I have been on the lookout for these gems ever since I heard about them over at Nouveau Cheap. There are 30 shades in the collection and I was able to purchase 17 of them. I have Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffe, Bella Espresso, Bella White, Bella Navy, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black, Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple, Bella Champagne, Bella Emerald, Bella Teal, Bella Gold and Bella Bronze.
I got them for $3.99 each at Walgreens. I used my points to purchase them (yes, I saved a lot of points and I only buy stuff that will get me points) so I only forked out I think $6.
According to the Milani website…
A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear.
The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing,and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.
They are housed in plastic, gold packaging. Pretty much like the baked blushes except that it’s smaller.
There is a dip at the center and in close up photos one will notice that the surface is slightly textured.
So my thoughts/review here is in general as I love the shades that I have from this collection.
- the product itself is not housed in the normal round metal container like the regular shadows, instead they look like they are baked on ceramic bottoms which could mean nothing or a lot depending on whether you depot your eyeshadows or not.
- I am not sure about the gel part in the name of the product because at first swipe, in my experience at least, it was and still is powder.
- the texture is beautiful, reminds me of a finely milled powder with the exception of Bella White and Bella Ivory which was a tad powdery and Bella Black which is also powdery but less than the previous two mentioned.
- all of them really blends well in my experience, with or without a primer, even the three shades I have mentioned previously I did not have trouble working with.
- I did not experience any fall out
- pigmentation is top notch, more so with primer underneath it
- I have really oily lids and without a long-lasting primer I have trouble making eyeshadow last and this product is not an exception. In this 90 degree weather with my oil glands in full throttle, it only lasted around 3 hours before it started fading.
- no creasing
Here’s the ingredient list (from Milani website),
Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica,Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Nylon-12, CaprylylGlycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Polyisoprene, Talc, PentaerythritylTetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. +/- May Contain: Tin Oxide, TitaniumDioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ManganeseViolet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510),Carmine (CI 75470).
I have posted separate posts of pictures and swatches. Please take a look…
Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Champagne and Bella Gold – click HERE
Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffe, Bella Bronze and Bella Espresso – click HERE
Bella White, Bella Charcoal and Bella Black – click HERE
Bella Emerald, Bella Teal and Bella Navy – click HERE
Bella Pink, Bella Violet and Bella Purple – click HERE
Thanks loves for dropping by and please share your thoughts on this new offering from Milani.