19 Glitter Eyeshadows to Try When You Can’t Get Enough SparkleJuly 17, 2023
Glitter eyeshadow is an easy way to up the glamour and whimsy of any makeup look, whether you opt for a sheer wash of shimmer on lids or sequin-like shine in your inner corners. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out, packing your makeup bag for a music festival or just looking for a fun way to add a little flair to your everyday makeup routine, you’re sure to fall in love with the 19 glitter eyeshadow picks below.
How to Apply Glitter Eyeshadow
For maximum sparkle, a few key application moves will give you the best payoff and help your glitter last, too. We recommend priming your lids with an eyeshadow primer, such as the NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer or their Ultimate Shadow and Liner Primer (both are 30% off between 7/16 and 7/18 for the brand’s Primer Day Sale). Using a primer will intensify the color and shine of your glitter eyeshadow, prevent glitter fallout and help it last longer.
To apply the glitter eyeshadow, we recommend packing on the color with a flat, dense eyeshadow brush or a clean finger for a saturated look. Apply it anywhere you’re looking to add extra brightness and shine to your eye area, such as the inner corners of eyes, lash lines, or the center of lids.
The Best Glitter Eyeshadows
If you ask beauty lovers on TikTok, this is the glitter eyeshadow of the moment. From the viral champagne shade Space Cowboy to fan-faves Solstice, a duochrome red with green sparkles and Cosmo, a sheer snowy white, you’ll be tempted to collect every shade in the collection.
These multi-use eye sticks come in five shimmery shades, from understated neutrals to a dreamy purple and smoky olive green. We love the easy-to-apply crayon format and the water-resistant, 24-hour-wear formula.
Dust your lids in diamond-level shine with these fallout-free, ultra-reflective shadows. Available in four shades (silver, rose gold, forest green and icy blue), the cream formula glides on like velvet and is packed with pigment.
These shimmery liquid eyeshadows are unfailingly pigmented, easy to apply and long-lasting, offering up to 12 hours of wear. You can find them in a range of 22 shades, from bright, flashy hues to soft and subtle neutrals, for only $11 each.
Use this liquid shadow’s doe-foot applicator to quickly and easily swipe on shine and color. Each of the blindingly metallic shades is crease-resistant, flake-proof and gives you up to 16 hours of wear.
As one reviewer says, these glitter eyeshadows from YSL Beauty are like “magic.” While they’re technically a powder, they’re so soft and richly pigmented that they go on as smoothly as a cream eyeshadow.
Our editors fell in love with the long-lasting colors and pearly, reflective sheen of these liquid eyeshadows. While they’re not the most sparkly of the bunch, the metallic shades are perfect for adding some subtly reflective shine to your look.
These vegan, cruelty-free chunky glitters come in a range of shapes, sizes and colors to customize your makeup look. We’re a fan of the containers, which feature a small hole sifter to help minimize mess.
These shimmery, smudge-proof eye paints are perfect for an all-over wash of shadow or as eyeliner. You can find them in eight dreamy shades, from pastel pink and periwinkle to a shimmery champagne flecked with blue reflects.
For eyes that rival a starry sky, look to these mega-glitter shadows. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free and delivers bold, eye-catching color without any fallout.
This adorable three-powder stack features an eye, face and body shimmer for an all-over gleam. You’ll find the upper shade packs the most sparkle, while the bottom two hues provide a more subtle twinkle.