There are loads of different eyeshadows out there, and loads of terms are used. I found this on a website and thought it was very helpful..
- Frosted shadow contains sparkle and is high-shine. Avoid these shadows on mature skin, as they draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles.
- Highlighters are used on the browbone and at the inner and outer corner to brighten and emphasize the eye.
- Matte shadows contain no shine and look more natural. These are good for defining eyes and using as an underlying color.
- Metallic shadows are used shadows that have a metal finish. They create a more dramatic, nighttime look.
- Midtones are natural colors that are swept over the eye for definition. Mid tones are usually close to your skin complexion.
- Powder shadows either come pressed or loose and are good for blending and typically the eye shadow of choice.
- Crème shadow comes in both matte and shimmery finishes. If applied underneath a powder shadow, it can create a more intense color.
- Liquid eyeshadows typically have a shimmery finish, and can be difficult to blend.
- Shimmer shadows are great for mature skin because they’re subtle enough to not bring out fine lines and wrinkles. Shimmers are also useful for highlighting.
- Satin shadows have a finish that is in between a matte and shimmer shadow, and works well on all skin types.”
Hope this explains it better for you 🙂