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Milani Powder Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

A while back I had the opportunity to try out the new Milani Powder Eyeshadows, as I received them at the May Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meetup. I have to tell you that I’m blown away by their quality!

All of these shadows are swatched on Meow Light Primer. Please ignore the fact that my skin has a Manic Panic Fuchsia Shock tint to it. I hadn’t exfoliated all of that off.

White Lie
It’s a bright white matte shadow.

French Vanilla
It’s a yellow-toned light beige matte. This reminded me a bit of Inglot 350.

A yellow-toned light beige pearl.

Caramel Brown
Light golden brown.

Tickled Pink
Light pink with gold shift.

Purple Shock
Red-toned purple with blue shift.

Gold Dust
Bright yellow gold.

Brown Stone
Deep chocolate brown matte.

Shocking Pink
Bright hot pink matte. This really reminded me of Sugarpill Dollipop.

Olympian Blue
Rich deep turquoise blue.

Just Perfect
Metallic pine green.

Pitch Black
Deepest darkest black matte. Yes, this reminds me of Bulletproof. And oddly, my Bulletproof is broken in the same way.

The Website Claims:
A super pigmented, easily blendable, crease-proof, silk-like powder eyeshadow. Available in versatile colors with both matte & pearl finishes that can be used as shadow or liner.

Mica (CI 77019), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentyldiol. +/-
May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470),Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

$5.99 for .11 oz.

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes! These shadows are the best shadows to come out of the drugstore in a long time (yes, even better than the Wet n’ Wild shadows that I’ve tried). These really are super pigmented. While I did swatch these on Meow Light Primer, I also swatched them on my bare skin and they were amazingly pigmented. They are easy to blend, easy to apply, easy to mix together. They do last all day on top of primer for me.

Let’s also talk about price. The price point is great, especially when you consider the size of the shadows. A typical MAC shadow is .05 of product. This is .11 product, for less than half the price.

Would I purchase?
Yes! If there’s a shade I don’t have, I’ll be snatching it up as soon as I see it. Yes, these are that good. There wasn’t a single ‘dud’ shade among these 12 shadows, so color me impressed. For the price, the amount of product, and the quality of product, these get a 5 star rating.

To the best of my knowledge Milani is cruelty-free.


Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • corviddreams

      I am so sad that they used bismuth oxychloride in these. They look amazing.

      • Phyrra

        Because it’s a may contain, not all the colors would have it, but it would be risky to try if you have allergies :(

    • http://www.cinseven13.blogspot.com/ cinseven13

      It’s nice to see “drugstore brands” improving their quality. There’s a shade or two I might have to pick up!

      • Phyrra

        You would love the black and white, very pigmented. the purple is good, too!

    • http://www.rougereflections.blogspot.com Nikki

      “Just Perfect” looks very unique and pretty!!

    • Gabrielle

      No talc! Oh my goodness! It’s about time! Some of the other ingredients are kind of questionable (and yeah, bismuth :/) but at least the first is mica and the second is supposedly from palm oil. I might give them a try, I’m REALLY loving Pearl, Tickled Pink, and Purple Shock. I mean, that’s more duochrome action than I’ve seen lately from even indie companies! And the opaqueness of that black is amazing!

    • Melody

      w00t! These are all so pretty. I haven’t gotten a chance to try them because the drugstores near me don’t carry Milani anymore :(. I know the first one I pick up will be Just Perfect though. It seems like many people are having issues with Pitch Black shattering.

    • http://fenuabeaute.blogspot.com Anna

      I like how you arranged the swatches, so neat, must’ve been hard to swatch them as squares lol

    • http://www.outinapout.com Jessica Allison

      fabulous! Have you tried to de-pot any of these? The old ones were really difficult- I never successfully got one out without cracking it :( Even so, Purple Shock is a must have!

    • Astrophysics

      WOW your swatches go girl! i love it!! this format ; ) i don’t know but is just me or MAC is losing their place in the sun this year? because others companys is improoving their eyeshadows qualitys, their pigmentation, while MAC is just don’t care anymore and releasing a thousand off blah! collections, without citing about the “china situation”, i’ts like lost your best friend <=(

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    • http://ohsparkle.blogspot.com whitney

      Assuming this will be available in drugstores soon? : )

      • Phyrra

        They should be available now :)

      • Gabrielle

        I hit one CVS and two Walgreen’s today and nothing, but did some googling just now, and apparently they are *supposed* to be in “select stores” of CVS. So I’ll try the other two I can get to easily as soon as I can!

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    • queenfrostine

      Haven’t tried these, but i’m not surprised that they turned out so nice! Milani had similar singles as a part of their line several years ago and they were pretty good. I still have and use a few of them. I could never figure out why Milani ended up discontinuing them. I never liked the baked mineral shadows and palettes (the “Runway Eyes”) they replaced them with even half as much.