January 13, 2015

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine Review & Swatches

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine Eyeshadow Palettes are available in four permanent shade selections for Spring 2015. These aren’t quite a cream eyeshadow but more of an eye gloss or as Milani calls them, an eyeshine…!

I know one thing, Fierce Foil Eyeshine comes just in time to take on the current metallic Spring trend we’re seeing! Seems metallic eyes are huge this season and these palettes bring the look on the cheap!

But they have a few quirks that might prove irritating for many.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine come housed in a gold compact with a clear lid and are available in four shade selections two of which are warm color palettes. Each palette contains a rubberized applicator which can be used to apply the shadows. Milani says to tap the applicator into the color and start close to your lash line and slowly blend and build up to create a jewel look. The rubber drags a bit during application and I experienced problems applying with it. You might want to use the applicator to apply color and just blend out with fingers so you experience less of a patchy finish during application.

I love these. They are visibly so very beautiful and remind me of Stila’s Jewel Eyeshadow Palette from Spring 2010. I don’t however, love how difficult the formula is to work with.

At a glance they do look very metallic and liquid metal-like in the compact but they have major chunky glitter and shimmery so I don’t know if they quite classify as a metallic finish. On eyes, applied in a certain way, you can def get a super shimmery, glittery look but again, not quite what a true metallic finish.

Milani created them with a black base so that the colors would be intense and true to pan. They succeeded well with this in most cases as some of the colors really apply true to color such as the golds and browns. I had issues with the blues and purples applying considerably sheerer than what you see in the pot and even after building the colors still blended away to a sheer finish. Out of the four palettes I thought the best color pay off and pigment came from the two neutral, natural shade selections entitled Milan and Florence. However, the purple (Rome) and blue (Venice) palettes were sheerer but these are workable, tell you more about that in a bit!

Milani Venice Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine eyeshadow palette swatches

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Milani Venice Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Rome Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine swatches

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Milani Rome Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Milan Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine palette swatches

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Milani Milan Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Florence Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine eyeshadow swatches

Milani Florence Fierce Foil Eyeshine

The formula isn’t quite a cream shadow but feels more like a gel and apply slick with an eye gloss-like texture. Unfortunately the shadows never truly set which means they smear, migrate, and crease a good deal around the eyes. I have no idea how but after application I had glitter all over my face and under my eyes. These aren’t a powder but they have the fall out issues of one. Within an hour of application they crease badly with eyeshadow primer applied. They also tend to migrate to the corner of my eye area and onto my forehead somehow, they just like to smear around and migrate every which way from Sunday. Application is messy and wear is equally messy. I have drier eyes and these are a nightmare

Once applied, they look amazing! Particularly Milan and Florence. They have a beautiful shimmery liquid metal finish that’s divine!

Now you’ve heard all the bad news….

Here’s the good news.

They are workable. I tried powdering my eyes, priming prior, etc…and nothing really works. They still have absolutely no set time and they remain “wet” throughout the wear. My work around is to wear them on top of powder eyeshadow. I apply shadow and I dab a little of the Fierce Foil Eyeshine on top! They intensify my eyeshadow plus they add a nice bit of shimmer to shades. Best part? No issues with smearing or creasing or migrating! I prep with my shadow primer, apply my powder eyeshadow, and proceed to dab a little of the eyeshine on top. I get considerably better wear with this method plus the purples and blues look really intense and gorgeous on top of a powder shadow in a similar shade.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine shadow swatches

Korres Plum Eyeshadow, Blueberry Swirl and Frosting Eyeshadow from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

Milani Eyeshine swatches

Milani Rome Fierce Foil Eyeshine Applied on Top of Korres Plum, Milani Venice Applied on Top of Blueberry Swirl, Milani Milan Applied on Top of Frosting Eyeshadow

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Frosting Eyeshadow (powder) with Milani Milan Fierce Foil Eyeshine applied on top

Unfortunately, Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine can prove a challenge to work with and will be disappointing if you wish to use them on their own! They aren’t for the shimmer and glitter hates out there that’s for sure plus oily lids will absolutely dislike this formula. But if you don’t mind combining them with your favorite powder eyeshadows you might just fall in love with these. They definitely look pretty darn amazing if you take a little time and patience to apply them using a different method!  However, the formula alone can prove very messy and very frustrating to work with.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine are available now at drugstores.

