January 23, 2018

Milani Make It Last Setting Powder Review & Swatches

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I picked up the new Milani Make It Last Setting Powder ($11) which is a new silky loose facial powder that launched in four shades for Spring 2018 in the shade Banana. Milani has had a variety of different powders that launched over the years like The Multitasker Face Powder, Prep + Set + Go Transparent, Prep + Set + Glow Powder, and others but to my knowledge this is the first time they launched a loose setting powder.

As per my original post about Make It Last Setting Powder, I decided to purchase this for use under my eyes to set my concealer since they had a nice banana shade available. I already have a few holy grail banana powders from Ben Nye and Hard Candy but I thought I’d give this a whirl even though I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it. Why? because it’s a silica and I really dislike how silica looks under my eyes. It creases terribly and falls into my finer lines giving me an aged look. I tend to like powders that have a finely milled powdery texture with a talc-like consistency. Those seem to have a smoother finish for me.

Milani’s formula is more along the lines of Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder or Laura Mercier’s Brightening Under Eye Powder. I’m of the firm belief that silica works great on your face but not so much under your eyes.

However, this doesn’t mean the formula is bad by any means. It’s silky with a slippery texture that’s common with silica and it blends easily. I tried it both on my face and my eyes even though I rarely use powder on my face and in both cases it blended well. It does have some flashback if you don’t buff it well on your face but I actually applied quite a bit under my eyes and had no issues looking overly baked in photos.

They took great care with the packaging as well which features a slide to close sifter. This means you don’t have a big old mess of powder. You can tap some out into the lid and slide it close if you wish to travel with it or just keep it neat and tidy. There are TOO many brands that give you know sifter and just a big old pot of powder which is a big old mess when opening and closing it. The lid is plenty big to swirl your brush in as well.

All in all, if you’re searching for a new setting powder and you like silica you’ll get on fine with this one. The banana shade is plenty tinted to neutralize darkness and brighten medium to dark skin tones or you can haul one of the other four shades that will work for your skin tone. I personally don’t think I’ll get a lot of use out of this one sadly as I did purchase it for use under my eyes and went into this review knowing it wouldn’t work for me but I’m still happy to report it’s quite nicely formulated with great packaging.

Milani Make It Last Setting Powder is available now at drugstores and at ulta.com.

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

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  • kjh

    …’looking overly baked’ in the makeup sense, I trust! Lol. I don’t have a verdict yet on silica/brightening concealer or setting powder yet. I can sandwich the lighter Becca, but often powders dry the gig out over time, and a mirror catch is distressing….though the initial impression is favorable. Hey, if we didn’t have anything to work on/improve, we would suffer from that dreaded malady, soon to have its own ICD code: Static Stash! Preserve us from that one….

  • Silvia

    I might give it a try but not too sure. I’ve heard Nyx banana powder would be too dark for me. Wondering how it compares to this one? Purchased recently the Cover Girl concealer stick I’m liking it!