Best Bet: Black Velvet Eye Shadow

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Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

Unless you're Ke$ha or backstage at a Giles Deacon show, glitter is best approached sparingly over the age of 13. Touted as glitter for grown-ups, this sparkly, charcoal-plum eye shadow is a surprising standout in Bobbi Brown's new fall collection. Despite its disco-ball appearance in the compact, the brushed-on effect is smoky and tastefully understated. The smoldering, super-fine shimmer effect looks fresh — fit for a date or night out at the bar. And unlike the heavy-handed makeup palettes of your youth, this smooth shadow sticks to your lids, rather than everywhere else.

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Sparkle Eye Shadow, $24 at Lord & Taylor or online.