Metallic Makeup is having a moment

Recently I’ve noticed a trend among the makeup products that I have been sent, and although I’m not particularly trendy, I thought I would share my discovery with you all today…

Now please don’t quote me on this because I might be entirely wrong but from what I can tell Metallic Makeup is having a moment in the spotlight at the moment! From eyes, to lips, to nails – there are numerous products all telling you it’s “time to shine” when it comes to your makeup.

So, I thought I would share with you a few of my recent discoveries in each of these three areas and give you a little kick start in experimenting in this direction. Please note that this article is by no means a comprehensive round up of all the metallic makeup around at the moment – these are just a few products that have caught my eye and I thought you might be inspired to add some sparkle to your life too! Enjoy!


First up are a few of my favourite Metallic-effect eye products…. Eyeshadows are an easy way to bring some sparkle to your world and there are so many amazing products to choose from across all budget levels.

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Products featured in the pic above are (clockwise from bottom left) essence Metal Glam in Sparkle all Night, N’ice Frosting and Jewel up the Ocean, Revlon PhotoReady in Muse, essence 3D eyeshadow in Irresistible First Love, essence Dance all Night, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips palette for blue eyes, Stila’s Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in Metallic Gunmetal, Ralo cosmetics, #20, Ralo cosmetics palette 20, essence Eye Sorbet in Illuminating Raspberry.

I’m currently quite enjoying adding some gold eyeshadow as a highlighter on my brow bone and the one picture middle left in the image above is called N’ice Frosting from the Metal Glam range, the one on the top right is called Dance all Night – both great budget options from essence (from R36.95). There are 7 other colours available in this range from glam silver-white to intense orange and bright turquoise plus a dark black too! This brand is available at Clicks and Dischem.

If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous with your eyeshadow look you might like to try the Revlon PhotoReady eyeshadow set in Muse – a celebration of colour with rich purples, bright violet and sparkling emerald. This limited edition allows you to create a variety of different looks as it contains a Primer, 3 x Shadows and a Sparkle top coat for added drama! (R189.00)

Another one of my favourites featured in the pic above is Stila’s Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in Metallic Gunmetal – pure rock ‘n roll in makeup form! Each little pot is handmade with an innovative blackout base that allows deeply saturated shimmer to shine through, creating an intense metallic finish – the first of it’s kind! It can be used as eyeliner or as a smoldering eye shadow and is a great addition to my makeup drawer! Other colours available are Metallic Black Gold, Metallic Black Tanzanite and Metallic Navy (R295.00 each)
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Another great way to inject some fun into your makeup is to shift focus away from the eyes and rather emphasize your luscious lips with a luminous lippie! Revlon have got two great new offerings out at the moment and I’ve already blogged about the Colorstay Lacquer Balms (R120.00) so I won’t go into too much more detail here as you can pop over and read the detailed review here.

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The other option is the Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss (R130.00), another item from the Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman for Winter 2014 (as is the Muse palette mentioned above). This is slightly trickly to use when applying to the top lip as it has a flat, sponge applicator that doesn’t give you a precise line so it’s probably best to use with a lipliner. There are three limited edition lip shades that offer 5 x more shine namely Embellished (dark plum), Bejewelled (light pink) and Adorned (bright pink).

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Now when it comes to nails there is no holding back on the metallic finishes available – sparkle, shine and glitter are HUGE this season!

Below are a few options from essence, Ralo cosmetics, Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer and Revlon ranges for the season ahead…

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A new nail product that has recently launched in South Africa is Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer, brought to you buy the Gelish family! I was given 4 products to test and trial so I will do a more in depth review shortly but in the meantime I had to include this very pretty metallic shade called It’s My Party. It is a glitter nail polish with flecks for pink, silver and teal that is a great option for bring some bling to your life – wear it alone (2 or more coats) or use it as an overlay on top of one of your favourite dark, solid nail polish colours. It really is super pretty and I’ve enjoyed adding a glitter polish to my collection and the good news is they have an extensive range of metallic and glitter options!

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As part of the Evening Opulence collection, Revlon have released four limited edition, on-trend shades in their high quality, chip-resistant nail enamel. These are Divine (Rich Red-Copper Shimmer), Elusive (Black with Teal Glitter bits), Rich (Golden-Silver Shimmer) and Seductive (Dark Purple-Black).

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My two favourite Revlon Nail Enamels were Elusive – a matte black cream with tiny teal glitter bits and larger hexagonal shapes. Obviously this adds texture and definitely would need a top coat. Two coats is recommended. I also loved the Rich colour (pictured on my nails below) which is a mix of metallic gold and pewter. Two or even three coats is necessary for an opaque covering. The consistency is quite thick, so apply the coats as thinly as possible.

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So there you have it – a round up of Metallic Makeup to help you get your sparkle on! In closing here is one more pic of my favourites from all the products mentioned above….


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What do you think? Are you keen to try this trend – will you be choosing to highlight your eyes, lips or nails with some shine? Word of warning: it’s not advisable to try all three at the same time unless you want to look like a Christmas tree!

Let me know your thoughts or favourite metallic makeup products in the comments below!

Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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