Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I hope your week is off to a fabulous start. It's been quite some time that I've written up a review on the blog, so I'm here today to spill my thoughts on the Milani Baked Blushes!
I had seen quite a few people on my feed rave about these blushes, so when they were on sale for buy one get one 50% off at CVS recently, I couldn't resist! These are extremely fairly priced at $8 a piece normally, sothe sale was even more enticing to me. I picked up the shades Red Vino and Berry Amore.
To begin, it must be stated that the packaging looks absolutely luxurious. The reflective gold rim makes it seem as though this blush cost a lot more than $8, though admittedly it is plastic and thus does feel a bit cheap. Interestingly, the packaging contains two compartments. One section holds the blush itself, which lifts up to reveal a compact of sorts, complete with a mirror and a mini brush. I will likely never use the brush as it is of pretty awful quality, but if you're someone who throws some makeup in your purse for reapplications on-the-go, this may be handy for you!
The marbled appearance of the blush itself is also undeniably gorgeous. Each individual blush looks completely unique because of it, which is something I (and every beauty blogger in the universe) can really appreciate.
As the name suggests, this blush line has a baked formula. In the past I’ve struggled with baked face products, which I think it was held me back from purchasing these earlier. Oftentimes I’ve found it difficult to actually pick up product on a brush when using products with baked formulations. However, the formula of the Milani Baked Blushes is totally different and makes application a breeze. With one quick swirl, the powder effortlessly sticks to my brush – in fact, I have to be sparing because if I’m not careful I get too much excess product and need to tap off my brush.
I really was not expecting these blushes to be pigmented with one swipe, given past experiences with baked formulations. Interestingly, they perform on the exact opposite end of the spectrum – to me, they are almost a little too pigmented. Like I mentioned before, if I load up too much powder on my brush, I need to tap it off or I get an overload of color pay-off. I am a fan of subtle blush looks on myself, so I really need to be sparing with these.
The texture of the powder is not dry at all. They blend out easily and melt into the skin. I've also found that they last nicely on my face throughout the work day, which isn't too shabby considering these are drugstore formulations!
Many of the shades in the Milani Baked Blush line contain subtle flecks of shimmer that claim to make your skin appear more luminous. I'm not a huge fan of sparkly blushes, but these do bringa lovely natural flush to my face. Given that these are so pigmented, they can also look quite sparkly if you apply too much. If you are dead-set against wearing sparkly brushes, I would suggest only purchasing the shades that do not contain any shimmer.
Red Vino is a rich, vampy burgundy shade. This was a bold choice for me, but I reached for it simply because it’s unlike any other shade in my blush collection. I thought it would be perfect for the autumn season (and it is, to my delight!) The only drawback to this shade is that it is so insanely pigmented that I have to use it delicately on my face to avoid looking like a literal red-cheeked clown. The first time I applied it I actually needed to layer on one more thin layer of foundation on top of it to dampen its intensity! However, it is simply stunning when I apply it with a light hand. I think this shade would look especially killer on ladies with a darker complexion.
Berry Amore is described as a berry rose shade on Milani's website. However, on my skin tone it pulls super warm and peachy. In fact, on me it appears very similar to swatches of the shade Luminoso that I've seen online - a bit of a weird discrepancy, but oh well. Although I was hoping that it would be a cool-toned rosy pink on me, it is still undeniably gorgeous. This shade is not quite as pigmented as Red Vino and gives much more of a natural flush. Like Red Vino, it does contain some golden shimmer. However, I find the shimmer in this shade to be toned down in comparison. While I would consider Red Vino an appropriate blush to wear for a night out, Berry Amore is more appropriate for everyday makeup looks.
Overall, it's shocking to me that these blushes only cost $8. The formulation is fantastic and the pigmentation is very intense for the price. My one qualm with these blushes is that they can be too intense on the face if too much is applied - but that means they will last forever since a little goes a long way! If you are interested in Milani's Baked Blush line, I would highly recommend picking one up.
Have you tried any of the shades from Milani's Baked Blush line? Which one should I check out next? Leave a comment below!