Drugstore Hooker 2.0: Werking It With Milani Makeup

Published on February 14, 2015 by   ·   1 Comment

00000000000000 Beautiful IllusionEver have one of those days where you’re jonesing for a fabulous cosmetic treat but you don’t feel like laying out a ton of your hard-earned coins?

In previous posts, I’ve explored the highs and lows of Dollar Store Beauty (Part One and Part Two) as well as some of the great deals you can find at your local drugstore; in that first “Drugstore Hooker” Post I talked a little bit about Milani Cosmetics.  Since then, I’ve tried out a few more of their products and I have to say that I am really impressed with that line.   Their quality is very high but their prices are more than reasonable, offering better pigmentation and value than most other brands at similar price points.  There are several Milani products that have become staples of my kit – their blush is on my face at almost EVERY show I do!

00000000000000 Ready in 5Lately, I’ve become a fan of their lipsticks.  They are creamy and have a really nice color payoff.  The red shade I have, Red Label, is a fantastic bright tomato red – T Swift would approve!  They also have a nice smell, sort of a fresh light smell with just a hint of sugar.  MAC ruined me on a lot of lipsticks for a while because they have that to die for vanilla sugar smell that I practically want to eat straight out of the tube.  So many companies don’t put much effort into the smell of their lipsticks (or if they do, it doesn’t show), and many bargain brands end up having a waxy smell that engulfs whatever scent has been added.  Call me crazy, but I’m so over the chocolate-y smell/flavor so many brands have added to their lip products.  Now don’t get me wrong – a bitch loves herself some chocolate!  But I don’t feel it meshes well with lip products – it’s too heavy.  Milani’s Lip Intense Liquid Color (I hate it in Red Extreme) doesn’t have the same great scent as the lipsticks, but it’s very pigmented and I generally enjoy it.  It can’t hold a candle to the liquid lipstick of MAC or Makeup Forever, but if you just want to play/experiment it’s a great option!

As I mentioned before, their red gold blush (Red Vino) is a must have for my contouring/blush pretty much every time I do my makeup; I’ve also tried one of their jumbo eye pencils and I found it to be very creamy and packed with color.  Not great for creating a hard line, but it gives an amazing color wash or as a base to build up color with other shadows.

I first heard about Milani (like a lot of products) through a Queen of Blending makeup tutorial, and Milani seems to be a great beauty brand for women of color.  Their website features models with a range of skintones and this article from Bronze Magazine gives a generally positive nod to the brand’s ability to work for a variety of skin colors.

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It’s time to give up that snooty-tude towards the drugstore – there are some pretty fabulous finds just waiting to be discovered!  (Hopefully my Sephora girls won’t find out I said this – they’ll know I’m cheating on them!)

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