Friday, April 1, 2011

Drugstore Gems

A girl cant ride the train anymore without learning about a new make up obsession. Well at least this girl cant. While reading my twitter, the wonderful WillWorkforMakeup tweeted about an AMAZING post by the lovely Bloomin'Beauty, about Milani's new Baked Blushes.
The post was awesome! The following day, actually the same night, after I got off the train I went to the drugstore! The next day, I visited a few more to find as many as I could. I just had this incredible need to collect them after reading her wonderful post as they seemed they would be great products, at an affordable price.

Verdict : These are AWESOME! Thank you for filling my twitter feed!!!

The baked packing has gold rims, otherwise it is standard packaging for Milani. Clear top, mirror on the bottom with a supplied brush ( which is just for pinch situations, they never seem to be good quality - thought that counts I suppose)
The packaging to me, honestly is big, and bulky. I actually think these are reminiscent to MAC mineral blush packaging, where everyone complains about lack of mirror, which seems to be where Milani listened to the pleas.

These blushes have been receive alot of recent attention in the beauty community for being similar to MAC MSF's at a price people are more ready to spend on.

In my experience when looking for these, Walgreens seemed to have the biggest selection of colors. They had 6 out of the possible 9. All 9 are available for purchase on the Milani website or Cherry Culture. I did not get one additional color, as it was cracked in the store

The last one I can't find is Coralina, grrr got to keep searching- haha I know I sound crazy right now!

Price: Drugstore prices vary but mine were $7.49

Lasting Power:
In the mornings, I tend to apply a bit heavier blush application so it lasts all day. I got a good 8-9 hours from my initial rouged up look

Shade Range:
There are nine colors total but I own five, L-R:
01 Dolce Pink, 02 Rose D'Oro, 03 Berry Amour, 05 Luminoso, 07 Fantastico Mauve, Stereo Rose

A huge hype builder for these blushes is that some are reminiscent to the coveted Stereo Rose MSF by MAC

MAC Stereo Rose is a product where every one's version looks slightly different but I compared Stereo Rose to the two colors I thought they were more reminiscent to from the Milani line

Stereo Rose with Rose D-Oro

Stereo Rose with Berry Amour

Swatches L-R : Rose D'Oro, Stereo Rose, Berry Amour
Stereo Rose was the least pigmented of the three. I believe Stereo Rose is more of a highlighter formula that can be used as a blush, while these Milani items are blushes

Milani Lumnious Changes:
Milani Luminous has actually gone through an evolution through the brand. Original claim to fame was being a NARS O dupe in it's first generation form. It was then re formulated to be a mineral blush. Now, it has been redone for the baked version.
I do not own the original luminous but I compared it to the mineral version.
I have heard the 1st generation was the most pink

*Sorry got a bit blurry!*

As you can see between the mineral and baked version, the new baked version is much peachier

Swatches L-R : NARS O, Milani Luminous ( Mineral), Milani Luminoso (Baked)

My favorite shade of the bunch of Luminoso! I am completely addicted to peach blushes.
Luminoso is one of the least shimmery, it has a very nice sheen, but no frost
I think this looks amazing on more pale to medium skinned, if darker this may work as a highlight. I love this so much, I purchased a back up =P

In real life the blush is lighter and peachier

Comparisons L-R
MAC Margin, MAC Springsheen, Luminoso, Illamasqua's Lover, MAC Peaches, NARS Gina
-I am absolutely kicking myself for forgetting to grab MAC Style!-

Perfect wearable color for work and everyday.
Overall, if you guys see these in the stores I highly recommend them, one of the best drugstore blushes I ever tried. The pigmentation is wonderful.
Weakest pigmentation: 01 Dolce Pink - More shimmery version of MAC Well Dressed
Strongest Pigmentation: 07 Fantastico Mauve -Similar to NARS Dolce Vita or a light Mounia but with shimmer
The brand did create a nice color selection, so I am sure everyone can choose one they like.
Which colors look good to you?

Happy Weekend!!


  1. They're so pretty! I don't think I've seen these in any of the drugstores in my fact my walgreens doesn't even have milani! Only cvs and they're pretty slow at updating with new collections. Luminous looks so pretty! Maybe I'll pick it up if I see it :P

  2. All of them look so pretty!!Especially Rose d'oro and Berry Amour!Aww wish I could find them here!!


  3. I saw these the last time I was at Walgreens and thought they were so pretty but was scared to try them. I have only ever tried Milani lip glosses, so now I have to go back to Walgreens and get these. Thanks for the swatches!

  4. @Mandy: I think u will like em! thanks for always commenting =)

    @ Blushingloves Irene Greece : I feel the same way about you guys and Bourjois!

    @Diane: your post made me want to try the gloss but the glitter in the gloss scared me! haha

  5. Hi Lady! Thanks so much for the mention! I love your blog, and this post! Your swatches are great! You have me totally lusting after Illamasqua's Lover blush now!

  6. wow. these are super pigmented!!! love it when i find a d.s. brand that gives the higher end brand a run for their money. thanks for sharing .. will have to check these out!

  7. This is such a great post! Thank you for the awesome swatches and comparisons. They all look gorgeous! My favorite is Luminoso :)

  8. These all look gorgeous i wish we had milani here xx

  9. They're very very pretty!


  10. what a nice blush haul! i need to get illamasqua lover <3 already own gina and loved it!

  11. Oooh nice swatches, you take great pictures x

  12. Great haul! I want to pick up Rose D-Oro now!


  13. Yeh, I definitely need to order a couple of these blushes! They look lovely - pigmented, smooth, gorgeous colours. What more could a blush obsessive ask for?!

    Lovely pictures!

  14. Love it! I've been itching to get those but I've been trying to resist. This post isn't helping! Great swatches :D.... sooooo pretty!

  15. WOW
    those colors are amazing!!
    I must pick up a few when i go to the states next month!!!

  16. GASP! These look AMAZING! Why don't we have Milani in the UK? *grumble*

  17. wow Milani blushes look really pigmented!! No sign of them in japan yet, though im sure it will be overpriced like everything that's imported.

  18. @Mandy: I think u will like em! thanks for always commenting =)

    @ Blushingloves Irene Greece : I feel the same way about you guys and Bourjois!

    @Diane: your post made me want to try the gloss but the glitter in the gloss scared me! haha


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