Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick
Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick is billed as a "do-it-all" primer in stick form: It's said to blur all types of imperfections and combat unwanted shine. In some ways, it delivers; in other ways, not so much.
First, the aesthetics: This stick's velvety, smooth-glide formula goes on transparently setting to a soft matte finish, workable for any skin tone. It feels surprisingly lightweight and wears well under makeup.
Most impressive is its ability to blur fine lines, thanks to the smoothing silicone base. It won't make wrinkles disappear, but they will look less obvious for a period of time.
Interestingly, we expected to get the same blurring effect for enlarged pores, but for whatever reason, it was less effective there, making little difference.
As for the oil-absorbing properties, those were really minimal. Applied pre-makeup, the soft-matte finish can help hold back shine for a little longer than you might normally get, but it wasn't a significant difference.
We also tried using the stick to touch up oily areas throughout day, as Milani suggests, with little success—essentially the shine creeped right back up shortly after applying. In the case of very oily skin, it actually ended up looking shinier as the silicones warmed up with skin.
All in all, if you want to use this fragrance-free formula for its line-smoothing properties, we think you'll be happy with it—just don't count on it for much else.
- Fills in/blurs fine lines and wrinkles.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Transparent for any skin tone.
- Not adept at mattifying oily shine, as claimed.
- Does little to blur the look of large pores.
Milani Cosmetics At-a-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive with some excellent options for women of color; good Baked Blush; silky pressed-powder eyeshadow palette; Infinite Liquid Eye Liner and Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner have amazing staying power; Smooth Finish Cream-to-Powder Makeup.
Weaknesses: Baked Bronzer; numerous products that contain potentially irritating fragrant ingredients; several mediocre to poor products including Color Perfect Lipstick, Crystal Gloss, and The Multitasker Face Powder.
Launched in 2002, Milani Cosmetics prides itself as being an affordable beauty line with a "passion for color and a recognized need for a broader variety" for women of different ages, skin tones and income.While many brands have a limited selection of products designed for medium to dark skin, Milani has succeeded in catering to women with deeper skin tones, which is this makeup line's chief point of difference. We admire Milani for celebrating the beauty in diversity, and their dedication to providing color options that are appropriate (and appealing) to a wide range of skin tones.
Milani focuses on face and eye products, and this is where they excel. Despite being a smaller brand (compared to the likes of Cover Girl or L'Oreal), Milani products can be found tucked alongside the big makeup lines in many drugstores and stores like Target and Wal-Mart. They've definitely added a splash of color to the cosmetics aisle, and several of their inexpensive products are definitely worth a look. But as with most makeup lines, there also are some poorly executed products to avoid.
This is a diverse line with a mix of bold, classic, and trendy makeup. Although the products may be aesthetically pleasing on the shelf, their visual appeal doesn't always translate well to actual application and performance quality. In some instances, Milani's philosophy of "color, color, color and more color" misses the boat by offering glitzy, ultra-vibrant shades, instead of more options for a classic makeup application (women of color have to go to work, too, not just out for the evening). Just because you have dark skin doesn't mean your color choices need to be shocking or ultra-bold. Still, as mentioned, Milani offers some worthwhile products and their prices are budget-friendly. On balance, you'll find more to like than avoid.
For more information about Milani Cosmetics, call 1-866-789-8002 or visit www.milanicosmetics.com
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