Easy to apply, longwearing, extremely pigmented easy to carry around – liquid eyeshadows sound like a dream. But are they? We put a few to the test to narrow down the ones worth your moolah.
Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow in Recharged, $38
I love the colour! It's a really pretty metallic rose gold/coppery shade that pops without looking OTT. The eyeshadow lasts all day and I only noticed some fallout at the end of the day. Also, unlike other glittery eye shadows, this cleanses off very easily. The only minus point is that I felt slight tingling on my eyelids when I apply it – but the feeling only lasts for a little while.
Popstar Cosmetics Mesmerise Mousse Eyeshadow in Captivate, $26
The lightweight formula is easy to apply and blend – it’s best to use your fingers. It’s extremely pigmented and if you think the colour is too bright, it’s possible to sheer it out just by blending it in. Once you apply it, it sets quickly and stays put the entire day without any fall out or creasing. When it comes to cleansing, it’s best to hold a cotton pad soaked in eye makeup remover over your lid for a bit before swiping it off.
H&M Fluid Hues Eye Colour, $14.90
I have double eyelids, and this eyeshadow felt a bit heavy because of its thicker consistency. My eyelids also got stuck several times throughout the day, but again, that's because I have double eyelids. I do use liquid eyeshadows, but I tend to go for lighter, more powdery textures because of how my eyes are, so this might work better for others.
Fenty Beauty Island Bling 2-in-1 Liquid Eye Shimmer in Summer Fling/Reignbow, $38
Okay it's Rihanna, so obviously this was going to be good right? And I have to say the pigment is awesome, and very buildable. Also, I love a multi-faceted product - for both bag weight and wallet weight reasons - and while I was always going to be partial to the perfect tawny brown, I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed the gold side of this product, which you can apply as a thin layer to add a sheen to another product, or go full glitter on its own. But is it say, Gloss Bomb good? In my opinion not quite - but maybe that has more to do with my liquid eye shadow application skills (or lack thereof) which as you can see above, made for a slightly messy final result.
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $35
I've heard rave reviews about Stila's liquid eyeshadow, so when given the chance to try it, my expectations were sky-high. Perhaps they were too high because it wasn't as amazing as I expected it to be. The glitter pigments were too big for my liking – I was expecting metallic shimmer, not glitter – and there was a bit of fallout. While the payoff is good the first time you apply it, you can’t reapply using the wand because it takes off the pigments, which results in a streaky/patchy finish. What you need to do is carefully blend with your finger – but not too hard because again, you'll take off the pigments. But the end result is so pretty I might end up using it again.