Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette ($13) are a new hybrid powder blush that acts as a contour, highlighter, and blush compact all in one which launched in four selections late last month. It’s a refreshing change to see Milani venturing outside their Rose Powder Blush line which they tend to love intruding new or limited edition shades to in the Spring and Summer months. Not that I don’t love Rose Powder Blush mind you! It’s just nice to see something new pop up from the brand for Summer.
I’ve been busy pulling out all my glow-y and luminous blushes for the Summer months not to mention purchasing new ones because for some reason I’m obsessed with pretty glowing blushes for my warmer weather looks.
These Color Harmony Blush Palettes fit the bill perfectly so I purchased two of the four shades.
Here’s my review and swatches.
Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette come housed in the brand’s traditional gold compact with a clear lid. I’ve never personally fancied Milani’s packaging but I’ve come to realize that their color cosmetics are excellent quality. So, you might have to put aside your prejudices about bad packaging the way I did. I think one thing that deserves mentioning is the fact that Milani’s pricing on these new palettes is rather high. We’re seeing drugstore pricing go up more and more lately and this is in fact a good example of that. Rose Powder Blushes started out life at 0.60 oz for $7.99 each. As of now they are $9 each and still the same size. Sadly, Color Harmony Blush is $13 and half that size at 0.30 oz. It’s a big price jump to say the least. Of course, sales at the drugstore will ensure you never pay full price but it still deserves mentioning that these are quite expensive for a smaller amount compared to past Milani releases.
Each of these palettes has four different shades one of which has a luminous finish where as the other three has a more satiny one. The colors go from darker to lighter and act together to add warmth, color, and luminosity to your complexion. I have to admit I do wish the blush shade was larger or least have an equal amount of all four shades. The highlighter shade, which is the sheerest, was the shade that dominated the palette. I find the texture was a little stiffer and difficult to pick up with my blush brush. You might have to hunt around for the perfect brush to apply these. I’m still looking for one! One good thing is the stiffness seems to become a little softer and powdery after a few uses. So, you might just have to break through that tougher shell to get to the softness beneath. They do apply very easily and blended well on my drier skin. I didn’t feel like they clung to drier areas and the luminous finish (which you can’t really see in my photos) was quite lovely. The wear was fairly good at around eight hours before showing signs of wearing.
I purchased two shades but I actually felt like they both applied the same due to the fact the bronzer dominates the blush shade. It’s hard to differentiate between the shades since the blush is a little silver of a color located at the bottom of the palettes. The bronzer overtakes the blush shade considerably. Oddly enough, they do swatch differently in photos but once you get to swirling all the shades together you just end up with a lot of bronze-y warmth.
I have to admit if I had to choose between the two I’d like go with Rose Powder Blush’s formula. Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette produces a nice warmth and glow on skin but the formula isn’t quite as nice and the blush is a little lacking here.
Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette are available now at milanicosmetics.com and should be launching soon at drugstores.
Did you pick any of these up?