I chose three shades in a golden/bronzey trio. Bella Sand which is supposed to have a shimmer finish.
Bella Cappuccino, with a satin matte finish
and Bella Diamond, an intense white shimmer highlight.
I have been getting into the golden sunkissed look for summer after watching sever Kathleen Lights tutorials. I am loving this look this summer. I was looking forward to seeing how these shades would look on the eye. They looked awesome in the packaging.
I am not impressed they do not even swatch well. Not even with a high def eye primer. They are chalky, hard to blend and don't feel nice. I have tried them several times, trying them in various ways with different primers. Each time has been a huge disappointment.
The first swatch is with no primer, as a side note they were swatched in the same order at the same time. From left to right - Diamond, Cappuccino and the Sand. I was surprised to see that Diamond, the highlight lost its intensity with primer.
and with NYX High Def eye primer:
As you can see there really isn't a ton of difference. I have used the NXY High Def primer for a few years now and it has always delivered a HUGE payoff. Even most super cheap shadows with no pigment and payoff can generally be made super intense and well pigmented.
After about 40 minutes I did finally get a decent color payoff, however that is far longer than I want to spend on what should be a simple easy eye look. I was hoping to find a new easy go to every day look. This isn't it! Milani is by no means expensive, but save yourself the money and frustration.