The Best Sparkling Eye Shadows

Sparkling eye shadow can range from shimmer to glitter.

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There's nothing quite like a sparkling eye shadow to lift your mood. A little shimmer can make you feel as if you're the belle of the ball -- even if the ball is the break room at work. Sparkling eye shadows come in a range of finishes, are less expensive than a bottle of champagne and just as festive; so grab a mesmerizing metallic, glam glitter or subtle shimmer shadow, and shine like you mean it.

About Sparkling Eyeshadows

Sparkling eye shadows come in three basic finishes: subtly sexy shimmer, bold glitter and reflective metallics. If you're going to experiment with these shadows, start with a good eyelid primer. Nothing is more frustrating than doing a gorgeous sparkling eye, only to look in the mirror a couple hours later and find that your shadow has migrated to your cheeks and chin. Definitely not the sophisticated look you're going for.

Best Shimmer Shadows

If you're just venturing into sparkle, start with a shimmer eye shadow. Also referred to as frost or pearl, shimmer shadows have very small light-reflecting particles and tend to stay where you put them. They're also appropriate for day, and can be a nice change from matte and opaque shadows. Urban Decay, Revlon Luxurious Color Perle Eye Shadow and Stila are extremely popular and affordable options. If you gravitate toward high-end makeup lines, try Dior or Shiseido eye shadows for a soft, luminous glow.

Best Glitter Shadows

Glitter shadows usually come in fun colors spiked with large flecks of opalescent, silver or gold glitter. Glitter shadows are most appropriate for night or festive casual occasions like a party, summer picnic or happy-hour club-hopping. Urban Decay tops best-seller lists as a line with an insane range of colors, great staying power and descriptions that let you know whether you're choosing a warm gold cool silver or multi-colored opalescent glitter. Make Up For Ever's Diamond Shadow, Bobbi Brown and Target's Sonia Kashuk Showstoppers Eye Shadow Quad are also best bets in this category.

Best Metallic Shadows

A metallic eye shadow is an easy way to get lots of drama with one sweep of a brush or even your fingertips. Cream metallics like Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre and Bare Escentuals High Shine Eye Color can be applied with a fingertip or wand and blend easily. If you prefer powder, try L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow. Metallic shadows can be appropriate for day or evening. Try gold or bronze for a pretty daytime shine, and silver or steel for evening attitude.

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