Eye Makeup

Beauty Test Drive: High-Low Wet-Dry Eyeshadows

Whether you're pinching pennies or have moula to burn, a wet-dry eyeshadow offers long-lasting, high pigment colour

From left: Gold Digger, Night & Day and Gossip & Rumor

From left: Gold Digger, Night & Day and Gossip & Rumor

Wet-dry shadows are amazing inventions. They come in two basic formulas: “wet” cream shadow that dries to a powder finish with mega staying power, or shadows that can be applied with a wet or dry brush for easy contouring with only one shade (since wet application makes the shadow look darker). Both options are easily buildable, which means you can layer them for more intensity.

Hard Candy Shadow Dancers, $6, at Walmart.

This bargain buy is a “wet-dry” eyeshadow in the sense that it goes on as a creamy liquid (with a foam applicator similar to a lip gloss brush), then dries to a powder finish. Available in eight colour pairings, the liquid is super easy to apply and blend, and the more you add, the brighter the colour payoff. The caveat: Once it’s dry, it’s there to stay for the long haul (without creasing!), so make sure you blend during the wet stage.


From left: Ribbon and Velvet

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow, $32, at Dior counters.

If you’re looking for a more luxe option for everyday use, Dior’s Mono shadows, newly available in a series of four neutral and four smoky shades, is worth the price. Apply it dry for a lighter, powdery finish, or dampen your applicator (just a little) and apply it wet to deepen the colour. It’s incredibly versatile because you can create depth with just one shade by using it both ways. First apply it dry, then contour by adding more shadow with a damp brush to the crease of your eye and along your lash line. If you’re new to the wet-dry concept, practise with the dry shadow first, since it’s easier to blend. Whether you go sultry or subtle, your lids will look soft as velvet. For ultra long-lasting wear minus creasing, prep first with a primer.

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