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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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  • Miranda

    Aw man. You think they’d learn after the constellation liners being exactly like this- not setting, etc. They were gorgeous but impossible 🙁

  • Carol

    I was so looking forward to these when I first saw the pictures. But every review is saying these are a hot mess. I’m so disappointed! I think I’ll just get the bronze one and use it like you and many others suggested, tapping it on over some powder eyeshadow. Too bad these are a fail. It was a neat concept but the execution just was not there…boo.

    • Isabella Muse

      ditto! I really wished they worked on their own but they are truly difficult to use. Over powder they look great but I’d really like to be able to use them on their own. 🙁 so sad!

  • Fey

    Muse, I really like your idea of using these as an eyeshadow transformer. You are so creative and optimistic!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks fey! 🙂 I have to admit totally disappointed they can’t really be used alone but over powder they look really nice and wear much better 😀

  • Rachel R.

    So disappointing that they are so messy. I do love how you put them over eyeshadows. These do seem to work as toppers.

  • Katherine T.

    I had high hopes for these, they looked so gorgeous in the pan, but they sounds like a hot mess. And I have oily lids, too. Glad you found a way to make these work, though. I loved the way you lined your eyes with black liner and added the shadows, very pretty.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks chica 😀 yeah, I had high hopes too but sadly they are really a pita!

  • Wendy

    They look so beautiful in the packaging but I’ll be passing on these. All the reviews I’ve read for these have reported messy applications & fallouts. While they look beautiful, I just don’t want glitter all over my face, lol! Thank you for the review!

  • kellly

    I LOVE shiny shadows but I’m not sure if I’ll try these. I’m on a tight budget these days and may pass considering some of their flaws. Thanks for the review, because if I hadn’t read your comments, I may have ended up wasting some money because I generally can’t pass up something that sparkles and shines!

  • fancie

    This sounds like the constellation liner formula. I liked those but I’m not too sure about these. They look sheer (minus Florence) and the glitter looks like it doesn’t bind all that well. Not too sure about these

  • Genevieve

    Not a fan of overly glittery stuff as I wear glasses and have hooded eyes. So these were a bit of miss for me anyway. But after reading the review and looking at the swatches, even if I was a fan, I would be saying no. The last thing you need when you are going out (not a work look I would say) is to have glitter everywhere. Besides, what would it be like if it got into your eyes? I can see some issues there.

  • Megan

    Perfect critique! I bought Rome and was nervous when I opened the packaging and saw it had a geek texture. I made the mistake of trying this before work- it creased, smudged, and looked like I was trying to put glitter all over my face- mind you this was before I made it to work AND I had used an eye primer and setting spray! Never had I had such a mess before- embarrassing!

  • Sandra JT

    What about mixing a bit of the shadows with eye primer, making them into a cream-type shadow before applying them? Or maybe using a liquid sealer to make them longer wearing? Although I can’t see myself buying any of these based on this review. I see they now have also released similar ‘liners’, which is ridiculous if they’re like the eyeshadows & never set. Oh well, I’m glad I bought the LE Chanel palette last night instead of picking these up 🙂

  • Jenn

    I found your review because I was wondering how others are making the Fierce Foil Eyeshine colors work – because like you, I have issues with almost immediate creasing and glitter loss. Even with primer AND a finishing spray the stuff just won’t stay smooth and flat. So I’m going to give the layer-on-top-of-powder look a try. Thanks for the tip!

    • Isabella Muse

      Sorry Jenn! They are a mess to use sadly. Layering over your favorite shadow works a treat or even a sheer wash of powder shadow with these on tops sure does help!

  • Michelle Luna

    Ok but can we talk about the applicator? I’m a gadget fiend to the MAX, so when these first hit my CVS I bought the Rome palette just for the top 2 shades (for mixing to a custom color bc I’ve been searching for this one mauve shade for over a decade and nobody makes it) but the applicator was what really sealed it for me.
    I too find the formula for this crap horrendous, but the applicator: ! I’m using it to apply my eye cream every day, as it’s attached more sturdily than the E.L.F. glitter applicator (I find the silicone bit has a floppy thin stem where it goes into the ferrule so I have to hold a finger behind it to give more oomph when rubbing in my eye cream or it just bends away from my skin), and I love that it’s got a tiny handle and not a regular brush sized one. I’d get more exactly like it if I knew where to find them!
    Anyway, yeah, the applicator is neato. Heh. I suppose the shadows can be used for halloween face paint type stuff, or if you’re like a dancer or do other similar stage-based activities where super glittery stuff could be useful to you…