I don’t know about you guys, but when Milani launched in South Africa last month I was beyond ecstatic. I’ve had the foundation on my wishlist for so long, and as seen in my haul post I finally managed to get my hands on it.
I purchased the shade 010 Golden Tan but it ended up being too dark for me. I figured I might as well get the shade lighter, 09 Tan, since they still had free shipping. When I received it the color looked like it would be a great match and I immediately started using it. I’ve been using it for almost 2 weeks now and thought it was definitely review time!
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!
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Mica, Glycerin, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Ozokerite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Glycereth-18 Ethylhexanoate, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Isododecane, Propylene Carbonate, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Glycereth-18, Aluminum Dimyristate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Allantoin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyisobutene, C18-21 Alkane. +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
The foundation comes in a 30 ml standard glass bottle with a pump dispencer. Whenever I use the pump I always find it messes just a bit around the edges, but it’s nothing too crazy. The bottle feels pretty sleek but if you are going to travel with it, I would suggest dispersing some product into those small little plastic travel bottles, as this bottle is glass and not very travel friendly. I shudder thinking of this foundation falling on the floor, all broken and splattered over the place anxiously takes deep breaths.
Because this is a concealer and foundation in one, the formula is thicker than what I am used to. It’s still creamy, but not runny. I don’t wear full coverage foundations, in fact, I prefer tinted moisturizers. To me this foundation felt a little heavy on my face, but not to the point of making my face feel clogged up or suffocated. It has a very sweet scent which I find pleasing, as it isn’t too overpowering.
The shade 10 Golden Tan that was too dark for me but matched my sister perfectly. She has very oily skin as well as acne marks on her cheek area. She wore this foundation on Eid (without color corrector or concealer) and her skin looked absolutely flawless. I set her face with RCMA No Color Powder and only after the four hour mark did her face start getting a little shiny. She got so many compliments on her makeup. It didn’t oxidize on her at all and by the end of the day the only places that were faded was her nose, around her mouth and a little bit on her chin. On me though, it was a different story. I have combination skin, and I guess skin types are a big factor with this foundation.
I thought the lighter color I got, 09 Tan would be a perfect match for my skin tone, but it’s just a tiny bit too orange. I have more of a yellow undertone, and this color is just a smidge too orange. The shade 08 Light Tan would be way too light for me, and the shade 010 Golden Tan was too dark, so I had to make this shade work. It didn’t look awful once I applied the rest of my makeup though, so I’m not mad at it. It does oxidize, but not so much that it concerns me. Whenever I use this foundation I don’t feel the need to color correct at all. When I applied it for the very first time, it covered the little redness around my nose area really well. It covers marks and blemishes without much effort and I was absolutely stunned. It does cover dark circles well too, but if your dark circles are really prominent it won’t give you enough coverage in which case you’ll have to use an additional concealer or color corrector.
I use one pump and it covers my entire face, but I find that sometimes I will need a little bit more for concealer, as to cover my dark circles. I also found that applying the product onto your brush then onto your face makes it look too heavy, so I dot the foundation on my face and blend it in thereafter. Like some foundations/concealers, this one doesn’t dry/set too fast, which means you have time to buff and blend to your hearts content.
I have noticed that when I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this, it looked cakey and heavy. It settled into my fine lines underneath my eyes, accentuating them and making my skin look five years older. When I tried it again though, I used my Real Techniques Duo Fibre brush as well as my Beauty Blender and the result was much, much better. I dotted the foundation around my face and blended it in using my duo fibre brush. I blended for a good 3 minutes because the more I blended the more seamless it looked. I then used my Beauty Blender to blend underneath my eyes and the result was quite flawless. The finish of this foundation is not exactly dewy nor matte. I would say it’s more of a satiney finish that looks natural and skin-like. It does leave a bit of sheen on my face and feels a little sticky when it’s not set with powder.
The third time I tested this foundation I didn’t set it with powder so I could see what would happen. It was definitely not pretty. I have combination skin and around the 2 hour mark my nose, cheeks, forehead and chin area was so shiny. The foundation claims to be oil-free, but it’s still shiny. What I must mention though is even though it was shiny, it didn’t break down and slide off of my face, nor did my blush, bronzer and highlight “melt” or “crack” off my face at all. At the end of the day the rest of my face makeup was still in place which is impressive. It did start to fade on my nose and around my lips, but a quick touch up took care of that in no time.
