The Best Bronze Eyeshadows - From Luxury and Drugstore Brands
I have never met a copper eyeshadow that I didn’t want to take home and nestle in a drawer next to my 100 other copper eyeshadows. I WANT THEM ALL. Just like when I narrowed down my plethora of MLBBs to highlight the best of the best, I’m doing the same with copper eyeshadows. Copper/bronze eyeshadow is like the MLBB of the eyes. My eyelids but better doesn’t have the same ring to it, but that’s the sentiment I have. We’ve got shimmers, we’ve got mattes, we’ve got different formulas, we’ve got drugstore and luxury brands! I own so many, I cannot be stopped, this is a sickness and I never want the cure.
Anyway, here are the best coppery eyeshadows I have found.
The drugstore gang was the easiest, because for me, there is none other than Maybelline Color Tattoo products. They’ve recently revamped the collection, and it’s even better. I already raved about Liquid Chrome, which comes in a tube/doe foot package and is great for precision application. I bought two shades and thought I’d prefer the lighter one, but the darker copper, Bronze Sheen, has become my go-to. You can use Liquid Chrome Shadow as a liner or an eyeshadow - the doe foot applicator makes it easy to control, and less likely that you’ll end up with 80s style eyeshadow that reaches across your temples to your ears.
The other two are my precious, beloved Color Tattoo Eyeshadows in the original pots. These also benefitted from the Color Tattoo makeover, which I wrote about here. Bad to the Bronze is now High Roller, the packaging is improved, but the cream shadow I fell in love with is still the same, if not better. Despite the range makeover, you can still get my other fave from the leather collection, Creamy Beige.
Now for the luxury options. This category is going to get a little weird, but that makes sense. Why would I go chasing a pricy copper eyeshadow when Maybelline already makes the best ones? But there are a few Sephora finds that have stolen my heart. First is Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette. I bought this when it was half off at Sephora, and I’ll admit- it was a complete impulse buy. But then I ended up using it ALL THE TIME. It’s nice when a mindless shopping spree has a happy ending. (I’ve highlighted a few of the best brown/copper/bronze shades in the swatches below. )
The other two are both from Milk Makeup, which is quickly becoming my favorite high end makeup brand. I already wrote about how I inadvertently ended up with a collection of copper Milk Makeup products, so I won’t rehash that here. BUT, the eye pigments (I have the shade Gig) have some serious staying power. This stuff makes Color Tattoo’s 24 hour promise look like a JOKE. It also dries pretty fast and has MAJOR color payoff, so you need to work fast and don’t make any mistakes. I’d recommend practicing before you wear this to anything important.
My other product is not for eyes, but there are no rules in makeup! It’s Milk Makeup’s bronzer in Baked. This little trick may not work for you - I’ve only tried it on myself, and I am the palest person I have ever seen in real life. BUT, try putting some bronzer on your eyelids? Maybe? For me, it gives just a hint of color and definition. The true My Eyelids But Better look. And it’s easy to pack, if you want to have super minimal makeup when traveling.
All the products mentioned above, swatched, from left to right: Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in Gig, Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette in Sauced, Lumbre, and Cayenne, Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked, Maybelline Color Tattoo Liquid Chrome Eyeshadow in Bronze Sheen, Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in High Roller, and Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige