Everything did not come up roses the first time I used Milani’s Rose Powder Blushes…
I made the mistake of using a cheek brush with a small, dense brush head to apply one and ended up with so much color on my cheeks that I looked like a Harlequin clown doll/vaudeville performer.
The three available shades are preternaturally pigmented and matte, and therefore forgiving (pore issues, yo!), but they can look scary intense (think painted circles of bright pink) if applied willy-nilly with the wrong brush, i.e. blush brushes with a small, dense head. Same goes for large, fluffy blush brushes.
In case I haven’t stressed it enough, these blushes are VERY pigmented, and I get the best, most natural-looking results when I chill out and use a medium-sized, moderately dense duo fiber brush.
But I think a fan brush would also work well.
The flat finish looks divine in pics, and I dig the colors, which remind me of beloved shades I wear all the time, like MAC Blushbaby (01 Romantic Rose), and Chanel Malice (05 Coral Cove).
If these blushes didn’t have a logo or any branding, I’d assume they were from Sephora or Nordstrom and quite a bit more expensive (they’re $7.99 for a 0.60-oz. pan). There’s also no funny business with the fine powders. They sit on top of my skin, don’t require a lot of buffing, and last all day long.
Romantic Rose is a matte pinkish beige, Tea Rose a matte neutral rosy pink, and Coral Cove a warm poppy.
You might remember Coral Cove from last spring. This new version is more or less the same, but Milani added rose oil (although I don’t detect a scent).
Being highly pigmented, these aren’t the easiest blushes to apply, but like anything, practice makes perfect.
I guess my biggest concern with these is their practicality. Not being able to just grab the closest blush brush (as one can do with Chanel Malice or the Hourglass Ambient Blushes) is something of a thorn in their side, but they have a lot of potential and a great price.
Might just take some time to really figure ’em out.
PRICE: $7.99 for a large 0.60-oz. pan
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at drugstores, including CVS
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,