4.28.2015

Best & Worst Milani Products


Milani Cosmetics is a wonderful makeup brand that is influenced by Milan, Italy--the culture, the style, the people, the arts, and most importantly, the colors. This cruelty-free brand is available at many drugstores, other mass retailers, and online.

Today, after several years of trying and buying nearly all of their products, I'm sharing what I think you should check out and what you should skip. I'm choosing products that are available in stores. Thanks for Ashley, for reminding me to finally finish this post!






Eyes
Buy: 

  • Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow (pictured)--These come in 29 colors, several finishes (satin, matte, shimmer), and are buildable and pigmented. $4.49
  • Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Eyeshadow Pencil (pictured)--12 shades of pencil that are highlighters/shadows/liners in one product that don't crease and are waterproof.  I like using them as a shadow primer or for an easy eye look. $7.49
  • Eyeshadow Primer (pictured)--Make sure your shadow lasts all day and that color is intensified by using a primer. $5.99
Try:
  • Brow Fix Kit--This tiny kit features 2 brow colors, a highlight, small brushes, tiny tweezers, and a 3x mirror.  Good for makeup on the go or for travel. $7.99, 3 shades
  • Milani Eyeliners--These come in a variety of forms and are worth a try, whether you like pencil, liquid, or mechanical. The brow pencils and clear gel are worth a mention.
Skip:
  • Not a fan of their mascaras, brow tint pens, foil eyeliners, foil eyeshadows
Face
Buy:
  • Baked Blush (pictured)--My faves are the Luminoso (soft shimmery peach) and the matte blushes (the latter look great on darker skin). I don't like the others in the line--too shimmery/glittery for me. but may be perfect for you! $8.49
  • Rose Blush (pictured)--Some of the prettiest-looking blushes out there, right? These were limited edition that are now permanent, but in 3 shades. There are natural and more pigmented shades. $7.99
Try:
  • Bronzers--There are baked bronzers, bronze XL, and matte (not online, but still can be found in stores) that are give that bronzed shimmery goddess look, $9.99
    • Note: I have never been able to find powder foundations or concealers of this brand in stores, so I am skipping a review here, but you can find them online.
Lips:
Buy:
  • Lipsticks (pictured)--Available in 28 colors (my faves are Nude Creme, Fruit Punch, and Teddy Bare) and now in matte form as well, these lipsticks are some of my fave drugstore finds. $5.99
  • Brilliant Lip Glosses (pictured)--13 shades and two finishes (cream or shimmer) with a hint of vanilla scent in sleek packaging, $4.99
    • I also love the limited edition Fierce Foil glosses.
Try:
  • Easyliner Mechanical Lip Liner Pencil (pictured) and Anti-Feathering Lip Liner
Nails:
  • I prefer the older formulation, but the newer offering comes in 37 shades, with many of these being hit or miss. I say skip them.

Have you tried Milani before? What are your fave Milani products?
To order or for more info: MilaniCosmetics.com

Extra Elle:
  • Today my "baby" sister Holly turns 20! We are 18 years apart but are super close. Happy birthday, I love you!
  • Had a major brush cleaning session--I'm talking 101 (no exaggeration) brushes. It took forever, but prom season is here, so I had to get ready!


66 comments:

  1. Oh hey, thanks for posting this, Elle (and for the shout out)! Seriously, I appreciate you trying all the products so I know what to pick :) I've heard good things about their lipstick and now you've confirmed that. I'm also a big fan of their face powders!

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  2. A blogger told me where I can find Milani here in Toronto...so happy! I'll remember this list for sure.:)

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  3. I tried their nail polish once and it was terrible, so it's great to hear your opinion on other products.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  4. I had been wanting to try their gel eye shadow. I haven't really been a huge fan on some of their products but good to hear what you did like!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. I love their lipsticks - I have two and the colors are so pretty!! I haven't tried any of their nail products, but that would probably be my next buy! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I can honestly say I've never tried any of their products, where do you purchase them? I really need some new eye shadow primer!

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  7. I haven't tried any of them, but now I know the CVS by me carries them I might! Those blushes are too gorgeous not to try out!

