I stumbled upon this powder at the store while waiting on some friends one day. I had been using NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder for the past year, but that thing costs a pretty penny. On the lookout for a less expensive alternative, I sought something finely milled, undetectable on the skin, and with some oil-control properties. My main usages: setting makeup, and perhaps sometimes to use as a mattifier.
I enjoyed that the Milani gives a bit of coverage - not something that I was looking for, but did appreciate. Not only does it tick all the boxes that are my face powder requirements, but it also came with a handy mirror and puff for application - like! However, I do have to mention that this powder is scented. It's not a super cloying smell, but it is there. All in all, a solid pick at $9.99 CAD.
This powder is by far the best I've ever tried. Being someone with oily skin, the mattifying properties of a powder are really important to me. I've tried the Rimmel Stay matte (although inexpensive, it wasn't as finely milled as I'd hoped) and the Maybelline Dream Matte (finely milled, but kept me oil free for only 5 hrs or so). Then I came across this Milani powder. It keeps me matte the entire day at school, and all through the night as well! I don't notice any shine until about 8 or 9 hrs into wear, and even then it's not noticeable enough for a touch up. It's very finely milled, soft, and high-end feeling. It can be used as a setting powder over foundation, or on good skin days, I can use it as a light to medium buildable coverage powder foundation.
I only have 2 complaints: accessibility and packaging. If you live in the States, accessibility shouldn't be a problem. Walgreens, CVS, most drugstores will carry it. However, I live in Canada, and Milani is not carried by many places, and where it is carried, it's not the full selection. The second thing I mentioned was packaging. It's just a little too bulky in my opinion.
All in all, definite holy grail!
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