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Baked Runway Eye Shadow Marble (Discontinued)
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$6.99
Category:Makeup > Eyeshadows
Last Updated:09.17.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Baked Runway Eye Shadow Marble is a pressed-powder eyeshadow that has a domed shape and swirled, marbleized colors. The pattern is eye-catching on the shelf, but has no particular significance in how this eyeshadow applies—when it's on, the overall eyeshadow color will look most similar to the darkest color in the pattern and have a high shine finish.

The shades are mainly earth tones, with Fusion and Green Fortune tossed in for lively bursts of purple and lime green.

Dry application yields a satisfying amount of color and blends well for a softer, less shiny look that does tend to flake. The shiny finish is intensified with wet application, but Milani suggests applying this eyeshadow wet, and so do we. You'll have more control over the product (it won't flake), allowing for buttery-smooth application and more uniform results.

Pros:

  • Can be applied wet or dry.
  • Attractive selection of earth tones, and a few brights.

Cons:

  • All shades have a high shine finish that spotlights wrinkly eyelids.
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Brand Overview

Milani Cosmetics At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive with some excellent options for women of color; good Baked Blush; silky pressed-powder eyeshadow palette; Infinite Liquid Eye Liner and Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner have amazing staying power; Smooth Finish Cream-to-Powder Makeup.

Weaknesses: Baked Bronzer; numerous products that contain potentially irritating fragrant ingredients; several mediocre to poor products including Color Perfect Lipstick, Crystal Gloss, and The Multitasker Face Powder.

Launched in 2002, Milani Cosmetics prides itself as being an affordable beauty line with a "passion for color and a recognized need for a broader variety" for women of different ages, skin tones and income. While many brands have a limited selection of products designed for medium to dark skin, Milani has succeeded in catering to women with deeper skin tones, which is this makeup line's chief point of difference. We admire Milani for celebrating the beauty in diversity, and their dedication to providing color options that are appropriate (and appealing) to a wide range of skin tones.

Milani focuses on face and eye products, and this is where they excel. Despite being a smaller brand (compared to the likes of Cover Girl or L'Oreal), Milani products can be found tucked alongside the big makeup lines in many drugstores and stores like Target and Wal-Mart. They've definitely added a splash of color to the cosmetics aisle, and several of their inexpensive products are definitely worth a look. But as with most makeup lines, there also are some poorly executed products to avoid.

This is a diverse line with a mix of bold, classic, and trendy makeup. Although the products may be aesthetically pleasing on the shelf, their visual appeal doesn't always translate well to actual application and performance quality. In some instances, Milani's philosophy of "color, color, color and more color" misses the boat by offering glitzy, ultra-vibrant shades, instead of more options for a classic makeup application (women of color have to go to work, too, not just out for the evening). Just because you have dark skin doesn't mean your color choices need to be shocking or ultra-bold. Still, as mentioned, Milani offers some worthwhile products and their prices are budget-friendly. On balance, you'll find more to like than avoid.

For more information about Milani Cosmetics, call 1-866-789-8002 or visit www.milanicosmetics.com

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