Honestly, I didn’t really know what to title this post. Or what to call this new type of eyeshadow that I’m obsessed with. However, it’s amazing and we need to talk about it. Tarte (Chrome Paint Shadow Pots $22), Hourglass (Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow $29), Marc Jacobs (See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow $28), Kylie Cosmetics (Shimmer Eye Glaze $20), and Ciate (Marbled Metals Eyeshadow $24) are all on the bandwagon for this eyeshadow trend. Of course, they couldn’t all agree on a name or exactly WHAT this amazing eyeshadow technically is, so I had to make it up. Cumulatively, I’m calling them “metallic eyeshadow pots”.
This incredible formula is a mix between a loose powder, a cream, and a pressed pigment, and it’s oh-so-packed full of shimmer. Although they are really crumbly, most brands include a little plastic “press” that you can use to pack the shadow back down. Which is actually pretty fun to do. Almost like mixing play-doh and makeup. Of course I love anything that can help prolong the life of my makeup and keep things looking fresh and perfect.
First I have to tell you that these shadows are so smooth and easy to use. Usually, I’m all about using makeup brushes. However, these metallic eyeshadow pots actually apply better with a fingertip. I love patting the shadow all over the lid or right in the inner corner for a bit of extra sparkle. At first I thought these shadows would be more of a “topper” type product, given their shimmer impact. But most of them are actually super pigmented standalone shadows.
Kylie Cosmetics – Shimmer Eye Glaze
This was the first of the metallic eyeshadow pots that I ever tried. I have all four of their initial shades from the Under The Sea collection. Since then, they have launched 6 additional shades. I love how they launch additional shades based on the season. The summer shades were bright and fun and the fall shades are a bit darker and more moody. You can read my full review of these shades and the Lip Blush here.
Marc Jacobs – See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow
Marc Jacobs metallic eyeshadow pots are a perfect mix for the person who loves intense color payoff but prefers darker/more neutral colors. Plus they have super multifaceted reflects in them, creating almost a “disco ball” type effect instead of just one standard shade. The four shades swatched above are the new additions to the 2019 Holiday collection. Also, they come in festive “Lust and Stardust” packaging, which is a lot of fun.
Hourglass – Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow
Out of all of the formulas, Hourglass’s metallic eyeshadow pots are the most sheer. Honestly they could be used as eyeshadows or toppers. Additionally, they have nine shades that are all in the nude-neutral range, making it super user friendly for beginners or those who don’t want to add a lot of crazy colors to their look.
Tarte – Chrome Paint Shadow Pot
With eleven shades, Tarte has the largest selection of metallic eyeshadow pots. From a light peachy pink to a dark satin navy, you are sure to find the perfect shade for any look. The formula is really great and the color payoff is fantastic. (Colors shown left to right: Fire Dancer, Pink Diamonds, Citrine, Froze, Wild At Heart, Top Yacht.)
Ciate – Marbled Metal Eyeshadow
Honestly, Ciate is my absolute favorite of the five brands. Although they only have five shades, they have an absolute powerhouse formula. Not only that, but the sparkle is absolutely unbelievable. Plus, Twisted is the most incredible Emerald Green that is my current favorite eyeshadow shade and is perfect for any glam occasion. If you want more fun ways to wear dark green, check out this post. (Colors shown left to right: Twisted and Entwine.)
For this glam look, I’m wearing the Ciate shade Twisted. In the neutral look at the top of the page, I am wearing the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Wild At Heart and Froze. Overall, I think Tarte and Ciate win this battle. Tarte has the best color range, but Ciate’s pigment and glitter payoff and flat out wow factor are hard to beat.
What do you think? Have you tried any metallic eyeshadow pots? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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