Five Affordable Gold Eyeshadows

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Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

I've been really feeling gold eyeshadow lately - I find that it brings attention to my eyes and adds that extra wow factor to my eyeshadow looks. Ironically today's theme for the March flatlay challenge I'm taking part in on Instagram is pot of gold, so today's post will be a breakdown of five affordable gold eyeshadows that won't break the bank!

 Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Game Face: Admittedly this shade is more of a metallic copper than straight up gold, but it's way too pretty not to mention. If you're not a fan of true yellow-golds and prefer the darker end of the golden spectrum, this shade will be a hit for you! This shadow retails for $5.

 Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single in Brass (left) and Fyrinnae Loose Shadow in Shenanigans (right)

Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single in Brass (left) and Fyrinnae Loose Shadow in Shenanigans (right)

Wet N Wild Color Icon Glitter Single in Brass: Chunky golden glitter. This shadow is difficult to work with on its own, but it layers decently over shimmery eyeshadows to give your lids some extra dimension. Don't expect as much pigmentation as you would from a gold sparkly pigment though - this is straight up golden glitter chunks mixed into a sticky base. This retails for $0.99, making it a super cheap option if you're not looking to drop some stacks on a more powerful pigment.

Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow in Shenanigans: Blackened, cooler-toned gold with multicolor sparkles. This is definitely the most unique gold eyeshadow I own. The deep gold base is beautiful on its own, but the subtle rainbow shimmer really makes it something special. Do note that this a loose pigment that works best when applied over glitter glue. The full-sized version of this shadow retails for $6.75 but you can also get a sample size for $2.75.

 Ulta Eyeshadow in Copper Bronze (top) and Life's Entropy All About That Base Pair (bottom)

Ulta Eyeshadow in Copper Bronze (top) and Life's Entropy All About That Base Pair (bottom)

Ulta Eyeshadow in Copper Bronze: Shimmery caramel golden shade. I was shocked at how rich this eyeshadow is considering it came from the Ulta collection. Unfortunately it looks like Ulta got rid of this line of shadows and has replaced them with new ones that I can't find swatches for. Based purely on photos of the shadows on Ulta's website, Bronze Babe and Anxious look like promising alternatives. These shadows retail for $8.50 each bu frequently go on sale.

Life's Entropy Eyeshadow in All About That Base Pair: Metallic orangey-gold packed full of golden shimmer. This shade is the ultra-metallic sister to Ulta's Copper Bronze. This is also a loose pigment but still shines even without glitter glue, whereas Ulta's is a typical pressed shadow. It retails for $6.

Below are swatches of each of the shadows mentioned above. For your reference, all swatches were done without any primer underneath.

 Top to bottom: Colourpop Game Face, Ulta Copper Bronze, Wet N Wild Brass, Fyrinnae Shenanigans, Life's Entropy All About That Base Pair

Top to bottom: Colourpop Game Face, Ulta Copper Bronze, Wet N Wild Brass, Fyrinnae Shenanigans, Life's Entropy All About That Base Pair

So there you have it! Here are five gold eyeshadows you don't need a literal pot of gold to afford (ha). What are your favorite gold shadows? Leave a comment below so I can check them out!