Make it Dewy 3-in-1 Setting Spray
On the surface, Milani's Make it Dewy 3-in-1 Setting Spray seems like a great find—it's a long-lasting, well-performing product, and its superfine mist goes on lightly and evenly, without feeling wet, greasy, or tacky.
It sets makeup for hours of wear (though its sixteen hour claim is a bit of a stretch) and it's great for helping a chalky powder foundation ease into skin for smoother coverage. Its lightweight silicones leave skin feeling soft, and it delivers the lasting, luminous glow it promises—for all but the oiliest skin, which doesn't need more glow. Basically, this would be a nearly perfect product if it weren't for the irritating, drying ingredients it contains.
Consumer reviews that rave about this mist's refreshing feeling and great smell are giveaways, unfortunately. A "fresh" feel is usually a sign of denatured alcohol, and a symptom of skin's irritation. While there's not a lot of alcohol in this spray, research has shown it doesn't take much (less than 2% is enough) to cause problems for skin. On top of that, fragrances like those in Make-It-Dewy will damage skin over time, even if your skin doesn't react right away. (See below for More Info about the long term effects of fragranced products.)
This mist also contains soothing plant extracts and antioxidants, but no amount of these can offset all the negative impacts of fragrance and alcohol.
If you're looking for an all-over illuminating spray, you can find affordable products that cast a non-irritating radiance; and if you're looking for a low-cost, high-performer to set and refresh your makeup throughout the day, there are absolutely better choices available.
- The super fine spray applies evenly, with a nearly weightless mist.
- Sets makeup well, and extends its wear.
- Gives skin a lasting, non-glittery glow.
- Works well on dry, normal, and combination to oily skin.
- Contains denatured alcohol, which dries and irritates skin.
- Several fragrance ingredients add to the alcohol's irritation factor.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don't get lulled into thinking that if you don't see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This illuminating spray delivers just the right dose of dewy to your complexion with a cooling, refreshing feeling, while locking in your makeup for up to 16 hours without creasing, smudging or fading. Spray under or over makeup, or wear on its own for a healthy radiance.
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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