Our Favorite Liquid Eyeshadows From the DrugstoreApril 17, 2020
Our WFH makeup motto is maximum payoff, minimal effort. If we’re being real with you, most days we’re foundation-free with our hair in a bun and rocking day-two pajamas. But when video calls pop up on the calendar, we have to pull ourselves (and our makeup) together. That’s where liquid eyeshadow — our quick, easy and affordable secret to looking glam — comes in. For this very reason, our liquid eyeshadow collection is extensive. From foiled to sparkly finishes, we’ve tried a bunch. And take it from us, a good liquid shadow doesn’t have to break the bank. Here,we’re rounding up all our under-$20 drugstore faves.
When in doubt, a shimmery shadow is the way to go. One swipe and your eye makeup is complete. We love that this eyeshadow gives us long-lasting sparkle (we’re talking 16 hours, you guys), is crease-free and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It dries down quickly and elevates our makeup look from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds.
When we go for glitter, we don’t mess around; a subtle shine simply won’t cut it. For high impact and major glam, NYX has our back. This liquid shadow is not only crazy affordable, but it also comes in eight stunning shades. Sport it solo or layer it on top of powder shadow to give your look an extra oomph.
Do you dread the midday touch up? Yea, same. That’s one of the reasons we’re obsessed with this liquid shadow from Maybelline. It stays on perfectly for up to 24 hours (trust us, we’ve tried it) and won’t smudge or crease. Plus, the doe foot applicator helps you get an even and smooth finish in just one swipe.
If you’re not quite ready to go with full-on glitter but still want a touch of sparkle on your eyelids, opt for this Milani shadow. It has a holographic finish and looks reflective without being too over the top. For a foiled finish, dab on two layers with your finger. If you want something a little more sheer, place some product on the back of your hand and apply it to your eye with a synthetic brush.
Glitter fallout can be a pain — it literally gets everywhere. But, with this liquid shadow, you’re able to get the glitter impact sans the annoyance. The gel-based formula dries down super quickly and is fallout-free. While one layer will give you pretty opaque coverage, feel free to pile on more — it’s buildable.
Amp up your conference call glamour with a quick swipe of this PIXI liquid shadow. The glimmer eyeshadow looks subtle yet shimmery and is formulated with nourishing ingredients like rose and chamomile flower extract.