Hi everyone! As soon as I saw a bunch of celebs were wearing a new Glossier product, I knew I had to buy it as soon as it launched. That product ended up being a stunning liquid eye shadow (or “eye glow”) called Lidstar. I picked up each shade on launch day, partly for myself, and partly for all of you so you can see if they’d be a good fit for you. Keep reading to see some swatches and details!
First thing’s first: these are not lip products. They might look like glosses or liquid lipsticks, but they really are eye shadows. Pinky swear!
When I first saw Lidstar, I was a little worried they’d be way too glittery for my taste. But when I saw they were described as eye “glows” rather than eye shadows, I felt a little more hopeful that they’d end up working out. And to say they did is an understatement! These. Things. Are. AMAZING. After one use, they became one of my all-time favorite Glossier products.
They go on looking quite pigmented, but are easy to blend out with your finger to a subtle glow. Some shades have a bit more sparkle than others on my fair skin (Lily, in particular), but they’re all super wearable for every day. It’s also easy to add a bit more product to build up the color, but a tiny bit goes a long way. They feel like silk when applying them – none of that crunchy, dry, gritty feel of other sparkly liquid eye shadows – and I completely forgot I was wearing any eye makeup throughout the day.
Lidstar is touted as being smudge-proof, crease-proof, and fade-proof for 12 hours, no primer necessary. As someone with oily eyelids and hooded eyes, I wanted to see firsthand if those claims were true. And they were! Normally when I don’t use primer, my eye makeup ends up smeared and splotchy by the end of the day. Not the case with Lidstar. Hours later, it looked exactly how it did when I applied it.
Moon is the sheerest shade, described as a “cream base with blueish opalescent glimmer.” If you want to try out Lidstar without too much risk, this is a great option. On my fair skin, it really did add just a bit of glow, and didn’t look like I was wearing much at all. I love this shade!
Slip is one of my favorite Lidstar shades. It’s a “sheer baby pink with golden highlight effect,” and is basically my idea of a perfect pink shadow that doesn’t scream, “Hey, look! I’m wearing pink eye shadow!”
Like I said above, Lily is, in my opinion, the sparkliest of the Lidstar shades, at least on my skin. It’s a “sheer lilac base with blue and violet pearls,” and even though it catches the light more than the other shades, I still love it! A tiny dot of this goes a really long way.
Oh, Cub, how I love you. Cub is a “rose gold with warm shimmer effect.” It definitely is one of the more pigmented shades, but it’s still very subtle and adds such a gorgeous glow.
Fawn, a “cool, smoky taupe with violet and neutral gold pearls,” is another one of my favorites. This is basically a color I’d wear every day anyway, but a hundred times better, more flattering, and glowier. It’s stunning!
Of all the Lidstar shades, I was most hesitant to try Herb, a “smoky green with yellow gold pearl.” It’s just not the kind of shade I would normally go for. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it blended out to a subtle yet more pigmented shade that didn’t look super obvious on my fair skin. So, if this shade scares you, don’t let it! I really think you’ll end up loving it like I do.
The swatches above, both on my arm but in different light (brighter natural light in the first photo, shady natural light in the second), show Lidstar applied at full strength, without blending them out at all. The amount you see in each swatch was applied with one coat of product from the doe foot applicator.
Final Thoughts & How to Purchase
So, if it wasn’t obvious from all of my raving above, I absolutely adore Glossier’s Lidstar. The shades are subtle, the formula is silky, creamy, and long-lasting, and they have the perfect amount of sparkle. No giant specks of glitter falling all over your face with these!
If you’ve tried Lidstar already, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Or if you haven’t tried it yet, let me know which shades you like the most!