Okay, before you imagine Christina Aguilera circa 2001, hear me out when I say that glitter eyeshadow is back with a maaaajor 2019 update. Yup, instead of the old-school, chunky formulas that looked like they escaped a kindergarten classroom, today's glitter eyeshadow has grown up into smooth, subtle, and freakishly pretty hues.
Don't believe me? Just take a peek at your Insta feed and you'll see celebs like Lily Collins, Priyanka Chopra, and Selena Gomez wearing the perfect flecks of glitter on their lids. Since I know you don't wanna be left behind on the trend, I went ahead and rounded up the 12 best glitter eyeshadows that real people can (and should) wear. Prepare to have your friends compliment—and copy—the heck out of your makeup.
Fallout is kinda unavoidable when you're working with glitter eyeshadow—unless you use this creamy, lightweight formula that dries down immediately. Layer it on for major color payoff, or blend a thin layer over your lids for a subtle wash of shimmer.
Light-reflecting pearls give this buildable formula its ridiculously pretty shimmer. No eyeshadow brush is required, either—just use your (clean) fingertips to layer the creamy, glittery shade along your eyelids, finishing off with a few coats of mascara.
One swipe of this wet-looking glitter eyeshadow leaves your lids with a ridiculously flattering wash of dark green. Throw on a nude lip, a set of fanned-out falsies, and call it a look.
Full disclosure: I fell in love with this glitter eyeshadow after a few glasses of wine (I wanted to switch up my going out look, okay?!). The reason? It's incredibly subtle—the crayon gives any boring, blah eye makeup a lil' something extra with very minimal effort. Just scribbled it over your lid and blend out with a brush our your finger.
Don't feel like spending your entire paycheck on glitter eyeshadow? I gotchu. This super-pigmented formula is really cheap without looking, well, cheap. Layer it over a matte eyeshadow at work, or wear it solo on a Friday night.
If bright hues aren't totally your jam, try this ~moody~ glitter eyeshadow. The soft, barely there shimmer will add a touch of brightness to your basic smokey-eye look.
This glitter eyeshadow is pretty much the best of both worlds: It's really bold and pigmented, but it's also super wearable, thanks to the fact that its flecks of glitter are itty-bitty small. You'll know it's filled with glitter, but everyone else? They'll just see the ultra-flattering and shimmery purple hue.
Stupid-cute packaging aside, this liquid eyeshadow offers a subtle approach to glitter that even skeptics will love. The lightweight, jelly-like texture feels super comfortable on your lids, too—meaning no cracking or flaking or ugh-I-know-it's-there vibes an hour into wearing it.
This cult-favorite glitter eyeshadow gives you two perfectly pigmented hues in one convenient lil' package. Wear them on their own, or blend 'em together for a softer, milkier shade—the world is your (beauty) oyster.
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Soft, minimalist eyeshadow is pretty and all, but also...meh? Have some fun and pack on the color with this super-glitzy blue, which has an opaque cream shadow on one end, and a glittery gel on the other end. Cover your lid with both, or line your upper and lower lashes with just the glitter for a shimmery cat-eye effect.
Worried glitter might be a little too extra for your vibe? Sweep this creamy iridescent shadow across your lids for the softest peachy shimmer. The antioxidant-rich formula feels so lightweight on your lids, and it won't crease or slide(even during the hot, sweaty summer).
Don't be turned off by the steep price tag—this lavender glitter eyeshadow is so freakin' worth it. A couple layers give your lids just enough color to earn you a double take when you roll up to the pregame.