These 3 Milani Runway Eyes Single Eyeshadows were my first eye products from Milani. They were purchased from www.nonpareilboutique.com during a 20% storewide sale. However, considering that I paid international shipping postage for them, I was sorely disappointed with the colour payoff.
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According to Milani (http://www.milanicosmetics.com/p-22-runway-eyes-shadows.aspx),
The definition of “unbelievable colour” is certainly questionable. So questionable, it only yields the following when swatched heavily on the back of my hand with dry sponge applicators. How… unbelievable. Unbelievably lacking.
Insipid, lackadaisical and just plain blah. While they’d yield a better colour payoff with a wet application, who really has time in the mornings when rushing to catch that bus or train to work? Besides, I don’t quite like introducing water to dry products, as water encourages bacteria growth.
Considering that these were Made in Canada, Italy and the EU (wow, that’s a mighty large area to go into specifics :P) I had really high hopes for them, despite being a drugstore label.
This is a classic study of how primers can save the day and very affordably priced primers at that! To your right, you see Meow’s i-Prime, Silk Naturals’ V1 Stick Em Primer and a sample of Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.
Lo & Behold. A quick swipe of the primers on the back of my hand and look how the colours are transformed!
Meow’s i-Prime clocks a sedate but slightly better colour payoff than the swatch on bare skin. The winners here are really Silk Naturals & Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. For giving that gorgeous pigmented and foiled look to all 3 formerly blah eyeshadows.
The bare skin swatches look practically naked next to their more pigmented and primed counterparts. Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy isn’t a primer in the true sense of the word and it works best over a primer to bring out the colours very well.
I find both the Silk Naturals & Fyrinnae epoxy requiring just the smallest dab on the eyelid for such a fantastic payoff. If overused, they can get too tacky and foiling is much harder and turns out streaky at times. Less is really more.
Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy retails at US$7 and is available at http://www.fyrinnae.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=412
Silk Naturals’ primer was a gumball and is currently not available on the site, though a different version is.
Meow’s i-Prime retails at US$7.50 for a good sized tub http://www.meowcosmetics.com/jars.htm and is presumably made by Ladyburd Private Label.
What I usually do is to prime my lids with the Meow i-Prime, followed by an all over skintone shade (e.g. Indelible Cream Eyeshadow in Bare Necessity of Nyx Nude/Pure Skin Single Eyeshadow), dab on the Silk Naturals or Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy over the base shade and pack on the colours for a good hold and fantastic shades.
~*All items reviewed above purchased by me*~