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Let’s call it a comeback! A dozen new pressed shadows shades hit the shelves.
That’s right ladies – Milani’s pressed Powder Eyeshadows have been missing from the drugstore scene for a couple of years, but now they’re back in action! Here at we heart this, we’re huge fans of the affordable Milani, and have given them rave reviews for lots of different products ranging from highlighters to nail polish and mascara to lip gloss.
My favorite thing about Milani Cosmetics is how they are raising the bar – it’s hard to find inexpensive brands that have a magnificent range of colors (including brights) and also an incredible array of products. But Milani totally hits every mark, especially when it comes to their pressed powder eyeshadows.
As with all Milani products, these Powder Eyeshadows have an incredibly affordable price tag (they can be found for less than $5 at CVS). And the latest collection, with a dozen pressed powder eyeshadows in pearl and matte finishes, has a color for everybody.
Just Perfect – medium teal with gold sheen
Gold Dust – warm yellow gold
Tickled Pink – warm pink with heavy gold sheen
Pearl – light champagne
Purple Shock – pink-toned purple with cool blue pearl duochrome
Caramel Brown – warm bronze brown
Shocking Pink – bright pink; practically neon
French Vanilla – bone ivory
Pitch Black – the blackest black I’ve ever seen, says Stef
Brown Stone – medium chocolate brown
White Lie – bright white
Olympian Blue – almost neon cyan
As for the shadows themselves, they boast that they are “silky smooth and highly pigmented,” as well as “crease proof” and “silk-like.” I found that this varied greatly from color to color, and how I applied them. Almost all of them swatched beautifully, but would barely show up when applied with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Fingers, or a flat eyeshadow/concealer brush, or a sponge tip applicator worked best.
Of the bunch, my favorites pearls are Purple Shock and Just Perfect from the mattes; Shocking Pink and Olympian Blue. The pigmentation is very good (although Olympian Blue takes a little work to build up, and can stain slightly), and they’re probably some of the most difficult colors to find inexpensively.
Pearls Tickled Pink and Caramel Brown are buttery in texture, and mattes Pitch Black and Brown Stone are fairly pigmented for matte shades, but I feel like I have a dozen colors just like them. These colors would make great picks for those looking to build their basics or makeup newbies.
White Lie, French Vanilla, Pearl and Gold Dust are the least pigmented of the bunch. If you’re looking for subtle color, or a highlighter these should do the job. Many of the colors creased even with primer, but it depended on which primer I used.
I also am a huge fan of the packaging. These Powder Eyeshadows pans are housed in sturdy plastic cases that open and shut fairly easily (unless you sprained your thumb flopping onto the bed like a dork…yeah, that really happened). I like that the clear lid lets you easily see what color is inside, AND the back label is color coded as well (I swear, someone at Milani must totally know my pet peeves when it comes to packaging, because they addressed them all!) It’s a tad bit bulky, but there’s also a TON of product inside (about twice the size of the regular MAC eye shadow pan).
All in all, I’m impressed by Milani’s latest reinvention.
we heartsters and Testers – are you excited to see Milani’s Pressed Powder Eyeshadows back in stores? What is your favorite color of these new shades?
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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