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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Fierceness of the Foil: Milani Cosmetic's Fierce Foil Eyeshine

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine
Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshadow Palettes

Product Review: Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine Eyeshadow Palettes

These palettes are named after four of Italy's most beloved cities; 01 Milan, 02 Rome, 03 Florence, and 04 Venice Rome. Milani calls this line of eye shadows "eyeshine," but these highly metallic and pigmented shadows aren’t quite an eye shadow cream, but more the consistency of a thick gloss.

This metallic trend that was a huge hit on the Spring 2015 runways are a perfect trend to transition into the Fall. Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine palettes brings this metallic trend to you at a budget-friendly price. These shadows can be found in your local drugstore or some of your beauty supply stores where available. Milani's Eyeshine palettes are excellent dupes for Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow, but for $32 for Stila's (1) eye shadow pot, you can get (3) of the Milani's eyeshine quads for $9.99 each.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine showcased in a gold compact, which truly highlights the beauty of these shadows, with a clear lid and are available in four shade selections two of which are warm color tones and the other two are cool tones. Each palette contains a rubberized applicator which can be used to apply the shadows. Milani instructs the user to tap the applicator into the color and start close to your lash line and slowly blend and build up to create a jewel tone look. Word of caution: tap the applicator lightly in the product or you will get too much product and it will look gooey and patchy due to the larger metallic flakes within the shadow. I had to find this out the hard way!  I applied it with a small synthetic detail brush instead, and found that the makeup brush worked far better for me than the product applicator that came with the palettes. This is definitely a build-able product, apply it in thin even layers.

At a glance, they appear liquid metal-like and very shimmery in the compact, but the grain of the glitter is quite large and chunky, so I don’t know if these shadows would be classified as a metallic finish. Milani created these colors to be applied true to color, which was the case with the gold and brown tones, but the blues and purples were clearly much sheerer than what you see in the pot and blended to a sheer finish. This maybe because I didn't apply a eye primer and the gold and brown tones are closer to my own skin tone. Milan (chic nudes & neutrals)  and Florence (molten gold, rose & bronze), hands down gave the best color pay off out of the (4) eye shadow quads, however, the Rome (lush lavenders & smokey purples) and Venice (frosty white & ice-cool blues) palettes were sheerer but still doable. The formulations aren't quite a cream, but feel more like a gel and greasy when applied. They seemed to have more of an eye gloss-like texture. Unfortunately, the shadows have a tendency to crease, smear, and migrate. These shadows aren't a cream to powder formulation, but do have the some of the fall out problems as powder.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine Quads are great for that special occasion or night out on the town when you want a bold and beautiful metallic eye look whether it is from one of the cool or warm tone palettes. They are also great for lash users because of the creamy nature of the formulation, the product does stay put, so less fall out on your lashes. The only down fall, I can see is that the large grain size of the glitter will produce some fall out, but not as much as say a powder shadow. I also recommend a eye primer which will give it more staying power and help the cooler palettes become more opaque on the eye, this is needed especially for women of color to help the blues and purples pop on the eye.

I am sure you will love these metallic foil shadows, but for those who are "cosmetically challenged" I am available to help you pull this look together, just check the right task bar for the link to my Styleseat site to set your appointment.

The Honey