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If you’re anything like us, any kind of glitter makeup often elicits a Pavlovian-type response, triggering a flashback to our pre-teen days of early makeup experimentation. But in line with the heavy dose of all things nostalgia making a comeback, glitter eyeshadows are in again. They’re just upgraded and slightly more mature now. Finely-milled pigments make the shimmer factor sophisticated rather than garish, and today’s array of glittery palettes offer perfectly complementary shades that can easily be mixed and matched to create any kind of eye look. Plus, there’s no denying that a shimmery shadow is one of the easiest ways to instantly glam up an otherwise simple makeup look, ideal for going from day-to-night or for any kind of special occasion.
Ahead, the best glitter eyeshadow palettes to out there.
Best Overall: Chantecaille Polar Ice Palette
Nine cool-toned shades flatter all eye colors, with a combination of holographic, metallic, and radiant finishes that are easily mixed and matched. It strikes the perfect balance between offering options that are subdued and neutral enough for everyday wear, yet can still go much more dramatic when the occasion calls.
Best Budget: Lamora Pro Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Exposed
Sixteen gorgeous shimmery shadows for under $15—we’re no math wizards, but we’re going to go ahead and call that a major deal, particularly given that that high quality of this shadow rivals that of its much pricier counterparts. To really amp up the glittery look, apply an eyelid primer first or wet your brush slightly before packing on the pigment.
Best for Blue Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
Anytime a new Naked palette comes out (over 30 million have been sold!) we say it can’t get any better…and then it does. The latest version of the best-seller features 12 warm hues—luscious ambers, golds, honeys, and browns—all of which will make blue eyes stand out.
Best for Hazel Eyes: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Bold Glitter
Play with the gold, green, and brown tones in this palette to enhance the undertones in hazel eyes. Or, swipe on the glistening eggplant color to really make them pop. Either way, the pigment payoff and blendability can’t be beaten.
Best for Special Occasions: Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
Jewel tones are always a good way to step up your glam game when it comes to fashion, and the same applies to eye makeup. These nine chrome palettes offer just that, each one more striking than the next, the perfect way to add drama for any big night out. Choose from blues (Sapphire) to bright reds (Ruby) to greens (Emerald).
Best Bold: BH Cosmetics Aurora Lights Baked Eyeshadow Palette
Not only is glitter in, but bold (BOLD) color is trending, too. Here you get the best of both worlds via 18 electric hues. The first row features shades with a glitter finish, the second row with a foil finish, and the third row with a high impact color finish. The shadows are also long-wearing and can be used either wet or dry; the former pumps up the intensity of the pigment even more.
Best Splurge: Pat McGrath Mothership III Subversive Palette
From one of the reigning makeup artists of all time, this pricey palette is well worth the splurge, thanks to both the sophisticated shades and array of glistening and sparkly finishes with something to flatter any and every eye color and/or create any kind of eye look. Plus, the pans are bigger than in standard size palettes, ensuring your investment lasts for a quite a while.
Best Multi-Purpose: Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette
Not only does this big boy offer 35 shades (options, people, options), but they also come in an array of glittery finishes, ranging from metallic to frosted. There are even a few matte options, too; use those hues as a base, then pump up the sparkle with one of the glitters.
Best Cream: NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Goals Cream Quad Palette
With a creamy base, these four shades are perfect for swiping on with your fingers, not to mention are also ideal for use on the body (you know, for all the music festivals you’re going to). And while the luster factor is high here, the earth tones make them surprisingly wearable, even if you’re not attending Coachella.
Best Metallic: Jouer Making Magic Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette
With a super foiled finish, this offers a variety of takes on your standard gold, silver, and bronze shades, plus a few other jewel tone colors, too. Also nice: The palette comes with a glittery eye topper that can be used on its own or layered over another glitter shadow to really punch up the shine effect.
Best Holographic Finish: Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
Glitter doesn’t always have to be crazy intense; one of the easiest and more subdued ways to wear it is to opt for a holographic finish. This quad features pastel green, blue, pink, and purple, all with prismatic dimension that’s perfect for those who want to branch out beyond basic mattes, but may not feel comfortable with full-on glitter.
Best Drugstore: Covergirl Her Majesty Reign Eyeshadow Palette
Smooth and blendable, you can’t go wrong with these 12 shades that feature both shimmery and matte finish in an array of colors. Mix and match however you want, the options are endless. FYI, for best results, pat and press the glittery ones on, rather than sweeping them on with a brush.