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Milani Cosmetics is shaking up the conventional eyeshadow palette this season with Runway Eyes. These palettes ($8.99) are works of art in themselves with shimmering bars of color. Runway Eyes contain six shades of baked eyeshadow in different hues inside a simple black case. Each palette comes with a two-sided sponge applicator.
We received two palettes for testing, Complementary and Primary. What I love about these palettes is the variety of colors in each instead of the monochromatic palettes I usually see at the drugstore. To be honest I didn’t want to break open my case at first for fear of disturbing these perfect bars of saturated color. Of course my love of eyeshadow won over and it was time to grab a brush and play.
Like most baked shadows the dry application results in a wash of color that you can build upon – and a wet application instantly intensifies the pigment for a nice solid color. I found the dry application to be a little hard to blend and just a slight bit chalky. It has a nice shimmer with a soft but bright color.
The Primary palette has golden yellow, brick red, sunset orange, deep purple, teal, and a dark, almost navy blue. Using this palette I could create a softened “sunset” eye that is perfect for spring.
Most drugstore shadows shy away from including actual, true reds. This brick red shade is a perfect way to experiment with red, which can be a little intimidating, but is lots of fun.
The Complementary palette contains a pearl taupe highlighter, dark mahogany brown, gold, azure blue, light grass green and bronzed pink. The Complimentary palette has a more neutral color palette with added pops of color from the pink, green, and blue. It’s great for a pretty daytime or low-key look that doesn’t stick to just brown hues.
I always use a primer with my eyes, so shadow wear lasted beyond six hours without creasing or fading with dry application. Using these palettes wet however makes the colors really vibrant, and perfect for applying as eyeliner. The Primary palette in particular makes great eyeliner with the navy blue, deep purple and orange to follow the tangerine trend. I simply wet my eyeliner brush and applied for a budge-free color look.
The down side of these pretty palettes comes from their construction. The bars of color are fairly thin, making it easy to transfer color from an adjacent bar. Application has to be fairly precise if using a normal shadow brush. Personally I skip most sponge applicators which are useless, especially with high pigmented bright shades. The bars of baked eyeshadow are also fairly soft and easy to crush or break. The palette itself can get messy fast with use, but luckily I didn’t experience any fallout when applying to the eye.
However the downfalls are easy to overlook with Milani’s affordable price and the amount of shades you receive in each palette. I’m rather in love with my Primary palette and plan on using it wet as eyeliner all spring long!
• Nice color choices, red is rare for drugstore!
• Good wear
• Versatile wet/dry application
• Fragile construction
• Need a steady hand for application
we heartsters – are you looking like you’re ready to hit the catwalk with a little help from Milani’s Runway Palettes?
Lucy loves Lady Gaga, lattes, trashy television and anything zombies. She’s a geeky girl who likes tech gadgets, reading tons of books, playing with gender roles and is constantly surrounded by a small army of cats.
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