Wearing Milani Face Powder n Hermosa Rose along my cheekbones and Beautyâ€™s Touch on my cheeks
Bargain loving babes and/or fellow fans of the $28 MAC Pearlmatte Powders, these new Milani Illuminating Face Powders do a pretty good MAC impression for $9.49 each.
Designed for all skin types, they even multitask, and can be used as blushes, highlighters and bronzers that deliver a hint of color and glow, just like the pricier Pearlmattes.
And they’re available in three easy-to-wear shades…
- Amber Nectar: a warm, peachy coral
- Hermosa Rose: a peachy golden tan
- Beautyâ€™s Touch: a cool pink
Just look at those cute pans (it’s hard to go wrong with roses)!
Clockwise from the powder on the left: Hermosa Rose, Beautyâ€™s Touch and Amber Nectar
The soft glow I get from Milani’s powders reminds me again of the Pearlmattes. The finish is somewhere between a matte and a sheen, and I think the powders from MAC are a smidgen more pigmented and maybe a tad more matte.
Milani even rocked the house with the texture of these. They’re so buttery and soft that I can hardly believe they’re drugstore.
Swatches from the left: Amber Nectar, Hermosa Rose and Beautyâ€™s Touch
Wearing Hermosa Rose along my cheekbones and Beautyâ€™s Touch on my cheeks
My one quibble is with the flecks of shimmer, which are a bit bigger than I’d like. The problem surfaces when I mistakenly apply too much on my cheeks, where the shimmer shines a spotlight on my pores.
No biggie, but it’s one little thing that doesn’t seem to happen when I wear the Pearlmattes.
My heart still belongs to MAC, but Milani is making a pretty good case here with these. It never hurts to have more affordable options to products you like.
PRICE: $9.49 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
And speaking of MAC…
Pull out your Pentel R.S.V.P. Fine Tip pen (my fave!) and your crazy cat lady calendar, because MAC has a bunch of fun limited edition collections lined up. Four of them arrive on North American shores March 1.
A collaboration with Chinese fashion photographer Chen Man, this release is all wet! — as in colors for eyes, faces and cheeks that are inspired by water. Expect bold, sensual shades of blue and pink. There are also three new Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos ($20 each) coming out (yay!).
MAC & Marcel Wanders
This second snack features another artistic partnership, this one with Amsterdam-based industrial designer Marcel Wanders. Wanders where, you may ask? Well, into more expensive territory, for one. The special packaging of these pieces kicks up the price. The lipsticks and glosses will be $22.50, mascaras $18, and the powders $60. But dayum! — the pieces sure look cool.
Kiss boredom goodbye! This release is just Too Supreme. It features new shades of the MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks ($19 each) and a new line of Sheen Supreme Lipglasses ($14.50 each) in convenient click pens.
Zoom Waterfast Lash
Last, but not least, Zoom Waterfast Lash ($15) has a lot in store for lashes — namely a lightweight, waterproof mascara for super definition.
One more thing…
MAC Marilyn Monroe! WWD reported today that a release inspired by Marilyn is on its way (look for it in October).
Just imagine those lipsticks and liners… I’m hoping for bold red lips and cat eyes.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Mind if I ask what you had for dinner tonight? More importantly, what did you have for dessert? I had a pretty yummy fish sandwich for dinner, but I’m still nowhere near full, and now I’m looking at an unopened box of TJ’s Mango Bars and seriously considering eating them all.
P.P.S. How was your day?