Monday, May 25, 2015

Lit Cosmetics glitter - Size 2 vs. Size 3

I love glitter. I love using it on my nails, on my eyes...I really dig it. Lit Cosmetics is probably my favorite glitter brand. When I first bought their glitter, I had no idea what I was doing. I was going for a specific type of look, and I got my glitter, and I was super pumped. looked all wrong. The glitter just looked bad. I later found out that Lit sells different sizes of glitter. I had picked size 2, which is a pretty fine cut. Now that I know better, I prefer size 3. All of my glitter in my Lit collection is size 2 or 3, and I think it would be handy to show the difference. I happen to have two sizes of the same shade, Cher. (Cher was my first glitter, that I got in the wrong size, by the way. Now I have what I need!)

According to Lit Cosmetics, size 2 is a "small cut," and size 3 is a "medium cut." The above picture has the two sizes side by side, and you can sort of tell the difference in size from what's in the sifter. it offers four sizes in total, with size 1 being a "micro cut," (I can't imagine how teeny that is!) and size 4 being a "large cut." I also took a shot using the macro setting to hopefully capture some more detail on the glitter size.

With the macro shot, size 2 looks like some silvery, sparkly sand. Meanwhile, size 3 looks like actual piece of glitter! Size 2 is much much smaller (it's actually half the size of size 3!) What will really help show the difference between the sizes is a set of swatches.

Now you can definitely see the difference between the two! Size 2 looks like a very fine sparkle, while size 3 looks like some serious glitter. I find that size 2 is a little more tricky to work with sometimes, because the fine cut sometimes clumps up if you use too much adhesive, or if you don't work fast enough at spreading what you have on your brush. I prefer size 3 because the pieces of glitter are larger, and I feel it looks better for things such as glitter liner. Size 2 glitter looks great for more subtle looks, as the sparkle will gently catch the light, instead of shouting HEY LOOK AT THIS GLITTER! like size 3 would. 

It's important to notice what size the glitter you're buying is, especially if you have a certain look in mind! I'm happy that I know the difference now, and will usually pick something in size 3 if available (or something along those lines if I'm not buying from Lit.) 


  1. Thanks for the great post! I was pretty confused about Lit's sizing system and just happened to be recently wondering what the difference between 2 and 3 were-great timing :)

  2. This is a super-informative post - I had no idea there were so many types of glitter! Also, Cher is a gorgeous shade, I bet it makes a great glitter liner!