Beauty recessionistas gather round because you’re going to want to go wild on the new Milani Baked Bronzer that should be popping up at your local drugstores shortly or maybe already have.
Milani has three shades of its new Baked Bronzer available at the moment and it is such a hardcore dupe for Urban Decay Glided Baked Bronzer plus hello half the price. Loves that hard.
Only problem is Milani seriously needs to work on the packaging because boy is it crummy.
A easy to wear baked bronzer in a swirled, shimmering marble design with a budget price tag!
So you aren’t a bronzer goddess. News flash, neither am I! I avoid the sun like the plague and I avoid bronzers equally. I’m just not the tanning type even though I easily tan. However, a few years ago I tried Urban Decay Baked Bronzer and something snapped, I instantly became converted to the joys of bronzers. Now, it helped a whole lot that Urban Decay made it so damn easy to love on bronzer with such pretty, shimmering shades of color.
Milani introduces three gorgeous shades of baked bronzer that mimic the love of my life from Urban Decay and hey I’m on it like white on rice.
These bad boys come in three graduating shades that go from light to dark but run towards being a very similar shade in finish only darker in variation. These aren’t like traditional muddy shades of bronzer you may have tried in the past. They come across as a sparkling, glimmering, metallic shade of gold that gives cheeks and face a healthy, golden peach tint.
The bronzer is housed in a dual compartment compact which features the powder on top and a flat top brush on the bottom. The brush isn’t bad in the least but I prefer using a kabuki to apply. It’s quite soft with absolutely no shedding and delivers a quick flash of color onto cheeks however the best results are with a kabuki which gives a nicer pop of color. The compact also features a full size mirror.
The bronzer itself is so very pretty. It’s a swirl marble design which mimics that of a MAC MSF in some ways. The shades come across peachy bronze with swirls of gold. I think it’s the gold that really makes the bronzer easy to wear. Glow is the lightet shade and is a golden beige, Soleil is the next darkest shade and consists of more bronze with golden swirls, and Golden is the darkest with a brown bronze base and swirls of gold. No matter which shade you go with, I find they all apply really subtly with a very nice color pay off that can easily be worn alone or over your favorite blush or cheek stain. I like putting a little Vincent Longo Cheek Stain in My Sunshine on and following up with a dusting of this bronzer. Note: The bronzers come across very similar in color due to the flash of the camera.
As beautiful as the product is it suffers one major down fall. Packaging.
The packaging isn’t only impractical but also leans towards being ugly, uneventful, and in some cases cheap. It in no way mimics the gorgeous quality of the product inside which is rather sad.
For one thing I could possibly get over it being ugly however it’s also slightly impractical since the hinge on the bronzer seems to jiggle around a fair bit causing the product to knock against the lid thus cracking the powder. The bronzer pan sometimes comes off as well or snaps off. I’ve had this happened in two cases when purchasing brand new bronzers which had to be returned for new ones.
The gold packaging as I said just borderlines the edges of cheap and doesn’t match up with the gorgeous powder inside.
Milani also seals the product with a sticker that ends up leaving behind a sticky residue. Milani isn’t the only one guilty of this, it happens alot with drugstore cosmetics. Can’t we find stickers that don’t leave behind a gross, sticky mess?
- Those scared of bronzers (These can easily convert you to the joys of bronzing!)
- Anyone who ADORES MAC MSF (these have a similar feel and look)!
- Anyone who loves flashy golden shades of color that can be used on cheeks and lids (go ahead use ’em as eyeshadow!).
- Anyone who doesn’t like sparkle, shimmer, or glitter (these come across glittery but can be blended out to avoid the sparkle).
- Anyone who likes pretty, practical packaging!
I love these and they get a big fat Muse Approval however Milani has to do some serious work on the packaging as that really brings these down. I could possibly get over the ugliness of it but I do not like having to be so cautious when using the bronzer for fear it’ll crack and the packaging basically does just that in most cases. They need to create a better hinged pan for the product so it settles in snugly rather than juggling around so much.
Overall, the bronzer quality is incredible and can easily convert you to the joys of using a bronzer plus it doubles up easily as an eyeshadow if you like. The quality of the product far exceeds its $8.99 budget price tag. If you’re a lover of MAC MSF, it’s a guarantee you’ll enjoy these.
A fabulous little bronzer that will work well into Fall for a kiss of warmth on face and cheeks!
(Sporting Milani Bronzer in Glow on Cheeks and Eyelids)
Loves ’em hard!
But that packaging needs some work…..
This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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