Milani Luminoso Baked Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. NARS Now or Never (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cream Soda (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Pinch My Peach (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $29.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $29.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Luminoso has a soft, smooth texture that is a little powdery/dusty to work with, but it doesn’t appear dry or powdery once blended and buffed into the skin. The more it is blended into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes without looking overly shimmered or frosted. It was buildable from medium coverage to mostly opaque coverage, and it was pretty easy to achieve sheer coverage with a lighter hand. On me, the blush started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

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Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

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Product Availability

Milani Luminoso $8.00/0.12 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
On eyes:
  • ColourPop Puppy Love
  • So Quiche
  • Ibiza
  • Kimono Super Shock Shadows
  • Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick
  • and Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans Eyeliner

About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Luminoso is my go-to! It’s cheap and the color looks really nice on my pale skin (and I’m willing to bet it looks great on EVERY skin tone!). It definitely isn’t high-end quality (and you’re right that it does fade after a long work day if no setting spray is used), but for the price it performs much better than expected!

Oooooo I was waiting for this review because it’s the most #1 selling blush on I’m glad it got a decent score…and that it’s a dupe for nude pop…

Colorful! I love Chanel Espiegle because it is subtle but builds so well! This looks too neon for me. Very pretty for so many who swear by this blush. I may try it one day.

I bought this, and it’s a nice blush. It looks beautiful on everyone else, but I don’t think it does much for my pale skin. On it’s own, it’s just too subtle. I have to wear it over another, more pigmented blush.

Yes! So dirty!! It’s awful. Probably my LEAST favorite blush ever, so I’m really confused!! Maybe we have a bad batch, Staci??

Wowzers! This is a beauty at an excellent price! I have always heard wonderful things about Milani blushes, but haven’t tried any out yet. Idk why, either?

Such a pretty blush. Might be a bit on the warm side for me, but nothing I need to thing about as Milani isn’t available here. I do wish it was, though.

This is one of my favorite blushes! I thought it would be somewhat too light for me, but it actually works. A total blind purchase, but one that worked out well. 🙂

I’m starting to think I got a bad batch. I love the color but I hate this blush. It’s disco-ball glittery and only lasts a few hours. I’m talking Twilight-level of glitter in mine.

Interesting! Mine is relatively newer, I think, in terms of when I bought it. I could not tell you when, though, because it’s definitely not THAT new – maybe within the last two years!

I had heard it was reformulated in 2014. I can’t find any hard information on it, I’m trying! But it seems like it was between March and September of 2014. I know I bought mine around last August. I’m kind of interested to know if yours is from stock made before it was reformulated now, or if I have a bad batch. Luckily at this price point I’ll go grab another one to compare to my own.

What did you think of the funny little brush they include? 🙂 I’m trying to figure out something useful that would fit in that compartment!

Love Milani! Wish I had a little easier access to the brand though, the few places that have them here usually don’t have many products and don’t restock frequently.

I loved the texture, blendability, and wear time of this blush, but sadly, it turned pretty red on me. I have rosacea so I have to stay away from blushes that are red or pink based. Peach colored blushes usually work well for me, but like I said, this one turned red on me for some reason. I mean this as a compliment: your makeup looks 80’s inspired, love it!!!

I have this! I think it’s pretty but I personally don’t understand why it’s a cult favorite. It’s so powdery, it kicks up a ton every time I use it, and it isn’t that pigmented I find. It looks super pigmented on you though Christine!

I LOVE the look of Luminoso, but i usually don’t find that it shows up well on me, which is odd because my skin is pretty light. I often use it as a blush topper over other similar blushes to give them some pretty sheen, but don’t usually wear it on its own. It seems like I need to really pack it on to wear alone.

I wonder if it’s too close to your skin tone, maybe? It seems to darken a little bit on me as some more matte/powder blushes do, though.

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