including this one as technically you can’t get your hands on this however ask at a duty free and you might be left surprised. It’s the Tom Ford Cream Colour in Spiced and oh baby is this gorgeous. One application and all those eagerly waiting shadows will be pushed to the side as this is quite simply all you need. A unique rich golden brown that shimmers in the light to give dimension and range. Tom Ford I bow down to you!

Do you have any one wash shadows in your collection? Are your a fan of this more speedy routine?

  • I always use at least two shades. Most days I got for two, only for special occasions and blog looks I use more.

  • I need to try some of these, they will really help before work as I am always in such a rush
    Lauren x |

  • Oooooooh my goooooood the Tom Ford. I drool. I’m not really one for fancy shadows because my damn hooded eyes make the whole thing an exercise in futility but its sooooo pretty. I love the look of shadow on other people though. Just never works for me which is annoying.

  • This seems super good for saving time in the mornings. Love the shadows of L’Oreal

  • most mornings before uni i go for the one wash eyeshadow, i’ve been loving the maybelline colour tattoo in creamy beige at the moment xx

  • We finally got those L’oreal single eyeshadows in the US and I ordered three of them. I also like a wash of color, I usually go with Burberry Rosewood or Pale Barley when it comes to powder eyeshadows or H&M cream eyeshadow in Sirocco.

  • I looooooove one wash shadows! Lately I’ve pretty much only been wearing Maybelline’s On And On Bronze and it’s addicting ;) xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • Oooh these shadows look absolutely gorgeous!! I’m trying to get a lot more into eye shadows recently xx

    Ciara Rose |

  • These are all great suggestions! I love one wash shadows for busy mornings when I still want to do my makeup but don’t necessarily have extra time.

    xo, Liz

  • These colors are right up my ally! Specially if they are one wash shadows, sometimes lets face it we don’t want to do a lot of blending or layering !! That Loreal on is on my list now, of shades I need to look at more you got some good picks going here !! What a great list of items

    Katie |

  • I’m all for the one wash! My two faves would be Burberry Pale Barley and By Terry Ombré Blackstar in Bronze Moon. Tom Ford creams are awesome I have Naked Bronze which I think is either a repromote of Spice or is fairly similar anyway. Beautiful x

  • You keep making me want to get Nude!
    I love the ByTerry Misty Rock for a very sparkly wash on lazy days :)

    Dar |

  • I love these kind of shades, my favourites must be the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze and a recent purchase (an exact color dupe to On and On Bronzer) which is the Kiko eyeshadow stick in 06. Whenever I’m in a hurry, I’ll always bother with a quick eyeshadow so one wash colours are such a staple to have in my collection!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  • These are all just my sort of shades! I’ve heard a lot about the L’Oreal eyeshadows so will have to check out this shade first. I really like the formula of the Bobbi Brown sticks too and Golden Bronze looks lovely too :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • Alara Basul

    Love these colours! I really want to try Nars Himalia – looks beautiful. x

  • Jen

    The L’Oreal eyeshadow looks amazing, I am definitely going to go and buy them all haha