Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers
When it comes to mascara, sometimes you just want a little extra oomph. Milani's Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers is supposed to provide just that by boosting the lengthening results of your favorite mascara. However, it doesn't quite achieve the intended effect.
Milani's Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers is packaged in a traditional mascara tube, with a spoolie covered in white, cotton-like "fibers." Here's how it works: First, apply a coat of any mascara to lashes, then brush the fibers on to lash tips for added length, and finally add another layer of mascara. Milani advises repeating the process until you achieve the desired length to get the "false lash look."
While we did find that the fibers added some additional volume to lashes (not a significant amount), there was no appreciable increase in length. Three Beautypedia staffers tried these fibers with three different mascara formulas and the result was the same: The fibers just didn't make any big impact in lash length, regardless of how many times they were applied.
We also found the fibers flaked a few hours into their wear time. While they didn't get into our eyes, we noticed black specks on our cheeks at around the five-hour mark.
Looking for better options that fit the bill? You'll find them on our list of Best Mascaras.
- Fibers add some additional volume to lashes.
- Fibers don't add significant length to lashes.
- Fibers flake as the day goes on.
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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