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Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder

01/08

Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder

Sun Tan (03)

Milani Sun Tan (03) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder ($9.99 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, velvety consistency that wasn’t powdery nor too firmly-pressed in the pan. It was supposed to be buildable, though, and it took an extremely light hand and a feathery brush to achieve more buildable coverage if preferred. The color applied fairly evenly to bare skin, but between the richness in powder and finish, it darkened slightly and adhered more readily to my skin, which made it harder to diffuse and blend out seamlessly. It was better applied over matte foundation or just-set complexion products. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$9.99/0.34 oz. - $29.38 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "buildable" color that "blends seamlessly" and has "long-wear." The powders have a velvety, finely-milled texture that was denser, so there wasn't a lot of powderiness in the pan, but it was fairly blendable. The denser, more matte powder aspect of this product made it easiest to apply over powder foundation, drier skin, or just-set foundation. If my liquid foundation was still drying down or didn't dry down (dewy finishes!), it could stick too strongly to certain areas without diffusing or spreading as readily elsewhere. They were quite pigmented, too, and to build them up more gradually required using a very light hand and a less-dense brush (like a highlighting or fan brush) instead of a more typical, large-sized bronzing brush. The formula lasted eight hours on average on me.

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Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Mica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Hexylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Lauroyl Lysine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Flavor. May Contain: Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

8
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“Misty Swamp” Look)

01/05

Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow

Blue Mist

Sydney Grace Blue Mist Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright white with cool, blue iridescent shimmer that gave it a more metallic finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that applied well to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

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Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Blue Mist
Blue Mist
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“Galaxy” Look)

01/04

Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow
Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow

Flannel

Sydney Grace Flannel Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright violet with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full color coverage with a second layer. The texture was denser, lightly creamy, and seemed to have a bit of slip, which made it a little harder to diffuse the edge as seamlessly as I would have wanted. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing faintly.

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.06 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The shimmer eyeshadows are more consistent in pigmentation with the majority of shades having opaque color coverage. The more metallic/sparkly the shade is, the creamier and more emollient the eyeshadow felt in the pan, which often yielded really smooth application and good adherence to the lid, though a few worked better with a fingertip or a dampened brush for true-to-pan color or to get a truer finish/sheen. Most shades, however, worked well with brushes, and I didn't have trouble applying or blending out most of the shimmer shades. The more satin to pearl like finishes tend to feel a little thinner but blend out well. These shades wore between eight and nine hours on me with some of the more foiled-like shades creasing noticeably at the end (and the less foiled-like ones fading).

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Pressed Pigment Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder

Flannel
Flannel
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder

01/08

Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder

Sun Kissed (02)

Milani Sun Kissed (02) Silky Matte Bronzing Powder ($9.99 for 0.34 oz.) is a light brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which built to full coverage with less than half of a layer, but it was fairly intense and not what I’d consider buildable. In order to really build up the color gradually, I had to use a very light hand and a feathery brush.

The texture was smooth, silky, and a bit denser, which gave it more pigmentation and better staying power, but it could have been more blendable on bare skin or over foundation. Instead, it was easiest to use and blend out when applied over powdered foundation (set foundation) or matte foundation. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$9.99/0.34 oz. - $29.38 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "buildable" color that "blends seamlessly" and has "long-wear." The powders have a velvety, finely-milled texture that was denser, so there wasn't a lot of powderiness in the pan, but it was fairly blendable. The denser, more matte powder aspect of this product made it easiest to apply over powder foundation, drier skin, or just-set foundation. If my liquid foundation was still drying down or didn't dry down (dewy finishes!), it could stick too strongly to certain areas without diffusing or spreading as readily elsewhere. They were quite pigmented, too, and to build them up more gradually required using a very light hand and a less-dense brush (like a highlighting or fan brush) instead of a more typical, large-sized bronzing brush. The formula lasted eight hours on average on me.

Browse all of our Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Mica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Hexylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Lauroyl Lysine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Taitensis Flower, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Flavor. May Contain: Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

ColourPop The Bull, The Lion, The Water Bearer, The Fish Zodiac Loose Pigments

01/04

Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment
Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment

The Bull

Colour Pop The Bull Zodiac Loose Pigment ($6.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, emerald green with subtle, cooler undertones and warmer, golden sparkle. It had rich color coverage applied with a dampened brush (using water) that adhered evenly and smoothly to my skin. The only difficulty I had was diffusing the edges once the product was dried down, as it did not move as much or as readily. I was able to pick up a bit of product on a dry brush to help soften the edges that way.

