We all want our shimmery eyeshadows to look its best. We almost want it to look metallic. Some shimmery eyeshadows might need a bit more work before we are satisfied with the payoff, this might include using our fingers to apply the eyeshadow or wetting a brush with setting spray or any other kind of liquid. But why bother getting your fingers dirty and filled with eyeshadow or waste your setting spray on your eyeshadows? Keep on reading if you want to find out what kind of applicator I use to apply my shimmery eyeshadows and see side by side comparisons against finger swatches and wet brush swatches!
Okay, so some of you might already be using this kind of applicator to apply your shimmery shadows. I have also mentioned in many of my previous tutorials here on my blog that I use this kind of an applicator to apply my shimmery shadows. The applicator I am talking about is a sponge tip applicator! I get mine off eBay (the link you will get to if you click the “sponge tip applicator” link) where they are listed at £3.76 for 50 pieces from this particular seller. I first heard about the sponge tip applicator as a useful applicator for shimmery shadows at Stephanie Nicole’s YouTube channel, she has very long nails so some of her subscribers told her to try some sponge tip applicators which she did and reported back that she really liked that method of application which lead me to buy some myself!
I will now show you swatches of three shimmer shadows from three different brands. The first swatch closest to my wrist is a finger swatch, the next swatch (the swatch in the middle) is a swatch using the sponge tip applicator, and the last swatch is a swatch using a wet brush. I used the Coastal Scents Classic Foundation Concealer Brush to do the brush swatch and used the NYX Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray to wet the brush. I made the swatch with the wet brush as the final swatch so the eyeshadow in the pan would not be wet when doing any of the other swatches.
These first swatches are of the eyeshadow “Queen” from the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette (the same shimmer eyeshadow I am wearing on my lid in the photo above). All three of the swatches perform equally as good here in my opinion, so the sponge tip applicator would be nice for you if you want maximum payoff of your shimmery eyeshadow without using your fingers or a wet brush.
These swatches are of the eyeshadow “Balsam” from Coastal Scents. Here it is obvious that the sponge tip applicator makes the shimmery eyeshadow perform even better than my fingers or a wet brush.
These swatches are of the eyeshadow “Vermeer” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. It is again seen that the sponge tip applicator performs just as well as a finger or a wet brush.
So if you really hate using your fingers to apply shimmery eyeshadows or hate wasting your setting sprays on intensifying your shimmery eyeshadows, then I highly suggest trying out the sponge tip applicator! I reuse mine many times; I just wipe it off in a baby wipe and then it is as good as new! Let me know how you apply your shimmery shadows and if you are looking into trying out these sponge tip applicators! They won’t let you down 😉 Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you back soon! xx
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