And two reasons why you should.
- They’re expensive.
When talking about anything above MUA and Makeup Revolution’s £1 single eyeshadows, single-pans are always more expensive, particularly as you start looking more high-end. They’re usually around £5 when looking at drugstore shadows. Elsewhere? Let me tell you. Each M.A.C original single shadow is £14.00. Fourteen pounds. (1.5g) Need I say more?
The ‘special’ shadows – limited edition, ‘extra dimension’ etc, cost more. £16.50. Ew.
The Stila shadows (in compact) are £12.00 *shudder*.
- Not travel-friendly.
I might be wrong, but I’ve never met anyone who wants to take a handful of single eyeshadows with them on holiday. They’re easy to lose, take up a lot of room, and unless you’re looking for something incredibly basic, practically impossible to use on their own. A palette (for the same price as a single ha) is so. much. better.
For some odd reason, as a teen, I hated eyeshadow palettes. I bought tonnes of single shadows (practically every one MUA released at the time) and I loved them. To me, I thought eyeshadow palettes looked messy and singles were sleek, made it look like I had more makeup than I did, and were convenient. How wrong I was.
Each single shadow has its own compact, making it annoyingly bulky for such a small product. Unless you want to invest in some extra storage, I’d avoid it.
- Commitment issues.
With a palette, it’s almost 100% likely you’ll use some shades more than others, (some none at all) unless you find the perfect product. While this is an issue when having to repurchase, you won’t (usually) find yourself hating the entire palette. With single eyeshadows, you have one block colour that comes with a risk of getting bored, disliking it after you’ve used it for a while, or breaking it as you pull it out of your makeup bag, and it makes the dreaded trip to the tiled floor. Spending £15 on one eyeshadow and then realising it makes you look like you have pink-eye? No thank you.
- Use-by date.
I know very few people run to this rule, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
I think I’ve hit pan on an eyeshadow about 6 times in my life. They do, infact, have an expiry date. They range from about 6 months to 12 months. 12 months is the most common you’ll see. If you decide to follow this (the product might lose some of it’s pigmentation/longevity/etc after this time) and you know you don’t hit pan on eyeshadow, that’s a lot of money to spend on a shadow you’ll have to get rid of after a year!
Why you should buy single pan eyeshadows:
Despite the seemingly very contradicting view I’m about to give – I thought it was worth a mention. Given the photos included in this blog it’s overwhelmingly obvious that I do in fact own some single-pan eyeshadows. There are a couple of benefits.
- STILA, KITTEN.
This is an astoundingly biased point, but the Kitten eyeshadow from Stila is one of the best shadows I’ve ever used.
It’s £12 in a single pan, but does come in some of their palettes. I’m not interested. I just want Kitten. Enough said.
The main benefit of single-pan eyeshadows is being able to repurchase single colours that are in palettes that you love. You might find you hit pan on one shadow and not the others – repurchasing the entire palette would be a waste and so, hurray! You find your way to the single pans. This is really the only reason I can genuinely find that justifies buying single eyeshadows.
Here are some swatches of the M.A.C shadows if you’re interested: