Milani Baked Blush Haul – Review and Swatches
Some of my fellow bloggers already know this, but I’ve been on an unofficial shopping ban for the last month. Officially speaking, I haven’t made any major purchases in makeup since the end of November. But It was at the start of this month that I made the active choice to stop buying makeup. Granted, it’s been made a little bit easier by two facts.
Fact the first: My little sister Harmony gave me the most AWESOME birthday present ever and their names run around the lines of Burberry, Dior and Armani. Fact the second: It’s allowed me to rediscover some neglected purchases. In this review, I discuss three and P.S. It’s going to be a picture-heavy ride!
I hauled these way back during Cherry Culture’s Friends and Family sale (coinciding rather curiously with Sephora’s F&F sale.) They are a much raved about product: pigmented and notorious dupes for some famous blush colors. Still, I have to admit I was hesitant to pick it up. I’m actually not a fan of pink blushes – and it is the pinks of this line that really steal the spotlight.
Now, keep in mind that these blushes only have .12 oz / 3.5g of product. That’s a rather paltry amount compared to MAC’s .21 oz /6g or NYX’s .2oz/6.4g powder blushes. Still, given their price tag of $6.99USD regularly and about $5.59USD at the time of the sale what did I have to lose?
I’m not a fan of the packaging on these blushes. For having half the product, it’s about twice as tall as a MAC or NYX powder blush. It’s bulky, feels flimsy and has a hinge so loose it renders the underside mirror kind of pointless. With that said, all that bulk does protect the product. Despite several drops, these have yet to chip, crack or crumble.
The first thing you’ll see when you open these blushes is the blush itself. Flipping the top portion open, you’ll find a mirror and brush. Like I mentioned above, the hinge is a bit loose so you have to hold the mirror up while using it. At least, this is true of all three of my Milani blushes.
The brush isn’t really worth using. It’s dense, but too coarse to actually pick up the product successfully.
The official images don’t exactly match up to the products in the pan. But, baked blushes rarely do. I do feel that the Luminoso and Corallina images leave something to be desired but Rose D’Oro is spot on.
Milani describes Rose D’Oro as “Gold and Pink.” Which is definitely true. However, Luminoso is described as a “Luminous Peach” – which falls a bit light, but is still relatively close to the real deal. Corallina is, predictably, dubbed a “Coral” and is also a fairly accurate describe. One wishes that they had a little more detail to their descriptions!
I had a HECK of a time figuring out which brush to use to apply these. The included brush is obviously a failure. And my normal blush brushes, stippling and angled aren’t densely packed enough to provide an even application.These are really nice and soft. The side-effect of that being that they do get really powdery and have a ton of fallout if you don’t use the proper brush.
I finally broke out my yet-to-be-reviewed Sigma Angled Kabuki blush, F84. FYI I purposefully applied the blushes a little on the heavy side to give you a good idea of the color.
I have a massive NARS Orgasm dupe post coming up, but safe to say that Rose D’oro is not a dupe for it. It actually goes a bit sheer on me! Luminoso makes an ideal pink highlight and Corallina is my favorite overall.
The wear on these is pretty good for mineral blushes (which usually last less time on me than traditional blushes.) I’d say they go strong for about 7-9 hours depending on primer use, powder setting and ability-to-stop-touching-your-face-ism.
While certain points (product amount and packaging) disappoint – these are solid pieces. I’ll definitely be picking up the bronzers in the same vein, as I like the formula’s wear and the glow they give my cheeks.
Color Accuracy: 8/10
Overall: 77.5% (C+)
One thing I do suggest, is that if these are pricier in your nick of the woods (ie: overseas) you may hold off on buying them in favor of products that come with…well…with more product.
All for now!