2012 Most Underrated Budget Brand

Drugstore brands have been doing some BIG! and INCREDIBLE! things in the past couple of years, and lately, Milani’s been creating amazing products but isn’t getting enough credit for them.  In 2012, Milani released incredible cream shadow pencils and intensely pigmented powder eyeshadows that were quite fantastic. And they’re two types of products that aren’t always done as superbly as Milani managed to do at mass.

2013 Best Budget Powder Eyeshadow

Milani’s new range of pressed powder eyeshadows is fantastic overall.  The textures are soft, buttery, and dense and blend beautifully.  I’ve tested several shades since the introduction of the formula, and they’ve worn well!

2013 Best Budget Eyeshadow Pencil

Milani Shadow Eyez last as long as ten hours on me, and they’re creamy, buildable in color, nicely pigmented, and are comfortable to wear alone or as an eyeshadow base.

2013 Best Budget Pencil Eyeliner

Milani’s Liquif’Eye Eyeliners continue to be my go-to recommendation for a more affordable eyeliner that still has a soft, creamy texture with intense color payoff and long-wearing capabilities.  I wish they’d expand the shade range!

2013 Best Budget Powder Foundation

If you’re in the market for a powder-based foundation that yields natural-looking finish that’s light-to-medium in coverage, this is something worth checking out to keep your budget in check. It is finely-milled, soft to the touch, and easy to apply.

2013 Best Budget Everyday Blush

Milani’s Luminoso Baked Blush gives a soft, glowy sheen to cheeks with just a hint of color.  It’s easy to wear, suits many looks, and is hard to overdo.