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We're kind of over eyeshadow palettes. Here are 14 excellent mono shadows to try instead.

Be honest… who only uses one or two shades in their expensive eyeshadow palette every damn time?

Us too, and it’s got us thinking there’s got to be a better way.

That better way is mono eyeshadows.

Small, efficient and (in most cases) cheap, we feel like single pot eyeshadows don’t get enough praise. Unlike lugging around your beautiful 20-shade eyeshadow palette, buying a mono shadow in the shade you reach for every morning saves much-needed real estate in your handbag/bathroom cabinet/work drawer.

But please, don’t mistake this for a boycott.

Do not, we repeat, do not burn your eyeshadow palettes. Decadent, luxurious eyeshadow palettes will always have their place, but perhaps that place isn’t in your already crammed everyday makeup bag.

Chuck one of these very excellent mono eyeshadows tried at tested by the Mamamia team in there instead.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Mono, $12.

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NARS Single Eyeshadow, $27.

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Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Illuminating Eye, $30.

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Boe Beauty Single Eyeshadow, $2.

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Nude by Nature Natural Illusion Pressed Eyeshadow, $8.99.

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Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow, $7.39.

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SAVVY Mineral Baked Highlighter Eyeshadow, $4.49.

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MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow, $33.

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OXX Eyeshadow Duo Palette, $2. (Technically a 'duo', but just as tiny as a mono.)

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Maybelline Color Sensational Mono Eyeshadow, $11.95.

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NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadows, $6.95.

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Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow, $52.

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Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow DS, $12.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow, $5.99.

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Do you have a go-to eye shadow colour or brand? Tell us your favourites in the comments.

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