Prep + Soothe Camellia Face Oil
Milani's entries into the facial oil market are among the most impressive at the drugstore, with Prep + Soothe Camellia Face Oil offering a lot of attractive benefits (although it isn't perfect).
Housed in a frosted glass bottle with dropper applicator outfitted with gold accents, this is an elegant-looking product from the outside. Even better, an elegant product is contained inside.
While this is an oil as claimed, it's not overly slick or greasy. It feels oily upon initial application, but absorbs quickly with no residue. Skin feels moisturized and smoother instantly.
Looking at the ingredients, this is one of the more impressive facial oils you'll find at the drugstore. Along with the headlining camellia oil (which despite its floral name, is a non-fragrant oil), there's sunflower, apricot, grape seed, sweet almond, and jojoba oils, along with other antioxidant-packed, non-fragrant plant oils.
The only drawback is that this formula includes fragrance, along with some fragrance ingredients, all of which can irritate skin. They're not here in the highest concentration, and the scent this has fades quickly, but it's still something to consider, especially if you have extra-sensitive or redness-prone skin.
Note: This does come in a slightly frosted glass bottle, so it's best if you store it out of direct light to preserve its antioxidant benefit.
- Oil is moisturizing without a greasy feel.
- Contains a good complement of non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients which can irritate skin.
- Clear packaging means you must store it away from light.
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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