December 28, 2016

Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer Review & Swatches

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Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer ($4.99) is a new brightening concealer for face and under eyes that’s launching now at drugstores for Spring 2017. I picked up a tube of Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer about two weeks ago at my local Walgreens and I’ve been testing it daily so, I thought I’d share my review and swatches today.

Here’s a look!


Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer comes housed in a 0.24 oz squeeze tube and is available in five shade selections. Apparently squeeze concealers are a little bit of a beauty trend for Spring 2017 at drugstores. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer that’s available with the Covergirl Spring 2017 Collection also comes housed in a squeeze tube although that tube is slanted where as Milani’s is a rounded ball applicator.


I picked up Medium Light which was a bit too light for me. Typically Medium Light works great for me but the shades apparently run lighter as this color didn’t have quite enough beige for me ran towards being Ivory versus Medium Light. So, just a heads up to go darker and not lighter when selecting a shade.

As I mentioned above this has a dense yet soft round applicator for application. This is a great for application but I think blending is better left to your fingers as the applicator doesn’t offer as precise and smooth a finish as you’d want when using it under eyes. It should work fab though for spot coverage and blend out on your face. The formula is thick, creamy, and every so lightly hydrating. It blended easily enough and set to a satin finish but I had hopes it would be a touch more hydrating. But I really can’t complain because drugstore concealers have dramatically improved over the last two years or so and have gone from being crazy bone dry to having much more hopeful formulas like this one. But as I said, a little more moisture wouldn’t go amiss for my drier eyes. The formula blended easily enough but did crease into my finer lines at around hour five of wear. Coverage was sheer to almost medium but had to be built in order to get that medium coverage. There was a brightening finish that give my tired eyes a nice, perky look. However, if you have very dark circles this might struggle to conceal them.



I liked Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer a lot but the formula has room for improvement. If you’re a contouring demon you’ll probably like the brightening of this formula but don’t worry I’m not talking about shimmer, mica, or sparkle. The colors just run lighter which give that Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer-like contour effect. However, the average aging eye user might think it makes a better spot coverage concealer versus ones they’d use daily under their eyes. Oily skin users might find the formula a little better but those with drier, finely lined eyes might feel the formula isn’t hydrating enough and prone to creeping into finer lines.

It’s a fairly good formula that’s easy to blend but more moisture wouldn’t go amiss here.

Milani Retouch + Base Light-Lifting Concealer is launching now at drugstores.

Tried it?

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Lorraine E.R

    I was curious about this but it sounds about the same as any other Milani concealer I’ve used. I haven’t met one that impressed me yet! They’ve all been “meh” not bad/not great either and all seemed sheer but maybe I’ve picked the wrong ones, idk.