One shadow wonders X 3

Let me tell you, I'm all about make up rituals and high maintenance with my myriad of products, but there are days in one's life when you're extra busy or just can't be bothered with elaborate make up looks. When it comes to quick, busy-day make up application I call one shadow wonders those eyeshadows that make an amazing eye look on their own. I'm cheating a tiny bit as my hooded eyes need a matte contour shade 90% of the time, but it's all optional.

I've not only curated some of my top 3 shades to wear on their own (read: taupes), but also a fantastic performers that won't crease, have fallout or apply patchy. Just a swipe on the lid, add some mascara, blusher and a lip balm - you're ready to take the world .. or just hurry out of the door. Unlike one hit wonders in music, these are eyeshadows I love to reach for time and time again and they certainly never go out of style. If you want to invest on one eyeshadow, consider one of these.

Tom Ford Platinum

Most shimmery shadow of the bunch. It has a creamy, almost bouncy gélee texture. I like to use a flat goat hair brush for the application, like Hakuhodo B J004G, and gently swipe on the lid. The brush won't absorb the product, which is great. I'd call Platinium a neutral taupe grey with brown undertones and visible silver flecks. If you prefer a warmer shade, you could try TF's Spice. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Duo Cream shadow

Rouge Bunny Rouge came out with a gorgeous cream eyeshadow duo in the shade Gossammer Wing. I truly hope they will come out with more, as I'm head over heels in love with this one. I must emphasis I'm not a big fan of creamy cream shadows in general, as creasing is my worst nightmare. I'm happy to tell you these dry a satin-matte finish and won't budge, won't crease or move around after setting! Comes with doe foot applicators, but I also like to blending these with my finger.

The lighter shade is a pinky vanilla cream shade: perfect for inner corner or eyeball highlight. The darker shade is a taupe with purple undertones without being overly cool. Looks matte but has a golden sheen to it. Almost like there was golden shimmer trapped underneath the dried cream, giving it a subtle and pretty sheen.

Burberry no. 12 Pale Barley

Loved by bloggers around the globe, Burberry's Pale Barley has a cult status for a reason. This shadow is soft, pigmented and blends like a dream. Can be applied wet for more intensity. To me, Pale Barley is a soft grey-taupe with a hint of creamy beige. Like a chic trench coat or a milky cafe au lait in a eyeshadow. There's silver microshimmer to give the shadow a sheen, but is far from being sparkly.

Do you have a favourite go-to single eyeshadow? Please share!

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Burberry Pink Taupe eyeshadow quad review and swatches

Burberry is famous for their fashion, but also their luxurious high end make up line. Their single shadows, especially Pale Barley, has won over the hearts of many bloggers thanks to its wearable everyday color and great formula. Today's palette has a close dupe for Pale Barley, which might interest you if you prefer quads over singles as I do. A quad also has double the amount of product but is less than double the price compared to two single shadows. It's still definitely a splurge 53€ for 5.4g/0.19oz. Fortunately the Burberry website does offer free international shipping which I love. If something is out of stock on the official website, you can usually find it at Net-a-Porter.

Burberry Pink Taupe packaging

The quad comes in a sturdy metallic compact with the classic Burberry check pattern faintly printed on the cover. It has some nice weight to it and there are no unnecessary applicators taking space. There's nothing wrong if you like to use those tiny sponges or brushes, but personally I prefer a more compact case. 


The eyeshadows are arranged diagonally and debossed with the similar check pattern, which is a very nice, luxurious touch. I don't mind 'ruining' the pattern as I use the palette, I'm thinking it's just a way of showing 'love' to the product. Burberry's choice of colors is always wearable, chic and elegant, definitely inspired by their fashion. The placement for the shadows is usually from lightest to darkest shade, medium shades having the most space. This makes sense to me, but the light cool-toned brown is such a gorgeous shade for softer, everyday wearable looks I'd like to dip my whole face in it. No wonder Pale Barley single is popular, as they look very similar. I'll do a comparison post once I have both.


- a pale greyish taupe with a satin finish
- muted, khaki grey with a satin finish
- subdued matte rose pink with grey and plum undertones
- a rich, dark chocolate shade with a matte finish


It's ah-mazing. I don't say this lightly when it comes to eyeshadows, as I've been spoiled with great formulations (Viseart, SUQQU, Rouge Bunny Rouge..). But Burberry's is among the best - even the notoriously hard to formulate dark mattes. In pink taupe there's a gorgeous combination of mattes and semi-mattes with a lovely, subtle satin sheen. I'd call the texture soft, but not buttery. The colors have a nice amount of pigment: they aren't in-your-face intensive, but build up nicely and softly. The shadows adhere well to the lids without patchiness or skipping, wearing beautifully without showing fading during the day. However, I do always recommend using an eyeshadow primer if you wear eyeshadow +8 hours and your lids are hooded like mine are. 

Make up of today

I tried a little stronger motd for Pink Taupe: with the khaki all over the lid and lots of matte brown in the outer corner. Other make up worn: Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick in Musings, Dior sculpt blush in 03, Addiction Skincare Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer


With well coordinated colors and this beautiful formulation, it's hard to go wrong with Burberry. Pink Taupe is among my favorite palettes thanks to the unique, subtle and elegant choice of colors, but so far none of Burberry palettes has let me down. They have a decent selection of colors for various eye/skin colors, and I can highly recommend picking up a quad according to your own taste.

Have you tried any of the Burberry eyeshadows? Are you intrigued to?

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