Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows offers six parallel stripes of pressed-powder eyeshadow in a rainbow of complementary colors. The shape of the eyeshadow is a bit awkward at first if you’re used to using round or square pans, but it doesn’t take long to adapt.
These shadows blend well and are a pleasure to play with. Keep it simple or layer colors for more dimension. In each compact there is at least one color light enough to use as a highlighter, and one color dark enough to use as eyeliner. From brights to bronze-y browns, there are several gorgeous color combinations. Our favorites are Ready To Wear, Glamorous Gems, and Couture In Purples.
- Six complementary colors in each compact.
- Each set includes at least one color to use as a highlighter, and one for eyeliner.
- Blends easily and layers well.
- Shape is a bit awkward and takes some getting used to.
- Some of the shimmer-finish shades have a slightly grainy texture.
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