This is what Glossier’s new Skywash eyeshadows look like on different skin tones

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Skywash is a collection of seven subtle matte eye colour shades fresh from the house of Glossier.

Glossier is a brand that does things its own way. Most recently, it announced that its London pop-up store will be staying open until the end of the year due to unprecedented demand, and now, just a couple of days after founder Emily Weiss wrote a letter detailing her company’s commitment to sustainability, the brand has dropped a new collection of colour cosmetics. 

Skywash – the name alone makes us love it already – is a collection of seven long-wearing eyeshadows. Inspired by the colours of southwest landscapes (in the US, not the UK, sadly) these shadows have a sheer matte finish and are designed to add depth to the eyes for a more grown up wash of colour.

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Glossier Skywash in shades Pool and Echo

We know what you’re thinking: blue and green don’t exactly look wearable, but because they’re so delicate, they are. 

Glossier’s make-up artist Celia Burton suggests applying Skywash directly onto the lid with the applicator and then blending them out with your fingers or a soft fluffy brush. 

There are seven shades in total, so we – the Stylist beauty team – took on the arduous task of trying each one. Here are our thoughts honest thoughts…

  • The golden beige: Glossier Skywash in Palm


    “Potentially the most wearable for every day, this almost-golden shade kind of looks like nothing on me but it adds depth and evens out my eyelids. I’m not sure it’s the one I would reach for the most but I like that it adds something but requires very minimal effort.”

    Lucy Partington, beauty editor

  • The cocoa brown: Glossier Skywash in Echo


    “This is the shade I’ve worn most and is the darkest of the bunch. I do two layers, blending each out with a Mac Cosmetics 217 blending brush. It’s the easiest way to do a one-colour smokey eye and I’m honestly obsessed with it.”

    Lucy Partington, beauty editor

  • The fresh green: Glossier Skywash in Lawn


    “Green. Eyeshadow. Yes, I thought it sounded terrifying too – until I put it on. When I initially swiped Lawn on my lids, the bright green looked like quite bright (read: very bright), but blended out it transformed into a gorgeous sheer wash of green. I found it blended better with my finger (my brush seemed to absorb the product) and was impressed that the formula managed to stay matte even when faced with my notoriously oily eyelids. I’m won over and firmly believe everyone needs this in their lives. Seriously, get one. Now.”

    Hanna Ibraheem, senior beauty writer

  • The neutral taupe: Glossier Skywash in Pebble


    “I’m a nude eyeshadow obsessive, and the neutral pink shade, Pebble, blended out to give a subtle, bright tint to my lids. Applying it to my inner corners made me look so much more awake.”

    Kiran Meeda, beauty assistant

  • The cornflower blue: Glossier Skywash in Pool


    “The pastel blue shade, Pool, works surprisingly well on my skin tone. After one application, the creamy eyeshadow was really easy to blend out, and kept a really consistent pigment.”

    Kiran Meeda, beauty assistant

  • The burnt sienna: Glossier Skywash in Terra


    “Probably my second favourite shade; this is a beautiful burnt orange shade that’s actually surprisingly easy to wear and works well with my hazel eyes. I smudged this over my lid with my finger and it blends out into an incredible wash of terracotta. Love.”

    Lucy Partington, beauty editor

  • The warm peach: Glossier Skywash in Valley


    “Described as a “warm peach” by Glossier, Valley is the perfect your-eyelid-but-better shade. Once I blended it out (weirdly, this one blended better with a brush, rather than fingers), it turned into a pretty peach with brown undertones that gave my dark eyelids an even tone all over. It’s basically the answer to looking like you’ve made some effort without having to put much in. And for that reason, it’s going straight into my make-up bag.”

    Hanna Ibraheem, senior beauty writer

Glossier Skywash Sheer Matte Lid Tint, £15 each; available now at

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Lucy Partington

Freelance beauty editor Lucy Partington is obsessed with all things skincare, collecting eyeshadow palettes that she'll probably never use, and is constantly on the hunt for the ultimate glowy foundation.

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