Welcome to the liquid eyeshadow revival. Once overshadowed by a constant stream of eye palette launches, the fluid, one-swipe version of eyeshadow is finally having its moment in the spotlight. You could track it to how monochromatic eye looks have been trending (so, why buy a giant palette?), or how popular watercolor and all-over lid looks have been at recent fashion months (so, who needs brushes?). But whatever or whoever you pin the renaissance on, one thing remains the same: it's time to start investing in the
best liquid eyeshadows. Read more: The 35 Best Eyeshadow Palettes Of All Time, According To Passionate Reviewers
If you haven't already. There's been a wave of newer releases in the field;
The Lip Bar's Quick Lid, ONE/SIZE's Eye Popper Sparkle Vision, and Dominique Cosmetics' Beautiful Mess eyeshadows all have debuted this year. Meanwhile, longtime liquid eyeshadow aficionados — such as Armani Beauty and Stila — continue to lead the pack, showing that it doesn't take five shades and even more brushes to create a gorgeous eye look.
And that's music to anyone's ears. Below, the very best liquid eyeshadows for every budget.
We only include products that have been independently selected by TZR's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow
You can't discuss the best liquid eyeshadows without
Armani Beauty's iconic Eye Tint. Yes, it's $30 a pop, but the formula is so worth it — the unique matte nudes in particular. The Lip Bar Vegan Quick Lid One Swipe Liquid Eyeshadow The Lip Bar's makeup products are famously easy to use, but don't let that trick you into thinking the brand is only into everyday colors. This frosty silver brings the drama when paired with dark lashes and liner. Dominique Cosmetics Beautiful Mess Liquid Eyeshadow
Certain eyeshadows — which will remain unnamed — look much prettier in a pan or tube than they do on your lid. Dominique Cosmetics'
Beautiful Mess Liquid Eyeshadow isn't one of those. The stunning shade range, packed with shimmers and multi-chrome, is even prettier when applied to skin. Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow
Kosas' clean, blendable formula puts the "liquid" back into
liquid eyeshadow. You only need a few pats of the water-based formula on your lid for a subtle sheen of color (though no one's stopping you from building the shimmer up). Stila Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow Stila's liquid eyeshadow line is expansive — the brand really puts the time and effort into the product that others pour exclusively into palettes. For matte lovers, though, the Suede Shades are a must. MAC Cosmetics Dazzleshadow Liquid MAC's Dazzleshow eyeshadow throws subtlety out the window. It's opaque, long-wearing, and incredibly shiny, for nights when turning in before midnight isn't an option. Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Flush in Sweet Nectar
Unsurprisingly, Danessa Myricks Beauty — created by the makeup artist and photographer Danessa Myricks — specializes in artistry-forward multipurpose pigments. Use
Vision Flush as a monochromatic wash across your lids, or as color for your lips and cheeks. ONE/SIZE Eye Popper Sparkle Vision Liquid Eyeshadow
In the words of the great will.i.am:
ONE/SIZE's liquid eyeshadow brings the action. Think of this one like loose glitter pigment in an easier-to-use tube; although the formula is different, the can't-miss-it impact is the same. Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow
Affordable and completely hypoallergenic,
Almay's cream eyeshadow is wrapped up in this painterly tube. So, instead of using (and reusing) a doe-foot applicator, just apply with a brush. Or, you know, fingers work too. Joséphine Cosmetics Eye/Dazzle Natural Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow
For those with sensitive skin,
ultra-sparkly liquid eyeshadow might sound like an instant pass — but Joséphine Cosmetics' natural-leaning formula makes it more accessible. The pigment is super glam, while the base itself offers green tea extract and shea butter. e.l.f. Cosmetics Retro Paradise Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow
Wielding long, lofty eyeshadow applicators is a special skill, and you might've realized it's definitely not for you. If so, try out
e.l.f.'s liquid eyeshadow instead. The whole component is on the smaller side, so it fits easily in your hand. L'Oréal Paris Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup
Naturally, a major player like L'Oréal has basically perfected the
liquid eyeshadow formula: This one boasts a 16-hour wear time, plus a crease-resistant, transfer-proof, and non-greasy formula. Perricone MD No Makeup Eyeshadow
More skin care than makeup, Perricone MD's genius
No Makeup Eyeshadow does the heavy lifting of eyeshadow — evening skin tone and texture — without, well, eyeshadow. Technically. (The slight pearly finish wins it a spot on this list.) Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Seaglass Eyeshadow
Inspired by the look of sea glass, these unique shades are half shimmer, half metallic. Swipe it on in the morning, then go about your day; the
long-lasting formula won't budge or vanish into thin air. Glam Attack Liquid Shimmer Powder
Although they typically dry down like any other liquid products, some non-traditional eyeshadows can end up looking extra creamy on your lid.
