March 19, 2012

Milani Illuminating Face Powder Review & Swatches

I think it’s terribly wonderful when you can get three great products out of one. So is the case with the new Milani Illuminating Face Powder that acts as a bronzer, a blusher, and a highlighting all in one powder.

Talk about getting the most bang for your buck.

The new Milani Illuminating Face Powder comes in three shades and each is $9.49. These are new for Spring 2012 but are added to the general catalog so they aren’t limited edition.

One thing to take note of here is the rather lovely design of the palettes. The powder is an embossed rose design. Each of the fully bloomed roses forms an interlocking design. It’s quite pretty and high end looking. Happily enough the rose design is deeply cut into the powder so it doesn’t simply disappear after a few swipes of your brush, the design will stick around through many uses of the powder.

The color range runs from bronzer to brighter depending on the color selection you decide on. The colors graduate with several shades that form a single glowing color when combined together. I found the powder silky yet heavy so you want to use a little at first and slowly build to avoid a cakey look on your face particularly if your skin is drier. They do come across a tad frosty so again, spend a little extra time blending them out for the best finish. They aren’t terribly shimmering but they do produce a glowing effect which in turn will look shimmery so just buff, buff, buff and you’ll release that gorgeous glowy look with a little TLC during application.

Hermosa Rose is the best shade selection if you’re looking for a bronze-y glow. This is made up of light golden and deeper shades of brown as well as beige. It works as either an all over bronzer or as a highlighter. Amber Nectar is the shade to choose if you’re looking for the best combination of a bronzer slash blusher slash highlighting powder. This is made up of golden shades of brown as well as deeper ones plus beige and a lovely corally rose color. I find this shade gives skin a warm, summery glow with hints of peachiness. And finally Beauty’s Touch is the shade you’ll want if you’d like a powder that works best as a highlighter slash blusher. This is made up of varying shades of rose, pink, and beige. On fair to medium fair skin tones it’ll give cheeks a burst of healthy rosy pink and on darker it’ll come across as a soft, rosy glow.

Hermosa Rose

Amber Nectar

Beauty’s Touch

I find these a rather novel little beauty purchase as they multitask quite beautifully as three powders products (blush, bronzer, and highlighter) in a single compact.

Overall, for a beautifully highlighted face or just for a burst of healthy color on cheeks, Milani’s new Illuminating Face Powders get the job done with a few strokes.


Available now at CVS as well as online at

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Suzanne

    Hi Muse,

    I’ve been waiting for this review for a long time! I actually love this illuminating face powder! It is beautiful to look at, and I like how it applies as well!

    I haven’t been able to find Beauty’s Touch yet in the drugstores. When I see it I will grab it right away (along with the new Milani spring eye palette you reviewed a few days ago) 🙂

    • the Muse

      yay so happy to hear you like these suzanne ;D! beauty’s touch is def worth a pick up, and do do do do get your hands on the abstract palette, it’s amazings!

  • Allison

    Wow these all look great! I’m thinking of purchasing Amber Nectar because I’ve realized that I have way too many pink/coral blushes and I’d like something a little more neutral.
    And Muse, I was wondering if I could ask you an unrelated question. You’ve been raving about BB Creams and now I really want to try one. But you’ve been saying the American ones don’t compare. Which BB Cream do you think would be the best (of all the ones available) for someone who is fair with pink undertones?

  • cat

    I got Amber Nectar but the color didn’t work for me. I’m on the lookout for Beauty’s Touch but it’s not carried near me for some reason. The display actually has a spot for the two other colors but not that one. Anyway, how would you suggest using the lighter (non-pink) shades as a highlighter?

    • the Muse

      depends on the skin tone cat. fairer it’ll work as a blush, darker as a rosy glow highlight 🙂

  • Quinctia

    I think I’m the only one, but the swirly pattern of these things kind of creeps me out! I must’ve read Uzumaki one too many times, haha…

  • Grace

    I want them! But I cant find Milani anywhere!!:( PS you should post a picture of ur makeup storage..;)

    • the Muse

      cvs is just starting to stock them grace 🙂 I’ve already done makeup storage pics and such. you can find it under the archives. hope it helps! 🙂

  • Kim


    First it was Physician’s Formula and now you are making me want Milani stuff! Thanks for the swatches. 🙂

    • the Muse

      ha kim ;-D sorries! I create lemmings to myself, I can imagine how reader’s feel :D!

  • Rita

    I just saw these at the drugstore today! I think you switched the labels for Hermosa Rose and Amber Nectar around, Muse. I think the first pics are of Amber Nectar?

  • Kim

    I just got this in Amber Nectar yesterday. So pretty. They were out of Beauty’s Touch but I think I like Amber better anyway,