For someone who loves watching countless hours of makeup tutorials on YouTube, reading product reviews like a novel, and stalking the new arrivals page on Sephora, I also value an easy, under-five-minute makeup look. Sure, some mornings I wake up craving a complicated cut-crease using multiple shades, but that’s not to say that I don't value a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning. So, come July, I'll gravitate toward summer eye makeup products that make me look pulled together — without having to set an alarm at an ungodly hour.
I'm a firm believer that a strong eye is the most crucial part of your whole makeup look, and using one single shadow that can quickly create a stunning lid can’t be beat. However, there are a few factors to consider, including finish and texture. Though I've grown to lean toward liquid-based shadows, I've tested every type on the market.
I’ll start by also pointing out that I love glitter... like, really love glitter. I'm the girl you see at the supermarket with the shadow and highlight you can spot all the way from the produce aisle. And out of all the glitter shadows I own, there’s one that I get endless compliments on — Glossier Play’s Glitter Gelée.
Ever contemplate what life was before you discovered a product? That’s exactly how I feel towards this baby. It takes roughly two seconds apply, especially since I simply use my pointer finger and dab a tiny bit directly onto my lids. In an instant, I look so cool and put together. And unlike some sparkly eye products I’ve tried, this one isn’t sticky and uncomfortable — two very important factors for whatever finish or look I'm going for.
To help you understand my love for this glittery gem, ahead my tried-and-true pick, as well as several other worthy options to get you glowing as well.
Before I discovered Glitter Gelée, this was my all-time favorite glitter shadow. The bond is still strong, too. It comes in just about every shade you can imagine, but the one I always reach for is Ballet Baby, a soft pink. On those mornings where I have exactly two minutes to get myself together, I'll quickly swipe this over my lids for an all-over finish. When I want a more detailed eye, I layer this over other shadows to give my eyes some shimmer.
I'm not much of a no-makeup makeup girl, but on days I want to keep my look low-key, I gravitate toward this sheer liquid shadow from Sephora Collection. The finish is noticeable, but subtle enough for those who aren't into a flashy eye.
If you love the idea of an intense shimmery lid but are a tad apprehensive, start out with Glossier's Lidstar. The liquid eye shadow creates a subtle glow and lasts all day. If you aren't sold yet, the Instagrammable packaging could be your deciding factor.
”Could it be magic?” the description on the website asks. I'd say yes, as I'm mystified by the numerous ways to wear all four shades — the possibilities are endless.
This cream-based shadow spreads over my lids like butter. It also gives off a gorgeous color payoff, and for only $8, you can treat yourself to a couple of options. Bonus: It's waterproof, making it a must for beach and pool days.
A little goes a long way with this cream shadow. I've had mine for ages, and it still looks like I barely made a dent. And when I do wear it, it stays put all day long. It comes in three different shades, but I've always stuck to Bette (amber-gold), which complements my blue eyes.
I like to mix Moonlight (a metallic champagne beige) and Sand Glow (a soft bronze shimmer), but both are beautiful when worn alone, too.
I contemplated buying this eye shadow stick for weeks when I was in high school, because $28 was a splurge for me. Years later, it's still worth the investment. On The Verge gives my eyes the perfect pastel pop of color, ideal for the spring and summer months.
I may wear glitter on my eyes most days, but I still appreciate a good matte moment. These single eye shadows blend beautifully with others, but the colors are pigmented enough to be worn alone. Out of all the different shades available, my go-to is Omega (a soft muted beige taupe). For nights out when I want a darker eye, I use this shade all over my lids and finish off with inky black liner.
This product is a bit sentimental for me, as my friend gifted it to me for my 16th birthday. It was good enough to carry into my twenties, though. The champagne pigment looks stunning on its own or teamed with other brown shades. It's also gorgeous when applied to the corners of your eyes and brow bone for that extra bit of highlight.