There’s no better time than Christmas and New Year’s to experiment and be a little bit extra with your makeup looks.
Whether it’s a sheer shimmer or a pop of colour you’re looking for, here are my top picks for the festive season.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in ‘How Many Carats?!’
Although this is technically a highlighter, the Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in the shade ‘How Many Carats?!’ has become known for its versatility.
The product provides a unique silver glittering veil with a translucent powder base, making it the perfect addition to the cheeks, body or eyes.
Personally, I love using this product on the inner corner of my eyes, and extending it into the crease to add personality and shine to what would normally be a neutral eye look. It’s iconic for a reason, and a must-have for any occasion.
Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in ‘Space Cowboy’
In an article about glitters, I can’t bypass the cult classic Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade ‘Space Cowboy’.
A high-performance, vegan eyeshadow packed with microfine eye glitter for the most sparkly, supercharged colour and shimmery finish possible, the product promises to last for up to 16 hours, meaning it won’t fade away or smear over the course of your night out.
This shade is notoriously difficult to get your hands on, but, if you can pick it up, it might be worth putting the product to the test. The only downside for me is the price, which sits at $38 for a single eyeshadow.
ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadows
If you’re on a budget, you can’t look past ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows.
The formula on these ones is slightly different to other glitters, in that it’s a cream to powder formula. It has a unique bouncy texture that produces a long-lasting, high shine finish.
The shade ‘Ritz’ is supposed to be a great dupe for Urban Decay’s ‘Space Cowboy’, or you can look into their Super Shock Highlighters for even more shine – my favourite is ‘Flexitarian’.
Before you purchase one of these, just note that they can be a little bit tricky to store – the soft texture makes them easily breakable (but just as easy to squish back together), and the unique formula makes them prone to drying out. However, they really are beautiful, especially for the price.
GXVE BY GWEN STEFANI Eye See In Sparkle Clean Multi Dimensional Glitter Eyeshadows
If a loose glitter is what you’re after, look into the GXVE BY GWEN STEFANI eyeshadows.
Despite being a little more of a unique pick, this product has clocked up 4.5 stars from over 100 reviews on the Sephora website.
Coming in three shades, ‘Twinkle’, ‘Glimmer’ and ‘Dazzle’, these eyeshadows are loaded with multifaceted crystal pigments for an eye-catching, dimensional finish.
Though these are advertised as being able to be used without a glitter glue, I’d have one on hand just in case.
Cassidy Pearce is a news and entertainment journalist with The Western Weekender. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, she has previously worked with Good Morning Macarthur and joined the Weekender in 2022.