Fashion & Beauty

Not Getting Enough Payoff From Your Shimmery Eyeshadows? Try This!

Written by Rachel Phillips

I bet this sounds familiar:

You’ve got a beautiful eyeshadow palette that has some absolutely stunning shimmery shades. When you go to put the shadow on your lid, you dip in your brush, and then swipe, only to find that the shadow is barely showing up.

If you’ve ever noticed that a shadow that swatches beautifully in the store when you used your finger, doesn’t play nice when you use a brush, then this article is for you.

I’m a bit of a germaphobe, and hate to dip my fingers in my eyeshadow palettes, even when I know that a shadow applies better with my finger than a brush. I especially don’t like the hard film that forms over an eyeshadow when you have to wet it to get it to apply well. Naturally, I started looking for a solution.

The foam applicators that come with most drugstore eyeshadows didn’t do much to help, and apart from brushes and foam applicators, what options do you have?

Well my friends, I’m about to blow your minds. Silicone applicators.

No, no, not those stupid chicken cutlet foundation “sponges” that are all the rage right now!I’m talking about silicone eyeshadow brushes.

My first experience with silicone eyeshadow applicators was with Makeup Revolution’s Silicone Eye Set, which I heard about through one of my favorite beauty YouTubers, Zabrena. However, it was hassle getting access to these, since they don’t sell them in the U.S.A, where I live, and I paid through the roof in shipping.

Luckily for everyone in the U.S.A, E.L.F. just released their own silicone applicator as a part of their thirty days of New Makeup event. While I haven’t tried it myself, it looks exactly like the applicator from Makeup Revolution, and I’ll be picking one up to try A.S.A.P.

To give you guys a little proof of just how well these silicone applicators apply shimmery shades, here are some swatches of the shade “Crème Brulee,” from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette:



On the left we have a finger swatch, the middle is a brush swatch, and on the right, I used a Makeup Revolution silicone eye brush.

As you can see, the silicone applicator worked just as well as my finger, though the brush swatch leaves something to be desired.

There you have it! Thanks to silicone eyeshadow brushes, no longer will you have to use your finger, or ruin your eyeshadows by wetting them in order to get the color payoff you want. Hopefully, more brands will jump on the bandwagon and start putting out applicators like these.

About the author

Rachel Phillips

Rachel is a freelance writer who specializes in content marketing. By day, she writes content that helps increase traffic and click through rates for her clients' websites. By night, she writes and self publishes novels under various pen names. When she's doing neither of those things, she co-produces a blog and podcast about hidden gems in media called One Person's Trash Is Our Treasure, which is available on iTunes and Google Play.