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In a land far, far away, I used to put on eye shadow without the help of a brush. I simply rubbed a just-washed (but still a bit oily) finger to pick up the color (thereby muddying the shadow), and smeared it over my lid, rubbing extra at the corners and crease to "blend" it. Now, that's fine for cream shadow or the currently chic eye gloss, but for everyday, powder shadows — shimmer, matte, you name it — a good brush is in order. Or three.
Over the past decade, I've realized what a massive difference a wardrobe of eye shadow brushes can make. A good angled liner brush can turn shadow into a fine border at your lash line or into a smudgy, sooty line depending on how you wield it. A short-bristled, wide, shadow brush can sweep color across your lid with nary a variation in opacity. And that holy grail, a precise crease brush like the Moda Metallics Triad Eye Brush, can add effortless dimension to your crease, the outer third of your lid, or anywhere you'd like intense pigment.
In fact, the Moda Metallics Triad Eye Brush is so good at this that our resident color-shadow expert, Devon Abelman, relies on it to make her trademark bright and pastel shadows look their most vibrant. (That's probably also because — fun fact — Devon actually inspired the creation of the brush.) The only catch: It's so exact that your handiwork needs to be, too. The brush works best with light, targeted strokes in the area you're shading. It's all the things a good brush should be: cruelty-free, super soft, with not a hair out of place. And the pretty beveled gold handle doesn't hurt, either.
I've found that the Moda Metallics Triad Eye Brush is equally handy at lending my everyday taupe shadow a sexy, smoked-out effect when it is also dipped into a tawny or purple shadow. And, when it's clean, at smudging the border between my crease shadow and my brows. You'll need two brushes if you want to try that trick, though, because a wet brush will only exaggerate pigment placement.
The Moda's Metallics Triad Eye Brush is a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner. Check out the full list of Allure's 2020 Best of Beauty winners.