Back in the millions of years ago when I lived in Korea (sniff sniff), there was one beauty product that I just refused to buy; I’d spend money and buy the American or Western version instead.
What’s that, you ask?
It’s eyeshadow. I HATED Korean eyeshadows. It wasn’t even a pigment issue. It was more of a cultural thing. When I lived there, Western makeup was ALL about the matte eyeshadow look. Shimmers and glitters were a no. And guess what? In Korea, the shimmer-glitter train had already left the station. So every time I’d go into a store to swatch what I thought was a matte brown shade, it would have gold glitter flecks in it and I would be sad. I thought glitters were also a bit juvenile, better suited for the middle school girls that I was teaching.
OH BUT NOW. BUT NOWWWW, GIRL?!?!?! Inject glitter into my soul, OK?! I am obsessed. Give me all of the glitter, all of the time.
This change of mind kind of snuck up on me. It went from mattes only, to “ooh, I could use a little shimmer,” to now owning at least 10 different types of glittery, sparkly products. I think it has a lot to do with becoming older and realizing that age is relative, and honestly, who cares if I’m in my 30s and wearing glitter? Glitter = magical fairy fabulousness, something that I think we all need a bit of in our lives.
And thankfully, our good ol’ K-beauty brands weathered the storm and are still giving us glitter magic all over the place. Let’s talk about what I have my eye on!
This is a gem (hahaha literally, we’ll get to that in a second) I found while browsing Missha’s Korean site (and now available here). It’s made with actual jewel powder — diamond, sapphire, ruby, pearl, and amethyst to be exact — that makes a ridiculously gorgeous hologram look on your eyes. No lie, I sent this immediately to my group chat like “I NEED THIS.” And I do. We all do. Treat yo’ self (responsibly of course!)
LIQUID. GLITTER. PIGMENT. Be still my heart! The 3CE Sparkling Liquid Pigment is a gel-based, liquid eyeshadow that adheres to the skin with minimal fallout. All of my glitter lovers know that fallout if the worst part. But this sticks to the skin, giving a diamond-esque look. I’m dying over the mystique shade. It’s the perfect iridescent, barely there shimmer.
Glitter can be a bit of a hassle, but thankfully, Missha knows what’s up and has provided us with a handy one-swipe-and-done liquid glimmer shadow. Dab some on your eyelids, smudge with your fingers, and BOOM, you’re out the door. Gold Dust is a pretty gilded shade that’s tame enough to wear to work. We stan!
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Are you sensing a theme here? Glittery liquid eyeshadows are the thing in Korea. I love them! They are so easy to apply and you don’t have to worry about knocking over a pigment and getting glitter all over your carpet. (I’m the president of Team Clumsy so been there, done that.)
This liquid pigment packs a bit more punch than the Holika Holika one, with bigger chunks of glitter for a super luxe finish. There are SO many shades that are speaking to me — the purple one (swoon), the copper-y rose gold (I die), and the grey-black shade that would be perfect for taking a smoky eye to the next level.
Bronze + glitter is my ultimate go-to, and this shade is right up my alley. I’m imagining using it on a brush sprayed with a bit of MAC Fix +, so it gives that wet, jewel toned look. I’m here for it!
Are you into glitter? What are your favorite glittery shadows? Let me know in the comments!