Monday, September 6th, 2010

Milani Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow: Bronze Doll

Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is one of twelve shades available in Milani’s Runway Eyeshadow range. I was originally going to review all six shades I tested out at once, but the quality of each is just all over the place that it doesn’t make sense. This is a definite downfall to the product range, because it’s incredibly inconsistent.  I’ll be reviewing a shade a day for the next six days.

We’ll kick off the Runway Eyeshadow reviews with Bronze Doll, which is one of the better shades I tried. It’s a coppery brown with noticeable orange undertones. It has decent pigmentation when used dry, but it is more intense and smoother when applied wet. The texture is similar to those of other brands’ baked eyeshadows; very smooth, a little powdery, and there is a tendency for the product to fade a bit if you use it wet (as it dries down). It’s also better to pack the product on and do very careful blending, because it is easy to sheer these out if you spend too much time blending.

The packaging is a bummer; it just feels cheap and flimsy, and the curved dual-ended brush is terrible. I don’t know how the curve of this tiny brush is supposed to make it easier to apply eyeshadow with it. That brush really kills the overall look for me, though–it’s just so bleh, even the sponge tip feels a bit on the scratchy side.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: For warmer skin tones, I think this works decently for a copper-bronze kind of shade without breaking the bank. I think it may look too orange on cooler skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Cherry Culture

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Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow

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50 thoughts on “Milani Bronze Doll Runway Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Becky

    The phallic brush alone is reason enough for me to skip these shadows…

  2. This doesn’t have a sparkle over spray, does it? I know some Milani shadows have this which is annoying and misleading when you’re trying to pick a shade. This shade looks nice enough though.

  3. ter

    I probably shouldn’t admit it but I’ve owned this for well over a month & haven’t opened it yet! I also have Royalty ,Lily White & Girls Luv Pink.I love Milani! I agree about the brush & packaging…awful.

    • Isn’t there just something about the packaging that’s so… yuck? I mean I get that when you’re buying drugstore products that some of where you save money on is fancy packaging… but ah! this is just bad.

  4. I saw these in the store and thought about trying them. Awesome review, will NOT be buying these haha

  5. Milani has little individual eyeshadows besides these (just listed as ‘powder eye shadows’ on their website), they are actually quite nice for the price.
    I’ve never tried the type you reviewed here, because I have several Isadora shadows in the same exact sort of packaging, and it IS cheap and terrible packaging. :(

  6. Aw, man! Disappointing. : ( It looks so pretty in the container. I’ve been eyeing these at Target … will be interested to see the rest of the reviews!

  7. Amanda Enn

    Lancome eyeshadows used to come with brushes like that, but it had a curved double sponge tip applicator instead of one sponge, one brush.

  8. a

    I noticed you don’t review drugstore products as frequently as high end products and the drugstore products are more likely to get bad “grades.” Aside from the packaging why did this deserve a C? If you have problems with pigmentation you should get your hands on fyrinnae pixy epoxy as that solves the problem even for the least pigmented eyeshadow.

    • I stated all of the reasons and issues I had with this product in the review. The product itself is 24/30 – which is a low B- because it’s a little on the sheer side, fades quickly, and takes packing to get it to look decent. Just because it’s drugstore doesn’t mean I should have to lower my standards – I grade regardless of price, because I don’t want to waste $5 or $30 on a poorly made product. I also don’t think it’s fair to say “this is great!” only because it’s cheap. Being affordable is great, but the product should still perform well at the end of the day. :)

      I’ve actually given Milani a TON of favorable reviews – so I urge you to check out my past reviews, as many of the drugstore products I feature on the blog are *good* ones that I’ve found.

      I shouldn’t have to purchase yet another product to make one inferior product work! That’s nonsense, LOL! Any base will always help an eyeshadow out, but a good eyeshadow will be everything you want it to be all by itself.

  9. LU

    If you imagine the packaging to be black, the shape of it sort of looks like shiseido! :)

  10. Edani

    Milani has a few products that I swear by (I’m a fan of their nail colors) but the few colors of these shadows I have tried I simply despise :-/

  11. Angela0804

    I have about 20 different bronze es so why not make it 21

  12. Amy

    That little sponge tip has a tendency to slip off, too. I love some of their other shades though, especially when I switched to a quality brush.

    • Yeah, it was probably one of the worst sponge tip applicators I’ve come across, lol!

      • Miss Silver

        I always toss the sponge tip applicators when I buy the single eyeshadows. Even luxury brands like Elizabeth Arden sometimes have these really horrible small brushes that seem to scrub your epidermis off of your dermis when you apply make up with; so much pain!

        But I keep the ones that are soft and are of good quality; never know when you might need to use them.

  13. anna

    This eyeshadow brand is not that bad. I like their shadows. they r well pigmented and look nice so as long as u use ur own makeup brush as with any eyeshadow compact

  14. I kinda like this bronzy shade! But yea, the packaging…..LOL!!! 😛

  15. lisa

    aww these e/s are one of my faves!! a little on the pricey side than other drugstore eye shadows but very unique colors. Some people feel there is an over spray of shimmer but seriously the shimmer just blends in and looks less noticeable underneath but trust me, it’s there :)

  16. That little brush just made me crack up and laugh.
    The brush, however, does not phaze me in the least bit since I always use decent brushes when applying my make-up. Most of the time I actually just chuck ’em away in any case.
    I like the colour, though.
    I would take a kabuki brush and dust this colour lightly over my bare shoulders, top of my feet and calves for a night out when I wear a dress.

  17. Miss Silver

    Hey, Christine, would you do reviews on dollar store products? I know you like the luxury brand items, but I thought I’d ask. :)

    • Probably not – I don’t buy drugstore products (or dollar store products) if I have to get them from a physical location and I’m not sure if there’s a dollar store (is that the name of the store?) theme online (is there?). I’m completely grossed out (germaphobe here!) by them. Any drugstore items I review are either ones I bought online or samples via PR. So many people open up products in stores, breathe on them, touch them, swatch them… you just never know. I get sooo icked out!

  18. Isabelle

    It’s a shame that they changed so much, their original shadows were a favorite of mine and it seems that they stopped making those for good.