The next day I set only the half of my face with powder to see how the two sides would compare at the end of the day. The weather was really hot and I was in the sun for about four hours. During that time my face was sweating like crazy, but surprisingly the foundation didn’t “melt/shift” off my face, even on the side of my face that wasn’t set with powder. Yes, I did get shiny on my nose and cheek area, but I blotted a bit and was good to go.
The day after that I applied the foundation, set it with powder and after the four hour mark I was really keen to see if this foundation was indeed water resistant. I then proceeded to splashing water all over my face to see what would happen. While my mascara was running down my face, the foundation stayed in place. I then took a piece of towlette and pressed it gently on my face. When I was done drying my entire face there was foundation on the towelette, but not much. My face didn’t look patchy and actually still looked good, obviously not great, but still good. Granted I didn’t rub my face when I splashed water on it nor did I rub it whilst drying. Still though, I think that was pretty impressive, especially for a drugstore foundation. It is definitely not completely waterproof, but if you’re going to the beach and were to be splashed with some water, you can rest assured your foundation will still be on your face as long as you don’t rub it.
Seeing that this foundation claims to be sweat and water proof, I though it would be transfer proof as well. I was definitely wrong. When I removed my hijaab (head scarf) there were stains of foundation all around the edges, even though I set my foundation with powder and setting spray. Granted, the stains weren’t very dark, but they were still there. I then inspected my face where the foundation transferred onto my head scarve but it still looked good and not any different to the rest of my face, which is rather awesome, wouldn’t you say?
The final test I did was to see if this foundation has flash back. I am absolutely happy to announce that it doesn’t! It looks real pretty on photos, I was quite impressed. I did however notice that after the four hour mark, my skin looked a bit shiny on pictures. I then blotted and it solved the problem.
Longevity & Final Thoughts:
This foundation completely surprised me. It is definitely full coverage and a little goes a long way. I would strongly recommend using a thin layer first, then building application as needed either on certain areas or your entire face. As I mentioned above, I do have combination skin. If you have very dry skin you won’t need to set with powder, but if you have combination/oily skin I strongly recommend setting this foundation with a good setting powder, as it can get pretty shiny during hot days.
When set with powder, this foundation lasts almost 8 hours on me after which it started fading around my mouth and on my nose area. Yes, it gets shiny on certain areas during hot days too, but that’s nothing a blotting paper can’t fix.
I am really happy with the way this foundation performed on me, and I would definitely recommend you guys check it out.
Shade SelectionMilani recently launched 5 new shades in this foundation. There were many people saying they couldn’t find their shade, and I am very impressed that Milani heard them and created additional shades. I love when brands take heed of customer feedback. I do wish to see more medium – dark shades, and perhaps Milani will release some in future.
The shades currently available are:
00 Light Natural
00A Porcelain – for fair skin with neutral/pink undertones.
00B Light – for fair skin with yellow undertones.
01 Creamy Vanilla – for fair skin with cool undertones.
02 Natural – for light skin with golden undertones.
03 Light Beige – for light skin with neutral undertones.
04 Medium Beige – for light to medium skin with neutral undertones.
05 Warm Beige – for medium skin with rosy undertones.
05A Natural Beige – for medium skin with neutral undertones.
06 Sand Beige – for medium skin with warm undertones.
07 Sand – for medium skin with neutral undertones.
08 Light Tan – for medium skin with cool undertones.
09 Tan – for medium to deep skin with neutral undertones.
10 Golden Tan – for medium to deep skin with golden undertones.
11 Amber – for medium to deep skin with warm undertones.
11A Nutmeg – for dark skin with warm neutral undertones.
12 Spiced Almond – for deep skin tones with neutral undertones.
13 Chestnut – for deep skin with golden undertones.
14 Golden Toffee – for deep skin with warm undertones.
Where To Purchase:
These retail for only R150 from Milani South Africa here. Not all of the new shades are in stock yet, but you can inquire from Milani to find out more. 09 Tan is currently the only color that’s sold out, but I am sure it will be restocked real soon. Milani had amazing service and I will definitely be purchasing from them again and again in future. You can stay updated with Milani on their Instagram here.