SSS: Single Sweep Shadows


Do you like the acronym? The concept behind it is a pretty nifty one. It is regarded as the one look eyeshadow and the notion behind these shadows is that they work well as stand alones of a look. Swipe one shadow across the lid, blend it, apply eyeliner, mascara and you are good to go!

I am not one for intricate eyeshadow looks, because I do not possess the skill (because believe me, if I did, I would be using those skills), so these kinds of eyeshadows are my favourites. I find that shimmery shadows work better for this than mattes and velvets, as those often need the help of other shades to look livelier. Shimmery eyeshadows carry the show on their own and for that, they are the stars of one shadow looks. I purposely focused on eyeshadow singles but palettes often have many SSS in them as well.


The Powders
1. CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadow in Tapestry Taupe
2. Essence Eyeshadow in Party All Night, Metropolitan and Get Ready!
3. Wet N’ Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow Single in Nutty
4. MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe, Patina and Soba


Swatches: CoverGirl Tapestry Taupe, Essence Party All Night, Essence Metropolitan, Essence Get Ready!


Swatches: MAC Patina, MAC Soba, MAC Satin Taupe, Wet N’ Wild Nutty


The Creams
1. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Lots O’ Latte, Whopping Willow and Fuller Fudge
2. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze, Bold Gold, Gold Shimmer,  Mossy Green and Rich Mahogany


Swatches: Clinique Lots O’ Latte, Clinique Whopping Willow, Clinique Fuller Fudge


Swatches: Maybelline Bad To The Bronze, Maybelline Bold Gold, Maybelline Gold Shimmer, Maybelline Rich Mahogany, Maybelline Mossy Green

*I was racing the sun apparently, so apologies for the changes in lighting*

These are just a list of my favourites (of which are mostly neutrals) but the criterion for SSS is quite flexible and does not discriminate against any colours. As long as the shade looks good as a single, offers some dimension and requires little to no fuss in its application, it can be deemed a SSS. What are some of your favourite SSS? I would love to know!

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      1. Honestly, the effort-result ratio usually isn’t enough for me to bother with eye shadows. I’m blaming it on my lack of skill. And you know I love me a good acronym! Is SSS one you made up yourself or typical beauty jargon?

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