The 10 Best Gold Eyeshadows For Every Skin Tone – 2021


by Harini Natarajan
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Gold eyeshadow. Not rose gold – none of that subtle stuff – but glittering gold eyeshadow. Ever since Zendaya rocked it as Rue on Euphoria (HBO), we have all been wanting to try it out. Whether it is incompatible skin tone, shades, or the texture of the eyeshadow – something has always put us off buying that perfect shade of gold to sport on a night out. Look no further! We are here to help. We have compiled a list of the 10 best gold eyeshadows that suit every skin tone. Take a peek!

Top 10 Gold Eyeshadows Of 2021

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Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eyeshadow "Gold School"
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Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow “Kitten Karma”
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MALLOFUSA Baked Shimmer Eyeshadow “Golden”
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NARS Single Eyeshadow "Goldfinger"
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Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow "Thrasher"
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bareMinerals Eye Shadow "True Gold"
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow "Half Baked"
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A.C Frost Eyeshadow in "Goldmine"
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Supergoop Eyeshadow "Golden Hour"
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Almay Eyeshadow "Pure Gold Baby"
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1. Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eyeshadow “Gold School”

This creamy, saturated, pigmented eyeshadow by Maybelline New York is sported by the likes of Gigi Hadid. It comes in a 0.08 oz container with an applicator brush. It is long-lasting and does not crease or fade up to 14 hours. You can wear this one by itself or mix and match with other shades of the same variant. This eyeshadow is also ophthalmologist-tested and contact lens safe.

Pros

  • Long-lasting
  • Can double as a highlighter
  • Inexpensive
  • Ophthalmologist-tested
  • Safe for contact lens wearers

Cons

  • Not consistent
  • Difficult to work with

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2. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow “Kitten Karma”

Kitten Karma by Stila is a champagne color liquid eyeshadow with silver and copper sparkle. It is dazzling, durable, and formulated with a mixture of glitter and pearl to make your lids look decadent and luxurious all night! It has a unique lightweight and water-based texture. This eyeshadow glides on smoothly then dries evenly, sealing in maximum sparkle with minimum fallout. For a more low-key look, you could also apply a thin line with the eyeshadow wand at the edge of your eyelids!

Pros

  • Smooth texture
  • Long-lasting
  • Easy application
  • Multipurpose
  • Lightweight
  • Blendable

Cons

  • Glitter fallout
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin
  • Short shelf life
  • Expensive

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3. MALLOFUSA Baked Shimmer Eyeshadow “Golden”

“Baked” goods, in terms of makeup, are products that start as creams but are baked for a certain period to dry them into a solid form. This ensures that the resulting powder has a creamy, velvety texture. This eyeshadow from Mall of USA is formulated with this baked technology. It is smooth like cream, glides effortlessly onto your eyelids, and is also easy to blot out.  It has a metallic, silty texture and contains shimmering, lustrous pearls to give an exquisite look, suitable for any occasion. This eyeshadow is long-lasting and does not smudge or crease even in harsh weather.

Pros

  • Pigmented
  • Glittery
  • Suits olive skin tones
  • Can double as a highlighter
  • Long-lasting
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Contains parabens
  • Contains talc

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4. NARS Single Eyeshadow “Goldfinger”

This golden eyeshadow with a pearl shimmer finish suits all skin tones. It is highly pigmented, opaque, and adheres evenly onto the skin without any priming required. It delivers a subtle sheen to the eyes. This eyeshadow by NARS is formulated with pigments suspended in an innovative liquid binding system.  It is dried as a micronized powder before being packed into a compact. This eyeshadow is long-wearing, crease-resistant, lightweight, and easy to blend.

Pros

  • Suits all skin tones
  • Even application
  • Long-wearing
  • Crease-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to blend

Cons

  • May fallout

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5. Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow “Thrasher”

This is an ultra-pigmented, extreme long-wear eyeshadow from Kat Von D, a Mexican-American tattoo artist, T.V. personality, and entrepreneur.  This is a medium-dark gold metallic shade and is formulated with her proprietary Color-Soaked Concentrate. This is a unique pigment tumbling process that ensures each particle is soft, creamy, and lustrous. It ensures that the color blends out beautifully without losing its intensity. This shadow is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Longwearing
  • Durable
  • Creamy
  • No fallout
  • Blendable
  • Paraben-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan

Cons

None

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6. bareMinerals Eye Shadow “True Gold”

This vibrant, long-lasting shade from bareMinerals can be mixed and matched to create custom looks based on what you are feeling that day. It creates a softer, translucent look when worn dry but is opaque with an incredible sheen when worn wet. This eyeshadow is silky and as light as air. Its all-natural consistency makes it oh-so-easy to apply. It blends seamlessly and stays true to its color all day.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Blendable
  • Long-lasting
  • Pigmented
  • Buildable
  • Preservative-free

Cons

  • Does not suit light-eyed, light-skinned people

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7. Urban Decay Eyeshadow “Half Baked”

Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow in the shade Half Baked is a golden bronze powder eyeshadow with a rich, velvety finish.  It is super pigmented, with uniform blendability for crease-free, long-lasting wear. It is formulated with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System. This system helps the color hold tightly to pigment so that the eyeshadow glides on seamlessly. It features a proprietary blend of ingredients that allows the color to fuse with the formula, giving high-impact color that stays on your lids. This eyeshadow is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalate.

Pros

  • Suits all skin tones
  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Blends well
  • Long shelf Life
  • Highly pigmented
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Expensive

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8. A.C Frost Eyeshadow in “Goldmine”

This highly pigmented powder eyeshadow from M.A.C is multi-use and can be applied either wet or dry. It is a warm-toned color with a frost finish. It applies evenly, is blendable, and not at all fussy to work with.

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Crease-resistant
  • Long-lasting
  • Pigmented
  • Can be used wet or dry

Cons

  • Might not suit all skin tones

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9. Supergoop Eyeshadow “Golden Hour”

The SupergoopEyeshadow in Golden Hour is a subtle,neutral golden color with a built-in UV shield. Itcontains mineral and clean chemical actives that keep the eyes protected. It glides effortlessly and blends without creasing, flaking, or fading. This eyeshadow is made with skin-loving ingredients like roman chamomile, rose, jasmine, and sunflower.

Pros

  • Contains SPF 30
  • Easy to use
  • Cruelty-free
  • Reef-safe
  • Does not crease, flake, or fade

Cons

None

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10. Almay Eyeshadow “Pure Gold Baby”

ThePure GoldBabyby Almay is a versatile golden shade that comes in four finishes –  matte, metallic, shimmer, and satin. It helps create a single, monochromatic look, or can be combined to achieve a unique look. This eyeshadow offers a velvety, smooth finish and the elegant golden color stays for hours.

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Ophthalmologist-tested
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Suitable for daily wear

Cons

  • Contains talc

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As Chief Editor, Harini sets the tone and editorial direction for StyleCraze to deliver engaging, interesting, and authentic content revolving around women's health, wellness, and beauty. She has over 14 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of Beauty, Lifestyle, and Health & Wellness and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.
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