Milani Powder Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Milani Powder Eyeshadows are a new range that include 12 colors in two finishes, Satin and Matte, that will be popping up in drugstores shortly if not already (I’ve seen them in CVS recently).

Milani already had single powder shadows but I can’t recall every trying them having always been terribly smitten with their sparkly Runway Eyeshadows.

I’m breaking this up into two posts. The first six shadows I’m featuring today are the satin ones and I’ll be reviewing the matte next week.

Take a peek!

These retail for under five each at drugstores ($4-$4.49 per shadow) and contain a whooping 0.11 oz of eyeshadow. That’s a lot of shadow for under five bucks!

The shades are all gorgeous and there’s a mix of both vibrant and natural colors to choose from although I found the six satin shades are dominated by more nude, natural colors like brown, bone, and gold with a few vibrant colors like purple and teal. If you prefer more popping shades of color this selection is a little lacking so you might want to check out the matte shades for the more bolder color selection.

I loved all the shades but ones that really stuck out for me as special were Tickled Pink a soft baby pink with an iridescent-like gold to it and Caramel Brown, a lovely light golden brown.

Gold Dust

Caramel Brown

Just Perfect

Tickled Pink

Purple Shock


Purple Shock, Just Perfect, Gold Dust

Tickled Pink, Pearl, Caramel Brown

The satin formula has a velvet, soft texture that has a buttery feel on lids. It applies with minimal fuss if you use a sponge applicator but you’ll see some fall out with a brush since the shades are loosely packed and kick up a fair bit of product as you swirl a brush in them. They are nicely pigmented and build easily on lids without looking cakey or feeling heavy. I find the wear time on my dry lids without primer is about four or five hours before I see signs of creasing. Color stays true and vibrant for the entire wear but the creasing action does set in around hour five. With primer, which I rarely go without anyway, I see an eight hour wear time with minor creasing into hour nine and major creasing into hour ten.

I think they might prove a little bit of a disaster for oily lids as you’ll really need to take special care and attention at prepping prior to use as I see them as a potential crease-fess on a lid oilier than my own do to the looser formula of the shadow.

The colors aren’t lack sparkle of glitter but still have a nice glisten on lids without looking frosty. They work beautifully as a single color shade but they go a little muddy if you want to play with them together or incorporate another shadow from your collection into a look so a little TLC when blending and contrasting with other colors is needed.

Overall, the formula is gorgeous at this price as is the generous size of each pot shadow. I loved the natural shades in this selection and felt the formula proved to be a lighter weight version of a Stila shadow sans the frosty finish and heavier velvety texture. I highly suggest snagging Tickled Pink, Pearl, Caramel Brown, and Gold Dust.

Caramel Brown

Just Perfect

Tickled Pink

Gold Dust

These will be launching shortly at drugstores like CVS and Walgreens. Check your Milani display as they will be available as part of the general catalog and not a limited edition release.

Will you be purchasing these when they launch?

Any shades you love here?

Have you tried the older Milani single eyeshadows?

Do share!


This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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  • 4/27/12 12:37 Cj:

    Ooh the blue looks really good on you! Have you posted swatches on that buxom color choreography palette you got? I think it was swing


    • 4/27/12 12:41 the Muse:

      not yet eep! I’ll get on that shortly promise ;-D aw thanks! you’re lovely and too kind!


      • 4/27/12 12:42 Cj:

        It’s ok 😛 I saw the palettes pop up on Sephora and was really tempted but I couldn’t find swatches anywhere :(


        • 4/27/12 12:44 the Muse:

          i’ll get to it monday or tuesday of next week! ;-D promise!


  • 4/27/12 13:23 Tammie:

    Tickled Pink is lovely, I’m in a bit of a pink mood right now haha :). Do you think it compares to MAC Da Bling which I just got though? I don’t want to be redundant ^^;;

    Also would you say the purple is similar to the purple in the Spring Dior Roses palette? I ended up returning that because the price wasn’t worth it since I only liked the purple, so now I am on the lookout for a similar purple with a blue flash.


    • 4/27/12 13:26 the Muse:

      I don’t have either one handy at the moment tam, I’m at my office, so can’t swatch side by side to compare :-/ sorry!


      • 4/27/12 13:39 Tammie:

        No worries, maybe if Milani is BOGO 1/2 off or something I’ll just pick them up at my leisure and see. They seem like pretty colors anyway and if it’s similar to the one I already have it’s cheap enough I can’t get too upset xD


      • 4/27/12 13:39 Tammie:

        PS. Tickled Pink looks absolutely lovely on you~!


