The One Wash Wonders

So even though I’m becoming an (almost) everyday eyeshadow wearer, that doesn’t mean that I’ve managed to master the lid/crease/highlighter multi-step eye look thang on a regular basis. Ain’t nobody got time for that. On the odd occasion I whip out an arsenal of brushes, colours and textures and get to work, but in the mornings it’s much more likely that I grab one colour, smudge it out, blend over the lids and lashlines, brush on mascara and call it a day. I dub this makeup phenomenon a ‘one wash wonder’ and there are a few shadows in my stash which work particularly well in this task. Case in point…

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Bronze Bliss* – a golden amber that can be subtly swept over or built up to an intense jewel-like lid. I particularly like this one blended a little on the lower lashline to give some oomph or all over, as demonstrated here.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze – this possesses the most metallic sheen of the bunch but the off-taupe tones just do it for me. Plus you’ve got to love a cream; a natural texture and without the need for a brush – eyeshadow application is even easier.

MAC Eyeshadow in Era and Soba – both of these shadows are the boss of the one sweep wonders. Not too much shimmer and not too far away from my natural skintone, they define without looking too obvious. The effect is a worn-in eye, that looks like a natural shadow – the epitome of no makeup, makeup.

NARS Eyeshadow in Ondine – this holds the title in my stash for one of my longest serving shadows; I’ve had it for yonks. A taupe tinged with purple, you can see it in action here. Paired with a bronze liner to warm it up a little, it’s a good;un, especially for green eyed gals.

One wash and go. Everyday eyeshadow – done.

*PR Sample


  • I adore on and on bronze it’s my first cream eyeshadow and it’s just so easy to wear, the new bourjois are quite nice but not so creamy x

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  • Can’t go past On and On Bronze/Bad to the Bronze x x

  • On and on bronze is one of my favorites too.

    xx glamdevils

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Seavy

    Nice Color shades as always!
    I also love the Caviar Stick from Laura Mercier. Khaki and Cocoa.

  • Anna Blush

    I got excited when I saw this post in my bloglovin’ feed! Love a good one wash wonder x

  • Beauty by Berrymix

    Lovely list! I have to hunt down those MAC colors!

  • I really love the body shop one, I can imagine it looking great on xxx
    Life of Verity

  • Maddy J

    I’d love to try some of these. I’m actually the type of person who makes an effort on my shadow with highlighting and contouring. After a while you get pretty speedy at it 🙂
    Maddy xxx

  • Hollie

    Love the on and on bronze! Might get it for myself now!

    Take a peek? Hollie xo

  • Shahrzad Saednejad

    Those are some fab colours! I love the Nars Ondine thats gorgeous!

  • Maddy Cane

    I’ve been lusting after soba for ages, it looks like such a beautiful colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Ivy

    they are all beautiful shades. especially Maybelline’s on and on bronze.
    My everyday go-to-mac shade similar to these is woodwinked.

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  • sharon

    Anna I wish your links were clickable

  • Leila

    Love Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoo in On and On Bronze – such a lovely colour! x

  • These are the best types of shadows! Easy & beautiful… and quick. {It’s interesting they’re all in the same color family} Thanks for sharing!

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Maquillage Magic

    i really like the body shop eyeshadows and that one is such a gorgeous colour!! and of course on and no bronze is just a stable in my make up bag!! L xx


  • hayley durrant

    Thank you for educating me on eye shadows that I can use as a wash over my lids, perfect for when I’m rushing in the morning!

    Maybelline 24 hour colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze is my go to product!! In fact I love the entire range….

    Check out my blog

  • Jihaeee

    Love these colors! Can you include swatches next time? Thank you 🙂

  • Amy

    Nars Lhasa is also a fab “One Wash Wonder” 🙂

  • The Body Shops make-up has gotten pretty awesome. I might try this eye shadow. Love their honey bronzer.

  • That The body shop eye shadow *-*
    I’ve been looking into their new lipsticks…I might invest more on their makeup range (I love their skin care!)
    Thank you for the amazing post!

  • PeonyandPeach

    Such lovely colours! My fave ‘one wash wonder’ is Nars Blondie.

  • merredee

    Yes! This is the kind of recommendations I need day to day. None of this lid/crease/highlight. I love the cream color tattoos especially the frosted, shimmer, metallic ones because they’re just so forgiving.

  • I’ve really gotten into the Maybelline colour in On and On Bronze, it’s so easy to apply and looks stunning! I like to layer it with Mac’s All That Glitters x

  • Alice Porter

    That Nars eyeshadow looks so pretty! I am a lover of Soba as well! I really like wearing MAC’s Bronze over the lid lately, you should get it!


  • Maria Inês Ribeiro
  • Maria Inês Ribeiro

    lovely tones!

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  • yourdailybreak

    I love that Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On bronze for a simple sweep. I also love the Tough as Taupe shade for the exact same purpose and then pairing it with a bright and fun pink lip. Will have to check out era and soba! xo Jess

    Your Daily Break

  • Parisian To Be

    All of these look so amazing! Ondine looks specifically pretty, but I’ve been lusting over the NARS shade ‘Ashes to Ashes’ recently. Lovely post!

    xo Lillian from

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    Love the colour tattoos, they’re my go to lazy day eye!

  • Siobhan

    Hmmmm should I go for the nars or Clinique black honey?

  • mountainbeauty2013

    Great choices! I also love the Maybelline Color Tattoo in “Rose Gold” as well for this kind of look!



