I have these in two shades, the green and the shimmery brown. If I could write a four-word review for these, it would go as such: you need this product.
The color is smooth and blendable; you have a comfortable window of time to blend them before they set. They blend easily with a finger - no tools necessary. They are ridiculously pigmented, and the color you see on the pencil is exactly what shows up on your eyes. I've heard they're similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 shadow pencils, for a fraction of the price. The shimmery deep brown produces the quickest, easiest smokey eye I've ever attempted. I'm ham-handed with my smokey eyes, but these pencils make the process easy and so, so fast.
The lasting power is great; I see a tiny bit of creasing after 6 or so hours of wear, but that's only if I use them alone without a primer. I have oily shadow-eating eyelids, so I can say with assuredness that they're pretty bulletproof. While they do migrate a tiny bit, they do so elegantly, if that's possible: any migration/creasing gives a sexy, worn-in bedroom look, rather than the usual oily line I get with most products. They work great under powder shadow, adding dimension (and staying power) to anything you put over them.
I bought this product in Brown Deluxe - a deep metallic bronze - AND I LOVE IT.
The color looks gorgeous on my dark brown eyes and works well on its own or as a base. It applies easily with my fingers, but you want to be quick. The color is pigmented, vibrant, and stays put, even on my oily lids. The staying power is seriously phenomenal!
Milani has set the bar for drugstore eyeshadow sticks.
I will definitely be buying other colors soon!
I went a little nuts when my friend raved about these and was wearing them non-stop, and ended up buying all of them except the white and blue colours. And I'm so glad I did! They apply like butter - soft, super pigmented and no tugging whatsoever on my eyelid. I have smaller, hooded eyes and have lots of problems with any eye products - almost everything creases instantly, or is uncomfortable to apply.
This stays all day - plus looks amazing. I don't bother using primer with these because there is no need. I love the brown/bronze shade especially - it really gives my dark eyes some depth. I think the darker colours in these pencils apply better than the light. It gives a "sheen" to the eyes similar to many cream eyeshadows, but with no annoying big chunky glitter. I have used these colours to create a smokey eye for an event, as well as wear it to work but applied more softly. I don't even understand how this doesn't crease when applied all over my lid. I even apply some on the bottom underneath my lower lashes and it doesn't crease.
Colour pay off is = wow. They blend so well with other shades of Shadow Eyez and any eyeshadows I have in my collection.
Needless to say - the quality of these really, really shocked me. I wish they would make some more colours. I would absolutely repurchase!
I have this in the champagne color and the white, and I have to say they're both great.
Not much to say here other than that they have amazing color payoff, have great staying power and they layer well with my other shadows.
I really like the combination of chapagne with Sultry (from the Balm's Nude Tude palette) in the crease - seems odd to pair a brown with a champagne but it looks fantastic!
The white is a bit too shimmery for my liking but it goes well as an inner corner highlight.
These are really affordable also, I picked mine up on Cherry Culture.
I feel better about these than the NYX jumbo pencils to be honest. I would repurchase.
I have this in champagne toast and I love it! It gives a gorgeous glowy sheen to the eyes. Great for an inner corner highlight too!
Caveats about my product usage:
- Lower lash line only, as eyeliner (1-2 applications with a fairly light hand)
- No primer
Colors tried and verdict:
Green (Green Safari):
- A very pretty and shimmery grassy green
- By far the boldest color I have ever worn- yet it did not look ridiculous
- However, I think it looks a little much worn on the upper eyelid
Blue (Aquatic Style):
- A very pretty and shimmery light blue- gives my dark brown eyes a great accent of misty, dreamy blue
- Intensely pigmented, so I continue to use a light hand, with 2 swipes max
- When applied to lower lash line, color applies unevenly in patches
- I am also a fan of Ulta automatic eyeliner in darker teal, which is darker and more adult. However, Milani's lasting power and surprising refusal to smear is wonderful.
- The patchy application is problematic, but yesterday I tried applying the Green over the Blue, which smoothed out the color coverage and also made for a really lovely blue-green color.
Purple (Royal Purple):
- I kept thinking the color looked too standard Crayola (ordinary bright purple).
- Not for me: one swipe convinced me that I looked garish.
- I have medium brown skin, and I guess darker, plummy purples would look better against my skin, not this.
- I was surprised (and pleased) that CVS let me return this opened product, since I had kept the receipt.
- Does not migrate
- Fades a little after several hours, but you can still tell I had something colorful and shimmery on my lash line
- Other reviewers have experienced 12-hour lasting power; I am guessing that my application lasts less because I wear it relatively lightly just on my lower lash line
- Colors are bright and vibrant
- Applies with no tugging
- Very glad that this eyeliner is paraben-free (which would have been a deal-breaker)
- Very glad to learn that Milani does not test on animals
- Have read that the plastic cap comes off easily, so be careful traveling with this.
I only buy what other people tell me to, so when a blog reviewed Shadow Eyez and mentioned brown eyes and green just go together- well, that was enough to convince me that I needed green eyeliner. MUA gave the comically-named Shadow Eyez very high marks, and CVS had a buy 1 get 50% off sale for Milani products, so: my first Milani purchase. I am a fan.
However, my mom did say that apparently the green eyeliner makes me look like a ghost. I am literally translating from Bengali, but I think she perhaps meant more like a freak. Oh well. Everyone else gave it at least faint praise, and I like it (SORRY MOM), so it is a
I have two of these, one is called Black Ink and the other is a brown I think called espresso brown, both are limited edition.
These both can be used all over the eyelid or just as a liner!They're super soft, easy to apply and last all day! The color payoff is richly opaque and what you see on the pencil is what it looks like on your lid.
I will definitely purchase other colors in the future!
I started buying these after reading about them on Nouveau Cheap, where they came highly recommended. Believe the hype. I love these. I have oily, hooded eyelids, and this product stays put all-day with little to no transferring of pigment to the lids, without primer, even. The color goes on smoother than butter and is so pigmented you'll squeal (internally at least). They last and last, and the bright colors are BRIGHT. So far I have the purple, the bronze, and the camel matte and espresso matte shadow eyez products (the last two were limited edition from spring 2013), and I love them all, because they're so easy to use yet deliver a huge payoff. I love wearing the purple one to work, in particular, because it's a little riot on my eyelids in cubeland.
I've loved all the Milani eye products I've tried so far - I swear by their liquifeye liner and think it is better than Urban Decay - so I was excited to try this big eyeshadow stick for a tropical trip that would leave little room for makeup or glamour.
I have it in Brown Deluxe, which is a shimmery, warm brown (similar to the shade of Flirt's Chocoholic eyeshadow pan, one of my favorites forever). It looks great against my pale skin and green eyes, but I have a strong feeling it would be flattering on anyone! The formula is soft but not too soft and goes on smoothly without tugging the lid. You can use it as a liner if you want a thick bold line, or as an allover shadow crayon, as it is blendable when you first put it on. It lasts VERY well, even in humidity, without smudging or budging but isn't so impossible that you have to strip your eyelids with paint thinner (or even eye makeup remover) to get it off at the end of the night. The price is great and the packaging works well (make sure you have a big sharpener). I definitely recommend this and look forward to getting some of the other colors!
I rarely review anymore but I just had to say I am in love with this! These are like magic. It only takes the lightest touch to make them go on super pigmented. Blends beautifully, and when I wear it like eyeliner it doesn't budge at all! I bought this as a replacement for my favorite urban decay bourbon eyeliner, and this is better because it is the same color, more intense, without the chunky glitter! Plus it's half the price of UD.