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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review & Swatches: New 2012 Eyeshadow Singles from Milani

A while back I gave you a sneak peek at the new 2012 products from Milani, and today I'd like to show you all six new shadow shades, and also share my thoughts about each shade with you. These shadows are now available on the Milani website, and should be making their way to a store near you soon (if they aren't there already). 

So let's start with the three new Marbleized Baked Eyeshadow shades (to see some of the older, existing shades in this collection, you can click here for my previous post). These shadows retail for $7.49 each (0.05 oz):




In the pan, Green Fortune is probably the prettiest baked shadow I have ever seen. There are swirls of mint green, grass green, lime green, bronze, teal and pink in this shadow and it's just one of those shadows you just can't stop staring at. There is also lots of gold sparkle in this shadow, which means there is fallout when worn dry. But as with most baked shadows of this nature, Green Fortune truly shines when you wear it foiled, which is done by dipping your brush in water or mixing medium beforehand. When foiled, the colors meld into a beautiful, almost metallic green that is sort of a mixture of golden olive and lime with a touch of bronze (I'll show you swatches in a minute).




I'm totally biased here. I adore coppers, so I could go on and on about how much I love Copper Excess. Applied dry, this one has a little bit of copper sparkle, but not nearly as much sparkle (or fallout) as Green Fortune. I love it foiled (which you will see below).




For some reason it seems difficult to find a good blue-based fuchsia eyeshadow at the drugstore, so I'm happy to see that Milani is giving us one for 2012. This is the only shadow of all the colors I'm showing you today that does NOT contain any sparkle at all. My only issue with Must Have Fuchsia is that it doesn't seem be quite as pigmented as the other colors, even when applied wet. The good thing is that you can build for more intensity.


The ingredients:


All of the following colors were swatched on bare skin (no primer). The first swatch was done dry; the second was done after swiping the color with a damp brush (I used water).




In addition to the new shades of Marbleized Baked Eyeshadows, Milani has also released three new shades in their Runway Eyes collection ($6.99 each, 0.07 oz). So let's take a look:



Just an FYI in case you don't already own any Runway Eyes shadows: these shadows have a glitter overspray, but the colors underneath the overspray have a pearl finish. So if you're not big on sparkle, don't worry because once you work your way past the overspray, you won't have to contend with much glitter.

Antigua is probably my favorite shade of all the shadows I'm showing you today. It's a murky olive with charcoal undertones, but the gold shimmer (and gold glitter overspray) keep it from looking flat and one-dimensional. It's got a unique, dusty quality about it, and I think it would be gorgeous for a smoky eye. Not extremely pigmented on its own, this one really shines when foiled (swatches below).
 

 

Peaches & Cream has an iridescent glitter overspray that reveals a shimmery light peach underneath. This one is very sheer when used dry, so I would recommend foiling this shade as well. 



 Golden Touch is a pastel, butter yellow with gold glitter overspray. Just like Peaches & Cream, this one's sheer when worn dry so if you want more color, I'd suggest foiling.


The ingredients:


 All of the following colors were swatched on bare skin (no primer). The first swatch was done dry; the second was done after swiping the color with a damp brush (I used water).






FINAL VERDICT: I'm really enjoying the six new eyeshadow shades that Milani has to offer for 2012. True to their labels, these shadows yield a "softer look" when applied dry, and a much more intense look when applied wet (with a damp brush). I love the look of them applied wet so much that I honestly haven't though about using them dry over primer; if you have tried that, please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. (But I do want to note that I have used the older shades over primer and enjoyed them that way. You can see what the older shades look like over primer here.) When applied with a damp brush, I find the pigmentation of these shadows to be great, and so is the staying power. My favorite is Antigua, followed by Copper Excess and Green Fortune. My only complaint is that some of the sparkle in these shadows (all except Must Have Fuchsia contain sparkle) can fly around during application and cause some fallout when applied dry, but that's yet another reason why I prefer to foil these when I wear them.

Have you spotted these new shades in your area yet? Do you already own any of them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.
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35 comments

  1. Very jealous. I went to CVS tonight in search of Milani eyeshadows and the display was completely picked over and demolished.

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    1. Sounds like they're getting ready to reset the display at your store! Hold tight and I'm sure all the new products will be there soon. :)

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  2. I think I may pick up Antigua. You touched on the main complaint I have with Milani which is the copious flying sparkles. I was using their baked blushes yesterday and ended up with a sparkle mustache. =/

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    1. I'd love to know what you think of Antigua if you get it! :)

      And yes, foiling really cuts down on the "flying sparkles"! But you know, I don't get that with the baked blushes...in fact I barely notice the sparkle at all in those! Maybe it's because I buff away the sparkle on the blushes when I'm blending, so that's why I don't see it. *shrugs*

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  3. I'm really liking the new Runway Eyes colors! Especially Antigua.

