6 Pan-Only Eyeshadow Brands Adorning Zero Waste. Part 2 Buyer's Guide
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One of my favorite "rules" in life is to never take yourself too seriously, but ingredients I put on my face and near my eyeballs are one of those cold sobering facts I'm not willing to overlook.
In an effort to avoid blindly falling in line with trendy buzzwords, I have included links to literature and short reasons for why all eyeshadows showcased in Part 1 and Part 2 avoid certain ingredients in their formulations. All eyeshadows are what we'll call "three-free" of the following three ingredients:
1. Talc-Free : Although the concerns surrounding the safety of asbestos-free talc are controversial, all of the brands I showcase in the pan-only eyeshadow posts are talc-free. After getting the facts regarding cosmetic talc from the FDA and the American Cancer Society, decide for yourself what you're comfortable wearing. If after educating yourself you decide you're okay with talc, two pan-only eyeshadow brands to spy are Couleur Caramel and Kjaer Weis. (From what I can tell from relevant scientific studies, a good rule of thumb is to avoid wearing talc-containing eyeshadows on and/or near your genitals). I'm not sure if people put eyeshadow down yonder, but if they do, now they've been officially warned by me--keep talc-containing eyeshadow away from your bonch, queen bees. All that crotch-talk circles back to the point that there are no talc-containing eyeshadows spotlighted here.
2. All eyeshadows in Part 1 and Part 2 are Phthalates-free. A group of experts from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization wrote a joint assessment calling hormone disruptors, including phthalates, a "global threat". Furthermore, since there are types of phthalates that have affected reproductive systems of laboratory animals, companies can keep those phthalates away from this human-animal until we have more conclusive studies.
3. Parabens: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that:
Females had several-fold higher concentrations of methylparaben and propylparabens than males, which likely reflect the greater use of products containing parabens. But the CDC wants you to know that, [f]inding a measurable amount of parabens in urine does not imply that they cause an adverse health effect.
Step aside asparagus, there's a new infamous urine in town! Whether adverse health effects are yet to be determined, what I've thoughtfully dubbed as "paraben pee" appears unnecessary. Hence, all pan-only eyeshadows featured in Part 1 and Part 2 make our lives easier by not containing parabens at all.
Now that we're educated about three ingredients to avoid, it's time for Part 2!
Use Wet or Dry
Shelf life: 3 years unopened and 2 years after opening.
BaeBlu is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ and their highly-pigmented eyeshadows are cooked, infused, and pressed on the East Coast.
*Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Mica, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, * Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, *Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, *Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, *Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, *Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol. [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) *Certified Organic
Where to Buy:
What Makes BaeBlu Unique:
When buying here you get to deal directly with the owner whose attributes my late grandmother would describe as "the salt of the earth". She's as honest as they come. We may as well call her "Honest Abe", but maybe it's more apropos to call her "Honest Babe". Plus, her eyeshadows are no joke. The formula features 6 different herbs and the rice powder/silica blend sets the stage for highly pigmented, long-wearing bliss.
BaeBlu shadows can be split up into four distinct finishes: Matte, Semi-Matte, Frosted, and Semi-Sparkly.
BaeBlu's 6 Matte shadows are:
NEUTRAL TONE: Cashmere, Flesh, Bark WARM TONE: Bamboo COOL TONE: Camo Green, Blue Velvet
BAEBLU'S 2 Semi-matte SHADOWS ARE:
COOL TONE: Lavender Dreams WARM TONE: Pink'd
BAEBLU'S 9 Frosted SHADOWS ARE:
COOL TONE: Iced Mocha, Sterling, Caribbean COOL/WARM TONE: Gold Rush WARM TONE: Peach Ice, Antique Penny, Copper Lights, Golden Olive, Smokin' Plum.
BAEBLU'S 1 semi-sparkly shadow is:
COOL TONE: Smoke & Diamonds
BaeBlu's Best Shades For Each Eye Color:
For Hazel Eyes - Smokin' Plum
For Brown Eyes - Iced Mocha
For Blue Eyes - Gold Rush
For Green Eyes - Copper Lights
BaeBlu's Best-Selling Eyeshadows, in order of popularity:
FREE Shipping on orders over $49.
Shipping is calculated by UPS and USPS based on the weight of the order and the location. A typical US based order will run about 5 dollars in shipping.
International Shipping is available to the UK, Canada, and Mexico.
Use Wet or dry
Shelf Life: Use Within 24 months
$16 a color
While Elate Cosmetics is headquartered in Victoria, BC, all of their Pressed Eye Colours are handmade in Manitoba, Canada.
What Makes Elate Cosmetics Unique:
If you're not in a humid climate, Elate's Bamboo Palettes create a reusable & sustainable style for holding your eyeshadows in an aesthetically-pleasing fashion that few others can. Elate's Bamboo Capsule holds 8 shadows, the Bamboo Medium Palette can easily hold 15 shadows and the Bamboo PRO Palette can comfortably hold 28 eyeshadows. Of course, if you're creating an entire line of capsule style makeup, these also hold an assortment of eyeshadows and blushes, (and heck, who knows, maybe even a house key).
Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499) Calcium Carbonate, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Caprylic Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis ( Organic Jojoba Seed Oil), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
Elate Cosmetics shadows can be split up into three distinct finishes: Matte, Satin, and Shimmer.
