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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.