Milani Bella Mandarin, Bella Gold, Bella Rouge Gel Powder Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great color payoff both dry and damp, and it applied easily without sheering out on the eye. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. ColourPop Play (P, $5.00) is lighter, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is more matte. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is yellower, lighter. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, molten orange gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry, but it was prone to sheering out due to the slightly powdery texture. When I tried it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque, and the product itself was a lot easier to work with as it applied as a thicker, denser layer. It wore well for eight hours. LORAC Unlimited (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff but was drier to use, while applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bella Mandarin (27)

PPermanent. $4.49.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Bella Gold (22)

PPermanent. $4.49.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Bella Rouge (19)

PPermanent. $4.49.
B-
B-
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

83%

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She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Yeah, they’re all made in Italy these gel to powdder formula products. I’m obsessed! I would love to get a hold of these Milani ones, Bella Mandarin is calling my name but they don’t sell these in stores up here in Canada yet.

Wow, very impressive for only $4.50 and cheaper with BOGO 50% off !! I love how some of the drugstore brands are giving the HE ones a run for their money. These aren’t my colors, but will definitely want to check out the other shades. Go Milani !!!

I have Bella Mandarin, ordered it online just to try the formula out, and completely agree with Christine. It deserves an A rating. It’s absolutely gorgeous and applies & wears really well. Definitely one of the nicest peachy type eyeshadow I own, and I have quite a few in that shade range!

I use Bella Mandarin all the time as a blush! It gives a nice glow and it lasts almost as long as the other blushes by Milani! It’s awesome!

Do they feel like “gel powders” (perhaps like “cushion” makeup, because they look like that with the little indentations) or just regular powders?

I don’t think I’ve had that happen with these (I can’t recall), but I have had it happen with another Milani compact before.

Wow, just noticed the new packaging! Much more luxe and sleek. All these great Milani reviews are making me sad the brand isn’t more accessible here in Canada. For drugstore I really think they do knock it out of the park!

Yeah, very small distribution. I’ve got some products at larger Zerhs, they have them at the “Real Canadian” Superstore, and I’ve heard that larger GTA Walmarts have them as well. Please come to Walmart Milani around me!!!

i have almost all of them and absolutely love them. Geeat variety of colors and they all perform well. Can’t beat the price i got most of mine from CVS on sale bogo 50% and had coupons/cvs extrabucks,.ended up paying $1 each for 10!
have you heard about the new quads, fierce foil eyeshines? They look gorgeous but are expensive for drugstore, $10. Hearing mixed reviews on performance. Hoping you could review them.

I can never find Milani around here. I have been interested in their blushes ever since “Luminosso” is alll over it seems! Maybe, I will check out Amazon. Are these similiar to ColourPop in that they cannot be depotted? It’s not a deal breaker. With singles, I am always thinking of the mess I have yet to organize! Ugh..I actually received some $ for my Bday which I am planning to use to put together a Besta system(on a much smaller scale than yours) . Christine, did you do the measuring and planning or did you have Ikea do that part? I’m afraid i will mess it up!

They’re hard to find near me, too! These are regular powder, not at all cream-like, so you could technically depot! (I’ve never tried, so I have no experience/insight on that process for these!)

For the first one, I did go to Ikea and someone helped me. Here are the exact things for a unit with 16 drawers. You would halve the amount of drawers and how many legs you would need if you just did the smaller size (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10253898/#/10102135). I looked just now, and I can’t seem to find the wider version with just the frame (I only see one with doors: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79021561). They do have this with a mix of drawers and doors (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29019462/#/S89019478) already ready to go.

BESTÅ TOFTA
Drawer front, high gloss black
Width: 23 5/8 ” / 60 cm
Height: 6 1/4 ” / 16 cm
Article Number: 301.784.07 $15.00 16

BESTÅ
Shelf unit, black-brown
Width: 47 1/4 ” / 120 cm
Depth: 15 3/4 ” / 40 cm
Height: 50 3/8 ” / 128 cm
Article Number: 501.021.38 $130.00 1

INREDA
Drawer without front, gray
Width: 23 5/8 ” / 60 cm
Depth: 15 3/4 ” / 40 cm
Height: 2 3/4 ” / 7 cm
Article Number: 901.812.23 $10.00 16

BESTÅ
Leg, square, chrome plated
Min. height: 3 7/8 ” / 10 cm
Max. height: 4 3/8 ” / 11 cm
Package quantity: 2 pack / 2 pack
Article Number: 801.341.90 $10.00 3

I have a couple of these and completely forgot about them lol. They seem to be pretty good quality though so I need to find them lol

I bought mandrin a few days ago and was happy with it. I also got a dark brown one. They made a nice look together and were still just as vibrant at the end of my day.

To me they are powder. I don’t get the gel claim.

It’s the same concept as gel-powder hybrids like Estee Lauder Gelee, MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, etc. I believe it’s about the process of how they’re manufactured 🙂

I grabbed one of these out of curiosity, and I like the formula, but I never reach for singles! Maybe I should throw it in the makeup bag where I keep all my L’Oreal Infallibles, since I do use those occasionally. XD

I love how these look together! Next time they’re on sale at CVS (I work there) I’ll have to grab a few. I have the copper one but I don’t know what shades to pair with it!

By the way, we don’t get Milani in Australia, which is such a shame. I would really love to try all their products in person. Their lipsticks are amazing!

I have a few of these and love all of them! I use Bella Mandarin all the time! I was surprised when I saw your swatch though -on me, it’s much more similar to Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie when I wear it (more orange, but still I use them interchangeably)!

The Milani eyeshadows are very popular here in NY. I have a few and they are very nice especially at their price point. My faves are copper, cappucino, espresso, emerald and bronze.

Bella Mandarin looks so nice on you. It comes across as a pale orange and less pigmented than the other shades on my darker skin tone. It’s my least favorite shade while he metallics like gold and bronze look amazing on me.

I just randomly picked up one of these the other day while at Walgreens and was pretty impressed! I thought maybe it would be a dud because I only heard that much about them right after launch but I guess the beauty community is just fickle like that.

OH girl, you put so much work into your site- amazing. I am a long time lurker but I needed to finally say hi and thank you: your blog is very much appreciated. I don´t think there is anybody out there better then you. All those dupes you show- the details. Amazeballs! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Applause!

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