Monday, July 13, 2009

Beauty Binge: All hail Milani!

Hi everyone! I am trying to play catch-up with the tones of email I had forgotten about, and I think I am quite up-to-speed, having spent most of the weekend in front of my laptop answering your mail. I have left some out though, because some were the same questions, so I am going to answer them in one go, and some were interesting enough to feature as a topic. Here I am staring at my *huge* makeup collection, and thinking "what am I going to write about today??" Have you ever gone through that? With the amount of makeup I have, you'd think I'd never run out of things to write on. But nooo........ *sigh*

"Dear pussinheels,

Your post on the Milani eyeshadow singles was so interesting it got me lemming for them! I've googled and found out that they are indeed a big favourite. I am not as adventurous as you to try other lesser-known brands, but you've got me very curious about this brand. I am not much of an eyeshadow person (don't know how to wear them!) but I love face products. Can you share some of your experiences using Milani face products if you have any? Thanks, VidhyaL"

Milani Cosmetics - one of my favourite drugstore brands, but yet, plenty of people have complained they are almost impossible to find. Which, in my opinion makes it even more desirable! Milani Cosmetics are known for their vivid colours and awesome quality for a fraction of the price. This is what I like - products that are wallet-friendly but rock like a million bucks. Their eyeshadows can put most of the high end brands to shame!

I don't have very many Milani products - if I could, I'd but them all! That's how awesome they are! I generally concentrate more on my eye makeup so I'd leave the rest of my face pretty bare. But I do have some Milani face products, not many, as they are hard to come by.

Their blushers are very popular as they have beautiful, pigmented colours. One of them is the famed Luminous Blush, said to be a close dupe of Nars Orgasm. I don't own Nars Orgasm so I personally can't compare. Luminous hardly showed up on my tanned NC42 skin. All I got was the iridescent glow. Nice, but I personally prefer colour to just plain ol' shimmer. Plus, I find myself hard to pull off "glow" in this humidity. I turn into a greaseball in a matter of minutes, which is why I prefer matte-ish products. I still use this blusher but it's not a staple.

I was told that Milani Blush in MaiTai is a lovely peach blush and I was (still am!) in the market for one. So I bought one. Where's the peach?? On my skin, it came out matte pink more than anything else. I was gravely disappointed! The colour pay-off is very smooth and silky, not chalky, not powdery. I like this blush but I'd love it even more if it was straight up peach! Gawd knows I have enough pink blushers!

Milani Blush in MaiTai. Milani Sunset Duos in Sunset Beach. Milani Blush in Luminous.

Milani Sunset Duo
comes in a large pan with a bronzer and a blush. The bronzer is matte and the blush is shimmery. I have it in Sunset Beach, with the blush side being more of a plum colour. The bronzer is nice for contouring and just as a light dusting all over face. I love using bronzers, eventhough I am naturally tanned. This duo is great for travelling as you have two i
n one, but is it necessary to have? No. The blush side is so small I can hardly fit my brush to pick up the colour. The colour pay-off for both bronzer and blush is superb, as with most Milani products, but I think if you are pale-skinned, that bronzer may look dirty on you. Word has it, that this is being discontinued.

Out of all the face products I have, I enjoy using the Glimmer Stripes in Berry Glimmer. This is like the drugstore cousin of Bobbi Brown's shimmerbricks, only the Milani version is more fun to play with! Milani's Berry Glimmer is so gorgeous, and is a multi-purpose product. I've used this as an eyeshadow palette and it worked great! It's very shimmery though so you have to be very careful when applying. I lightly used this as a blush/highlighter and it gives a gorgeous glow to the cheeks, with some colour. This comes in some other colours as well, but if you love glowy cheeks products, I strongly recommend you get this one.
Milani Glimmer Stripes in Berry Glimmer

My favorite Milani product is of course their eyeshadows. I am so smitten with them that I keep buying the shadows in different colours a little at a time. Their colours are so pretty!! Me love!!
Flare. Sun Goddess.
Java Bean. Shock.

You can now find Milani Cosmetics on and

Thanks for reading!



Connie De Alwis said...

I wish to have more milani too! Ugh, I know what you mean about Mai Tai! It really was pink more than peach! So different from the swatches I've seen. My friend in the US couldn't fine the glimmer stripes at all. can only order online. so annoying. *sighs* said...

I think the glimmer stripes are discontinued. Even the single shadows are so hard to find. So i guess online is the only way to go. you gotta get the glimmer stripes, connie. I think you'll love 'em!!

Connie De Alwis said...

I wanted to order from ebay but decided to pass cuz my US package was getting too overwhelming (you'll see why in a couple of weeks!) and my couz gave me a BB shimmerbrick. oh, and also cuz I couldn't find terra glimmer on ebay :( said...

Grit you teeth, take a deep breath and hop on the nonpareilboutique spree.You can get your terra glimmer there, and more! You won't regret it!!