Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

For spring, there are four new and limited shades of Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) available. The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” I’ll have reviews for all four as I work through testing them, but here’s the first one I tried…

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, more orange. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product, darker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is more shimmery, more orange. See comparison swatches.

While soft, the texture is extremely dry, powdery, and feels rather chalky. It seems like there is a lot of talc in this product, and it’s absolutely something I noticed straight off the bat. If you have dry skin, the powder doesn’t adhere well–it will pick and choose the rare spots it sticks, and subsequently, it looks quite patchy and uneven. For example, my forearm is normal-to-dry, and the powder was troublesome to swatch. On my face, which is normal at the moment, I had slightly better results as more product adhered to the skin (more natural oils for the blush to stick to). This is a blush that really needed a base underneath, such as foundation, to apply decently. Despite how chalky and powdery it felt in the pan, with a good base, it did not appear powdery applied to cheeks. Coral Cove is moderately pigmented; it seems intense, but it tends to sheer out very readily due to the powderiness. It blends decently but does need some extra patience and buffing to get just right. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours.

Coral Cove (05)

PPermanent. $8.99.
C-
C-
6.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Coral Cove (05) Rose Powder Blush

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Wow. The first review that wasn’t tripping over itself to sing the praises of the product.

As always, thanks for your honesty, Christine.

No problem, Carrie! I had higher hopes for these, especially since the two new baked blushes were crazy pigmented and smooth!

Noooo I wanted to love this!!! I hope one of the other ones performs better! Keeping the faith in Milani πŸ˜›

Aww, I was really hoping for a good review. These caught my interest. Matte blushes are my weakness! Thanks for an honest review. Although the blush isn’t the best ever, it still looks so pretty on you–very fresh!

Almost bought this! So glad I didn’t! My skin is super dry so this product isn’t for me. Thanks for the review! So many great blushes released lately….always glad to skip one!

Thank you, for this…I was going to pick this up cuz I’m a sucker for coral blushes and its beautifully designed – what a shame

Aww πŸ™ This product is super cute, and the colour is quite pretty (although I’d probably go for a pinker one), but I have super dry cheeks, so I’m guessing this would be a bit of a problem. Hopefully the others are better!

I spotted these yesterday at my local Walgreen’s, but the seemed kind of “off” in the pan, like they would be dry/chalky, so I decided to pass. I then went to CVS (to look for other things), but returned to Walgreen’s, and *still* decided against it. The rest of the day, I was wondering if I should just go back today and pick up Tea Rose, then I caught this post/review, LOL! I’m not planning on buying any of these…

The texture does look powdery off the bat though not so much once applied. But a lot of similar shades to choose from esp with recent influx of new blush formulas and almost all the new ones have a similar shade!

I just tried swatching these today on my arm and I had a tough time getting 3 of the 4 to show up. You’re right about the powderiness, and the difficulty on dry skin. I should’ve applied body lotion on my inner arm first. Then I applied tea rose on my face over my CC cream, and wow, it adhered so well I had much too much on my face (tea rose is the darkest, I think) and had to remove some of it with a tissue. And it does wear for hours lol.

I was so excited about these blushes but now I don’t know. I’m more on the dry side and I don’t wear foundation much at all. Love the color but the formula sounds a little too iffy for me

i bought a couple of these, and yes they’re very chalky, but they applied well on my cheeks. i like how vibrant the coral one looked – almost neon! i wore it the other day when NYC had surprisingly warm weather, and it made me so excited for spring!! also….i was pleasantly surprised at the size. these things are much bigger than i had anticipated.

Hum splotchy. Cute design and colour though! (Then again nobody knows how cute the design was once it’s on the face)

What a pity, I missed the Rose blushes last year so I was so excited for these. My skin is normal to oily, though, so it may or may not look okay on me.

As long as it has something to stick to, it is a lot better. The chalkiness/powderiness goes down in that case.

Ok, you are GLOWING!! You look airbrushed, it seems to be the base products? I just had to comment lol it’s really noticeable!!

Ah what a disappointment. Milani is one of those brands I really root for, I feel like they embrace the same values I find important for brands – no animal testing, makes products for all skintones, affordability yet high quality. I could see these being big hits since they’re so beautiful looking, really too bad they’re not performing well

It’s too bad. They look so great in the pan. It was for the best these weren’t available near me.

BTW I love your site Christine! I found it couple of months ago and it’s my new obsession. Your reviews and swatches are so helpful.

Just had to let you know, Christine, that I put this blush on this morning — and it’s still on! It actually looks really vibrant after 6 hours. I’m so pleased, and I think your suggestion to put it on right after applying my moisturizer, so it has something to cling to, helps. So much better than the Coming Up Roses blushes from last year which had zero staying power.

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