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


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: and various Drugstores, Target, Walmart

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


Disclosure: Some of the products shown were sent by PR; others were purchased myself. Complimentary products never receive preferential treatment; My Subscribers are my #1 priority so if I wouldn’t recommend it to my best friend, I won’t recommend it to you. This video/post contains opinions that are solely my own; I am not influenced by, nor do I represent any company.
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  1. jena
    April 17, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    I always see Milani shadows at CVS and pass them up because of the packaging. I always thought the colors would get in the way of each other and I’m glad you confirmed it before I tried it for myself. Disappointing because I always LOVE the colors I see

  2. Lindsey
    April 18, 2012 / 4:55 am

    I use to have a handful of these pallets when I was in college. And I do agree with you Cora; the color payoff on them is quite good for what you’re paying but they do shatter easily. Even during transport from the store to my house they sometimes break which, as we all know, is insanely frustrating. So I think for someone just starting off their makeup collection, someone wanting to experiment and play around, or for little girls who want to have makeup to play with, these are great for that. But for more experienced makeup artists, I think the frustration involved with them would be a buzzkill.

  3. Stacie
    April 18, 2012 / 5:17 am

    Thank you for reviewing these, I was considering these for purchase just last night (the same palettes that you swatched). As always, your reviews are funny and informative. Thank you Cora.

  4. April 18, 2012 / 5:48 am

    Just dropping by to say I’m SO happy how you handle your reviews. You truely are one of the most honest guru’s out there.

  5. classicstacy
    April 18, 2012 / 5:50 am

    I have the Glamorous Gems, which is greens and golds. I absolutely love the colors, so much so that I bought a second one when my daughter knocked it off the bathroom counter and rendered the shadows useless. Bad packaging, take care because the colors and the price are worth it.

  6. Caroline
    April 28, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Ooooh I think I’m in loooove!! These are fab xxx

  7. June 5, 2012 / 10:05 am

    I bought a couple of their palettes in this style last year & hate them. Too difficult to use and the pigmentation is nothing to get excited about. Really sorry I bought them. One of the many products that sit in my drawer & never get used.

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