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Round-up: Milani Rose Powder Blush Reviews & Photos

Milani Rose Powder Blush Comparisons

Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) introduced four new and limited edition shades for spring. Unfortunately, all four of them were misses for me. The colors were gorgeous, and the design delicate and lovely in the pan, but the performance was where this product fell–and fell hard. The texture of all four shades was incredibly powdery and dry, and three of the four shades also felt like they had chalky bases (maybe an excess of talc). They’re the type of product that really needs help to perform decently, so if you’re someone who typically applies blush over a cream or liquid foundation, doesn’t mind having to spend a little time blending and evening out the blush, then maybe they’re still worth considering, but I really don’t think they’re worth the work. I would steer you in the direction of Delizioso Pink or Bella Rosa, both intensely pigmented blushes that performed well (both by Milani).

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  1. Coral Cove
  2. Lady Rouge
  3. Love Potion
  4. Tea Rose
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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 ($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.

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
72%
Total

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Illamasqua Glamore Collection for Spring 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Collection for Spring 2014
Illamasqua Glamore Collection for Spring 2014

Shattered Star Nails ($17.00)

Shattered Stars are a new take on the same highly pigmented, award-winning and chip resistant Illamasqua nail varnish featuring a a multi-dimensional glitter finish. With three shades to choose, they provide the perfect finish and inspiration for nail art.

  • Fire Rose Shattered pink
  • Marquise Shattered orange
  • Trilliant Shatttered champagne

Satin Finish Glamore Lipstick ($26.00)

Colour intense lipstick with a long lasting satin finish. Ideal for a more hydrated comfort finish. Can be worn under a sheer lip-gloss for more 3D Effect.

  • Glissade Bold pink
  • Luster Candy pink
  • Soaked Vibrant orange

Availability: Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Illamasqua

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10 Shades of Coral for Spring to Wear on Lips & Cheeks

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “dark rose.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with a matte finish and cool, blue undertones. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream, cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” The product is so incredibly powdery and chalky–even the lightest tap of the brush to the pan creates a lot of excess powder getting everywhere. The powder doesn’t adhere well to bare skin; it was quick to blend away on my normal-to-dry forearm, and it was only moderately better on my face, which is normal at the moment. If you wear a liquid or cream foundation or some sort of emollient base, you can get the pigment to stick better, but blending this shade was somewhat challenging. It did not appear as splotchy as Lady Rouge, but it wasn’t easily blended. I highly recommend using much, much less than you think and gradually building up the color to the desired intensity. When I wore this shade, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading and some patchiness.

7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

Round-up: MAC Mineralize Glass Collection for Spring 2014


The new MAC Mineralize Glass Collection featured a new shade of gloss (Mineralize Glass) in twelve shades, plus six new shades of Mineralize Rich Lipstick. All eighteen shades will be joining the permanent line-up. The new gloss is less tacky than traditional Lipgloss, but thinner and stickier than Cremesheen Glass or Lustreglass. The color coverage is a little more than Cremesheen Glass, but the new gloss is semi-sheer in most cases and wears an average of three hours a pop. They’re lightly hydrating, smell of vanilla, and contain more product than most of MAC’s lipglosses. Some shades settled into lip lines or did not apply evenly, so those things really hurt the ratings. The Mineralize Rich Lipsticks were better, in general, and are a more buildable and pigmented formula with a luminous sheen and feel hydrating when worn.

  • TOO SIMILAR TO BUY ALL: Cheerful or Ray of Sunshine; Fashion Perk, New Love, or Vibrant Vibe; Got Style or Modern Romance; Lovingly Yours or Modest
  • MOST UNIQUE: Pure Pout
  • BEST PERFORMING: Be a Lady, Good Taste, So Good

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