Different Types of Eyeshadows


Today I will write about the different kinds of eyeshadow on the market.

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They are the most common kind of eyeshadow and also my favorite. They usually come in pots or pans in different finishes – shimmery, satin, frosty, matte, glittery etc. Their shelf life is roughly 2-3 years and generally longer compared to cream eyeshadows and glosses. My favorite brand of powder eyeshadows are MAC and Stila.

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These come in pots, tubes and even pen forms. They are great for those with dry skin and add a nice sheen to your skin. They are relatively sheer compared to powder eyeshadow and should not be layered on. The major downside to cream eyeshadows is that they can crease badly. This problem can easily be avoided by choosing one that dries to a matte finish. MAC Paints ($16) are good for this and they can also double as an eyeshadow base. When using cream eyeshadows, remember not to powder your eyelid before hand, or else it would end up looking blotchy.

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These are basically powder eyeshadows that are in the form of loose powder. One cool thing about them is you can mix different colors together. When you apply a loose powder eyeshadow, pack it onto your eyelid with a brush or fingers. For a more dramatic effect, wet your brush before applying. A good loose powder eyeshadows is finely milled, highly pigmented and adheres to the skin easily. Some good ones are MAC Pigment ($19.50) and L’oreal On-The-Loose powder ($6.5).

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These are super easy to use and great for beginners. All you have to do is color your lids just like you are drawing. They are also very portable and can be used for touch-ups. Make sure you pick one that is creamy and blendable. I really like Rimmel All Over Pencil (~$5).

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These are great for pictures, especially if you want to create that wet look you see in magazines. However, I do not recommend using this when you go out. It takes some practice to master using eye glosses and if not handled well, they can get really messy and smeary.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. thanks alot !! IT REALLY HELPED <33333333333 i pick purple for my main color haha x__xx i just bought concealer for my eyeshadow to stay..but i dont think its really my skin tonee, does it really matter? since ill be puttin eyeshadow over it?

  2. well it would be best if you could match your concealer with your skin tone but if you’re just using it as a base, it should be okay.

  3. Hi Phyllis. um I was wondering what do you think about the MAC Shadestick?

    Is that a good product to use for bginners like the eyeshadow pencils?

  4. yes I have tried MAC’s shadesticks and I love them too! They are great as bases and eyeshadows and are super easy to use. The color range is also good so I’d definitely get a couple of these if I were you.

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