Gosh this foundation is thick. Thick and yellow. It’s also pretty deep in colour. Which is a surprise considering the shade is 01 Creamy Vanilla, the lightest I could find instore (though there is a 00 Light Natural shade online).Shade 01 is too dark for my natural skin colour (MAC NC15, Chanel 10). It fooled me too, because it looks much lighter and more neutral in the bottle. So I went in. And it looked ridiculous, I actually had to wash it off. So it got parked, set aside for crimes against good foundation. But now summer is here and I have a little colour. Decided to try it anew. It still looks extremely yellow. Yellow in the way that a lot of Bobbi Brown shades are, but because this foundation is full coverage the yellow is more intense. It oxidises too, so gets even darker as you blend. And the thick formula can be a little hard to work with, a bit claggy. You need to experiment to find the best method of application. I didn’t have much success with brushes. The Real Techniques Stippling Brush, £11.99, was the best match of those I tried, but it still looked a little cakey, settled into fine lines.
It is possible to make it look great though. Apply with a damp beauty sponge and the finish is lovely. Not your standard full coverage matte look but a natural finish, radiant even. You do lose a little of the coverage this way, takes it down from full to a solid medium.
But it has one major issue. Wear time. It just doesn’t last, even when set with powder. I’m talking 3-4 hours on my skin which is not even a little oily. Blow your nose and that’s it, the foundation lifts right off. Game over Milani.
Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer is £12.99 available here.
Til next time,