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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: Milani Limited Edition 2014 Rose Powder Blush Collection

I probably don't have to remind you that the original Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blushes from Summer 2013 were a huge hit with Milani fans. I reviewed one of those original blushes in August of 2013 and I still adore it to this day. But Milani really stepped it up this year when they released the 2014 Limited Edition Rose Powder Blushes. Milani told me that they went for "bold and bright" colors this year, and they all have a matte finish (last year's collection contained softer colors with a shimmery/sparkly finish).

I received this collection from Milani and I'm excited to show these to you if you haven't seen them yet. This collection is available NOW at select Walgreens stores, and you can also order them via the Milani website for $7.99 each.

NOTE: Milani offers free ground shipping on orders of $30 or more (no code required), so if you order the entire collection ($31.96 total), you'll get all four blushes plus free shipping. 

Milani Limited Edition 2014 Rose Powder Blush Collection
(retail: $7.99 each, 0.6 oz)

As I mentioned in my review of the original Rose Powder Blushes, these compacts are HUGE when it comes to blush (0.6 oz each). For perspective, Revlon Powder Blushes retail for $8.99 and they contain 0.17 oz of product.

Also, in case you haven't seen these in person yet, I can confirm that they definitely come safety-sealed:

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The raised rose design is gorgeous, isn't it?


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Tea Rose
(matte mauvey-pink)

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Swiped and blended

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Love Potion
(matte fuchsia-berry)

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Swiped and blended

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Coral Cove
(matte orangey-coral with a slight pink undertone)

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Swiped and blended

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Lady Rouge
(reddish coral)

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Swiped and blended

I love that Milani gave us two coral shades and two pink shades, and then within each color family they gave us one deeper shade and one lighter shade. In doing this, I think they covered all bases when it comes to skintones. Cool-toned lovers will no doubt gravitate toward the pinks, while warm-toned lovers will be drawn to the corals.

The texture of these blushes is soft, but not too soft. One of the things I hear all the time about the Rose Powder Blushes is that the rose design is so beautiful, you don't want to ruin them by using them. But these blushes are sturdy, and I can tell you that I've used these blushes, and also my original Rose Powder Blush, many, many times and the design is still intact. These blushes don't crumble at the first sign of a powder brush, so don't be afraid to play with them! I have been using my e.l..f. Studio Blush Brush with the two lighter shades and my e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush with the deeper shades and the rose design looks just as pretty now as when I first opened them.

When compared to the Milani Matte Baked Blushes, which you know I love, the Rose Powder Blushes are a bit more powdery and not quite as finely-milled as the Baked Blushes. But the color-level and pigmentation are right up there with the Baked Blushes, and I also think they apply and blend as easily as the Baked Blushes. Regardless of which shades you purchase from this collection, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the pigmentation--if anything, you might go overboard the first time you wear one and find yourself having to tone it down a bit.

Staying power is right in line with the Baked Blushes for me too--I can get a full day's wear with these (and remember, I have super oily skin). One more thing--a few of you have mentioned that you don't care for the scent of these blushes. They are fragrance-free, but they do have a scent to them. To me they smell like talc, but I don't notice the scent until I put my nose right up to the compact (and I don't notice the scent during application). I realize that you could have a different experience with these if you're sensitive to scents, so I just wanted to mention that.

FINAL VERDICT: If you love matte blushes in bright, bold colors, I think you might fall in love with the Limited Edition 2014 Rose Powder Blush Collection from Milani. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they are beautiful on the skin as well. And you can't beat the value, considering that you get a whopping 0.6 oz of product for $7.99.  I love every shade in this collection but if I could only choose one, it would be Coral Cove--it is so versatile and absolutely beautiful on the skin. That said, Lady Rouge is also gorgeous, and Tea Rose is too. Oh heck, don't make me decide--I'll leave that up to you!

Again, you can find these blushes NOW at select available Walgreens locations and you can also order them via the Milani website here. Milani offers free ground shipping on orders of $30 or more (no code required), so if you order the entire collection ($31.96 total), you'll get all four blushes plus free shipping. 

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  1. OH MY GOODNESS...they are gorgeous! Thank you so much for your review. I ignored the collection last year and have been kicking myself every since... I really really hope that I see them this year.

