- Best Glitter Eyeshadows
15 Glitter Eyeshadows That Add Serious Sparkle to Lids
There’s an unwritten rule that once you enter adulthood, glitter eyeshadow becomes a no-no. We simply can’t afford to resemble a walking disco ball whilst sat in the office or going about our grown-up duties.
That being said, if you’re a kid at heart (like us), then anything gold and shiny is worth fighting for. We wouldn’t say we’re an unruly bunch here at Cosmetify, but we definitely have a soft spot for glitter eyeshadows. Not only do they help draw attention to your eye colour, but they also add a little pizzaz to an everyday look – perfect for those desk-to-dancefloor evenings.
All in all, glitter eyeshadows don’t deserve the bad rap that they get. And we’re here to prove it. Keep scrolling for the best glitter eyeshadows that add serious sparkle to lids.
Let’s kickstart the round-up with one of the most sought-after liquid glitter eyeshadows. Stila really hit the nail on the head with this formula. The high-impact glitter spreads like butter with absolutely no fallout so that you can flaunt dazzling lids all day long. The jewel-inspired shade range means there’s an eyeshadow to suit every mood, style or occasion.
If you’re on a strict beauty budget, then e.l.f offer the ultimate dupe to the fan-fave Stila Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow. Coming in at just a fraction of the price, this gel-based eyeshadow is long-lasting, quick-drying and 100% eye-catching. Multi-dimensional glitters and pearls provide one-swipe coverage, meaning you can amp up any eye look in an instant.
Hourglass understood the assignment. The Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow is the definition of ‘glitter for grown-ups’. From the neutral shimmer shades to the infusion of light-reflecting pearls, this unique hybrid cream laces lids with a delicate glimmer that can be worn anytime, anyplace, from work to dinner dates.
Not one, not two, but four glitter eyeshadows that’ll take your makeup looks to new heights. Charlotte Tilbury provides all that you need to lay down a diamond-like, sparkling smoky eye. The powders glide over skin like silk and deliver a bejewelled finish that’s perfect for party season. Arriving in a selection of colourways, including the iconic Pillow Talk shade, this is a must-have for your collection.
Adding a little razzle-dazzle to your eyes has never been easier. These singular glitter eyeshadows from MAC give lids a 3D multidimensional, iridescent finish. With a cream-like texture, you can expect minimal fallout and dusting. Instead take your pick from a rainbow of sparkling shades and enhance peepers with a twinkling sheen.
Who knew that one singular eyeshadow could be supercharged with so much sparkle? The Moondust Eyeshadow from Urban Decay is a velvety vegan formula that provides lids with an ethereal shimmer. Expect no budging, smudging or fallout, as the colour stays put for up to 16 hours. Better still, an added dose of caffeine brightens tired eyes. With twelve out-of-this-world shades up for grabs, you can achieve mesmerising makeup looks throughout the week, and beyond.
Whether you tap this eyeshadow onto lids with fingertips or sweep it on with a brush, you can guarantee an impressive chrome finish. The hybrid cream powder is fuss-free and super easy to apply. Take your pick from the gold, bronze and rose gold hues and give your eyes a metallic makeover.
Glitter eyeshadow isn’t exclusively reserved for Christmas and fancy dress looks. The Foil Play Cream Pigment Eyeshadow proves that you can dress up lids with pearl-like pigments, all-year-round. This particular glitter eyeshadow boasts more of a foil finish for a muted metallic look, which is super on-trend right now. Indulge in the 12 vivid shades, which range from dirty gold to forest green and rusty red.
The shimmer show isn’t stopping anytime soon as we introduce you to Lime Crime Lid-Lite. Hyper-pigmented and super sparkly, this weightless formula adds a subtle shine to lids. Crease, fade and fallout-resistant, you’ll feel like an all-powerful pixie. The dinky-sized single shadow is perfect for touch ups on the go, especially if you want to transition from a day to nighttime gaze.
If you’re still learning the ropes when it comes to eye makeup, then this shadow stick from Laura Mercier is your cheat sheet to laying down a professional look. The creamy stick is packed with intense shimmer that lasts up to 12 hours. There’s no room for mess or mistakes as the stick seamlessly glides over lids, allowing you to smudge, blend, line, fill and define with ease.
This one-of-a-kind palette keeps all your favourite pots of glitz and glam in one safe and accessible place. With six loose glitter pigments to experiment with, you can pack on the sparkle, wherever, whenever. The bronze shades are perfect for soft and golden makeup looks, making this the perfect glitter eyeshadow palette for summer.
Get ready for peepers that pop! Ciaté serve up a marbled metallic eyeshadow that’s infused with ultra-fine, biodegradable glitter flecks for a show-stopping finish. The full-coverage topper can be layered on top of your favourite eye products to create a wet, dewy look that reflects the light.
Giving you way more bang for your buck is this glitter single eyeshadow from Wet N Wild. Spare some change and you won’t be disappointed, as the super-pigmented and ultra-smooth eyeshadow deposits a glitter that cannot go unnoticed. Not to mention, the iconic eyeshadow is enriched with vitamin E to moisturise and condition the skin for easy blending.
Natasha Denona presents a glitter-packed product that goes the extra mile. The Chroma Crystal Top Coat is formulated with pure pigment, crushed pearls and chroma crystals for a stunning shimmer effect. Leaving skin laced with a wet-look glass effect, it can be applied on top of eyeshadow as well as over lipstick.
No eyeshadow round-up is complete without a shoutout to Huda Beauty. This eyeshadow palette features 18 shades and five innovative textures; glitter being one of them, of course. Discover everything from high-shine metallics, multi-reflective marble cream shimmers, foil-effect glimmers and a never-seen-before sparkling gloss hybrid. If you love all things glitter, then this is the ultimate palette for you!
With so much shimmer and shine, it’s about time we got the party started! Pack these shadows onto your lids for an intense sparkle or dab them in your inner corner for a bright and beautiful finishing touch. With these glitter eyeshadows, there really are no rules.
If you’re on the hunt for more high-shine makeup, then don’t forget to check out The Highlighter Palettes Worth Splurging On.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.