Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow 'Heather Mauve'
There is one eyeshadow in my makeup bag that never lets me down. It's the one that I will always pick up when I am in a hurry or when I'm just not that bothered about spending lots of time doing my makeup or the one I use when I just want a wash of colour on my lids. This little single eyeshadow has become my best friend. It's Bobbi Brown Shimmer Eyeshadow in Heather Mauve (which I have just learned has been discontinued - not impressed!). They do have Heather in the standard eyeshadow range or Stone in the shimmer range so all is not lost.
Anyway, my point being that if you can find a single eyeshadow that suits you, isn't too subtle but not a strong colour either, it will become a welcomed staple in your makeup bag helping you out on many occasions. Heather Mauve is a sheer mid grey brown colour which matches up to any makeup look you want to carry off. As I said, on it's own it is foolproof but you can also use it as a base colour to a stronger smokey eye. I think single eyeshadows are underrated. I have purchased many eyeshadow palettes which are great for when you are creating a specific look and you know that the colours are all supposed to work in sync with each other. But sometimes you just want a subtle wash of colour to brighten up your eyes and create the right amount of definition, particularly for daytime.
The grey brown mix in this shade is perfect for me (I have blue eyes) but it's such a versatile colour I don't think there is an eye colour that couldn't wear it. However, due to the fact that it has been discontinued, I have looked at other options and the best one, still with Bobbi Brown, is Stone. Stone is within the shimmer family of eyeshadows, although it is not just as shimmery as Heather Mauve (which I quite like) but it is the same shade. Heather in the standard eyeshadow is a matt finish and is described as a medium grey violet, so it has more purple undertones.
Bobbi Brown is always the brand I turn to when purchasing eyeshadows, I have never had a bad one and I have tried lots of them. Sometimes I think we are in danger of over complicating our makeup look, a single wash of colour can do wonders with very little effort. These single eyeshadows cost £18/$25.