Friday, September 6th, 2013

Choose or Lose

What's your favorite eyeshadow finish?

  • Satin (50%, 1,752 Votes)
  • Matte (26%, 901 Votes)
  • Pearl (11%, 372 Votes)
  • Metallic (7%, 231 Votes)
  • Frost (4%, 148 Votes)
  • Glitter (3%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,496

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23 thoughts on “What’s your favorite eyeshadow finish?

  1. Catherine

    Not sure what the Illusion d’Ombres and the Diorshow Fusion Monos count as – glitter? metallic? frost? – so I just chose satin.

  2. yellowlantern

    Probably my favorite eyeshadows are GA Eyes to Kill shadows which are pretty sparkly. I wasn’t completely sure which finish to pick between pearl, frost, or metallic, I decided to go with metallic.

  3. Kellyn

    I can’t decide between satin, metallic, and pearl!!!

  4. Glittery or duochrome!

  5. Everything but Glitter! If I want to wear glitter in prefer working with it in a loose or gel form then in a shadow. 😉

  6. Either Urban Decay or Veluxe Pearl by MAC. But I think UD is waaay better! Always highly pigmented, blendable and silky <3

  7. I had a hard time describing my favorite…something complex like Giorgio Armani eyes to kill intense. My favorites (26, 27, and 28) are metallic and glittery. I also love the Buxom cream shadows, Chanel cream shadow in illusoire, and the Dior Mono Fusion shadows which all have a bit of a glittery reflection, but it’s not catwalk glitter. It’s more day appropriate. I also use a matte finish every day in my crease and as a transition shade. I love Burberry Almond and Chestnut for the crease.


  9. Cat G

    I don’t know the difference between some of these… Like, what would L’Oreal Infallibles (like Golden Emerald) be?

  10. I chose satin, but I actually prefer veluxe pearl. I like the Matte2 by Mac too.

  11. Mac’s Veluxe Pearls very quickly became my favourite eye shadow finish and then I discovered Inglot’s Pearl finish and love it even more than VP. I’m at the age where women are advised to avoid shiny eye shadows. Well, I’ve avoided the sun, always used eye cream and my eyes are pretty smooth so I figure “to heck with that advice”. It is only makeup and, above all, I wear it to please myself so if I like shiny eye shadows, I’ll wear ’em and woe betide anyone who tries to stop me! (oh, and fwiw, I still do use matte shadows, satins, etc. but pearls are my favourite)

    • GloriaKate

      lol, I LOVE your attitude! I’m actually only 27, but my eyelids are crepey already :( I think it runs in my fam. But I don’t care! If you love it, wear it. Right? :)

  12. Bee

    Satin! But I’m fond of pearl as well.

  13. Miss J

    My favorite finish is satin then next would be matte, and then next would be the finishes with more shine. I don’t really do glitter shadow too much. Satins are just a fantastic, versatile, happy medium for me, and I find them to be the most flattering on myself.

    • Laura

      Love love love mattes but sometimes they arent the easiest to blend which is why I picked satin. I don’t really like glittery eyeshadows, the fall out is just too much hassle!

  14. Kelly

    There is no way I could choose one. I love all finishes depending on the occasion. I wear shimmer most of the time so I guess that would be considered pearl.

  15. I love the Veluxe Pearl finish from MAC. But I also love Frost, as well. The only thing I hate is glitter. It seems to get everywhere!

  16. stacey

    Glitter….that is my middle name….but I do like that pearly, shimmering glitter-like eyeshadows that I bought from Ichibankao… Japanese brands

  17. Nic

    I voted satin because they tend to apply easily and are flattering on everyone. I love a good quality matte, though, so I guess I’d put matte second. And for third, I’d go with glitter. I wear glitter less often, but I always get compliments when I do.

  18. It would be a tie between satin and pearl. I also like metallic a lot. I really don’t get the matte craze it often looks chalky. When I use matte I pair it with something mettallic or glittery.

  19. Jan

    Wow – if we are a microcosm of the make-up buying world, the results would show that manufacturers should be making more products with a satin or matte finish and a slight bit fewer of the frost, metallic and shimmers. I have very few palettes or quads because, invariably, the ratio of shimmer/metallic to matte/satin is not quite my cup of tea (although some high end shimmer products are so fine that they are OK). It’s been that way forever.

  20. zainab

    I chose pearl because most of the eyeshadows I own are in that finish, including my all time fave MAC Woodwinked. I like them all though, with the partial exceptions of matte and glitter, both of which I can’t quite get to work for me.