Beat the heat with these budge-proof, smudge-proof shadow liners
I love a cream shadow. I have oily eyelids and I find that while powder shadows are typically fabulous, they crease on me like nobody’s business unless I use a primer. Cream shadows typically do a gradual fade and leave none of the creasing or traveling that a powder does, so there are no obvious telltale signs that my eye makeup is doing a vanishing act.
So, I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado of cream shadows. At the very least, I know of what I speak. Imagine my delight when I received Milani’s new Shadow Eyez.
These cream shadow/liner sticks ($6.99 each) are right up my alley and exactly the type of product I gravitate towards – a multi-purpose shadow and liner stick that promises to last 12 hours. Challenge accepted! (I say this a lot when I’m testing a new product, mostly because I’m asinine and mostly because I honestly want to see if a product delivers on its promise.)
Available in six scrumptious shades, the review team had a chance to see all of them in action:
Winter White – icy white shimmer, metallic finish
Champagne Toast – pale champagne shimmer, metallic finish (and a dupe for Urban Decay Sin)
Brown Deluxe – deep, dark bronzey brown, pearl finish
Royal Purple – deep, pure purple with a violet sheen, pearl finish
Aquatic Style – bright aqua blue shimmer, pearl finish (another Urban Decay dupe, this time for Clash)
Green Safari – vivid medium emerald green, pearl finish
The colors are gorgeous in person and I’m sure everyone can find a shade to flatter their eye color or complexion. I did a comparison swatch test at home of these versus Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Shadow Pencil. I was happy to find a few dupes, and I’ve stated which ones are nearly identical above, to the UD pencils I currently own.
My first impression is that you have about 20 seconds of blending before this SETS. Once set, neither the Milani nor Urban Decay pencils budge. Then I added water. Slowly, but surely the Urban Decay pencils sort of melted away as I rubbed. The Milani pencils did not budge. Then I added hand soap and rubbed. A teensy bit of budge. Then I added more soap and a washcloth and SCRUBBED. Finally, it all came off. Impressive.
Next, I chose to take Green Safari for a 12-hour test drive. The color is a bright and shocking green that was a little intimidating at first, but it did great things for my green/yellow hazel eyes. I used primer on my right eye and none on the left. Then I set a timer for an hour and went about my day.
At the first hour, I had some slight fading on only the eye with primer, but zero creasing and zero traveling, even on the smudge of green I slicked under my eyes (normally I can’t wear liner ever on my lower lashes because traveling is a way of life for my eye liner).
After four hours, I had more uniform fading on both eyes, especially in the middle of my lid, but nothing noticeable unless you were looking for it. At six hours, the color looked slightly lighter, but still visible. At eight hours, it was still there, not as vibrant as it was when I first applied it, but it hadn’t completely vanished or traveled all over the place like most shadows do on me by then.
I ended up cutting my test drive short, but I figure eight hours is a standard work day, so be confident that you’ll get some serious wear time out of these! I can’t wait to check the comments and see if any review team members or wht readers took the 12-hour challenge with Milani’s latest. I’m curious as to how these wore on someone with less oily lids.
So, my impressions are that a girl can get a solid 8 hours from Milani’s Shadow Eyez, with even the oiliest of lids, and still look fairly fresh. The color wore down from intimidating to a lovely wash of green after the first hour and stayed there, which was a nice surprise.
• Colors are water-proof and don’t budge much once set
• Shades are gorgeous
• High end colors and formulas at drugstore prices
• You really need to work to get this off
Readers – have you discovered Milani’s budge-proof Shadow Eyez? What are your favorite summer heat and humidity proof products?[ratings]
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…
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