I love glitter as much as the next person. But I know glitter can be a pain in the ass. Not only that but for some reason, it’s been labeled as ‘childish’ or ‘young’.
And while I don’t think makeup should have an age limit, I recognize glitter can sometimes look ‘young’ and ‘childish’. Now, that doesn’t mean you should stop wearing glitter after a certain age. It means you just have to find alternatives!
Queue grown-up glitter.
Grown-up glitter has become quite a concept in the past year or so. It’s a very literal term. It’s everything you love about glitter, but more refined and less messy. A more mature version of glitter.
If you’re just learning about this or you haven’t tried grown-up glitter, you’re gonna love this post! I’ve compiled a bunch of my favorite products to achieve the grown-up glitter look and I wanna share them with you!
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows
This product changed the glitter game for sure. It offered us an alternative for chunky, messy glitter.
The applicator makes it super easy to use. No mess or fallout whatsoever. These can get intense but they’re very easy to tone down as well. You can use them by themselves or on top of other shadows to make them pop. They’re also extremely long-lasting so you don’t have to worry about having glitter all over your face.
Bodyography Glitter Pigments
This formula is one of my personal faves! It is more subdued than the Stila one, but it still packs on the shimmer. Very finely milled though.
These come in a beautiful selection of colors, ranging from neutrals to jewel tones. So there’s something for everyone. I recommend applying them with the fingers for maximum payoff but they also apply well with a brush and they’re easy to blend.
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows
These are not exactly glitter. They’re more of a hybrid between a glitter and a metallic. Still super pretty though.
Because of the formula they apply and blend more like a shadow even though they look like foiled glitter on the eyes. Since we’re talking about UD you know these come in really funky colors. You can use them on their own or you can sheer them out and wear them as shadow toppers.
Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coats
This is probably the most unique formula of everything I’m featuring today. It feels like a chunky glitter when you swatch it but it looks very refined once you apply it.
As the name suggests, these are topcoats. So they’re not gonna pack the pigment no matter how hard you try. Again I recommend you apply with your fingers. They’re perfect to add extra sparkle to any look or you can wear them on their own for a very subtle look. One thing I love about these is that they give your eyes the wet look without the uncomfortable feeling.
Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows
This formula is another mix between metallic and glitter but it’s very unique. If you’re looking to just dip your toes into glitter, these would be perfect for you.
You can use them dry for a subtle look or you can amp up the shimmer by wetting them. They’re literally designed for that. You can apply them with your fingers or with a brush and you get very similar results. If you do wet them you’ll get 0 fallout and a very long-lasting effect.
Colourpop Super Shock Shadows Ultra Glitter Finish
I couldn’t do a post about glitter and not mention Colourpop. While they have many finishes, the Ultra Glitter one is the perfect description of grown-up glitter.
First off, they’re affordable and high-quality products. They have a huge selection of colors and they’re foolproof to use. Since the formula is a mix between cream and powder you should definitely apply with your fingers. They’re very easy to blend and there’s minimal fallout. You can also customize how intense you want the glitter to be by building it up or toning it down.
None of the glitters/shadows I feature in this post are super chunky or hard to use. That’s the whole point of grown-up glitter. Subtle, yet sparkly. I love it!
Are you into this whole grown-up glitter thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂
Thank you so much for tuning in!
Lots of love,