Top 10 Eye Glosses and Glitter Shadows

Glam Up Your Eye Look With One Of These Glossy, Glittery Products

Glam Up Your Eye Look With One Of These Glossy, Glittery Products

A glossy lid looks excellent when featured in a magazine fashion spread, but how do you manage to keep that look in place in the real world? Glad you asked: with the Top 10 eye glosses and shadows that follow! Yes, we did indeed source a few actual glosses, but they're so expertly formulated you will hardly remember that you're wearing them. And for those who just can't stand to have anything the slightest bit sticky on their face, we've found the coolest creamy eye shadows that dry down into a powder but still look like they're dripping in shimmer. Layer a few of them together for a multidimensional work or keep it monochromatic. Either way, you'll definitely stand out against the crowd and catch others' eyes thanks to the sparkle on yours. Dare we say you'll look like you stepped out of the pages of that magazine. Opening image: @butterLONDON

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April 2, 2019

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MAKE Cosmetics Face Gloss
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MAKE Cosmetics Face Gloss

BEST FOR: Sensitive eyes will appreciate that this formula is paraben-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free, oil-free, and talc-free.

HELPFUL TIP: To use this gloss, apply with fingertips or brush and pat repeatedly on desired areas.

Smashbox Gloss Angeles Extra Shine Lip Gloss

LOVED FOR: You won't feel tacky and like fly paper with this gloss, which has a serum-like finish.

WHAT IT DOES: It adds light-refracting shine to bare lids or over your shadows, delivering mirror-like shine wherever you apply it.

Colourpop We Jammin' Jelly Much Shadow

LOVED FOR: Believe it or not, this glittery shadow dries down to a powder finish.

USERS SAID: "The pigment is so beautiful, and I love how fast it dries into a powder feel. I was really worried it would be wet for ages or stop me from being able to apply eyeliner, but I had no problem whatsoever."

Glossier Glitter Gelée

WHAT IT DOES: A transparent gel base keeps these flecks of glitter in place wherever you apply them—with zero fallout.

USERS SAID: "It's buildable and it dries down really well. I often have issues with smudging or flaking with similar products, and the glitter gelee does none of that."

Cover FX Shimmer Veil

LOVED FOR: This weightless cream texture is buildable, allowing for everything from a slight shimmer to major payout as you layer on.

USERS SAID: "Wow! I'm hooked. I need every single shade! It didn't crease, crack, fade, or flake. I wore this all day long from 9am til 11pm."

Lemonhead LA Spacejam

ABOUT THE BRAND: Lemonhead LA founder teamed up to create an exclusive shade for ultra-luxe beauty depot, Violet Grey, inspired by Violet Grey's Los Angeles boutique on Melrose Place.

HELPFUL TIP: Apply with a flat synthetic brush for best results, and don't be afraid to over-apply and remove everything other than what you want to be left with.

Laura Mercier Caviar Chrome Veil Liquid Eye Shadow

USERS SAID: "I absolutely love these stunning colors. I purchased all three. I use them as an eyeliner, a highlighter, and just by themselves. Another must from Laura!"

LOVED FOR: This liquid eye color dries down to be transfer-proof yet still retains that wet look.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream

HELPFUL TIP: This cream is perfect for adding shine to more than just your eyes—mix Strobe Cream with your favorite liquid or cream foundation for an all-over natural glow. 

WHAT IT DOES: Not glittery or over the top, this cream will give you a "lit from within" look without any tell-tale signs. 

stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

LOVED FOR: Look no further than these gems for maxed out, super sparkly shimmer in a wide variety of shades. 

USERS SAID: "I own 8 shades of this because I love it so much! They are super vibrant and have extremely good coverage and staying power."

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss

WHAT IT DOES: This playful, pudding-like texture applies like a gel, but dries like a powder and lasts all day.

HELPFUL TIP: Start in the inner corner of the eyelid and blend outwards. For a high-metallic finish, add a second layer of color.

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