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Top 10 Metallic Eyeshadows

Add Some Shimmer To Your Lids With Help From A Top-Rated Metallic Shadow

Add Some Shimmer To Your Lids With Help From A Top-Rated Metallic Shadow

The most glamorous, standout makeup looks tend to have one thing in common: plenty of shine. And the key to a high-shine makeup look is glitter or metallic eyeshadow. Metallic eyeshadows instantly add a glam factor to any eye look. The sparkle and shine draw attention to the eyes and make for a stunning finish, whether applied as a top layer or worn alone. Perfect for nights out on the town, special events, or even fun everyday looks (because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little glitter?), metallic eyeshadows should be a part of everyone’s makeup bag. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best metallic eyeshadows on the market. Loved for their high-impact shine, rich and pigmented shades, and long-lasting wear, these best-selling shadows are sure to stun no matter where your makeup look takes you. Shop the 10 best metallic eyeshadows to find your new favorite addition to your makeup bag. Opening image: @milkmakeup

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December 25, 2018

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The Rankings


Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow

Our Score

USERS SAID: “I have this shadow in three colors (sinful, grind, and poker face) and I love them all. The pigmentation is great, the formulation isn't powdery, and I have no trouble applying them with my brushes or my fingertips.”

LOVED FOR: Being easy to blend 


Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat

Our Score

HELPFUL TIP: There are many ways to use this shadow, including adding a sparkly layer on the lips.

BEST FOR: Add this to your eyes and your lips for an all-over shine, perfect for a night out. 


Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The seamless application that makes it easy to glide the shadow onto the lids

BEST FOR: Adding a splash of highly pigmented color


Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes

Our Score

USERS SAID: “Gorgeous. Easy to work with, rich in pigment and stays on.”

LOVED FOR: The natural and elegant shades 


MILK MAKEUP Eye Pigment

Our Score

BEST FOR: The tube applicator is easy to grab and go, making it ideal for touch ups while out and about.

HELPFUL TIP: A little goes a long way (and saves even more time!). 


Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Complete an elevated look with a swipe of intense shine from this glitter shadow.

USERS SAID: “WAY more stunning on the eyes than I imagined!!...Photos and hand swatches don’t do these justice...I gasped when I put this on my lids!!”


Giorgio Armani Eye Tint

Our Score

WHAT IT DOES: The unique liquid formula instantly solidifies, allowing the color to last on the eyes for up to 16 hours.

LOVED FOR: The long-lasting, smudge-free wear


Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Our Score

USERS SAID: “Extraordinary color and pigment—perhaps the best powder shadow I've ever used. Tons of compliments and I'm nearly 60!”

LOVED FOR: The subtle metallic shades and smooth feel


Maybelline New York Eyestudio ColorTattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow

Our Score

BEST FOR: The natural shades and subtle shine make this shadow ideal for everyday wear.

USERS SAID: “Been using this product forever! Works great as an eyeshadow base or eyeshadow alone. Stays on all day!”


stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: If you’re ready to make a high-shine statement with your makeup look, then this liquid glitter shadow is the one for you.

USERS SAID: “BEST GLITTER SHADOWS ON THE MARKET! I have five colors and all are gorgeous. Surprisingly blendable for a liquid and minimal fallout of the glitter, almost none.”

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