Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve ever tried Milani (I think!). I see it pop up on other blogs quite regularly – particularly the rose blush and everyone seems to like it, so I’m pleased to have the opportunity to take a close up look myself. I know their newest product is a foundation but I’m just doing a review for now of the other make up items I was sent – it’s a baking hot day and I can’t face a full foundation! To be honest, I’m finding their baked products a bit dry but perhaps that’s no surprise because I greatly prefer creme or wet formulas for anything on my complexion.
The Baked Bronzer, Glow, is in quite a neat compact with a brush included (above) and a mirror, but the weighting is off – when you try to use the mirror, all of the bronze part falls back into the lid so it will never stand up on its own, you would have to hold it in your hand. You’re then in the tricky position of holding the compact with the mirror showing but the actual bronzer is now closed having weighted back into the lid – so load up your brush! It seems quite pretty with a seam of gold shimmer running through it.
I was impressed with the lip products – in particular, the lipstick in Teddy Bare. It’s light and creamy on the lip and actually a lovely, deep nude shade that suited me very well. The Amore Matte Lip Creme in Loved in a rosy brown shade seems to be a good consistency – I tested it for only a few minutes (I find all mattes so drying) and it gave a smooth finish but that’s about all I can say other than that the scent (I don’t know what it is … a kind of manic vanilla) is overwhelmingly strong. The lipstick also has a strong fruity fragrance.
Above, you can see the Matte, the lipstick, the rose blush and the bronzer. As you can see, the rose shade I was sent is incredibly light – a barely there baby pink called Bella Rosa and so would be a good choice for the lightest of skin tones. There is a good selection of shades, thankfully. The baked bronzer doesn’t feel as dry as the blush – it gives a good diffusion of highlight and is pearly in a good way rather than chunky-glittery. I think it’s nicely done as a formula.
Prices seem reasonable with this range: the Blush is £11.99, the Bronzer is £10.99, the Lip Creme is £9.99 and the Lipstick is £6.99. It’s tricky to know where this brand fits in quite – it’s edging towards mid-price without quite being there but then nor it is quite budget. But, for a first experience I am quite impressed and definitely want to see more. The UK Milani site is HERE if you fancy a browse.