The consistency seemed finely-milled in the jar and had minimal fallout when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for seven and a half hours, left a faint stain behind, and had minimal fallout over time when I applied it with water. It was still going strong after 10 hours of wear when I used a setting spray (MAC Fix+).

Formula Overview

$6.00/0.078 oz. - $76.92 Per Ounce

The reformulated Loose Pigments are supposed to be "high impact, concentrated" pigments that are "best used wet for a supercharged, intense metallic or duochrome finish." The brand specifically warns against using them dry on a "bare eye" (as in "should never be applied"), which is where the original and reformulation differ, as the originals could be used wet or dry. The brand also stated to "layer over an eyeshadow primer or Super Shock Shadow" for "the best staying power and pigmentation," so presumably they are not particularly long-wearing "as is." That's accurate; they last around seven hours applied wet with water but get to 10 hours when used with an adhesive spray (I tested with MAC Fix+, which I have a lot of prior testing experience with).

They are better than the originals, though they still suffer from a lot of the expected downsides to working with loose pigment, and whether the color and finish outweigh the application pitfalls is a matter of preference, skill, and patience. The formula needed to have a fairly wet brush; not quite sopping-wet but more than slightly damp (which is more in line with the amount of wetness I find necessary to apply 90%+ of products). If my brush was too wet, though, it tended to spread the product out too readily and was more likely to go on unevenly. The more glittery shades worked better with an adhesive spray or tacky base, rather than just wet with water, as they needed more to help the larger sparkles adhere to skin and minimized fallout/excessive spread of the sparkles (beyond where I wanted them) when blended.

Because the formula really does work best with a wet/dampened brush, they aren't as blendable once they're dry, so working with two or three shades in the same area is more challenging than working with more traditional, pressed powder eyeshadows. They're more in the vein of liquid and cream eyeshadows, which are blendable as they're drying, but once they set, most formulas are locked in place; these are not quite that locked in place but just didn't want to diffuse readily. They wore between six and eight hours before creasing, fading, and/or having a fair amount of fallout (applied wet with water). I would only recommend purchasing the formula if you intend to use them with an adhesive spray or tacky base. Drier primers, like MAC 24HR or Urban Decay Primer Potion work decently with most shades (fade-resistant but light to moderate fallout otherwise), but I would still opt for a tackier base. The following shades stained, and they stained through eyeshadow primer: The Ram, The Bull, The Water Bearer, The Archer.

The pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque for most shades, and as it was a loose product, it was often more about how much product was applied, though I tried to apply a consistent amount for swatches (which were all done wet with water). The consistency varied from airy and finely-milled to heavier and more glittery. I noticed more of a "puff" of pigment as I worked with most shades, which seemed to confirm how finely-milled they were. They can also be used on cheeks and lips, and the more sparkly shades worked better as cheek products than the ones with deeper intensity or base colors, as they tended to be a bit harder to apply and diffuse (even using them dry as using them wet on cheeks often translated into stripes of color).

The packaging changed significantly, as the jars are now taller, slimmer, and have no sifter, though there's a plastic "lid" that sits inside the top of the jar. I'm not a fan of this style of packaging, especially as these are meant to be used wet, then it becomes very challenging to sift out just enough product for a use and mix a wet brush with dry powder elsewhere (instead of sticking one's brush right in the jar). It is also going to be progressively more difficult to pick up just the right amount of product as product gets used up (and you're going lower and lower into the jar). The taller jars also are a bit easier to knock over for those prone to clumsiness (like myself).

Browse all of our Colour Pop Zodiac Loose Pigment swatches.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

The Bull
The Bull
A-

Limited Edition

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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B-

The Lion

Limited Edition
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A-

The Water Bearer

Limited Edition
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B

The Fish

Limited Edition
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Sydney Grace Eyeshadows (“Harvest of Neutrals” Look)

01/04

Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow
Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow

General

Sydney Grace General Matte Shadow ($5.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a dark, murky green with subtle, warm olive undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a slightly drier, stiffer consistency, which gave it a tendency to stick well to my skin but was harder to diffuse and spread outward. I didn’t have too much difficulty diffusing the edge to my satisfaction. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$5.00/0.06 oz. - $83.33 Per Ounce

The matte eyeshadows tend to be pigmented (typically semi-opaque or opaque, often buildable if they aren't opaque) with a soft, more velvety texture that has slight slip but isn't so thick that it gets difficult to use, applies unevenly, or has a lot of fallout. I've found that most of the matte eyeshadows apply and blend out without much effort but a few may take a bit more effort to diffuse along the edges. The matte formula tends to wear between eight and eight and a half hours on me.

Browse all of our Sydney Grace Matte Shadow swatches.

General
General
C+

Permanent

7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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