        • 4/27/12 13:42 the Muse:

          aw thanks! I don’t think the pink is comparable to mac but I’d have to haul it out to do a side by side ;-D


          • 4/27/12 13:43 Tammie:

            You don’t have to go to the trouble it’s ok :).

            It does look a bit more pastel than Da Bling from what I can tell, which is perfect! The more I think about it the more I want to get these. Can’t wait until they get them in!! I wish they were out already so I could go today haha :)

          • 4/27/12 13:44 the Muse:

            I’ve seen them at cvs so far ;-D the pink also looks amazing with a little bronze-y brown liner! Gorg!

  • 4/27/12 13:47 Tammie:

    Hmn, I might just have to run to CVS then and see :). Thanks!!!

    I’m really bad at liner so I never use it unless I have PLENTY of time lol (aka the weekends). BUT that does sound really pretty, so maybe some weekend I’ll give it a shot :D. I might have some Physicians Formula liner in a good color for that…


    • 4/27/12 14:29 the Muse:

      my pleasure! It’s a pretty pink! ;-D i’m the same with liner plus I feel a little TOO made up…! but try it out with a little eyeshadow in that shade as a liner…works a treat ;-D


      • 4/27/12 14:40 Tammie:

        Good idea! I am actually pretty decent at that, since I’ve been doing the way they tell you do do eye makeup from asian magazines…gradient with the darkest at the bottom and lightest at the top. I’d only been doing that with the Japanese eyeshadows I have but I think I can use that experience to line with a bronze shadow here 😀


        • 4/27/12 14:51 the Muse:

          me too ;-D I tend to go the gradient way too, I feel like darker in the crease is sometimes too dramatic.


          • 4/27/12 14:52 Tammie:

            Yeah~. I always always do a gradient though, just usually it’s lightest on the inside corner/brow then middle on the lid and darkest on the outside corner.

            My eyes are fairly deep set and hooded so it’s not really worth my time to do it in the crease, because it won’t even show up lol

          • 5/2/12 16:37 the Muse:

            aw! I have too much to work with above my eye and I feel like I can’t find my crease sometimes :-/

  • 4/27/12 14:15 adriana:

    i luv the colors!!!


  • 4/27/12 15:15 Bianca:

    U look so pretty! Especially in just perfect & carmel brown! They really bring out your lovely brown eyes :) I bet these would look great with the new shadow eyez pencils!


    • 4/30/12 16:42 the Muse:

      aw thanks bianca ;-D!


  • 4/27/12 15:25 kiwikiwidragon:

    I feel “collect them all disease coming on”…except the pink, just can’t wear it


  • 4/27/12 15:58 Tigress:

    Purple Shock is amazing! It looks like a more pigmented dupe for UD Asphyxia. Caramel Brown is lovely too.


  • 4/28/12 5:33 Allison:

    I admit I’m a lurker but I love your blog and thought it was time to show it. You’ve gotten me to try brands I never would have before (ie Shills & BPAl). So thank you, thank you, thank you from one beauty junkie to another.


    • 4/30/12 16:40 the Muse:

      yay hi allison 😀 thanks for the SUPER sweet comment <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • 4/29/12 3:30 petitez:

    Me likey! :)


  • 4/29/12 13:15 LINDARRAGNAR:

    every color looked so great on you muse!! I think the tickled pink is my favorite on you!! I will look at picking one of these up, (it will be hard deciding which one though)!


    • 4/30/12 16:36 the Muse:

      aw thanks linda you’re too kind ;-D! they are all really nice! wait for a BOGO offer ;-D


  • 5/1/12 0:55 Quinctia:

    I’m buying that purple! I probably have dupes, but I don’t caaaaaare.


  • 5/1/12 12:28 Tammie:

    I’m diiieeeeinnngggg here haha. I haven’t seen them at my CVSes yet, not even the one that got the new perm display in first. Poop!

    Do you mind telling me where on the display these were located? I am worried I just didn’t see ’em haha


    • 5/1/12 12:34 the Muse:

      my cvs has an end cap with the main collection and than two side caps with bronzers on one side and eye pencils, palettes, shadows on the other side, they were located on the side of the display unit ;-D


      • 5/1/12 13:25 Tammie:

        Thanks that sounds like mine :). I guess I didn’t miss it, but at least when I go and check (every other day haha) I’ll know where to look :)


        • 5/1/12 13:25 the Muse:

          :-D! good LUCK!


          • 5/1/12 13:28 Tammie:

            Thanks <3

          • 5/1/12 13:31 the Muse:


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