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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Swatches, Comparisons + Review: Milani 05 Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

If you've entered my current giveaway, 
then you know that the Milani Luminoso blush (brand new & sealed) is one of the prizes. 
The one that I'm reviewing is from my personal collection and I will not be giving it away. 
Don't worry! =)

  • regular pigmentation (not sheer or too pigmented)
  • blends easily
  • applies smoothly
  • lasts 14+ hours (when worn over foundation + setting powder)

  • compact is thick and bulky (because there is a compartment below the pan that contains a mirror and brush)
  • brush applies blotchy and uneven
Indoors with Natural Lighting

I've been wearing Luminoso for the past 3 weeks and absolutely love it. It translates into a beautiful peachy pink shade on my cheeks. For reference, I'm a Mac NC30/35, L'oreal True Match W4, MUFE HD 127, and Dior Forever 021 mixed with 031.

I was afraid that it was going to be too shimmery, but it's actually safe to wear during the day. Under artificial lighting and indoors, the blush has a semi-matte finish. It only looks slightly shimmery under direct sunlight. 

It applies smoothly and evenly when I use my Mac 168 angled brush (full review), Japonesque Professional blush brush (mini review), and Studio Gear #13 brush (mini review). I'm not a fan of the brush that comes with the compact because it applies blotchy and uneven. It's also not as soft as my full size brushes. 

Outdoors under Direct Sunlight

I have a heavy hand, so it's a good thing that Luminoso is not too pigmented. Even if I do over apply it, it's very easy to buff out and blend. It also lasts more than 14 hours on my cheeks when I apply it over foundation & setting powder. 

The blush contains 3.5g of product, which is the standard size for most baked blushes in the market. Mac's Mineralize blushes also contain 3.5g, but non-baked powder blushes contain 6g-10g. So, it would be a major plus if Milani was able to offer more product at the same price point. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Outdoors Natural Lighting

Luminoso is definitely not a dupe for Mac's Marine Life (swatches + review) or Burberry's Blossom blush (swatches + review). Luminoso is more peachy compared to the other two blushes.

Bottom Line: I highly recommend checking out Luminoso, if you don't mind the amount of product it contains because the quality of the blush is great. It applies evenly and compliments my medium warm complexion very well. Plus, I don't have to touch up throughout the day because it lasts for more than 14 hours on my cheeks. However, the color may not show up on darker beauties and don't expect much from the mini brush. Also, I wish the compact was matte black and not a tacky looking gold case, but this is just my personal preference.

Outdoors Natural Lighting

Note: The Milani Baked Powder Blush in 05 Luminoso contains 3.5g and you can purchase this at Milani's online store, Target and for around $8.

Have you tried Luminoso? 
What do you think about the product size?

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  1. I like this shade, even because I think that peaches suit my skin tone better

  2. I've never actually used Milani, but I love the swatch. The color is very pigmented!

  3. i havent tried this blush yet but i think ill grab it now:)


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