Haus Labs' Glam Attack is created to look like a powder after application — though it's just as effortless as any other liquid product. Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Eyeshadow
Metallic and multi-chromatic, the
Chromium Liquid Eyeshadow is for the bold. The colors shift between golds, purples, and oranges, depending on how the light hits your lids. Tom Ford Beauty Extreme Lid Lacquer Eyeshadow
Think you can't make a
smoked-out eye with liquid eyeshadow? Think again. In typical Tom Ford fashion, this one-of-a-kind formula is super sultry, high quality, and luxuriously glossy. Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow
Wander Beauty's eyeshadow as highlighter for your eyes. Available in an array of metal tones, you can also swipe this shimmery pigment on your cheeks as a literal highlight. PYT Beauty Glam Glitter Gel
PYT Beauty Glam Glitter Gel is for the major clean beauty fans. It's cruelty-free and vegan, and made without microplastics, parabens, and silicones. Too Faced Melted Chocolate Eye Shadow
While liquid eyeshadow is a way to experiment with colors — there are a
lot to choose from — Too Faced's Melted Chocolate shadow collection is about simple shades. Nudes, pinks, and berry-mauves round out the range. Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Liquid Eye Shadow
One of the most important attributes of a good liquid eyeshadow is vibrant pigment and Huda Beauty’s two-in-one liquid eyeshadow boasts high pigmentation and easy application. Whether your look calls for a Matte or shimmery eye lid, the Double Ended Liquid Eye Shadow meets both needs with precision from the paintbrush-like applicator.
For those who lean more minimalist, a sheer veil of color on the lid is the way to go when considering a liquid eyeshadow. Glossier’s Lidstar comes in 8 shades that pack a barely-there punch of pigment — perfect for an everyday look.
Laura Mercier Caviar Chrome Veil
This eyeshadow is as luxe as its name suggests. This long-wearing high shimmer liquid eye shadow delivers a lustrous shine with a sheer to medium finish and six different shades to choose from including dark olive green and an opalescent shimmering white.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Liquid Eyeshadow
This gem from Selena Gomez’s brand boasts a weightless, liquid-to-powder formula that won’t crease or fade throughout the day.
ILIA Liquid Powder Chromatic Eye Tint
Want to get the ultra-trendy finger paint makeup look? This water-based eyeshadow is perfect for just that.
Lime Crime Diamond Dew Liquid Eyeshadow
Want a glittery eye look without the mess and fallout? This creamy, smudge-proof find is for you.
Smith & Cult Glitterbaby Metallic-Shift Eyeshadow
Perfect for a high-octane look, this bold and bright blue will make a statement no matter what.
Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Jelly Eyeshadow
This rich purple hue is great for a sultry date night look.
Pixi by Petra EyeLift Max Eyeshadow
This pigmented formula delivers rich color in one swipe.
Jason Wu Beauty Celestial Lust Glitter Cream Shadow
Try this shimmering shadow alone or on top of your favorite neutral hue to make it pop.
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This article was originally published on
Aug. 29, 2020