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If the last time you put glitter on your face was when Britney Spears dominated your boombox and Limited Too ruled your life, you’ve been missing out. Today’s glitter eyeshadows are nothing like the chunky, gaudy versions of your childhood—they’re finely milled, elegantly formulated, and available in every level of glitz.

And to prove it to you, I’ve handpicked the five best glitter eyeshadows—and ranked them by intensity. I promise you won’t look like a Studio 54 reject. Yes, this is a brave, new world, and you’re about to make your sparkliest entrance since elementary school. Get ready to shine.

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Shadow in Plum, $29

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If the idea of applying, blending, and also wearing an eyeful of glitter still seems too intimidating, try this shimmery, eggplant-hued crayon, which has itty-bitty, barely-visible flecks of glitter. Scribble it over your lids and blend it out with your finger—it’s that easy.

Glitter Level: 2
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Marc Jacobs O!mega Gel Powder Eyeshadow in O!Yeah, $29

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Technically, this shadow is more shimmer than glitter, but when you’re working with a color as bold as this rich plum, subtlety is key. Use an eyeshadow brush to blend the gel-to-powder formula over your lids for a precise finish.

Glitter Level: 3
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Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Vivid Smoky Quartz, $24

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This serum-cream shadow dries down to a subtle glitter finish. Tap on one layer for a sheer, shimmery wash, or add several for an opaque, bold look.

Glitter Level: 4
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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Three’s a Cloud, $5

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Not only does this rich, amber shade look gorgeous on every single skin tone (seriously, from ultra-fair to deep), but its formula (a cult-favorite) also stays on all day long without creasing, smudging, or leaving little flecks of glitter under your eyes.

Glitter Level: 5
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Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in In the Woods, $8

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The easiest way to keep a smoky eye look from looking raccoon-like? Use a shadow packed with glitz, like this deep mauve shade, which uses tiny chunks of pink, white, and silver glitter to create extra depth and light.

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