The Best Glitter Eyeshadows Create a Quick and Easy Statement Eye

Swipe on the shimmer.

assortment of the best glitter eyeshadows including hourglass and stila
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For a decade of my life, I've worn exclusively glitter pigments. I love sparkles, but my reasoning is a bit more nuanced. There is no eyeshadow easier and more foolproof to apply than one of the best glitter eyeshadows. No makeup brushes are necessary; it’s just a little finger swipe for a quick and easy statement. And, so long as you pick the right product, there’s no fallout.

With my very vast knowledge of glitter application and an overflowing pile of shadows, I’ve compiled the crème de la crème of glitter eyeshadows for your shopping pleasure. From finger-friendly, densely packed cream eyeshadow pots that don't crease to sheerer liquids that allow you to swipe on a chunky, albeit translucent wash, here are the best glitter eyeshadows in the game.

The Best Glitter Eyeshadows

The Best Glitter Eyeshadows

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Beauty Editor Samantha Holender wearing Bodyography Glitter Pigment in shade Off the Cuff.

(Image credit: Samantha Holender)

Samantha Holender

Beauty Editor Samantha Holender wearing Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in shade Stellar.

(Image credit: Samantha Holender)

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What Size Glitter Is Best?

There’s nothing wrong with a metallic shadow, but when it comes to a true glitter shadow, you should be able to make out some separation in the flecks. “You want your product to be super pigmented and chunky,” says Williamson. It’s the differentiation between glitter specs that allows the shadow to catch the light.

What Texture Is Best for Glitter Eyeshadow?

You can’t go wrong with any texture, just know that the medium will alter the finish. “Liquid glitters space out a lot once you actually put it on your lid, so you have to do a lot of work to pack it on and actually get good coverage,” says Williamson. They can also double as eyeliner or a sparkly topper. Powders and creams, on the other hand, are best suited for a solid wash of color. “You can pick them up with a brush or your finger and it gives full coverage right away,” she adds.

Regardless of texture, make sure your product isn't too fast-drying. “You don't want something that's going to lock in place. Then, the next thing you know, your eye makeup is messed up, and you have to get micellar water," notes Williamson.

How to Apply Glitter Eyeshadow

The key to a fallout-free application is to start with a clean, no-fuss base. “Your lid naturally has a little bit of oil on it, so that's going to add to the grip of the glitter,” explains Williamson. “If you put down a powder first, you might get some fallout because it's not really sticking to your eyelid."

Once you open your pot or palette, pick up the glitter with your finger. "The warmth of my body melts the product into the skin," explains Gerstein. If a brush is more your speed, spray setting onto the bristles to help the glitter particles adhere. Should your glitter pigment be loose, Gerstein suggests mixing it with an emollient skincare formula, like the Revitalizing Eye Concentrate by Retrouvé.

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The Bodyography Glitter Pigments are available in over 20 shades.

(Image credit: Bodyography)

Where Do You Apply Glitter Eyeshadow?

Where you place your glitter eyeshadow is totally your call. You can layer different shades for a full glitter eye, place a little in the center of your lid, or dab some at the inner corner. “If you’re new to wearing glitter, I recommend picking it up on a really thin brush and apply it on top of your eyeliner,” advises Williamson. “It’s a fun way to add a little hint without being too intense."

Meet the Experts

Jonet Williamson

Jonet Williamson is a New York-based Pro Makeup Artist and Content Creator specializing in relatable beauty from a pro perspective. Her work has been featured in commercial campaigns for Dolce & Gabanna, Levis, L'Oreal, Shea Moisture, and more. If you follow her online you can expect to see lots of fresh skin, a vibrant use of color, striking graphic liner shapes, and soft glam looks fit for a red carpet.

suzy gerstein
Suzy Gerstein

Suzy Gerstein is a native New York. After spending. her junior year at Weslyn University in Madrid, she embraced makeup full time. Suzy finessed her technique and developed a distinctive style while assisting top makeup artists. Today, she is a sought-after celebrity makeup artist.

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.