Milani Cosmetics Review & First Impressions
The wait is over - Milani Cosmetics is finally available in Australia!
I had heard amazing things about the brand and it was regularly featured in my favourite US vloggers makeup tutorials but I had never had the opportunity to try the range until now!
Milani Cosmetics kindly sent me some of their latest products to try and in this post I am going to share my thoughts and first impressions.
Before I do here is some information from the Milani Cosmetics website about the brand and the product I am trying:
WHO IS MILANI COSMETICS?
Italian style. Rich, lush, eye-candy colours. The perfect makeup fit for every skin tone.
Milani Cosmetics offers incredible quality for an incredible price. But even more “wow” is our product lineup: Hundreds of shades and high-tech, specialty store-level formulas – basically everything you could ever want or need for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails. (Face too, of course. Our foundations and concealers are amazing.) At Milani Cosmetics, the creativity we pull from the streets of Milan – the fashion, the art, the history, the culture – finds its way into everything we make for you, the woman who loves colour. Our products are 100% animal cruelty free and 90% are vegan.
You’ll find yourself in Milani Cosmetics. The very best version of you.
Milani Baked Blush - 13 Rosa Romantica $15.95 AUD
This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.
Milani Contour & Highlight Cream & Light Duo - 02 Light/Natural $19.95 AUD
Contour & Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo is a smooth, blendable matte contour cream and high pigmented liquid illuminator in one that lets you effortlessly create a sculpted and highlighted look with the perfect shade combination for your skin tone. The lightweight, buildable shades add major glamour to any makeup or no-makeup look, or soft-glam, natural-looking definition to your best features.
Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eye Shadow Collection - 04 Plum Basics $19.95 AUD
Contour, colour and create endless looks with a first-of-its-kind eye contour and highlight collection. Each Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection comes with six richly pigmented shades and a step-by-step guide for professional-looking results. Each shade is expertly coordinated to work well in any order to create brilliantly beautiful, one-of-a-kind styles. Dual-ended, pro-artistry brush included.
Milani Keep It Smooth Lip Scrub - 02 Sugar Sweet $19.95 AUD
Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub smoothes and exfoliates lips for an instant polished and revitalized look. Natural sugar granules soften skin with a kiss of sweetness, leaving lips feeling nourished and prepped for colour. Use 2-3 times per week and follow with Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment for the ultimate lip luxury experience.
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème - 10 Pretty Problematic $17.95 AUD
Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colours shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear.
Milani Make It Dewy 3-in-1 Setting Spray Hydrate + Illuminate + Set $21.95 AUD
Prime, set and hydrate skin while also giving your brightness a boost with Make it Dewy Setting Spray. This illuminating spray delivers just the right dose of dewy to your complexion with a cooling, refreshing feeling, while locking in your makeup for up to 16 hours without creasing, smudging or fading! Spray under or over makeup, or wear on its own for a healthy radiance. Keep it in your makeup bag for the perfect glow on the go!
MY THOUGHTS + FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Below I share some before and after pictures so you can see the Milani Cosmetics results first hand as well as my thoughts on each product.
Before: bare faced, no makeup under part soft box lighting part natural light, no editing
After: Makeup using Milani Cosmetics listed below - natural light, no editing
Milani Baked Blush - 13 Rosa Romantica
I will admit this was the product I was most excited to try and I can happily report that the hype about the Milani Baked Blushes is SO real! Not only is this the most beautiful shade but by softly sweeping this blush along my cheeks it adds just the right amount of colour and a gorgeous glow. I love that it is buildable! Too many times I use blushes and the colour is way too intense but this blush creates a healthy, sun-kissed glow I am loving!
Milani Contour & Highlight Cream & Light Duo - 02 Light/Natural
This is not only a convenient, two in one product but it creates a gorgeous contour and highlight. I simply applied the contour stick to my cheekbones, around my temples and jawline, blending it out with a flat kabuki brush. Work fast so it blends out seamlessly and remember to apply this on top of a cream foundation base - not powder or it will get chalky/messy. The cream illuminating end is so pretty and not too intense. I used the doe foot applicator to tap it onto the high points of my face and then used my fingertip to blend it out for a seamless finish and a soft, subtle glow. I like a more intense glow so I tapped some of my favourite highlighter on top to finish off my makeup look.
Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eye Shadow Collection - 04 Plum Basics
This palette exceeded all of my expectations. For $19.95 I did not expect to receive such a beautifully, pigmented palette but this is absolutely stunning! I have the 'Plum Basics' palette and this is perfect not only for an every day look but can be intensified for a bold, glam look too. The palette contains 6 shades, each designed to contour, define the eyes and complement each other perfectly. For this look I started by applying the lighter base shade to prep the lids and then the second shade in the crease as a transition shade. For the outer V and to smoke out the lower lash line I used the dark purple shade and then for the lid and inner corner I used the specialty shade which is so pigmented and creates a gorgeous sheen and dimension to my look.
Milani Keep It Smooth Lip Scrub - 02 Sugar Sweet
I love nothing more than a good lip scrub to prep the lips before applying my favourite liquid lipstick. This formula is lovely. It is a very fine scrub, not too intense and is also very nourishing. I simply apply it to my lips using my fingertips and massage it in before removing any excess with a tissue to reveal soft, smooth lips!
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème - 10 Pretty Problematic
This dark red shade is definitely darker than the nudes that I am used to but once applied it was love at first sight! This liquid lipstick formula applies creamy and then drys matte with a metallic sheen. Once dry, the formula is budge proof and lasted hours before I had to re-apply and that was after lunch. I really like the applicator wand, the shape made it really easy to carve out my cupids bow and hugged the curves of my lips, creating a precise defined line. I didn't line the lips prior to application and I found it didn't bleed at all. I cannot wait to get more shades in this formula!
Milani Make It Dewy 3-in-1 Setting Spray Hydrate + Illuminate + Set
To finish my look I spritzed my face with this light setting spray mist. A few sprays and it creates a nice veil over the face locking my makeup look in place. The pressure of the spray is perfect and it doesn't come out in a jet like spray which could disrupt my makeup. I love the scent of this mist too, it has a nice refreshing yet fresh fragrance which isn't too overpowering. I applied my makeup at 10am and by the time I got home at 7pm my makeup was still perfectly in place.
I can now confirm that every good thing I have ever heard about Milani Cosmetics is true! I am so in love with this range and it is definitely the beginning of a beautiful friendship! You get great quality cosmetics at an affordable price, with the colour pay off and finish as beautiful as some of the high-end products in my makeup collection. I am so glad Milani Cosmetics is now available in Australia, I really want to try their base products next and more baked blushes are definitely on my wishlist!
Have you tried Milani Cosmetics? What products are you loving?
*These products were sent to me in exchange for a review. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.