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

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

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

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

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

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

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder. On eyes: Sephora Snakeskin Dress Eyeliner.

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45 thoughts on “Milani Lady Rouge (06) Rose Powder Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. That’s too bad, it’s such a nice color!
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  2. I have dry skin so I will pass!
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  3. Aw, what a shame that it doesn’t blend well. Just looking at it, it really looks super pretty…

  4. A D+? These reviews are breaking my heart lol. I was SO set on getting all of them because I missed out on the first round but the formula sounds terrible. I’ve tried the baked blushes and they’re so lovely. It’s a shame these aren’t the same quality. I don’t think these will look flattering on my dry skin at all
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  5. This was something I was looking forward to, but the rating doesn’t entice me haha. The shade is gorgeous, though.

  6. what a shame! the colour is so pretty. i wish milani would rethink their formula. their lip products are so good.

  7. liz

    This reminds me a lot of NYX Bourgeois Pig, but way more powdery.
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  8. What a shame that these are such poor performers because they look SO pretty and I’m such a sucker for anything with a flower motif pressed into it! The colour of this sure doesn’t look at all “rose” or even “red” – it looks far more peachy than the name would suggest. And it looks SO pigmented (as in too pigmented) on your cheeks but I’m guessing it’s because that’s the only way to get it to show at all – “over apply” – which is exactly what I’ve just found with the Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in Rose. In fact, I put it on yesterday, since it’s the weekend, and was appalled to look at my face an hour later to find that my cheeks looked clownish or as if I’d had an allergic reaction – they were WAY too pink but when I applied the blush and tried to get some colour, that seemed to be the only way to go (I wonder if it intensifies or the colour develops with wear – something I can live without since I want to be able to apply my makeup with an inkling of how it will look when I leave the house).

    • Haha! I hear ya – would rather know how it’s going to look than walk out the door and later go, “Whoa, that’s not quite what I was going for!”

      • xamyx

        I find that happens with nearly every PF blush or bronzer I’ve tried. I thought maybe it was just me, as many liquid products tend to change/darken on me, but only PF powders…

  9. A terrible shame, because the colour is lovely – especially on you! Seems like they might have just over-talc’d this formula?
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  10. Georgia

    Thanks for the honest review. Im glad that I didn’t make an impulse buy on these when they first came out. Will you be reviewing the two other remaining Milani rose blushes?

  11. I passed on these blushes earlier this week because they looked chalky in the pan. I did buy Milani’s Lip Intense Liquid Color (Violet Addict and Fiery Coral) and they didn’t work for me either. I also bought some of the Brilliant Shine lip glosses in Coral Crush, Mai Tai and Bare Secret. I’m crossing my fingers on these items. They were all on sale at my local Walgreens. Lately I’ve been really disappointed with my Milani purchases.

  12. This looks so beautiful especially with the flower embossing! I got excited to maybe finally try a Milani product until the review (which is always a priority! ;p).

  13. This was a very pretty color and the packaging is cute, it’s too bad it performed so badly. I can only imagine how this would perform for me. I have extreme combo skin. SUPER Oily in the T-zone and SUPER dry on the outer part of my face.

  14. Too bad, the color was so pretty!
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  15. I really wanted to get this. Guess not. Feels like drugstore makeup quality is going down again :(

  16. I liked the look of this but a D+ rating deffo puts me off.

  17. I was sad these where US store exclusives again but that rating make me even more sad. T-T
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  18. anne

    these were so horrible. I actually have combo/dry skin- my cheeks get drier so i didn’t even attempt these on , I knew from swatching i wouldn’t like them. I think i only tried tea rose on because it was the least patchy but i didn’t like it, hard to blend. Def dry chalky and powdery considering i got delizioso pink and bella rosa, haven’t even worn them and already know i will like them from swatching. These were really disappointing, returned immediately.

  19. Kia

    I’m not completely surprised by your poor review of these (as I’ve seen mixed reviews), still I disagree! Loving all four shades on my darker skin. They are somewhat dry, but what powder product isn’t? I really appreciate the pigmentation.

    • A lot of powder products don’t have this type of dry, chalky, powdery base that these do – I definitely haven’t come across that many personally!