I recently got a mini haul from Milani Cosmetics and got to try some new-to-me products. I’ve been a user of Milani for about 15 years now, and what keeps me coming back is that they offer quality cosmetics at an affordable price. I like that the line is easy to find in any drugstore I go to, and that they always have new and on-trend offerings. I was able to pick up three of their newest products, and have been putting them to the test.
First, I have their Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer. I use the shade Honey, which is described as a medium beige with peachy yellow undertone. It’s the second-darkest shade offered, which is my one complaint. This concealer comes in only six shades, so choices are pretty limited. It is a new product, so I won’t judge Milani on that yet, but I am hoping to see the range widen a bit over time. I could have used a shade darker, but the darkest, Deep Honey, has a red undertone, which wouldn’t work for me. I like the coverage this concealer offers, which is medium-to-heavy. It’s not at all greasy, which is the problem I usually have with heavier concealers. This means I don’t get any caking or creasing. It blends beautifully, and doesn’t get super stiff as it sits on the skin. I have mixed feelings about the applicator tip, which is a ball-shaped sponge. I like it very much for undereye application, but find it a bit of a pain when I have to use a brush with it, like for carving out my brows. I love that it stays in place all day, without the need to retouch. I used this concealer in this look. If you’re interested, you can find this concealer here.
The second product I tried was the Prep + Set + Go Transparent Face Powder. This powder can be used as a primer as well as a setting powder. Y’all know I love a multitasking product, so this was a must-try. This was my first time using a powder to prime, and it works! I used a powder puff to apply it, and it doesn’t take much product to see the blurring effect it promises. Foundation is easy to apply over it, and there’s no caking, even over my dry patches. As a setting powder, it plays well with every foundation I’ve used it with. I was happy and a little surprised to find it performs as well on my dry areas as it does my t-zone. I fully expected to have cake-face, but that wasn’t the case. It contains silicone, which I’ve found irritates my skin, but since it’s not being packed into my pores like the typical primers I use, I’ve had fewer breakouts and a lot less irritation. I used this powder to both prime and set in this look. You can find more details about this powder here.
The last product I got was one I’ve seen mentioned quite often lately, the Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set. As a primer, it works! I love that it doesn’t contain silicone, but I was surprised that it works so well as a primer. It provides a nice surface for foundation application, even on my troubled, textured skin. When I use it to set, it does a good job of keeping my makeup in place and giving a smoother appearance. As a plus, it contains niacinamide, which is good for all kinds of skin issues, including acne, moisture loss, and fine lines. I haven’t yet tested the 16-hour claim, but I’ve worn it for almost 13 hours with no sign of creasing or caking, even in my tricky undereye are. I absolutely love the mist, which is fine, but very strong, and gives excellent coverage with just a couple sprays. I’ll be keeping the bottle to put my other sprays in just so I use them, but this may be a holy grail product for me. I used it to prime and set this look. You can find this setting spray here.
Overall, I got just what I’m used to from Milani – great products at a great price. None of these disappointed, and I’m happy I got them. If you’re like me and can’t afford every high-end product on the market, I’d suggest giving these a try. If you can, I’d still call these good alternatives, and they’re affordable enough to try. In addition, Milani is cruelty-free. So, I feel my little splurge was a win, and I’ve been reaching for these products every time I put on makeup. If you’d like to know more about Milani products, you can find them here.
Have you tried anything from Milani? What are your favorites?
Thanks for reading!