Milani Primary Runway Eyes Palette ($8.99 for 0.32 oz.) contains six shades arranged as thin strips inside a clear, plastic compact. It comes with a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator (not particularly useful). The product can be used dry for a sheerer, shimmery color, or it can be used damp for greater intensity.
Milani Royalty Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium fuchsia purple with a lilac sheen. It’s like a purple version of MAC Stars ‘n Rockets (without the duochrome). It’s semi-sheer when used dry, and it’s still a little sheer when used wet. I like the color, and I think the subtle periwinkle flecks seem to come through a bit, which makes it more nuanced than some of the other shades from Milani’s Runway line.
Milani Leaf Green Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) looks like a medium grassy (or leafy, I suppose) green, but in actuality, it swatches as a chartreuse green with stronger yellow undertones. It’s semi-sheer when applied dry, but it really looks beautiful when applied wet (and it still retains much of the same intensity and coloring when it dries down–I’d say 90%). It has such a smooth, more metallic than shimmer look when applied wet–could be a nice substitute for MAC True Chartreuse pigment. I do wish it would apply better when used dry, though, since it’s supposed to be used either way.
Milani Caribbean Sea Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is such a pretty shade of aqua blue… if you use it wet. When used dry, it’s rather lackluster and almost takes on a greenish cast; it’s also on the sheer side. However, add just a touch of fixing spray or water to your brush before picking up the shadow yields a much more intense, pigmented shade of lightened aqua blue. You’ll need to pack on the color, rather than sweep on, to get the best results. It’s not a great eyeshadow, but it’s workable when wet.
Milani Blue Lagoon Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) looks so full of beautiful blue promise, but it really falls flat. This was the worst shade that I tried out of the six (there are twelve in total, so I don’t know how it compares against the six I haven’t tried)–it’s just so sheer. It’s even ridiculously sheer when used wet. The color practically disappears, and instead of a brightened medium blue, you get this sheered navy blue with flashes of lighter blue sheen. I think the swatches speak for themselves, to be honest!
Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a sheer, barely-there patina gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen. It really is rather sheer when applied dry, but it does intensify when used wet. However, this is a shade that can easily be used for that quick, two-minute eye look that adds a little dazzle to the lids without having to spend much time on it. Just a quick swipe and you’re out the door–it’s one of those kinds of shades. By itself, it doesn’t stay on for more than a couple of hours, but over a base, it worked just fine.