I’ve been slacking so much lately it feels as if these posts were supposed to be up ages ago. I always get asked about the Milani foundation so it’s finally time for my review. After seeing Tati from the Glam Life Guru rate it as one of her ultimate drugstore foundations, my interest was peaked. Then Kathleen Lights and Desi Perkins listed it as favourites and on it went to my wishlist. If you’ve noticed the trend of my shopping splurges, you’ll realize that almost 90% is influenced by social media be it YouTube, Instagram or Twitter. The rest of the time it’s if I stumble across something in store. Some of these haven’t always been worth the hype, for instance, the Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes or Rose Gold palette, the NYX Lingerie lipsticks or the BlendSmart Automated Makeup Brush. But sometimes I do strike gold. The Milani foundation lived up to it’s claims and so much more. Keep on reading to see if it’s for you too.
“Combat under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with this full coverage, water-resistant foundation plus concealer in one. A no mess, no drip pump dispenses just the right amount of fluid needed to achieve a flawless look and works around the clock to keep skin looking naturally perfect!”
“A full coverage concealer and liquid foundation in one, ideal for creating an even, faultless base. Conceal + Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation + Concealer applies seamlessly over the face offering a flawless, matte complexion eradicating the need for a separate concealer. The richly pigmented formula needs just one layer for a naturally perfected, water resistant veil that covers everything from blemishes and redness, to dark circles leaving behind a perfected canvas ready to create your desired look.”
The packaging is quite standard. Apart from the Urban Decay All Nighter and Stila Aqua Glow, foundation bottles aren’t usually eye catching or pretty to have on display. I do however like the faded ombre effect since black is my favourite colour and it’s easy to find the shade you’re looking for if you own multiple bottles as a makeup artist or someone who likes to tan. The gold logo text is very chic and I mean c’mon, there’s nothing much else to say.
The Milani foundation comes in 14 different shades that cater to both light and dark skin complexions with different undertones. I chose the shade 07 Sand which is pretty much the middle of the spectrum. I had some issues choosing a shade since swatches varied from person to person. After reading the descriptions though and basing my decision on that, once I received it, it was a good match. For reference you can view a list of the foundation shades I use here (which I’m still updating).
- Creamy Vanilla – For fair skin tones with cool undertones.
- Natural – For light skin with golden undertones.
- Light Beige – For light skin with neutral undertones.
- Medium Beige – For light to medium skin tones with neutral undertones.
- Warm Beige – For medium skin tones with rosy undertones.
- Sand Beige – For medium skin tones with warm undertones.
- Sand – For medium skin tones with neutral undertones.
- Light Tan – For medium skin tones with cool undertones.
- Tan – For medium to deep skin with neutral undertones.
- Golden Tan – For medium to deep skin tones with golden undertones.
- Amber – For medium to deep skin tones with warm undertones.
- Spiced Almond – For deep skin tones with neutral undertones.
- Chestnut – For deep skin tones with golden undertones.
- Golden Toffee – For deep skin tones with warm undertones.
The product is dispensed through a ‘no mess, no drip pump’ which lo and behold, I messed the first time I used it. I pressed down too hard on the nozzle and the foundation splattered and dribbled around the bottle. Once I cleaned it up though, I haven’t had any troubles. The pump is the most hygienic way to protect the product and it’s very simple to use. I usually dispense one pump on to the back of my hand or my paw palette and work from there.
Formula & Coverage
The coverage of the Milani foundation is amazing. If I had to rate it out of 10 I’d give it an 8.5. It covers my acne scars and for an everyday look I don’t need to go in with extra concealer under my eyes. The texture is neither thick nor runny and is easy to blend in. The foundation doesn’t set too fast so you can work the product in before it starts to get messy. It did oxidize a tiny bit, not noticeable to the naked eye but it came across in my arm swatches (see the bottom edges are slightly more orange).
For everyday wear I like to use my Swiitch Beauty oval brush which gives a flawless, natural finish. If I want more cover I use my Swiitch Beauty S19 Buffer brush to press the product into the skin. I use the Beauty Blender for under my eyes and around the mouth area.
The Milani foundation has a semi-matte finish but doesn’t look flat. It is not drying or cakey and still looks great even when not set with powder. It has a very natural finish when buffed in because I don’t want it to look like I am wearing a mask. It’s not completely lightweight as I do notice I have something on but it’s not heavy either where it becomes uncomfortable. It has no flashback which is perfect to wear for all occasions.
I always set my face with powder because I get oily throughout the day. I like using the RCMA no colour powder as it is lightweight and the Milani foundation already has a semi-matte finish. The foundation holds up well against the oiliness and doesn’t shift or move during the day. I got about 8 hours wear before it started fading away. I do find that if I don’t set with powder, it cakes up around the nose and can settle in my laugh lines. It’s not waterproof but it does require quite a bit of rubbing before it melts of the face. I remove it quite easily using my Makeup Eraser and some micellar water.
Price & Where to Buy
This is definitely one of the most affordable drugstore foundations since it only retails for $10 for 30ml. HOWEVER since we are not privy to brands like Milani in South Africa, we have to source it in other ways. I purchased the Milani foundation from Samika which retails for R330 excluding shipping. If you are outside of South Africa you can purchase the Milani foundation directly from their website here.
I think this is a foundation every woman with normal/combination/oily skin should try. It is a bit pricey getting it here but since the coverage is so great, you need the tiniest amount to cover the entire face and it will last you way longer than the cheaper foundations and concealers you would need to layer to get the same effect.