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  8. Nice, I've heard about them recently and it's good to have a rundown of their best products. I definitely want to try the blush and the eyeshadow pencil.
    Happy birthday Holly!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. I like cute products, so this Rose Blush speaks loads to me! I liked the packaging and the blush color! So good that it's permanent now! For the brows, I am now using the trick you taught - the lip balm! I never do anything to my brows, but tried it last Sunday just to see whether it worked... and it was great!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  10. Happy birthday to your sister! (:

    I have never tried Milani. I've heard awesome things, and I almost always pick something up but ultimately put it down. Discount drug mart is the only place around here I've found that sells the line. Perhaps I'll take the plunge next time. (;

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  11. That blush looks amazing! I want that rose one!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  12. I have been meaning to pick up a few of these blushes- now I know I need to! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  13. I'm a huge fan of Milani products. I love their nail polishes and eye shadows. Good quality for a decent price.

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  14. I have never tried their products before but have always wanted to. I so want to try that eye shadow primer. Thanks for posting this.

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  15. This brand is new to me and I like the way they have the different eye shadow finishes. I need to clean my brushes. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  16. This brand is new to me and I like the way they have the different eye shadow finishes. I need to clean my brushes. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  17. Thank you so much for this post, Elle! Felt like you read my mind because I discovered SuperStore sells Milani just two days ago! I am planning to try some products but had no idea what to buy and what to skip and was too lazy to read reviews one by one so I am super stoked with this!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  18. aww thank you for the little shoutout, Elle!!
    I've always wanted to try their eyeliner and Eyeshadows but I always forgot to pick some up. Their blushes are definitely my favorite. Tried a bronzer but was too orange on me!
    And happy birthday to your sister!

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  19. Happy Birthday to your sister... What an age difference!!! :) That's great your close though!

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  20. They seem to have amazing blushes.. I really want to pick one up!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  21. Ive never tried this brand! I want to try their blushes now!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  22. ok - so I have written down a LOT of these to check out on my next make-up shopping trip! So helpful! Many I have never tried, like Milani! :) www.GlamKaren.com

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  23. I've only tried a few Milani products, but I really like their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow :)

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  24. I love their Baked Blush, and had wanted to try their Rose Blush, so good to know that those are now a permanent thing! I'd also love to try their lip gloss.

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  25. Adore the floral blush! I actually also really like their nail polishes!
    <3 Kastles

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  26. Thanks for the suggestions! I literally LOVE their baked blushes. Luminoso and Berry Amore are two of my favs. I haven't tried their bronzers but really want to!

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  27. I keep hearing a lot about Milani, I've not tried these but the blushes always look so pretty to me. Just recently cleaned my brushes too, thanks goodness! Have a great week Elle. x
    Comfort & Clarks

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  28. I have only tried there lipstick. I don't know it you know this already but you can find some of there products at the dollar tree.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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  29. Me and my sister are 12 years apart and we are close as well. I hope she has an amazing birthday. Now onto these amazing products, I did try the blush after you recommended it and it was amazing. Now I have to try the lipsticks. Amazing post as always Elle :). I hope to see you at my new blog next week.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  30. I have only tried the lipgloss but I love it. Thanks for reminding me I really need to clean my brushes!

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  31. 101 brushes...whoa!! I haven't tried anything from Milani before, but I think I'd really like to try the eyeshadow pencil and eye primer. My shadow always creases, but the only primer I've tried is ELF and I didn't really like it. I'll have to try this one though!

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  32. I've never even heard of them! Good to know!

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  33. Never heard of them. Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like great products for the price.

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  34. Totally agree on the nail polish hah. But then again, I change mine so often that it's fun to get a cheap wild color from them sometimes :)

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  35. Milani's baked blushes are my absolute favorite!
    xo, Kyla - KyMarieC

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  36. Milani Luminoso is one of my favorite blushes and I wear it all the time. I want to try a Milani bronzer and lipstick next. So far I've only tried the blushes!

