The following post on a few new single eyeshadows I’ve recently picked up from Ruby May and Sydney Grace is not only a review, it’s a cautionary tale, of sorts.
Yes, a cautionary tale of an eyeshadow lover … who lately has found herself buying pretty much the same eyeshadow colors … over and over again! Ha ha! This is also a tale of why pre-made eyeshadow palettes aren’t a bad thing! The following photo represents three rows of three eyeshadow brands purchased at three separate times, and all with similar results!
I’ve had my eye on eyeshadow singles for a while now and have been buying them here and there as they catch my eye. I’m a fan of single eyeshadows by ColourPop, Sydney Grace and a new-to-me brand called Ruby May Cosmetics that I discovered at The Makeup Show LA. These eyeshadow brands have similar common denominators – they’re all priced at around $5 each, from indie companies and are excellent quality.
In theory, what I like about buying single eyeshadow pans is the flexibility to buy colors that appeal to you instead of being stuck with several colors you might not particularly enjoy when you purchase an entire palette. In practice, I find myself purchasing very, very, very similar colors whenever I buy single eyeshadows lately. So, palettes that push you out of your comfort zone? A good thing!
Here’s a closer look at the two Sydney Grace eyeshadows I recently acquired, The Greatest Gift and Gold Earth.
I have to say I am beyond impressed with the quality of Sydney Grace’s single eyeshadows which are priced between $5 and $6 each. The color payoff and pigmentation on these shadows is exceptional! They recently released a new eyeshadow palette that goes to benefit families affected by the wildfires in Northern California that’s on my wish list.
When I went to The Makeup Show LA in November I walked past the Ruby May Cosmetics booth and fell in love with these shadows at first swatch. My goodness, they are extremely rich in pigmentation and color payoff. The matte is a bit patchy, but every other shimmer shadow is excellent. Besides single eyeshadows that are now selling for $3.50 a piece, Ruby May also offers palettes of shimmer and glitter shadows , highlighters, lip products, makeup brushes and more.
Here are swatches of Umber, Sundazed, Slate and Scarlet.
Do you prefer single eyeshadow pans or do you mostly go for eyeshadow palettes? Which are your favorite brands?