I love a glittery, sparkly, eye. If I’m putting eye colour on, I need it to be bold and bright. Currently I have three favourites on the go, and, as I am constantly asked about them when folk see me – in real life, or on social media – I thought I’d share my secrets with you – just in time for your New Year party night!
My secret weapon in any eyeshadow is primer – specifically Bourjois Eye Primer 24 Hr (£6.99), Superdrug. This stuff is fantastic. Not only does it boost the boldness of your shadow, it makes it stay on for, well, 24 hours! I can’t be without it, and it’s a great price.
I first used Stila’s Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow, £23, M&S (in shade bronzed bell) in spring this year, and I love it. It’s a great colour for a start, it’s super-sparkly and super-glittery, and, well, it rocks. I wore it all summer, and there is still loads left. I find it better to apply it with a brush, as opposed to the applicator – you get better control that way. This also comes in five other colours, which I really need to invest in!
Another new product I started using this year was Illamasqua’s Superstition Eyeshadow (£17). It’s a highly pigmented sparkly sort of gunmetal sliver shade, and I first used this in August. I love it. It gives that dark, smouldering smoky eye look, with a great hint of glitter. Again, I used the Bourjois primer underneath to give it intensity, and staying power.
Finally, and a new one to me, is Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Foil (£28). The shade I used is Blonde Gold, and I wore it to my Christmas party last weekend. And it’s amazing. It really does create a foil – a vinyl finish even after it dries. It lasts ALL NIGHT. And you really only need a tiny amount for each eye, meaning this pot will last ages, so the price tag doesn’t seem quite so scary.
Apply with a brush, and again, on top of the primer, for intensity and staying power.
I’ve also tried the Eye Ink in Black Myrrh (£36) which is a pressed gel-creme formula – an innovation in eyeshadow. It’s really pigmented, and this shade is almost black, but it has a touch of pearl, and gives a sort of wet look and feel.
And the Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder range also boasts the Eye Metals (£36) in Bitter Clove, which is a rich, creamy, ultra-pearl powder eyeshadow creating a high-shine finish, with flecks of bronze. Victoria wears it over the Eye Ink – I’m trying that this weekend.
What’s your glittery go-to eye product?