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8 Tried-and-Tested Glitter Eyeshadows for Maximum Sparkle

Because your eyes deserve some drama.

By: Hannah Baxter

I like to consider myself somewhat of a glitter aficionado. Back when I was bartending on the regular, my makeup of choice always revolved around some combination of fluffy lashes, winged liner, and lots and lots of sparkle. Even now, as an editor, my morning beauty routine post-skin-care typically incorporates a quick swipe of iridescent eyeshadow across my eyelids. It’s high-impact and almost always garners some sort of gleeful reaction from whomever I meet that day. Plus, it lights up your face when you’re positively exhausted. Beauty hacks for the win.

If you, too, struggle with giving yourself enough time in the morning (night owls, where you at?) to apply a full face of makeup, consider joining team daytime glitter. Or at least embrace a sparkly eye for an evening out on the town. You’ll never be disappointed. Check out my eight favorite tried-and-tested glitter eyeshadows below!


Lemonhead LA Spacepaste, $22

Ask any beauty editor what the gold standard in glitter makeup is, and they’ll inevitably say Lemonhead Spacepaste. Their entire business is glitter, so they know what they’re doing.

Pat McGrath Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette, $125

Expensive? Yes. Worth it? A hundred percent. I wear VR Fire Opal at least three times a week.

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24

Liquid formulas guarantee you won’t have any runaway sparkles. I prefer this for the corners of my eyes and beneath my brow bone.

Makeup Forever Star Lit Diamond Powder, $26

High-impact color that won’t budge throughout the day.

Danessa Myricks Enlight Illuminator, $20

While technically not eyeshadow, I add this on top of a corresponding powder shadow for a pop of iridescent shimmer.

Ciaté London’s Glitter Storm Eye Shadow Palette, $30

If you’re not sure if you want a subtle shimmer or a glimmer-to-the-gods moment, this is the palette for you.

BH Cosmetics Glitter Collection, $7

This is the glitter of choice for every club bartender and bottle waitress in New York. It’s inexpensive, has maximum sparkle, and is great for brushing across your entire body.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow, $29

This cream-meets-powder formula guarantees long wear, and the finish is the stuff of sparkly dreams.