Trust Us—We Tested Them: These Are the 8 Best Liquid Eyeshadows

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When it comes to choosing an eyeshadow, there's a lot to consider. There's the finish (are you looking for a matte, cream, or shimmer?), the texture, the hold, and so on. It's tough, and the decision is made even tougher when you're purchasing a product online. So we decided to whittle down the choices for you. We tried dozens of liquid eyeshadows and narrowed down the options to just a few really special picks.

So whether you're looking for sparkles and holographic formulas or subtle nudes and champagne shimmers, we have your next favorite liquid eyeshadow.

Below, check out our favorite liquid eyeshadows so you can find yours.

Best Overall: Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

STILA Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

When discussing liquid eyeshadows, there's one sparkly, glowy, long-wearing product that reigns supreme—Stila's Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow and Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. These pocket-sized tubes are offered in every color you could ever want—from classic metallics to iridescent purple and rose gold.

Best Drugstore: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Eyeshadow

Saturate your lids in liquid metallic shades for an exciting drugstore price. All you have to do is glide the doe-foot applicator over your lid for a shockingly easy and precise application.

Best Gold: Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow

With a range of five different glistening shades, this eyeshadow formula is bound to leave your lids glowing. For those who like going for the gold, there are four different golden options to choose one, and one moody purple shade for your edgier side.

Best Long Wear: Armani Beauty Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow

giorgio armani liquid tint eyeshadow

A favorite of one of our editor's, this long-lasting, tinted formula gives off a beautiful color payoff and easily blends for a smooth application. You can go for a shimmer or matte finish with colors like Jade, Leather Smoke, and Copper.

Best Matte: Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Mattish Liquid Eyeshadow

TIS Mattish

Touch in Sol's Mattish shadow is extra in all the best ways. It's even fortified with hyaluronic acid for a lightweight, hydrating finish.

Best Bronze: Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow

wander beauty exquisite eye liquid shadow

Wander Beauty's portable, silky eyeshadow is formulated with green tea, aloe, and a blend of vitamins C and E which claim to soothe and condition your lids as you wear it. It's offered in bronze and champagne shades for an easy-to-wear (and easy-to-apply) eye look.

Best Multi-Use: Cover FX Shimmer Veil

Cover Fx Shimmer Veil

We're in love with this shimmering cream color with a truly weightless finish. You can put it anywhere on your face, but we're partial to a wash over your lids.

Best Metallic: Yves Saint Laurent Full Metal Liquid Eyeshadow

yves saint laurent full metal shadow

Choose from opulent jewel-tone shades that won't crease, flake, or fade—no matter the occasion. This formula is created with 40% water for a cooling effect and an intense color payoff.

What to Look For in Liquid Eyeshadows


Opt for a long-wearing formula that you can easily throw into your crowded makeup bag. It'll be great when you head on vacation since it'll save tons of space and will only require slight touch-ups.


Deciding between a matte and shimmery eyeshadow is a matter of personal preference. However, shimmer or glitter shades tend to work better on top of other eyeshadows whereas mattes can easily be worn alone (or in conjunction with a shimmer shade).


Since liquid eyeshadows tend to come in individual packaging, selecting a shade that you truly adore is crucial. Ask to swatch the color before you purchase.

  • How do you apply liquid eyeshadow?

    Swipe it on with your finger or an eyeshadow brush, depending on your preference. You may also want to use an eyeshadow primer, especially if the formula isn't long-wearing.

  • How long does it take liquid eyeshadow to dry?

    Each eyeshadow takes a different amount of time to dry. However, many of them take between 15-20 seconds.

  • How do you keep liquid eyeshadow from creasing?

    To avoid creasing, apply an eyeshadow primer underneath your liquid eyeshadow. A light swipe of translucent powder over the eyeshadow may also help prevent it from creasing, too.

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