Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes for Spring 2012

Hi Guys & Dolls!

Milani recently added two new palettes to their Runway Eyes lineup. I was really excited because the “Primary” palette is about as close to a full- rainbow palette as I’ve seen at the drugstore and “Complementary” looks like summer to me- blue & green water with glittery sands! I have mixed feelings about these palettes, so to make my thoughts clear, here’s a list of positives and negatives.

The Positives:

The packaging and presentation of these is just gorgeous: the bars of color look graphic and appealing to my order-loving-Virgo-eyes. The square compact is efficient and not at all cheap looking and is easy to store if you had multiple palettes. I mean seriously, look at these and tell me they are not tempting! They swatch pretty well which is say that they have good color payoff and a nice pearl/metallic finish. You get a full-sized amount of product (each color is 1.5 gm the same as say, a MAC shadow) so the bang for your buck value is very good. With a primer (I always use a primer) they go on pearl/metallic in finish and have pretty good lasting powder (minor fading after 8 hours).

The Negatives:

While the bars of color look so striking in the palette, and these shadows are good quality, the long skinny strips makes it difficult to pick up color without also picking up other colors, so you must use really small brushes. Also, these are baked and as such they are soft, and vulnerable to damage. Having the shadows above the level of the palette in a thin, delicate strip is not ideal, and my palettes now look like a toddler played with them rather that just being swatched & used a bit to test the quality.

Primary Palette

Swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion

I made up names to describe the colors: Deep Blue, Sea Teal, Blue Violet, Firey Orange, Red and Yellow. The only somewhat disappointing one in this group is the purple which isn’t as smooth or as pigmented as it’s siblings- the teal isn’t as opaque as the others, but the finish & hue are so lovely that I forgive it.

Complementary Palette

Swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion

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The Bottom Line- The packaging is a major buzzkill for me;  I’d love to see this type of palette with little round wells, or smaller rectangles set into the palette (not above the surface) for each shadow instead of the delicate bars- as cute as they look. Other than that, the product is good, and this is some of the most attractive packaging from Milani.

Price: $8.99 for 9 gm of product on the Milani Website

Where to buy: milanicosmetics.com and various Drugstores, Target, Walmart

Have your tried these Runway Eyes Palettes? What are your experiences?

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