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Beauty on a Budget: Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Uh oh.

I think Vincent Longo is sitting at his desk and being uber pissed at the fact that Milani turned around and snatched his formula for their new Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! They not only duped the eyeshadow, formula, and part of the name but I think they actually, if it’s possible, did it better then Vinny!

Oh my!

“Grrr! Damn Milani! Who do they think they are stealing muh eyeshadow formula! Get my lightsaber! This means war!”
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Last week I was wandering around my favorite Drugstore Queen’s blog, Vanessa, when I noticed she was pimping out Milani’s newest eyeshadows. We bow to you Vanessa and your awesome, artful application with mere drugstore brands! How does she do it!? She’s actually Wonder Woman in disguise! Able to leap tall buildings, race faster then the speed of light, and apply $2.99 eyeshadow like it’s Chanel! Seriously, have you seen the art she creates with really cheap cosmetics? I honestly can’t believe my eyes! This is talent people! TALENT!

Behold Milani’s New Eyeshadows! Pretty!
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Swatches from Left to Right Milani Lily White, Vincent Longo Sparkle White, Milani Shamrock, Vincent Longo Verite, Milani Blue Lagoon, and Vincent Longo Mermaid Blu
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Shamrock vs Verite
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Blue Lagoon vs Mermaid Blu
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Lily White vs Sparkling White
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Anyway.

Somehow whenever I visit with Vanessa I get these strange urges to purchase drugstore brands! I’m slightly disgusted by these urges but I must say I have them none the less! She makes everything looks so appealing! Suddenly Covergirl sounds like the call of MAC to my ears!

I’m a snob. I admit that while blushing. I just don’t have any true feelings for drugstore brands stateside and I just can’t put any love or money into inexpensive brands but the more I read ‘Nessa’s blog the more I struggle with my intense lemmings to go to CVS and Walgreens! Lord!

Last week I gave into my temptations and wandered over to CVS to purchase Milani’s Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! And I’m actually glad I did. This is my first drugstore purchase in….years…! I rarely touch drugstore brands stateside and you’ll never catch me setting foot into a CVS, Walgreens, or Harmons!

My Haul of Yum!
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Strangely enough as I entered CVS last week I thought maybe the building would fall down around me and crumble because it was such an epiphany to have me enter it’s realm! I think I heard angels sing as I entered through the sliding glass doors and perhaps a single ray of pure sunlight touched my face in welcome! I could have made that all up but you’ll never know for sure because you weren’t there so nanner nanner on you!

Now I’d never admit to you that I actually had to visit three freaking CVS stores before I found these eyeshadows! They were sold out everywhere but I’d never admit that I went to three separate stores to find them because that’s just not the case…not me…no way…I’d never do anything THAT extreme!

I gathered up eight compacts in my arms and frantically searched and proceeded to panic when I couldn’t locate the light blue shade and pink shade that I had seen on ‘Nessa’s blog! My god the horror! They sold out of these essential colors! Didn’t they realize the Muse was in their presence?!!?

Now the shadows are $5.49 USD but last week they were on sale so you’d buy one at the price of $5.49 and proceed to get the second at 50% off which brought it down to $2.75 for the 2nd shadow. I had the audacity to turn to the cashier and ask for a rain check after I brought the 8 colors! Hells here I am shelling $350 some odd dollars out for the MAC Fafi Collection last week yet I was worried about missing out on the buy one get one 50% off sale at CVS! Lord!

Anyway I guess you wanna here my review on these bad boys after all that long babbling dontcha?

The review is easy. Ready?

Get them now.

Run, Fast, Quick now and get yourself some of these! They are GOOD…no..sorry..they are GREAT!

Milani did a most fabulous job with these. If you like sparkle, if you like glitter and shimmer and shine you want these. I’m literally keeling over that these only cost $5.49 USD regularly! Who’d have freaking thought!??!?!?

The quality is excellent! Pigmentation is actually BETTER then the Vincent Longo Diamond Wet/Dry Eyeshadow. Shimmer? BETTER then Vincent Longo’s! These go on smooth, silky, and light your eye up with gorgeous glimmer and twinkle! Dry they are stunning and wet they are bold and vibrant!

The applicator these come with is a dual end. One end is a sponge and one end is a brush. It’s rubbish in my opinion. It’s twisted in such a way that you can’t really make too good a use out of it. Garbage for me. But aside from that very minor flaw these shadows have knocked my socks off!

I’m utterly devastated I wasn’t able to lay my hands on the other colors (I believe I’m missing two now! The pink and lighter blue shades.)

