As you know the Milani Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Eyeshadow Pencils ($6.99) launched online yesterday and I swatched them for you earlier this week.
I’ve been wearing them this week and testing them out so I thought I’d finally review them today! I love how creamy these are and I ended up purchasing a few back ups when they ended up popping up online.
Here are my thoughts!
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Eyeshadow Pencil aren’t a new product as they launched in Summer 2012 as I recall. However, Milani Naturally Chic Collection is a range of six natural, nude colors that are available for a limited time exclusively at Walgreens, HEB, and Fred Meyer or online www.milanicosmetics.com.
Black Ink, Espresso Line, Cafe Au Lait
Almond Cream, Sand Dunes, Golden Bronze
I think part of the appeal of this collection is the shades are not only Summer friendly but ideal for those of us who prefer a more nude, natural eye look. The original collection included more vibrant shades of color so if you lean towards more subtle colors Naturally Chic is the Collection for you!
One of the start in this collection is Almond Cream (so much so I purchased two back ups). This is a shade that is equivalent to colors like Bobbi Brown Vanilla or MAC Bare Study. It’s a solid shade of matte creamy beige which makes for an excellent all over color wash to brighten eyes up or to act as a base for pigments and shadows. It creates a perfect base to add vibrancy and intensity to all of your color shadows or works incredibly all its own for a nude eye look! It’s well worth picking up!
The collection includes four matte shadows and two metallic. Considering the original release is lacking in mattes this is an exciting launch for those who favor the finish. One of the only colors that I felt like I didn’t need was Black Ink since I have a ton of black pencils but you might care to pick it up if you do a smoky eye often.
These are far more creamier, especially the mattes, than the original shades. They do not tug or pull during application and have a creamy, dreamy formula that applies and blends very easily. I think the metallic ones are a little drier compared to the matte but they still apply perfectly. The mattes have a slower dry down time so you have plenty of time to blend and play around before they set. The metallic are a little quicker to dry down so you’ll want to blend quickly for the best results. Once set they do not crease or fade on me and wear a solid eight hours without primer under them. I have a drier eye area so just take that into consideration when purchasing. If you do have an oily lid just make sure you apply primer and powder on your entire lid to absorb excess oil before application.
Cafe au Lait
Black Ink, Espresso Line, Cafe Au Lait, Almond Cream, Sand Dunes, Golden Bronze
Pigmentation varies from pencil to pencil but five of the six shades all have excellent color pay off. The only shade that runs a bit sheerer would be Sand Dunes, this shade is disappointing as it isn’t as true as the swatch you see on my arm and has a more subtle color on my lids. I think both Sand Dunes and Golden Bronze come across very frosty on my lids as well so pay proper care when blending to avoid this.
You can use the pencils to line with as well but I always find chubby pencils are challenging to use as an eyeliner so I think they are best suited to use as an all over eyeshadow.
Overall, some of these shades are stunning and well worth picking up at this price. They have excellent pigmentation, ease of application, and very good wear time without fading or creasing. The Naturally Chic selection of colors are a welcome addition to my collection, I just wish they weren’t available for a limited time! Hopefully Milani decides to move them to the permanent collection come Fall.
I didn’t compare these to my Urban Decay Pencils so I’m unsure if any are dupes for those shades.
I know many of you purchased them already!
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
And fav shades!