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

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, vibrant reddish-pink with a mostly matte finish. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less red, lighter. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is slightly warmer (and a cream product). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is pinker, cooler-toned, and more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

If you’re a big fan of richly pigmented blushes, you might fall in love for Bella Rosa, because it’s not a shy blush at all. It will apply at full intensity if you’re not careful! I recommend using a stippling brush to apply something like this if you’re looking for a softer, sheerer look. The powder has a soft, smooth, silky texture, so I expected it to blend easily, but it did take some effort to even out the color. It’s not too difficult, but when the shade is this intense, every bit counts–you really want a blendable texture. There’s a lot to like about this blush, and to see this level of pigmentation for under $10, I’m impressed. I can see this working beautifully on deeper skin tones, but with a feathery brush and touch, even very fair complexions will be able to make this work. The color wore very well for eight hours before starting to fade around the edges.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with strong blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two (the second I will be reviewing shortly!) new, matte blushes for spring. It’s intensely pigmented, so you’ll want to reach for less dense brushes and use a lighter hand if you tend to be heavy handed with blush and/or you have a fairer complexion. On my medium skin tone, just knowing not to go full-force with the blush brush yielded a soft, natural application that was just enough to show up on my skin tone. I would expect this to show up more blue-based if you have naturally cooler undertones, but even my warmer complexion didn’t completely swallow up the undertones of this one (which I like!). The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and the blush blends fairly well, though it’s not the most blendable formula. I would make sure to go with a softer application, then build up the color, rather than rely on blending it away. It wore well for eight hours, which was a surprise, given it is a baked formula, before it showed signs of fading.

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

This spring, Milani launched a new gloss formula, Brilliant Shine, in fourteen different shades. The new formula is supposed to have “rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” I have several more to try (and not all of them are even photographed yet!), but here are the first three I tested. 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 and not tacky. Based on these three, they’re somewhat hydrating while worn.

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pink-tinged berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. Sometimes deeper shades like this can look splotchy on lips, but I thought this one managed to still allow the natural lip color to come through without looking too uneven. It wore well for four hours. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Ravish Raspberry (06) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It lasted just over four hours on me. It’s brighter and pinker compared to Berry Tempting. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lady (07) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based medium pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it wouldn’t apply evenly at all! It looked splotchy and as if it had settled into lip lines yet not fully. When I wore it, the color lasted for three hours. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned and shimmery. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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Berry Tempting (05)

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Ravish Raspberry (06)

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

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Pink Lady (07)

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Longevity

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Milani Spring 2014 Launches
Milani Spring 2014 Launches

Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss ($5.49)

Rich color, extreme high shine, comfortable lasting wear, moisturizing & non-tacky.

  • Bare Secret (01)
  • Mai-Tai (02)
  • Luminous (03)
  • Mauve Fetish (04)
  • Berry Tempting (05)
  • Ravish Raspberry (06)
  • Pink Lady (07)
  • Rose Blush (08)
  • Sweet Grapefruit (09)
  • Coral Crush (10)
  • Nude Touch (11)
  • Red My Lips (12)
  • Brownberry (13)
  • Black Cherry (14)

Power Lip ($6.49)

New non-drying formula, long-lasting shine, stain, & color coverage. Available at CVS.

  • Red Control (01)
  • Cabaret Blend (02)
  • Raspberry Tart (03)
  • Pink Lemonade (04)
  • Macaroon (05)
  • Strawberry Sugar (06)
  • Mango Tango (07)
  • Creamy Cafe (08)

Lip Intense Liquid Color ($6.49)

Infused with pure pigments for a shockingly intense full lip color. Application of a gloss with the longevity of a lipstick. Lightweight, full coverage formula.

  • Red Extreme (01)
  • Pink Rave (02)
  • Fiery Coral (03)
  • Violet Addict (04)

Anti-Feathering Lipliner ($4.49)

A smooth easy glide-on, mistake proof formula that prevents lipstick & liploss from feathering. Serves as lip primer & line filler when used all over lips & extends
the wear of any lipstick or lipgloss. Enriched with vitamins & moisturizing ingredients for a creamy application. Sharpens with Milani’s Duo Pencil Sharpener.

  • Transparent (01)

Brow & Eye Highlighters ($6.49)

Perfect duo for a luminous effect around the eyes. Can be used as a brightener, highlighter & eyeshadow. Brow lifting, light diffusing pigments.

  • Matte Beige/High Glow (01)
  • Matte Cream/Luminous Lift (02)
  • Vanilla/Natural Taupe (03)

Brow Shaping Clear Gel ($4.49)

  • Clear (01)

Brow Shaping Clear Wax ($4.49)

  • Clear (01)

Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner ($7.49)

Ergonomic handle for easy application. Full color definition in one stroke application. Extreme fine-tip point creates three line styles.

  • Black (01)

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Here is a compilation of my favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses that I’ve tested over the past year! I’m really excited to have found an affordable, high-quality lip scrub this year. Bonus points for being an indie brand to boot! It does seem like 2013 was the year of bright lipstick–fuchsia, red, and orange!

What were your favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses from the past year?