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  37. I love your posts as I get so many great tips on new products and I love trying new beauty/makeup products! I have never tried any of these but I am inspired to. Also, how do you recommend cleaning your brushes? I use J&J baby shampoo and a little bit of olive oil…thoughts?!

    xoxo,
    Brooke | www.kbstyled.com

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  38. happy birthday to your little sis!!
    as soon as my shopping ban is up (3 days, who's counting) i am going to check out that rose blush and the lip glosses. i LOVE their lipstick which I totally found from you ;)

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  39. I LOVE this post Elle! I've recently been trying drugstore brands when beauty bloggers post their reviews. One definitely needs a review those products as we cant test them the way we can at department stores. I am definitely going to give them a try.

    Thank you!!!!
    xoxo
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE

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  40. Oh my gosh! I love Milani products. I always act like a scavenger whenever I pop into Kmart and Walgreens. I definitely need to give their brow products a try. I think those are the only products I have not tried from them.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

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  41. Thanks for sharing these products! I've never heard of this brand before but I love trying new products.
    I definately need to clean some of my brushes. How do you clean yours?
    Katey
    www.twopeasinablog.com

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  42. I have tried the lip gloss, lipstick and baked blush so far and all of them are a huge hit for me! I hadn't considered they eye shadows before but I might since they are on your list of buys. I just love that I finally found a drug store brand that I love. Between Milani and Rimmel. I am saving some serious money from some of my higher end purchases I used to make.

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  43. Pretty stuff. I love that it's the shape of a rose.

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  44. I love these posts and that you go through all the hard work of trying everything for us so we know what's good and what's maybe not so much. I will have to check out this brand. I have never tried their makeup, but I love that it is cruel free!

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  45. I keep meaning to check out their Rose blushes. Thanks for this informative breakdown Elle!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  46. Yay that crosses off a brow pen/pencil to try off my list. I need a new one but I don't want to spend a million dollars trying to find the perfect one at the moment. The blushes look really pretty though.

    Breakfast at Gracey's

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  47. Thanks for sharing, need to try this brand out x
    Much Love | Trillu.com

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  48. Happy birthday to your sis! :)
    I don't think I've ever tried Milani products, although I eye them every time I'm in the stores! I love their packaging/presentation!

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  49. I've never heard of the products, but they sound good. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  50. I love their Baked Blushes, specially the shade Luminoso :) I really need to try some of their lipsticks as well x

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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  51. Neat and thank you so much for your support!! I deeply appreciate it ;)
    My Lyfe ; My Story
    @MyLyfeMyStory
    @MyLyfeMyStoryBlog

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  52. Oh wow I am loving that rose blush!! Thanks for the picks!

    xoxo A

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  53. Unfortunately this brand is not available in India
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  54. I love Milani products & I've really been loving their baked blushes. They sent me their entire new matte lipstick collection which I've loved and their Matte Naked is my favorite shade! xx, Ada

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  55. Thanks for sharing! I haven't tried too many of their products...I definitely need to look into this. <3
    xo
    Victoria

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  56. This is such an informative post Elle! I love the (sadly) one Milani product I have (one of the baked blushes), whenever I remember to pick up something else it's always sold out! I'll have to keep note of this list for next time though!

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  57. Love the rose blush!
    XO
    Carrie and Stacy
    www.csgemsjewelry.com

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  58. I've been wanting one of those rose blushes for so long, mostly just because they're so pretty haha!
    ~Sara

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  59. I love the fact these are so affordable! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  60. Great post Elle! Milani baked blushes are some of my favorites. I actually accidentally dropped one of them in my hotel toilet in London and it was a sad, sad day! Haha

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  61. I've never heard of them, but their prices and your review make me think that I should try them!

    Elle
    SouthernElleStyle.com

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  62. (1) happy birthday to your little sis!! (2) i really love those rose blushes. So glad they made them permanent! I almost dont want to use them because they are so pretty.

    xoxo, Elena Michelle
    www.anewyorkloveaffair.com

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  63. I am so excited to try the Rose Blushes. I picked up 2 of the 3 yesterday at CVS. They were buy one get one half off! I'm so glad I picked up a good product!

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  64. Great post I haven't tried much of this (I only have a few milani lipsticks) but I can imagine I wouldn't like the mascara as you recommended. Hope your sis had a great birthday!

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  65. Oh I just discovered the milani lipsticks and lip liners and they are my favorites right now. So this is a great post because you recommended some of their other products, I think I might try there blush next because you said they have matte ones, I've been on the search for some.

    Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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