    1. You are so welcome! I hope you find them soon! :)

  2. thank you so much for this review! I bought all four colors immediately this year, but I was a little disappointed with the colors for my particular skin tone. I have very pale skin with dark blonde hair, so loved the pink colors last year. This year, the tea rose works great, but the Lady Rogue and Coral Cove just haven't looked right on me! Do you think using a stippling brush instead of a blush brush would help with this? The Lady Rogue in particular just looks so harsh on my skin, like I have a sunburn. I would love to make those colors work for me! Otherwise I will pass them on to a friend - they are so so pretty! thanks again for the review (:

    1. You're welcome! I definitely think the stippling brush is way to go with the deeper shades in this collection. Also, since they're a bit powdery, make sure that your skin is nice and hydrated before you apply, so that the powder has something to adhere to. :)

    2. I am also very pale at the moment and I absolutely love coral cove. It does go on a little too bright for me so I use the elf small stipple brush to blend it out perhaps more then the normal person would. I find that when I get it blended just right that it gives me the perfect flush of color.

  3. I was thinking Coral Cove myself. I don't have a blush in that shade.
    Thanks for the review!

  4. thanks for your review! i'll probably pick up lady rouge since my fav blush no longer works that well for me. wish you put a picture, if not all, of the blushes applied though.

    1. Sorry! I'm SUPER behind on my product reviews right now, and in an effort to get this post up while these are still available in stores, I couldn't show them on my face because that takes a lot of additional time to prep and photograph. Hopefully the "blended" swatches can give you an idea of what these look like when worn!


  5. I found these at my local Walgreens 2 weeks ago & only picked up Coral Cove because I was apprehensive due to the reviews I read .

    Alot of them said they were patchy/powdery , so I only picked up one color to see if I would like it .

    Although it's not as smooth as their baked blushes , I found that it wasn't troublesome once blended onto the cheeks .

    I kind of regret not picking up Tea Rose now .

    ––– Nicole O.

    1. I agree on the powdery part (as I mentioned in my review) but I'm just not seeing the patchiness that I've heard a few people mention. I'm wondering if it has to do with different batches, application techniques or maybe the type of brush you use?

      At any rate, I'm SO happy to hear that Coral Cove worked for you. Yay!

  6. First 2 picks when I saw these at my Wags, was Tea Rose and Coral lucky went to another Wags and talked myself into getting the other two..people had already opened the packaging on some and swacthed them. SO ANNOYING GIRLS!!!!!

  7. I think that these are so so pretty! Since I am a scent lover it would be awesome (only to me personally) if they smelled like roses. Anyway I never had access to Miliani until just the last month or so so I never got the flower blush last year and I wish I did since I like a little shimmer to my blush. I really doubt that I will be getting one of these unless I decide that I won't mind adding my own shimmer! Thank you for the review G.!!!!

  8. I bought all of them on the milani website too and got that free shipping.

    Wore Coral Cove Sunday and it was AWESOME!

  9. I ordered these from the Milani website as soon as you showed them in your original post. My Walgreens doesn't carry Milani at all and the ones near me that do never seem to carry the LE items. When I opened the box upon receiving these, I literally gasped because they are so beautiful in person. I highly recommend getting all four if it's within your budget. Like you said G, I couldn't just pick one if I had to!

  10. I really really like the Tea Rose, it looks sooo gorgeous on. Its a perfect neutral blush.

  11. These are all beautiful, but I especially love the warmer coral shades.

  12. Why are these pretty? Why am so weak to be able resist them?

    Tomorrow I will hit up Walgreens and damage my wallet with an unnecessary purchase. So what! I'm in love!

    Ill also need a new brush... which brush should I get?

  13. Any indication as to which Walgreens stores carry these?

  14. I was also wondering if there was a way of knowing which walgreens across the US carry these. Also until when are they available online? August? Coral cove is the one I have my eyes on!

  15. So beautiful! Having oily skin myself I really appreciate matte blushes. Plus I love Milani anyways. Also just wanted to say I'm loving your site and truly appreciate the focus on drugstore makeup! Sometimes love of the drugstore feels a little lonely since it's not quite as trendy overall-not sure how I didn't find you sooner :) Thanks for the great review!

  16. I'm in LOVE with those corals. Definitely going to check them out!


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