I have to tell you that finding this Milani Everyday Eyeshadow Collection palette was a total shock. I have 3 CVS stores in my stomping grounds and they never have anything new from Milani. It can be months before I see something and forget it if it’s limited edition. I was so surprised to find it that I furtively put one in my cart and ran to the cash register. I didn’t even think about taking a picture of the small display so you know I was excited.
The shadow collection does not disappoint. Of course I have dozens of neutral palettes so Must Have Naturals is nothing original for me and most likely for you. But for about $10 to have such beautiful shades that are easy to apply and blend is a pleasure.
There are 6 palettes in the collection although the Milani special display for this just had 4 (Must Have Naturals, Earthy Elements, Smokey Essentials, and Bare Necessities). I chose Must Have Naturals because I love the taupe shadow in this and only found out when doing research that it’s called Cool Neutrals – it was meant to be.
I do have to warn you that these sell for $9.99 on Milani.com but for $10.49 at CVS (and $9.99 online). But this particular week there’s a $4 Extra Bucks Reward if you spend $10 on Milani so I came out $3.50 ahead.
The back of the palette gives you directions on how to use each color but you know it’s up to you.
Step 1: HIGHLIGHT – Sweep BASE color across lid from lash line to brow bone
Step 2: CONTOUR – Apply CONTOUR shade under the brow bone, blending from inner to outer corner
Step 3: COLOR – Tap LID color onto center of lid, blending well
Step 4: DEPTH – Apply CREASE color to outer corner blending through crease
The Base shade is a cool cream shade that I use on my browbone. I feel it changes the other shades if I use it over my entire eye.
The Contour shade matches my skintone just about exactly. Their description shows this shade on the inner eye crease. I haven’t used this shade yet because that’s not the way I do my eyes.
The Lid shade is my favorite shade in the palette. It’s a beautiful golden taupe with just the right amount of satin but no glitter to be seen.
The Crease shade is a dark chocolate brown that you can build up in intensity if you want.
Step 5: BRIGHTEN – Tap SPECIALTY shade lightly on inner corner of eye
Step 6: DEFINE – Apply LINER color close to upper and lower lash lines
The Specialty shade is much pinker than it appears in my picture but it’s a soft baby pink that works well for highlighting and the inner corner of your eye. This has a small amount of shimmer to it but it doesn’t show up very shimmery.
The Liner is a matte black that is obviously meant to be used as a liner but you can use this without a problem as an eyeshadow, especially if you want to use this for a smokey eye.
The palette comes with a two sided brush that is usable but not special.
If you are a fan of the Bella Eyes Gel shadows I think you’ll like this (and the others) a lot. The texture is more powdery but still soft and easy to apply. The colors have good pigmentation and don’t fade away when used with an eyeshadow primer like Milani’s.
For $10 this was a happy discovery for me. Enough for me to see if they have any left! What do you think of this palette? Have you seen these yet? — Marcia
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