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  4. I recently gave milani shadows a thumbs down in my last video :-/. i have a love hate relationship with them. At 7.49 per single shadow i think it's too expensive for what you get. You hit the nail on the head about these shadows needing to be applied when wet. I used the peach one over my maybellinne color tatoo in the orange color and it looked lovely, but for the beginner these shadows don't cut it. I also have the fuschia and the red and still can't manage to make them "wearable," if that makes sense. I don't like spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to make a shadow work. I have better luck with the elf and wet n' wild quads and trios, esp when it comes to blending.

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    1. I have a few of them and have to agree. While an experienced hand can do some very beautiful things with them, and they make great sheer washes, I was disappointed. Especially considering how wonderfully smooth, blendable, and pigmented their "traditional" blushes are... seems like they have the capability of making gorgeous shadows as well.

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  5. These are just gorgeous! I'm with you with the prettiness of Antigua- definitely my favorite. :)

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  6. Green Fortune is such a lovely shade.. This brand is not available in India ..:(

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  7. Love these--especially the foiled Green Fortune. I'm usually not a fan of green makeup... But wow, that's lovely. I like the curved brushes they come with too, they're cute. (: Can't wait to try some of the glittery ones!

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    1. I thought the brushes were cute too, until I tried to use one lol. It was impossible, the curve in the wand is awful to work with. I tossed all mine, but saved a few for my dd to play with.

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  8. I have the green fortune and it looks best foiled but then I use it dry to diffuse in thee crease and slightly above. The peach is great for brightening up the eye area, and antigua as a smoky eye is great, it keeps it much more open than a traditional smokey eye. I like them all foiled the best.

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  9. The colors are great, and I like the pigmentation. I've never used Milani products before.

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  10. I was really happy with the shades I got a few to try out ..

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  11. Needing the Antigua. When is the next milani sale?

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  12. Say this like Homer Simpson....Antiquaaaaaaa!

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    1. Not even gonna lie: That's what I just did!

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  13. I've never heard of foiling eye shadow - what is it?

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  14. Must have fuschia definitely looks like a must have. Paired with a nice blue ---rocking!!!

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  15. I have Green Fortune and love it. The only thing is my pan has a LOT of the pink swirl in it, so my resultant color is more of a light greenish beige. At first I was a bit bummed about that, but I've found that it really is much more versatile than if it was just a more solid green.
    This weekend I'm on a hunt for Antigua and Peaches and Cream. They both remind me of a Maybelline double-ended eye pencil I had back in high school. (You really don't want to know how very long ago it was that I had this - I'm kinda OLD) Peach and green are such a lovely combo on brown eyes.

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  16. Hey G! I had to buy Green Fortune as soon as I saw the original pics you posted! I love it! But, even when I use it wet, I still get a ton of sparkle fall out :( I've just been using water though - would using mixing medium help? What brand of mixing medium do you recommend? the only one I know of is MAC's - and that's super pricey! thanks!

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  17. Thanks for swatching and reviewing these. I stumbled across them at CVS this weekend and have been thinking about them (especially Green Fortune and Antigua) ever since!

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  18. These swatches look pretty but I really hate shadows that you have to apply wet. I guess I'm just picky, lol. Also for drugstore shadows, I feel they're pretty expensive. So I'll probably pass on these, though Green Fortune is tempting.

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  19. A good mixing medium is artificial tears...u know, eye drops. :)

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  20. wow, im really liking the runway shadows!

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  21. I am so sick right now but as soon as i canget out of bed I am running to the drugstore for these! Awesome swatches!

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  22. I noticed that you've been gone for a few days. I hope everything is okay with you and your family.

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  23. CVS is having a BOGOHO sale on Milani cosmetics this week, yay!

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    1. And you get a $10 CVS gift card when you spend $30! :)

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  24. I am a first time commenter but a long time email subscriber! Haven't seen anything from you in a few days, so just dropping a comment by to let you know I hope you are doing alright and so is your family. Hope to see something from you soon! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way :) -Hannah

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  25. makes me want to go out and try these shadows! and never knew applying them wet made such a huge difference! will definitely try that with my current shadows. i got confused when you mentioned foiling though. what is that??

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  26. I have a few of the old ones... and have found they are really nice dry on top of Maybelline color tattoos... I would assume the same with any creme base. The base grabs the shimmer and keeps in in place. I actually wore Caribbean Sea today over Audacious Asphalt, and it made a really nice soft blue smoky eye.

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  27. Green Fortune had me put my brakes on when I saw it in CVS! It is STUNNING. But....it's way to flaky to use dry. :O( Of course, DUH I didn't read the back to see "use wet" lol, but I've still been happy with my purchase :~)

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  28. I just bought peaches and cream. The fall out is tremendous, which and without foiling. :( By half of the day, my face looks like a glitter ball, ugh. Does anyone know of another eyeshadow similar to peaches and cream? I love the color but I can't deal with the fall out, especially when it's not appropriate for my job. :/ Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks girls! :)

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  29. I've seen these at CVS before and always thought to myself "these are too pretty to even use!" But now that I'm in search of a decent and college-budget friendly green shadow, I'm highly considering picking up some Green Fortune and trying it foiled. :)

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