Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “dark rose.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with a matte finish and cool, blue undertones. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream, cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” The product is so incredibly powdery and chalky–even the lightest tap of the brush to the pan creates a lot of excess powder getting everywhere. The powder doesn’t adhere well to bare skin; it was quick to blend away on my normal-to-dry forearm, and it was only moderately better on my face, which is normal at the moment. If you wear a liquid or cream foundation or some sort of emollient base, you can get the pigment to stick better, but blending this shade was somewhat challenging. It did not appear as splotchy as Lady Rouge, but it wasn’t easily blended. I highly recommend using much, much less than you think and gradually building up the color to the desired intensity. When I wore this shade, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading and some patchiness.

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Love Potion (07)

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Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Milani Lady Rouge (06) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Lady Rouge (06) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I reviewed Coral Cove yesterday, and today’s review is for:

Milani Lady Rouge (06) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “hot red.” It’s a vibrant pop of pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and an ultra matte finish. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is a cream product, slightly more muted. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. NARS Amour (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches.

It had a moderate amount of pigmentation; seemingly good until you actually touch it, because of the incredibly dry, powdery, and chalky texture, it tends to sheer out quickly. If you have normal-to-dry skin or drier, the powder has great difficulty adhering to the skin. To keep the swatch visible, I had to pat on, and I couldn’t really blend it in or even the color out much or else a lot of it disappeared. Of the four shades released, this one was also the most difficult to blend, even when applied over foundation (which helps the powder adhere better, at least), and it took some doing to even out the color so it did not look patchy. One of the things you really want to look for when a blush is intensely pigmented in a richer hue is blendability, and this blush is lacking that. I find that most blushes are versatile and can work on different skin types, over bare skin, under or over foundation (liquid, powder, etc.), but Milani’s recently released Rose Powder Blushes are much pickier about what they require to be decent. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. I was definitely surprised that the blush did not look at all powdery on the skin, over foundation, but otherwise, I was pretty disappointed–especially after seeing the brand put out a stellar product like Bella Rosa (a bold, bright, pigmented blush that applied well too!).

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Lady Rouge (06)

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I’ll have reviews for all four as I work through testing them, but here’s the first one I tried…

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, more orange. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, darker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is more shimmery, more orange. See comparison swatches.

While soft, the texture is extremely dry, powdery, and feels rather chalky. It seems like there is a lot of talc in this product, and it’s absolutely something I noticed straight off the bat. If you have dry skin, the powder doesn’t adhere well–it will pick and choose the rare spots it sticks, and subsequently, it looks quite patchy and uneven. For example, my forearm is normal-to-dry, and the powder was troublesome to swatch. On my face, which is normal at the moment, I had slightly better results as more product adhered to the skin (more natural oils for the blush to stick to). This is a blush that really needed a base underneath, such as foundation, to apply decently. Despite how chalky and powdery it felt in the pan, with a good base, it did not appear powdery applied to cheeks. Coral Cove is moderately pigmented; it seems intense, but it tends to sheer out very readily due to the powderiness. It blends decently but does need some extra patience and buffing to get just right. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours.

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Coral Cove (05)

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lipglosses, and today, I have three more shades that I’ve tested from the line-up. To recap, the recently launched formula is supposed to have rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick or as tacky. They’re somewhat hydrating as well.

Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency but a noticeable amount of color. This shade lasted four hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Coral Crush (10) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, muted orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will still come through. As the gloss is on the thicker side, it seems to bunch up if you press your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more muted, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Red My Lips (12) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium red with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had rich, opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Sweet Grapefruit (09)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Coral Crush (10)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Red My Lips (12)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

What are your favorite cool-toned pinks? It can be such a fun color to wear, because a lot of the blue-based pinks have a brightness to them, which I think is perfect during late winter/early spring when it can be gloomy and gray outside.

  1. NARS Gaiety — cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a matte finish
  2. OCC Mannequin — a pale, cool-toned pink with a matte finish
  3. Hourglass Ethereal Glow — a soft, cool-toned pale pink
  4. MAC Pink Nouveau — a cool-toned, blue-based light-medium pink with a satiny finish
  5. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) — a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a matte finish
Friday, February 14th, 2014

Milani Coming Up Roses Collection
Milani Coming Up Roses Collection

Rose Powder Blush ($7.99)

A luxurious matte powder blush that features rose petals micro-milled into the powder to bring out the natural rosy tones. This blush is multi-purpose: use to shape, contour, and highlight your face. It is easy to use and streak-free. Suitable for all skin types and tones.

  • Coral Cove (05) Bright coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Lady Rouge (06) Hot red (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Love Potion (07) Dark rose (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Tea Rose (08) Light rose (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Milani; March 2014 at select Walgreens