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These Easy Gel Shadows Will Make You Feel Like A Chic Chameleon

If you are after a versatile, long-wear shadow that’s lighter than daylight saving, you can’t go past these latest pots of gel peeper gold.

Frosting, as it turns out, doesn’t just go on cupcakes. With summer in the air, there is nothing like a bit of sophisticated glistening on your eyes to make things party-season official.

If you like to experiment with the finish, be it matt, gloss or glitter, then you will have a ball playing with the latest gel eyeshadow pots – there are various textures to which they can set!

What I most dig about these formulations are the easy application and longevity. They go on like a cream, so use your finger and blend out with a brush. I’m also really into the more metallic finish that gives a radiant wash of pearlescent glow to the eye, without feeling ‘disco’ or overbearing.

Being easy to spread with your finger and with plenty of room to shape the edges as it dries, you can’t make a mistake! It’s easy to make an impact with such a low-maintenance and long-performing product. 

Think of gel shadows as a base colour with oomph that you dab over your entire lid, then leave as is with a coat of mascara, or layer up with corresponding eyeshadow shades.

Now go flutter those fairyfloss eyes with our picks of the latest gel shadow pots below!



Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise 

Talk about fun in a pot! This brilliant colour and shine last all day without creasing. You literally would need nothing except mascara and a nude-rosy lip to make your eyes pop. Use it solo or layer over the top or as a highlight to your current eye makeup routine – Charlotte has really taken her Eyes To Mesmerise Shadows to new levels of versatility! 



MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

This is the base that you can build up with complementary nudes and browns, or leave as is for a fresher ‘baby face’ look. With nine neutral and shimmering hues to choose from, this highly pigmented, long-wearing eyeshadow goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. It’s super easy to blend and genuinely feels like a second skin, so it creates natural, buildable coverage without looking cakey or creasing throughout the day.




Marc Jacobs o!mega eyeshadow gel powder eyeshadow

Whoa baby, check out that size! You definitely get your value with this 12-hour long wear eyeshadow, which features clever gel-coated pigments that are designed to minimise fallout and creasing. It glides on all gorgeous and buttery, like a cashmere sweater to create a range of looks – from a polished and clean daily look to a more smoky, sultry and buildable eye. All shades were designed by legendary makeup artist Diane Kendal, so the shadows can be used as highlighters or stand strong on their own. 



Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade 

Despite the whimsical name, Chantecaille’s ‘Mermaid Eye Color’ shadows are a chic and practical addition to any makeup kit. Designed with a lustrous metallic shimmer, this velvety, lightweight formula can be built to your ideal opacity and blend to a flawless finish. Apply all over the lids or in the inner corners to make your eyes pop!



Maybelline Eyestudio Colourtattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eye Shadow

Now THIS is a long-wear eyeshadow! This waterproof cream-gel formula delivers 24-hour intensity that is second only to a tattoo. The super-saturated colour is easily buildable and does not fade. Despite its potent power, it’s ophthalmologist-tested to work with sensitive eyes.



Words: Alina B | Photographer: Kim Arkrich for Maxmade.com.au | Hair & Makeup/ Product Review: Max May | Model: Pheobe Combes @kultmodels

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