  • Such a great idea for a post! You’re right, a lot of times no one has the time to get all fancy with their eyeshadow. Love the colors you’ve chosen too!

    xx Caroline

  • Rachel

    Anna, I love your YouTube channel, but could you please address the ongoing issues that your blog readers have been telling you about for months, that you’ve so far left ignored?

    1. PLEASE swatch products you are reviewing. It really is pointless to not be able to see the product outside of the packaging, especially when youre peaking our interest with such glowing reviews.

    2. Please make clickable links. Right now you underline product names, which is very confusing and seems completely unnecessary unless they are actually links. It’s just poor user interface for your readers and very frustrating to boot.

    I have to admit I am frustrated that you don’t seem to take into account what your loyal readers are asking for, especially because they’re such easy fixes. Do you even read your comments? Because I never see you replying or interacting anymore. With just these two changed your blog would easily jump to the top of a lot of reader’s lists, I’m sure.

  • Cassie

    The Nars shadow looks gorgeous! I love bronze shadows.

    I’d love it if you checked out my blog:

  • Kristin

    I love one-wash shadows! The Nars offering is a stunner!

  • Katie Allen

    I like the L’Oreal infallible eye shadows for one wash wonders as well. Sephora eye pencils are also great for this.

  • Jen Hately

    These are such a great idea for fast eyeshadow on a morning

  • CupofSusan

    I absolutely love being lazy.

    I found MAC All That Glitters is another nice one.

    Susan | Susan Loves…

  • Olivia S

    Soba is such a beautiful colour, I love it for this time of year xx

    Olivia –

  • sof

    So happy you started wearing eyeshadows again! your tutorial on youtube showed just how much it can make you look more awake! loved it 🙂

  • Prettysnoopy

    You look beautiful with eyeshadow on Anna (not that you don’t without!!) love your blog so much 🙂 xx

  • Ella

    Mac woodwinked/ATG are my go-to’s for the one sweep wonder thang! I’m a bit o n eyeshadow noob to be honest, although I’m besties with liner.

  • Caitlin

    I have been loving 2 of Laura Mercier’s Cameo(baked nude eyeshadow) and Baroque. One swipe of that, a little liner and lots of mascara, is my favorite look.

    Caitlin Confidential

  • Danielle

    Wow NARS Ondine looks beautiful!

  • Pascale Maestri

    I’m with you on the Maybelline ‘On and On Bronze’. What’s not to love – smear it on with your finger and go! Love it!

  • roshkud

    On and on bronze is my go to for everyday and evenings, the rest sound amazing! Definitely going to swatch them 🙂

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Jolien

    I bought MAC Sable recently and I keep reaching for it whenever I just want a quick wash of colour. It blends really easily and it brings out the blue in my eyes.

  • Nice Compilation…Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze is my go to eye shadow too 🙂

  • I love eyeshadows like this and with a light coating of mascara are usually what consists of my daily eye makeup I love the maybelline colour tatoo on and on bronze so much I also think Benefit’s thanks a latte is an amazing one wash wonder :p xx Emmi

  • Faith Warde

    Been lusting after Soba so much recently!

    Girlintheblackhat x

  • Sylvia

    I love One Wash Wonders, haha. Some favourites are MAC Patina and Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Weeping Willow and Lots O’ Latte.

  • love every single one of these eyeshadows, I wear brown a lot and most of these fall under my everyday eyeshadow color

  • Courtney H

    Can I just say how awesome the Body Shop eyeshadows are? I own a taupe one (which the label has worn off so I don’t know it’s name) and it’s so great! It’s buttery and smooth and seems like it would be cost way more than they do! (I think I paid about $10 CAD for it)

  • deliaoreo

    I didn’t know the NARS eyeshadow “Ondine”…but it looks absolutely stunning. Just the perfect neutral shade. Will purchase it right now :)!
    Bobbi Brown’s Heather Mauve is also veeeerrry pretty!

  • Lauren Lequime

    The NARS eyeshadow is gorgeous! I also never have time in the mornings for a full eyeshadow look (who does?!) that’s really only something for nights out! x

  • Océane D

    That NARS shadow looks just stunning.

  • NARS Ondine is theee best!

  • Hope

    I have never really tried Bodyshop eyeshadows, but the one above looks quite nice, another purchase me thinks….H x

  • Gabriëlle La Croix

    Love the maybelline color tattoos!

  • Baeka

    You should try Benefit’s Dandy Brandy. It looks like a regular medium brown satin powder eyeshadow, but it is secretly magic. The colour is as deep or as sheer as you want it to be and not at all metallic or frosty in its finish. I fall in love with it every time I use it.

  • Ciara Maeghan

    The maybelline colour tattoo is awesome with a lighter shimmer colour swept over the lid, it’s easy- and looks great 🙂

  • Oresiri teru

    I’m a huge fan of colour tatoos – they’re so cheap

  • Jelly

    The Maybelline Color Tattoo is ERRRMAZING!!! Have been loving putting it just along the bottom lashline for an Autumnal metallicness, paired with a black winged eye. Oh and it doesn’t smudge all day. Amazing!

  • YasG

    That NARS eyeshadow colour looks GORGEOUS!

  • Katherine Penney

    I love Maybelline Colour Tattoos. They are so pigmented and there are so many lovely colours! 🙂

  • Faidah Mimbantas


  • I don’t think I’ve ever done the one wash thing! I always go the full nine yard. I should try this out!