The Best Shimmery Eye Makeup Products That’ll Make Your Lids Pop

If you haven’t worn glitzy eye shadows since middle school dances, it’s time to reconsider, especially for summer. They’re celeb favorites for good reason, providing a radiant look that’s not only pretty and polished on camera, but can make your peepers look brighter than they actually are (because they reflect light). While you might associate shimmery shadows with the colder, winter months, a little bit of glimmer on your eyes is the perfect way to add a pop of sparkle to your face when you don't feel like wearing a ton of makeup in hot and humid weather. Our SwearBy editors found these particularly shimmery makeup products to be extra eye-opening. A couple of swipes and you're ready for your next outdoor picnic or backyard barbecue.

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Want glittery eyes with almost ZERO fallout?! Then this is your product! If you have doubts, head to your local Sephora and try this stuff out. Seriously, it’s magic. Dab the deer-foot applicator on your lids a few times and pat with your finger for a subtle look, or swipe all over for dramatic sparkle. However you decide- this product really stays put. It’s my go-to for whenever my look needs a little oomph, and I don’t end up with chunks of glitter all over my cheeks right after applying. Stila is a great brand for stay-all-day products as well. This eyeshadow comes in six metallic finishes and 11 glitter finishes, but Rose Gold Retro is my all-time fav.”—Kate Davison

Lawless The One Eyeshadow Palette

This is one of my all-time favorite eye shadow palettes—and I’ve tried them all. I’m not a huge fan of clean makeup because generally, it’s chalky or too “natural” looking but this is pigmented and blends beautifully. It truly has the colors you’re looking for, plus a few unexpected, yet still neutral, additions. It has no random pops of color and can be used for everything from a one shadow office look to a bold smokey eye. I use it daily and never travel without it. Worth every penny!”—Shannon Bauer

Supergoop! Shimmershade Trio

While not an eyeshadow wearer traditionally, I have loved incorporating Supergoop’s new shimmer shade into my arsenal for sun protection. And just in time too, as I have learned 5-10% of skin cancers are found around the eyes…”—Christine Morrison

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Eyeshadow Palette Subliminal

Best palette I’ve ever tried. Bar none. Yes, it’s crazy expensive, but it’s worth every penny (and she occasionally has sales, so you can snag one for less during those). Insanely beautiful, insanely pigmented. Next to no fall-out. I use this palette every day.”—Jennifer Diffley

BH Cosmetics Zodiac Love Signs

I grabbed this the day it released and I’m so glad I did! This is amazingly pigmented and a great palette to play with! The mattes and shimmer shades are easy to work with and as usual the quality is there with the BH cosmetics palette! I love this palette. Watch for sales!”—Rachel Aday

Warrior Glitter Shadow

These are some of the best glitter shadows on the market!! No need to pay $20 for the Stila ones! These are just as good (if not better) for less than half the price! Available at Walmart and Ulta !!”—Alysha Goff

ColourPop Love Line Super Shock Eyeshadow Set

If I had to go the rest of my life using just one set of eyeshadows, it would be this one. The tones are neutral, but not boring, and the colors look fantastic on all skin tones. This is ultra-wearable no matter what the situation. The texture is gorgeous, the pigment is stellar, and the price can’t be beat.”—Lauryn Strampe

Aether Eye Shadow

First of all it is organic and clean beauty product made with the highest quality ingredients. And it is package in zero waste pallet. The colors vary from matt to shimmer and they are very sophisticated choices representing four seasons and earth colors that suits my skin tone and my style. Super easy to apply ( i am not a make up artist and I dont own 10 different brushes ) so for me to create a beautiful eye effect using one or two brushes and on the go to do it with my finger tip it is a very big advantage! The powder does not crumble but if you like smoky looks it is easy to achieve it with the pallet. There are many choices of eye make up but knowing that I can get quality, clean and beautiful product that get near my eye is the biggest sale! And I contribute to the beauty of our Mother Earth!”—Sylwia Wiesenberg

Natasha Denona - GOLD PALETTE

“Stunning matte browns ( which are hard to do!) and bold gold shimmer shades are just a few reasons why you need this palette in your life. You can create brown neutral looks or fun go out looks knowing you are putting shadows packed with pigment and staying power in the classic Denona formula. You can do so much with this palette and the shades will last all day. That’s why I swear by it!”—Kamaila Sanders

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil

I have an over-packing problem. I can’t seem to streamline my on-the-road makeup routine and end up packing things I never use “just in case.” This eye shadow pencil has helped with my beauty product packing FOMO. I know I can use this for a sheer wash of color during the day or a heavier application for night. Because it is a multi-faceted color formulation, just using the pencil creates depth of color that I thought could only come with an eyeshadow palette. Also, ignore the eye color suggestions (“Amethyst Aphrodisiac for Green Eyes”) – I tend to ignore those rules.”—Catherine Spinley

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