Milani Powder Eyeshadow Palette for Spring 2012

Hi Guys & Dolls!

This Spring Milani came out with 3 new Powder Shadow Palettes (well, technically, “Paint” isn’t new, it was Limited Edition last summer). Each palette has 7 shadows surrounding a center color meant to be a highlight. Two of the palettes are exclusively matte shadows, while the third has three pearl finish shadows. The irregular shape makes it easy to mix the colors together to make new shades and because there are no pans dividing them, you get a lot of product, 9.92gm! I find the simple round compact appealing visually and easy to open. I think these are a great option for anyone looking to expand their matte eyeshadow collection or looking for colors that are not always easy to find in the drugstore/at drugstore prices. These palettes are made in the USA and are cruelty free.



From the top clockwise, ending with the center shade,  Swatched dry with a brush over UDPP

The Colors in Abstract makes a wonderful Earthtone palette- it’s also the only one of the 3 to have both matte & shimmer eyeshadows.  Even though it may seem redundant with all the different browns, each one is different, and can we say ” Dupes of more expensive products”! The pink-tan-gold color is similar to MAC’s All That Glitters, the malty-highlight color is very similar to MAC’s discontinued Bisque eyeshadow,  and the yellow-gold shade is similar to Urban Decay’s Half-Baked. This one is fantastic quality but I wish the amount of each color was more evenly distributed, some you barely get any but then they give you loads of that brown shade.  I don’t “get” them same of this one, but I guess they were going with an “art” theme, and I guess Abstract isn’t an awful name for it either.


From the top clockwise, ending with the center shade,  Swatched dry with a brush over UDPP

To be honest with you, I don’t really get in a tizzy over pastel shades- people are always trying to put me in pastel clothing & makeup (I guess due to my fair coloring?) but it makes me feel washed out. That said- these are great pastels, maybe just a smidge chalky, but completely workable, and I think great ones to blend out the neon-brights of the “Paint” palette below. I really “get” the name for this, it reminds me of a Monet.


From the top clockwise, ending with the center shade,  Swatched dry with a brush over UDPP

Seriously, do I have to even explain why this palette is so great? Bright, nearly neon colors all in one palette. The only color that is slightly sheer is the green- but it’s still a lovely green! For extra intense colors wear these over a sticky base like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk- Holy Cow! I also “get” the same of this palette- the color palette reminds me of a crayola watercolor set I had as a kid with the neon bright colors.

The Bottom Line- I think it’s pretty clear I like these palettes. The one I use the most is “Abstract”, but “Paint” is probably the one that will catch everyone’s eye!

Where to buy:

Price: $8.99

What do you think of palettes like this were the Shadows “touch”? Do you mix the colors up purposefully, or does it bug you?

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  1. May 22, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    Being a painter who is getting into cosmetology, I definitely feel drawn to that Paint palette! I love the splatter effect in it. The Impressionist one is lovely, I like pastels, but I am pale also. I do agree that it does seem a bit upsetting that they have such small amounts of colors and large amounts of another, instead of being more even. If they were to do that, I’d at least hope they’d be more random with each one, allowing some to have say more blue/less orange while others have more orange/less blue etc for people to have more options on what they want more. Idk.

    I’ll have to remember these to try out. 🙂

  2. Kattwmn
    May 23, 2012 / 3:53 am

    It bugs me to no end when colors are together and touching like that. I prefer them to be seperated. When they are so close like that, it’s easier to get the wrong color, or you may get a bit of another color on your brush by accident. It’s just my opinion, but I like them seperated.

  3. May 23, 2012 / 6:54 am

    I dislike this style of palette. But, these colors are beautiful and fordable. The pastel palette reminds me of the Lime Crime Antoinette palette that Jangsara just reviewed.

  4. Ali
    May 23, 2012 / 8:51 am

    Paint is definitely my favorite but Abstract is a close second! I’m not too into pastels myself. I do hope to pick up the other two, however! I missed out on Paint before and I don’t want to miss it again!

  5. May 23, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    looks like bitch slap wheels. 😛

  6. Shannon Brimmer
    May 23, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    Are you gonna do a tutorial on these eyeshadows?

  7. CJ
    May 24, 2012 / 3:49 am

    “Paint” really does look so pretty! I don’t buy many matte, bright, eyeshadows at all, so I really hope I can find this! The only reason I might not like the colors touching is if it like some of the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips (they touch also) eye colors. I found when I got deep into a top sandy color, that the color under it was also there and would mix into it. The color underneath was dark green so the mixture was not very pretty. If each color goes down to pan, alone, I’ll have no problems.

  8. Sara
    May 25, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    I love them all. They look great on your skin tone. Their very cute! 😉

  9. Sarah
    May 25, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    I want to try the pastel one really bad, like the other commenter said it looks like Lime Crime’s new palette–but more affordable! Do you know if these will be in stores as well as online? I’ve looked in a couple of my local CVS stores and I can’t find them.

  10. May 31, 2012 / 3:23 am

    That Paint one looks really interesting, too bad they don’t sell Milani in The Netherlands

  11. Marília
    September 15, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    I want the Abstract one sooooo bad!

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