All the colors available in my humble opinion are sincerely workable with any coloring! The shades range from black, to white, to beautiful golds, browns, and greens!

I can’t begin to explain how shocked I am how good these are! They contain much more shimmer then the Vincent Longo ones and I find they go on better as well! I get alot of fall out with Vincent Longo’s while these aren’t nearly as bad and clean up is a bit easier! I’ve noticed that these contain a very fine shimmer of golds and silvers where as the Vincent Longo shadows only contain silver which I guess accounts for the intensity of the sparkle you get in these and why they are so much more brighter and eye popping then the Vincent Longo ones!

Black Out
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Lily White
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Silver Charm
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Beach Sand
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Bronze Doll
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Blue Lagoon
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Shamrock
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Overall, these are a freaking steal! If Milani puts out more items like this in the future they’ll have a fan for life!

Well done!

These come with the Muse’s highest seal of approval! I haven’t been this excited about a product in a very long time!

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Get you to your local drugstore and pick them up now!

Want ‘em?

Have ‘em?

Love ‘em?

Tell the Muse! I definately want to discuss these with you!

By the way, Iris, if you’re reading this, I got you some! YOU NEED TO TRY THESE! I think you’re going love ‘em!

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Juicy Couture Strawberry Fields Cosmetic Organizer

I promise I’m simply not going to order this because it’s entitled Strawberry Fields…can you tell how much of a Lennon fan I am?

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I love Juicy Couture. It goes against everything I stand for but I sincerely love the brand! I can’t help myself.

I just plopped this bad boy into my cart simply because the name was so bloody appealing! Uh oh I think I hit submit too!

How cutes is it?

Don’t lie, you know you want one too!

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Bpal: Neil Gaiman Selection Updates

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A little bird whispered into my ear about possible updates to the Neil Gaiman Selections on Bpal.

If you’re a collector of Bpal or just a general fan of Gaiman this may be exciting to you!

If you’re unsure what Bpal is have a click over here for some info! If you have no idea who Neil Gaiman is you suffer the dire consequences of possibly being kicked off my blog permanently, ok maybe we’ll forgive you but just this once! k? k.

The Muse worships at the shrine of Gaiman so anything Gaiman related is always great!

The little bird told me about a scent being released entitled Snow, Glass, Apples. Oh Joy! My heart literally stopped when I heard this! Can you imagine such a blend as this? I’m picturing something cool and refreshing with bits of fruit and and a beautiful underlay of ozone! Snow, Glass, Apples was written over 10 years ago and is a twist on the age old story of Snow White. I actually have a copy of it that was purchased from BDP at the time. I believe, don’t quote me, you can find a few copies laying around on Amazon that collector’s are selling if this is something that interests you. In all honesty if you’re not a Gaiman fan you’re sincerely not going to want to shell out the money for a copy so maybe stick to his newer works that are readily available and about.

The good news though is now you can purchase a perfume oil that captures the story! I’m very eager to hear if this is true. According to my little bird it appears that the scent was available at Bpal Will Call. Whether it was allowed to be purchased I’m unsure of as the details are foggy but it does seem that the Gaiman selection on Bpal at the moment, which consists of 7 blends, will be updated soonish!

Weeeeeeee!

I have high hopes for this new blend because really the ones available at the moment aren’t entirely Muse approved.

In other Gaiman related news…The Graveyard Book is completed! Squeal! Around 12:55pm (UK Time) yesterday Neil updated his blog to say a few nights ago he completed the book and is now busy tweaking it (CLICK!). Needless to say I’m excited!

A new perfume oil, A new book, a new film (Coraline is being released in 2009)…..A great start to Monday morning me thinks!

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20% Off Vintage Stila

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I’m positive we might all be Stila’ed out! They have had so many sales lately and I’ve indulged so much that I’m a bit poop’ed when it comes to Stila!

But if you’re wanting to nab a deal you can get 20% off Vintage Stila by clicking here and using coupon code LOVELY!

Happy Shopping!

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Lorac Visual Effects Mascara

For those of you lemming Fairy Drops Mascara this might be a good alternative. The applicator is somewhat similar in style to the Fairy Drops Mascara and the price isn’t too bad at $19.50 USD!

I haven’t personally tried it but if you’re wishing, wanting, and lemming Fairy Drops Mascara and find yourself not wanting to pay high airmail shipping costs this might be a solution!

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Clueless about Fairy Drops Mascara? Click here to read my review!

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