5 Splurge-Worthy Eyeshadows

These are five eyeshadows that I think are worth splurging on! They’ll all set you back $20 or more, but over time, these are shades that have stuck with me.

If you could recommend someone splurge on one eyeshadow, what shade would you recommend?

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Armani ETK in #2 and #24 are most definitely two of my personal HE favs as well and both have the expected quality! I love #2 for smoky fall looks. #24 is one of those effortless shadows where you don’t have to work hard to end up with a truly gorgeous eye look.

I would add two workhorse NARS shadows on my list which I guess are more mid-range?: Mekong (dark brown with gold) and Night Clubbing (black with gold pearls).

It just dawned on me that proportionally speaking, I really do not own that many HE eyeshadows.. most of my collection falls in the mid to more budget friendly range. Still, it’s fun to indulge, especially for shadows that have the something extra special.

I’m the same, actually – I think it’s because most of the eyeshadows that I have over $20+ are palettes. I almost put NARS Bali on the list, but the ETK really are incredible so I couldn’t resist!

Love Mirifique and Chameleon! Chameleon is part of my personal made-up “kaleidoscope”, because I always use it with Corinthian, Midnight Sky, and Sugar.

GA Eyes to Kill Intense #13 Black is one I use multiple times a week to add little extra drama to my eyeliner, and it even sets it a little to last all day! It’s intense but smoky, and you can’t go wrong with black.

Ah, Chanel Mirifique…so hard to wear on my hooded eyes, so worth the time to make it work. <3

Looking at this list makes me realize I actually have a comparatively small collection of HE eyeshadows. The only other singles I have are NARS Night Porter and Chanel Gri Gri, while the rest are either mid-range/drug store or in palettes. I guess having hooded eyes keeps me from splurging to much? 🙂

There aren’t too many singles over the $25 price point – you have Chanel and Dior singles (and none of them impressed me enough to make this list), but a lot of the higher end brands seem to do palettes, primarily!

I tried to pick more unique/interesting shades that were less easily replicated at other price points. I love Trench, but it IS just a beige, lol!

They are awesome! L’Oreal’s Infallibles have a similar texture (and are a great product, too), but GA has more depth/nuance (generally speaking — some GA shades are more basic, too).

I love Chanel Epatant and also Illisoire, I love layering them over top of similar colors. Also for a purple MUFE 92. 🙂

Oh I LOVE my Armani ETK # 20! I was just wearing it yesterday. #2 looks gorgeous two. In fact, all those eyeshadows look epic.

the armani #2 eyes to kill is my favorite fall eyeshadow. I also love armani #24 and chanel mirifique.
I would recommend the armani eyes to kill #13 which is a black, anyone who likes black eyeshadow needs to try this one.

My favorite is the Stila trio in Goddess. I wear it every day, and since my last pot shattered it has technically cost me double the price in just a few months! :0(

Burberry, Le Metier de Beaute and Guerlain singles are consistently good, at least in my experience. Some that I consider being worth the splurge are:

Guerlain Reve
Guerlain Emotion
Le Metier de Beaute Jojo
Burberry Pale Barley
Burberry Rosewood
Burberry Mulberry

Mostly basic colors, but the formula is great. Smooth, finely milled, long-lasting and easy to blend.

I can’t believe I forgot Rouge Bunny Rouge! Everyone run out and buy Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird, they are both amazing!

I really want to try Mirifique! It looks great for a quick smoky eye. I have the Illusion D’Ombre in Fantasme, and it’s one of my daily essentials. I lightly apply it over my eyeshadow to give a subtle day time sparkle. Love it!

A one-shade splurge? Either Chanel Illusoire or Nars Lhasa (is Nars considered a “splurge”? The price isn’t in the stratosphere but it’s not cheap either).

Nars coconut grove. You don’t have this you’re missing out. I second mirifique. Bought it, yet to use though. Please do more stuff like this. Blush, lipstick, I know the blush will have tom ford in it.

Nars Outremer. Nars Persia. I have hooded eyes and I’m allergic to everything (watery eyes). I scrape these onto a plate, add MUFE eye seal and literally paint them on.

OMG!! ETK #2 is gorgeous!! I’ve never splurged on an eyeshadow, except a couple NARS, but this one will probably be in my future dreams.

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