I’m all for a bargain, but the budget versions of some things can be all sorts of wrong, like “discount laser eye surgery” and “bargain basement tattoos.”
My favorite deals are on products I lust after and love, like Kate Spade bags, those $20 passes for 20 classes at the yoga studio down the street, and 2-for-1 specials on Tuttimelon fro-yo.
And now, thanks to Milani’s long-lasting and intensely pigmented new Powder Shadows, I can add a new line of drugstore eyeshadows to the list.
Powder Eyeshadows, $5.99 each
More Powder Eyeshadows
With these new Powder Shadows, Milani combined two of my favorite-est things — punchy pigments and killer wear time (8-10 hours for me) — and they managed to do it for less than the price of a soy chai latte.
Available in 12 shades and a mix of shimmery and matte finishes (I think the mattes steal the show), the line even features a few possible MAC dupes, like Pitch Black, which kinda resembles MAC Print to me, and French Vanilla, which reminds me of Brule.
And two of the brightest shades in the group, Shocking Pink and Olympian Blue, could have come out of Dolce & Gabbana based on how silky smoove they feel.
Powder Eyeshadow swatches from the left: White Lie, Pitch Black, Shocking Pink, Brown Stone, French Vanilla and Tickled Pink
For a quick hit of color, I like to pat a peck of Shocking Pink and Olympian Blue along my lash lines with a small, flat eyeshadow brush (love the MAC 239), but if bold eyes are more your thing (go on with your bad self, girl!), you could sweep either color into the crease, and blend, blend, blend.
If you decide to bring these home, you might want to pick up some extra makeup wipes. With these I do notice some fallout, particularly from the shimmers.
Powder Eyeshadow: Purple Shock, Olympian Blue, Pearl, Gold Dust, Caramel Brown and Just Perfect
Wearing Tickled Pink, Gold Dust, Just Perfect, Brown Stone and Pearl
Powder Eyeshadows from the left: White Lie, Pitch Black and Shocking Pink
Powder Eyeshadows in Brown Stone, Tickled Pink and French Vanilla
Powder Eyeshadows in Purple Shock, Olympian Blue and Pearl
Powder Eyeshadows in Gold Dust, Caramel Brown and Just Perfect
The shimmers don’t seem as finely milled as the mattes, and they like to latch on to my lower lash lines.
It’s not the worst fallout I’ve ever seen and doesn’t really get on my nerves, but it might be something to keep in mind.
As is the price per ounce. These pans are pretty big at 0.11 ounces each, which is about twice the size of a 0.05-ounce eyeshadow pan from MAC. That works out to about $54 per ounce, versus $300 per ounce for MAC (incidentally, solid silver bullion is about $28.50 per ounce). A great deal considering their wear time and the amount of pigment you get.
PRICE: $5.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now exclusively at CVS/Pharmacy stores and online at milani.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I do detect a little fallout, but no big deal)
Well color me clueless
Castello di Amorosa Winery in Napa Valley
I just realized it’s Memorial Day weekend! — which means El Hub gets Monday off from work.
Hmm… I’m not sure what we’ll do for the holiday. Maybe drive up to Napa if the weather’s nice. It’s about a 45-minute drive.
Have you ever been to the Napa Valley before? We go every so often, but I haven’t been wine tasting too many times. If you know of any good wineries, let me know.
Dining at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, 2009; notice the dark hair! I kind of miss it…
Do you have any plans this weekend? If you’re one of the millions of Americans hitting the highways, drive safely out there, and have fun!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,