Powder Eyeshadows $10 & Under | 2016 Editor's Favorites

Top 16 of 2016: Powder Eyeshadows $10 & Under

You definitely don’t have to splash out to get a quality eyeshadow, even when you’re buying shades individually! (This is especially true with more shimmery formulas.) Normally, I use $15 as my marker being budget-friendly and higher-end, but for single eyeshadows, I felt like the $10 mark was more appropriate. It’s great to see more brands using more cream-like powder formulas, which seem to yield great adhesion to the lid (even without primer) along with intense pigmentation!

What were your favorites?

01.

01. Yas! City Color Shimmer Shadow

City Color Shimmer Shadow

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A+

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a...

City Color Yas! Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a...

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely...

City Color All Eyes On Me Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark tuape brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was intensely...

04.
A

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth...

City Color Black Widow Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a dark black with a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth...

05.
A

Makeup Geek Take Two Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a nearly metallic sheen. It was...

Makeup Geek Take Two Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a nearly metallic sheen. It was...

06.

06. Bake Sale Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

DCDiscontinued. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft,...

Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft,...

07.
A

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully...

City Color Evergreen Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fully...

08.

08. Cleo City Color Shimmer Shadow

City Color Shimmer Shadow

PPermanent. $6.99/0.13 oz.

A

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very...

City Color Cleo Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.129 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was very, very...

09.
A-

Coloured Raine Side of Olives Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium olive green with warm, olive undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. The...

Coloured Raine Side of Olives Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium olive green with warm, olive undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. The...

10.
A-

Makeup Geek Sorcery Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, bluish gray with cooler undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly...

Makeup Geek Sorcery Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark, bluish gray with cooler undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly...

12.

12. Faux Fur Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

DCDiscontinued. $6.00/0.06 oz.

A-

Makeup Geek Faux Fur Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was...

Makeup Geek Faux Fur Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was...

13.
A-

Coloured Raine Unexpected Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark jade green with subtle, cooler undertones and a warmer, golden sheen. It had...

Coloured Raine Unexpected Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.064 oz.) is a dark jade green with subtle, cooler undertones and a warmer, golden sheen. It had...

14.
A-

Makeup Geek Legend Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orangey undertones and a metallic sheen. ...

Makeup Geek Legend Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark coppery brown with warm, orangey undertones and a metallic sheen. ...

Makeup Geek Curtain Call Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. The...

Makeup Geek Curtain Call Foiled Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.064 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. The...

16.
B+

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish. The texture was...

City Color Hint of Mint Shimmer Shadow ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium green with warm, golden shimmer and a metallic finish. The texture was...

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Looks like I need to catch up! I will likely go for Coloured Raine and MUG Foiled first. Both have such unique shades for budget brands. I also am loving that Sephora Don’t Get Me Wrong eyeshadow, too! An added plus is that I don’t have to order it.
My only budget eyeshadow single discovery this year came in an Ipsy bag: Nyx Prismatic Fireball. Oh my, what a beauty!

Oh yes, nice to see the City Color Shimmer Shadows on this list! For me, Hint of Mint always gets lots of love in spring and Evergreen is beautiful. Also love U Jelly, very versatile color. Nice to see Sephora on this list. And my first MUG order is coming some day, so the only brand I haven’t tried is Coloured Raine, a situation that must be rectified in 2017!

I’m glad they expanded the range this year, too! The formula is a winner for sure.

Keep us posted on how you like your MUG goodies!

Sephora’s Be on the A List predates 2016…I’ve had it for a few years (and really like it). But they’re the only shadows on my “under 10 dollars (well, I think they’re 12 here in Canada) shadows and the 2 that I think are new this year (maybe) are Secret Keeper (it’s a beauty) and Cashmere Coat, which I got as a dupe for the one shadow that I seriously wanted from that Nars Give In Take palette. I think those are the only “budget” shadows I’ve bought this year (mind you, I’m thinking that the MAC Pro Pans now fit into that category!)

Christina….do you find that the palette’s are just as good? I went to the site through you affiliate link – and I was just wondering? Have you tested any of the palette’s? It’s just usually such a better value….. They’re a better value, but not always the same quality.

Hi Gina,

I’m not sure what palettes you are referring to? This post is about single eyeshadows, and there are several brands featured, so I’m not sure what product(s) you’re asking about!

Sorry hon – I was asking about the Coloured Raine but I see you did review the one palette that they do have. My mistake hon – thanks for getting back to me even though I goofed!!!

Gina

I own one of those Shimmer Shadows from City Color and I love the way it performs. I will have to check out the colors on this list! Coloured Raine shadows are definitely my favorite this year.

Trecee

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