Elate Cosmetics 10 Matte shadows are:
COOL TONE: Cinder, Beloved, Shift, Rebel, Stillness NEUTRAL TONE: Union, Earthen NEUTRAL/WARM TONE: Sweet WARM TONE: Soulful, Oracle
Elate Cosmetics 6 Satin shadows are:
COOL TONE: Modish, Rave COOL/NEUTRAL TONE: Aerial NEUTRAL TONE: Lumen, Stone WARM/NEUTRAL TONE: Rise
Elate Cosmetics 3 Shimmer shadows are:
COOL TONE: Verdant WARM TONE: Lithe, Quintessence
Elate Cosmetics BEST Eyelid SHADES FOR EACH EYE COLOR:
Because they could not pick just one, EC offers a carefully selected blend of 4 Pressed EyeColour palettes that are best suited for blue, green, and brown eye colors, but for us hazel girls, founder and fellow lefty, Melodie Reynolds, recommends Verdant Pressed Eye Colour.
For Hazel Eyes - Verdant Pressed Eye Colour
Elate Cosmetics BEST-SELLING EYESHADOW:
FREE Shipping on orders over $75. (Including Alaska and Hawaii).
$10 With Tracking on orders to the United States, (including AK & HI) under $75.
$8 Without Tracking on orders to the United States, (including AK & HI) under $75
Find more Shipping & Refund policies here.
So let's do the math. At $16 a pop, we would need 5 or more shadows to qualify for free shipping. Or, if you score Elate's palette, you'll only need to add 4 shadows to qualify. (United States beauties--I highly recommend going the Trellis Beauty route since free shipping kicks in after $50--then you'd only need a palette & two shadows or just 4 shadows total to qualify).
A note from Elate Cosmetics' site: We use water soluble packing peanuts made from corn to pack your order. Any plastic you may find for added protection is always re-used by our company and never purchased. If you are taking a plastic-free challenge or have a plastic-free lifestyle please let us know in the notes section at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Where to Buy:
Niche Naturals limited line for $12.95 USD
Trellis Beauty for $16 USD and free shipping over $50
Elate Cosmetics for $16 USD
Use Wet or dry
(The dark eyeshadow colors are the most effective of the bunch when wet)
$20.99 a color
Shelf Life: Use Within 2 Years After Opening
Where to Buy:
What Makes Sappho New Paradigm Unique:
Every single color in this line was created by a professional makeup artist. Furthermore, what an incredible matte selection of neutrals! Sappho NP also took home the 1st place win for Gitte in the Best Eyeshadow of 2016 for Kristen Arnett's Green Beauty Team Best of Beauty Award for Makeup.
Checkout The Green Bunny's swatch review of the Sappho New Paradigm's eyeshadows, (before Tanya, Jessica, Merrady, Monica, & Victoria were added to the lineup) to get a better idea of their eye colors up close and personal.
Tip from the Sappho New Paradigm Pros:
Wet these eyeshadows with aloe juice to transform them into long-lasting performance eyeliners.
Sappho New Paradigm's eyeshadows are hand-mixed by makeup artists and pressed with certified organic jojoba and argan oils at Sappho headquarters in Vancouver Canada.
Ingredients: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Calendula Officinalis Flowers* and Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flowers*, Zinc Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Jojoba Esters, Phenethyl Alchohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Thymus Satureioides Coss (Thyme) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, CI77491, CI77499, CI77492, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, and CI 77288 (chromium oxide green). *Certified Organic Ingredient.
Sappho New Paradigm shadows can be split up into three distinct finishes: Matte, Sparkly, & Semi-Sparkly
Sappho New Paradigm's 14 Matte shadows are:
WARM TONE: Deep Diane, Turtle, Minaz, Laura, Beckitt, Norma, Victoria, Chloe NEUTRAL TONE: Jono, Amanda, Raven COOL TONE: Tanya, Merrady, Patricia
Sappho New Paradigm's 3 Sparkly shadows are:
WARM TONE: Jessica COOL TONE: Lux, Rebekah
Sappho New Paradigm's 1 Semi-Sparkly shadow is:
WARM TONE: Gitte
Sappho New Paradigm's 1 Satin shadow is:
WARM TONE: Monica
Sappho New Paradigm's Best Shades For Each Eye Color:
For Hazel Eyes - Norma Pressed Eyeshadow
For Brown Eyes - Gitte Pressed Eyeshadow
For Blue Eyes - Laura Pressed Eyeshadow
For Green Eyes - Chloe Pressed Eyeshadow
Sappho New Paradigm's Best-Selling Eyeshadows, in order of popularity:
FREE Shipping on orders over $80.
$10 on orders to the United States under $80.
So let's do the math. At $20.99 a pop, we would need 4 or more shadows to qualify for free shipping.
Between BaeBlu's powerful pigmentation, Elate Cosmetics' plantable wildflower packaging, and Sappho NP's ever-coveted argan oil formulation, it's easy to find an intriguing fit.
So there you have it, 6 fantastic options for decluttering your makeup bag while cleaning up the world and the ingredients you put onto your skin.
Honorable Mentions pan-only eyeshadow options to try: Lippy Girl, Red Apple Lipstick, and Root. If you don't mind added fragrance in your eyeshadows, two other pan-only eyeshadow options for you are Alima Pure eyeshadow refills and Zao Organic Makeup refills.
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A special thank you to Sean of the Dad for his professional cropping skills and to all of the companies who graciously answered a myriad of questions and who could have traveled to Mars and back in the time it took for this article to post. Thank you for your Buddhist-level of patience. Tenacious E, thank you for going on a quest with me to figure out how in the heck to discover our skin undertones.
Did you see any brands you may try yourself? Were there any clean-ingredient, pan-only eyeshadow brands I overlooked? Holla at me in the comments.
All of my pressed powdered love,