Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “light rose.” It’s a muted, almost dusty, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This was the best-performing shade of the new-for-spring set of four, but it was still disappointing and frustrating to use due to the dry, powdery texture. It’s a powder that seems soft but almost turns into a loose powder with the lightest touch. This shade didn’t feel as chalky as the other three, even though it still has a lot of powdery excess and had trouble adhering to bare skin. It needs some sort of emollient base (moisturizer, oilier skin, liquid/cream foundation, etc.) to help it stick to the skin. Otherwise, bare skin is an uphill battle, as the blush goes on unevenly, looks splotchy, and is very sheer (because so little of it stays on the skin). Over foundation, I was able to get the color to stay, and with some work, blended and even enough that it was presentable. What managed to stay on bare skin almost seven hours, and wear was definitely improved over foundation–more like eight to nine hours. I’m so used to blushes that have no problem applying to the skin, whether bare, powdered, or fully made-up with primer and foundation, including some by Milani.

The Glossover


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Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder. On eyes: Sephora Snakeskin Dress Eyeliner. On lips: Bobbi Brown Bare Peach Lipgloss.

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25 thoughts on “Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Gorgeous! Too bad it’s so powdery!

  2. This one looks definitely better, but still not worth the trouble ordering online!
    Judith Recently Posted: Essence long lasting lipstick in wear berries, blush my lips and natural beauty

  3. Wow….its such a pretty shade…looking even prettier on you dear….:-)

  4. The color is pretty, but another bad blush Milani..?!

  5. Minza

    It’s a dupe for Illamasqua Hussy!

  6. Another dud! :( The colors on these are so nice, it’s a shame.
    Erin Recently Posted: Whomp Whomp: Ménage Á Trois 2011 Pinot Grigio Review

  7. I like this shade the best, but it still held on to my skin for dear life, lol, and I had to tissue some of it off to make it wearable. I love the look of these embossed blushes that I will keep them around as little sculptures ;)
    Allison Recently Posted: Milani Coming Up Roses Blush, Spring 2014

  8. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    For some reason, perhaps the lighting in the store, this one looked warmer-toned, almost “peachy”, so it was an obvious skip for me. However, looking at these swatches, I may want to reconsider… I have to go to the grocery store later today, so I may hop over to Walgreen’s and take a chance with this one. I always wear a foundation or TM, so maybe I’ll have *some* luck!

    • If you end up trying, I look forward to your thoughts!

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        I found some of the Maybelline LE products, so I got those instead… There’s a part of me that regrets not buying this, as I have this need to try subpar products sometimes, but financially it wasn’t doable this time. I just can’t get past how dry/chalky it looks in the pan!

  9. I absolutely love this shade, but too bad the formulation of these isn’t good.

  10. This one has a really pretty colour, and I love the name :-) Maybe if others are having problems too they’ll consider reformulating? (do they ever do that?)
    Sylirael Recently Posted: Back to Basics III: A Classic Red Nail Polish for Every Rogue – Butter London Come to Bed Red

  11. Drew

    Wow, these are such a huge letdown. Milani usually makes some really great drugstore products, and to see all of these perform so poorly is just tragic. I *might* still get one because of the neat rose pattern, but it’s unlikely. Dang it, Milani!