June 5, 2018

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper Started Out Horribly But Ended Up Brilliantly

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4 stars out of 5

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper review and swatches

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper ($11) is a new duochrome shimmering eye topper that can be used over your favorite powder eyeshadows or alone to add glittering color to your eyes. I heard a lot about these when they launched and most people kept comparing them to Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow which is what piqued my interest as we all know how much I love that formula.

Sadly, they didn’t interest me very much at first go around because the shade range is pretty limited and many are lighter iridescent pinks, purples, and whites which don’t really work for me. But I decided to purchase two shades when I hauled the new Milani Blush Trio Palettes and at first I was really disappointed with them.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper are available in five shade selections and are 0.18 oz in size. The packaging is a chubby barrel with an attached sponge applicator for application. I hauled two shades one of which was Luster Light which I truly believe is the best of the shades if you wear a lot of nudes or brown eyeshadows. If you’re into the whole unicorn thing you’ll love the other shades which are more cooler pastel pinks and purples. I really, really hope in the future they’ll extend the shade range to include more wearable shades. The iridescent pastels just didn’t really work out well for me. Although, I will say the second shade I picked up Luminous Light did work nicely over pink eyeshadows.

This formula excels at one function even though Milani markets it as a dual formula. I purchased it with the hopes it was some sort of dupe for Stila’s formula but it is not as it works horribly on its own in my opinion. It was awful my first go with it as I was applying it all over my lid and hoping that the color in the barrel was what I’d get on my eyes. Instead I was just getting messy, patchy glitter all over my eyes but no color. The look just wasn’t to my liking. I tossed them on the side after this and went back to them much later only to discovery how wonderful they work as an eye topper. Milani does say you can use them on bare lids but in reality they are in fact best used as an eye topper as per their name. Oddly enough upon swatching these they are very pigmented but that color doesn’t quite translate to lids and you get a layer of shimmer but no real pigment from the product so both shades I ordered looked about the same on my lids.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper Swatches (Luminous Light and Luster Light)

Milani Hypnotic Luster Light Lights Eye Topper

Milani Luminous Light Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper

I’ve been applying Luster Light over ALL my nude, natural looks and it completes my looks so beautifully. It adds a brilliant shimmer and sheen to my lids that’s simply gorgeous. In my look below I used the new Covergirl Trunaked Chocoholic Eyeshadow Palette and I did a completely brown look and added Luster Light right on top of the powder shadow and as you can see it transforms my entire look. It adds a beautiful layer of shimmer that really accents the completed look.

The formula is quite easy to work with. It’s a little thinner in comparison to Stila’s but has the same liquid gel texture with very refined shimmer. I actually felt the shimmer was a bit smaller and less chunky compared to Stila’s version. The blend was poor and difficult on my bare lid. It just appeared patchy no matter what I did and it took a bit of time to set. But over powder eyeshadows it’s so freaking easy to work with. You just dab a bit on and you can smooth with your finger tip and you’re good to go. I had no problems with it creasing, messing up my completed look, and it didn’t have any shimmery fall out after it dried down. I think people will be most concerned about messing up their eye look by applying this on top. But don’t worry, it really jives well with powder and you won’t smudge up your look or create a mess. It applies very easily.

Without Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper

With Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper fotd

All in all, these were horribly disappointing on my first try as I was all about using them as an eyeshadow solely. However, they turned out beautifully when paired with my favorite powder eyeshadows. They really complete a look and add a nice sparkle to it. I love the fact that you can do a nude work friendly look in the day and just carry these in your purse and dab some on at the end of the day for an evening out. They are that easy to use!

Now I just wish Milani would a few shades that I like. A gold maybe? Taupe? Red? A royal purple maybe? I’d buy them!

Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper is sold out at milanicosmetics.com but hopefully these will become more readily available at drugstores and ulta.com soon.

A duochrome eye topper with a shimmering finish available in 5 shades each that’s 0.18 oz in size and $11 which can be used as a topcoat over eyeshadows or on bare lids. In my experience with this formula I thought they excelled at creating a beautiful shimmer over powder eyeshadows with a very easy to use formula that blended out mess-free but sadly, it wasn’t as good on a bare lid. The blend was a bit patchy and the color didn’t translate well to my bare lid which resulted in lots of shimmer but not much else.


  • A perfect pick for anyone who loves shimmer.
  • Anyone looking to spice up matte or other powder eyeshadows.
  • Anyone who wants to go from a day to evening look super fast!


  • Anyone who dislikes sparkle or intense shimmer.
  • Those seeking a dupe of Stila’s Glitter & Glow Eyeshadow formula.
  • Anyone looking for a sparkly cream eyeshadow (these work best as a top coat).


These are an easy buy for anyone who loves a sparkly eye look. They sadly fail to work on their own but as a top coat they really add something extra special to powder eyeshadow! If you love sparkle this formula gives you plenty!

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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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  • Carol G

    I bought all of these and have used them over black eyeshadow for my rock concerts. They are so pretty over black. Then I take a small eyeliner brush and trace my lower lid over UD Perversion eyeliner. Nice for concerts or New Years Eve or anytime you want sparkle. Like you said they do work best on top of eyeshadow for sure.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t wear black shadow much but going to try that and see how it comes out ;D

  • Lynette

    Great review! I bought the set and I love them too! BTW, your new format is amazingly beautiful!!

  • Gayle Galor

    Thanks so much for this review. This is a product I wouldn’t have given a second glance to because liquid eye products have been so hit and miss for me, but now I want to check it out. I love your reviews because I love to actually READ reviews instead of just having to watch people talk talk talk about a product (and themselves) for 20 minutes on YouTube all the time. You and Temptalia are my heroes. I don’t know how you can possibly do so many, but I always trust your reviews because you’re unbiased and you get down to the nitty gritty with products. And I absolutely LOVE your new format btw! Better than ever!

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you Gayle, thank you very much! I’m flattered you spend your time reading what I write! I have to be honest it always brings a tear to my eye when people say they still enjoy blogs. I, too, enjoy blogs and I’m so sad they are sort of a thing of the pass! I’m so blessed to have reader’s like you 🙂 xoxoxo!

  • Jess

    Being cool toned and fair, these are the perfect shades for me. Im happy to see a company put out shades like this. Too many companies will put out a “cool” toned product when its not actually cool tones (ahemmmm Colourpop) i wish they were comparible to Stila. I’d snatch up every one if they were! I may still order them all anyway lol.

    • Isabella Muse

      I wish they worked for me 🙁 You’re right though. There are too few cool tones!!!!!!!!! But a few more warms would be nice in this collection ;D