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Milani Shadow Eyez Review and Swatches

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to try out the Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow sticks. After my recent experience with the NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils I was interested in seeing how these would compare to my current favorites, the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeshadow pencils.

The Website Claims:
Big and blendable 2-in-1 color rich pencil that can be used as shadow or liner. Creamy smooth, long-lasting, water-resistant, crease-proof and paraben-free formula. The next generation of shadows that you sharpen.

Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg/Ppg-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-D-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Isoceteth-10, Tocopherol. +/- May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

$6.99 Net Weight: 0.1 ounces / 2.8 grams

The colors are basic shades, but pretty.
Winter White – a pearly white
Champagne Toast – a beige pearl
Brown Deluxe – medium brown with golden tones
Green Safari – grass green
Aquatic Style – electric sky blue
Royal Purple – purple pearl

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes! The colors are dreamy and creamy, so they apply easily. They lasted on me all day. They don’t tug when you apply them. While I didn’t use them as a base, I tested them on their own, they’re sticky enough to work as a sticky base for a shadow on top if you apply one eye at a time.

Would I purchase?
Yes! Though I think a hot pink, gold or grey would really help round out the colors. The wear is great, the formula is great, and the price point is great.

What do you think of the Milani Shadow Eyez collection? Do you like eyeshadow sticks?


Product sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://projectswatch.blogspot.com Emi at Project Swatch

      I like the UD 24/7 shadow pencils, but find them a little bit dry and hard to blend. Are these creamier or about the same? Thanks!

      • Phyrra

        These are creamier than my UD.

    • Carrie

      I tried the purple and the white and they weren’t my favorite. I found them to be patchy to apply and heavy on the lid. The purple also tends to crease a bit. Oh well.

      • Phyrra

        I applied with eyeshadow primer on my lids and had no issue. Did you try with primer or on their own?

    • Julia

      I haven’t had a chance to try yet but have the purple and browns. I love your heart shaped swatches!

      • Phyrra

        Thank you Julia! Sometimes it’s just too cute not to do that.

    • Marta

      I’m kind of down on pencil/cream eyeshadows right now, so many duds! But these are affordable, I have no problems with sharpening and Champagne Toast looks so much like my beloved UD’s Snatch without the gold glitter… I’ll surely get at least that one to see if it really is a dupe! Aquatic also looks lovely but is such a standard blue I’m sure I must have something similar.
      Thanks for the swatches!

      • Phyrra

        After being disappointed with the NARS shadow touch pencils, I was ecstatic that these were awesome.

    • corviddreams

      I have them all. I am not wowed by the white one, but I love the others. I have very oily eyelids and they don’t crease at all for me. I use them as a base, or alone. It is tricky to use them as a base because they do dry fairly quickly. My only complaint is the lack of a black and a pink one. I think my most used one is the champagne color.

      • Phyrra

        I have to use them with a primer, but on primer they’re fantastic. Yeah they do need a black, pink, gold and grey :)

    • http://drebel.net Steelnpurple

      Love how these looks! I will order a few of them when they from CherryCulture (my only way of obtaining Milani).
      Milani has stepped up their game lately! I have a few of their new eyeshadows on the way here, sooo excited! I wish I had known about these a week ago LOL! Oh well, I’ll just have to place another order!!

      • Phyrra

        I’ve been really impressed with just about everything I’ve tried from Milani in the past year.

    • http://tallulah-bonvivantbeauty.blogspot.com/ Lulubelle

      I love eyeshadow sticks, although I end up using them mainly as liners. I hope they come out with more colors!

      • Phyrra

        Me too!

    • http://witch-words.blogspot.com Jadelyn

      I love these things – they’re the only pencil shadows I’ve managed to have a good experience with so far (no, I haven’t tried UD, they’re too damn expensive for me, lol). The champagne one is my go-to for subtle/neutral days, the blue is gorgeous and bright, and the green is a fantastic neutral green, neither teal nor too grassy. The purple is nice, but I only got to use it once because the cap cracked and I didn’t notice, and the next time I went to use it a few days later it had already dried out so much as to be totally useless.

      They do set a little fast, so keep your blending brush handy for the edges as it’s easier to do it right away then to wait until you’ve applied your other colors. They’re pretty grabby for layering other shadows over in my experience, almost too much so – blending can get kind of difficult – but I’m really hoping I can find the white one soon to use as a base, since these do not budge at ALL on me even though I have absurdly oily lids. (My favorite Fyrinnae shadows, which are not particularly prone to creasing as far as I can tell, last me about eight hours over TFSI before starting to crease a bit; these pencils are still not creased *the next morning* if I am lazy about taking them off before bed!)

      • Phyrra

        I found that it was easiest to apply one eye at a time. So I’d do my right eye, then my left eye. I looked like a crazy person with a blue eye and a green eye while testing.

        • http://witch-words.blogspot.com Jadelyn

          I do the same thing, lol!

    • Jean

      I want want want these, so I’m glad you reviewed them – & that they were a success! to Phyrra & previous commenters: do you wear these over an eye primer? & while not experiencing creasing, did the shadow fade/smear/transfer?

      • Phyrra

        Over primer. I always have to wear primer. I didn’t have any transfer, smearing or creasing.

      • http://witch-words.blogspot.com Jadelyn

        I use them over TFSI just like my regular eyeshadows. The color fades very slightly by the end of the day, but it’s not noticeable to me until I get my face right in the mirror at night to look closely. I think it may even just be that the metallic finish is what fades, not the color itself. I’ve never experienced any smearing or smudging or transfer from them, either.

    • Barb

      I am definitely going to try these. I agree with adding some colors. A pink and a grey would be good additions.

    • Quinctia

      I have this in the green…I actually didn’t want a white, and the others I kind of have similar UD shades in.

      I did try it out without a primer the first time, because I was curious, and it did crease more than UD’s. I’m sure it’d be okay over a primer since I don’t have creasing issues after primer gets involved.

      It’s not a big deal, I just have to remember not to grab THAT ONE if I’m needing something to just swipe on my eyes and go. I liked it otherwise, and I’d grab more if there were new colors that I didn’t already have a similar version of.

    • Melody

      Thanks for the swatches. I picked up the green one a while ago but I still haven’t used it >.<. It's do lovely though and I can't wait to use it as a base for a green smoky look. I really need to get brown deluxe. I can't resist the shimmer in it!

    • http://vintagebeauty.org Liz

      I’m going to have to try these. I love my UD pencils, but they cost more than I’d like. With these I can expand my collection. :-)

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