I Almost Gave Up on the Glossy Eyelid Look — & Then I Tried Missha Dewy Glossy Eyes
Love that wet look but hate all that smear-age? Missha Dewy Glossy Eyes perfects the glossy lid look with all of the shine and none of the mess.
Glossy lids are everywhere on Instagram. One of the freshest looks making the rounds right now is an ultra dewy “wet look” that involves a lot of gloss in a lot of places — we’re talking lip gloss all over, even on the lids!
But while it looks beautiful and is great for an editorial look or a quick IG selfie session, it’s not very practical for the real world. Lip gloss on the eyelid spread, separate, crease, and eat away any liner or mascara you might be wearing. Of course, there are specialty products that are meant to be workarounds, such as lid lacquers and eye glosses, but to be honest, while they do have a bit more staying power, in the end the same thing happens. A mess.
I’m crazy for a glossy lid, and I wanted to wear it out into the world for things that lasted longer than a quick few cocktails in my neighborhood. Alas, it was always a disaster about three hours in. My mascara would be smudged, I’d have a giant visible crease when I blinked and my liner would be gone by the end of my train ride to work.
I had completely given up on the idea of being my best glossy self during the weekday, but then I discovered Missha Dewy Glossy Eyes. I was apprehensive at first given that any product claiming to give me glossy eyes has been an unmitigated disaster after a couple of hours, but upon opening the packaging I discovered this wasn’t a straight up gloss — it was, in fact, a powder. My first reaction was an eye roll, as I couldn’t imagine a powder giving me the effect I was looking for. You can already guess just by that fact that I’ve written this story that I was immediately proved wrong.
I went in for a swatch and the “powder” was squishy and emollient but not at all wet. It’s slightly moist feeling but actually not. It’s hard to explain, just know it’s freakin’ awesome. When swatched, it straight-up looks like wet gloss! It has a micro shimmer that mimics wetness but with none of the mess! Once on my lids it kept up the same look and with a lot more staying power than the glosses that came before it. I do have a heavily hooded eye, so just about everything creases at some point for me, but this kept itself up with minimal upkeep throughout my workday. It’s absolutely beautiful on, especially when paired with clean dewy skin. I’m loving mixing Glossier’s Superdew with BB cream right now, as I find it’s a good but less sticky dupe for Etude House’s Nymph Aura Volumer, but that’s a story for another day.
Missha’s Dewy Glossy Eyes come in a couple of different shades, but I highly recommend the clear shade White Beach as it perfectly mimics that ‘oops I accidentally put my lip gloss on my lid and don’t I look like an absolute snack now?’ look. I also like that you can pat it on top of other eyeshadows to give that gorgeous sheen. Speaking of patting, that’s exactly how you put it on. This is not a brush friendly application, this is all fingers, baby. Simply pat it on where you want it, and that’s it, you’re ready to glow.
Speaking of Missha, I’m also really enjoying their Glitter Beam Liner since we’re all about wetness, textures, and glitters right now in makeup. I’ve always liked a good glitter liner, but now it’s about how and where you’re using it. In the past, most people just used it as an inner corner highlight, but now that we’ve branched out into the Euphoria-inspired graphic liners and thrown out the rules, Missha Glitter Beam is the perfect compliment to a strong, bold black (or colored) line. I like to either line it directly over the graphic liner I’ve already done or use it just below or above like a halo effect. There are a lot of Western glitter liner options out there, but at $10 you can’t really beat Missha. In short, make sure you put Dewy Glossy Eyes and Glitter Beam Liner on your 2020 try list, and get out there and shine, baby!
Have you tried glossy eyes before? How do you get it to work?