UPDATE: Since writing this review, Milani has changed their vegan approved cosmetics. Apparently now these blushes are no longer vegan. I am not sure if that means that the new batches are no longer vegan and the previous ones were, but I wanted to make note for those that were interested. Milani has been having difficulty answering many cruelty-free bloggers questions which unfortunately, seems a little fishy to me. I am hoping this brand moves forward in a positive direction but for now I will not be purchasing any more of their products.
Hey beauties! So I have had these products from Milani Cosmetics for quite some time now but haven’t reviewed them yet. I simply cannot wait any longer to share these gorgeous products with you! Milani is by far one of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable with amazing quality cosmetics all around. They are a 100% cruelty-free company with tons of vegan options. When I heard amazing things about all of these products I am reviewing today, I knew I had to check them out for myself. Keep reading to hear my thoughts!
To start out, when I first switched to cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, I was in desperate need of a new blush. The thought of crushed up beetles (carmine) in my blush grossed me out so I really wanted to find one that still gave a gorgeous rose color sans the beetles. After watching a KathleenLights YouTube video where she raved about Milani Baked Blushes, I went to check them out in person myself. Here are the two I ended up picking up at my local Walgreens:
A glowy orangey-red bronze blush. Best used when you have a tan or want to look glowy. Very pigmented. Smooth and silky. Has gold flecks and peachy undertones.
The rosier one of the two. Has pink, brown, mauv, and gold undertones. Perfect flush cheek finish. Great for everyday use! Very pigmented, yet subtle. Smooth and silky. Gives a nice glow.
Swatches Rose D’Oro (left) Berry Amore (right)
I adore both of these shades of the Milani Baked Blushes and the formula is amazing. It glides on perfectly and gives such a beautiful natural flush and glow to my cheeks. The packaging is gorgeous as well, like all Milani products, and these blushes even come with a tiny flat synthetic brush that hides in a storage compartment below the blush. The best part of these blushes are that they last for hours! I will definitely be checking out some of the other shades soon.
One of my favorite vegan beauty bloggers is Tashina over at Logical Harmony, and anyone that talks to me in person knows I recommend her site for answers to all vegan beauty and lifestyle questions often. Tashina recently reviewed the Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks on her blog and had great things to say so I really wanted to check them out.
So far I own two shades from this fairly new collection:
Light baby pink. Very smooth and silky. Glides on easily. Very pigmented, not blotchy. Somewhat moisturizing. Smells like vanilla.
Your lips but better. Medium nude. Perfect for natural makeup days. Very smooth and silky. Somewhat too matte for dry lips. Best when paired with lip balm or gloss. Smells like vanilla.
The verdict? I love them! Although they are a bit drying for my already dry lips, they apply flawlessly, feel super silky, and smell amazing! Very pigmented with little transfer when drinking or eating. They feel like high-end lipsticks to me. I am very impressed with the overall quality and they last for me until around lunchtime. These are currently pretty hard to find in stores and seem to sell out as soon as they are put in stock. I somehow managed to snag these two and they were the last ones there. Needless to say, they are fan favorites! I don’t think I will be picking up any other shades because these two are perfect for me but who knows! 🙂
The last product I want to review today is the Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain. I picked this up while browsing the Milani section one day at Walgreens. I haven’t heard much about it but do know that they are vegan so I wanted to try them out in case anyone was thinking about giving them a go. Again, pretty hard to find them in stores so I was only able to pick up the shade Mango Tango. Swatches and review below:
SUPER pigmented orangey-red. Very glossy and somewhat sticky. Applicator is a little hard to use, you have to click the gloss up into the brush and sometimes too little or too much can come out. I find the brush applicator is a little harder to use when trying to get a perfect line in place. Stains in a matter of minutes which lasts for hours. Gorgeous color! No particular smell.
Overall, I am pretty impressed with this little lip gloss stain aside from the applicator issues. It is very pigmented and can be worn lightly or built up for a more dramatic look. This shade is perfect for Summer. Great for days when you will be out and want something to last on your lips! The formula is smooth yet sticky so it will stay in place. I personally like to apply it and then blot to remove some of the stickiness and get more of just the stained color. I would definitely try other shades of this product.
It’s no surprise that Milani Cosmetics has now become my favorite drugstore brand. I have been loving all of these products so far and I’m very impressed with the overall quality. Definitely check them out the next time you are at your local Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS, or online. They even have a whole page dedicated to their vegan options here. Going cruelty-free doesn’t mean giving up quality or spending a ton of money. Hopefully, by reading my blog you have already learned a thing or two! Thank you as always for reading and supporting a compassionate lifestyle!!
Note: All products reviewed here were purchased and reviewed honestly by me.