Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Milani — Breezy (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Milani

I don’t think I’ve swatched a Milani nail polish on this blog (just blushes and lipstick), since all my Milani polishes are older. And, I can’t find their new polishes anywhere near me or online in Canada! ‘Tis a shame, because I was a fan of their nail polish shades back in the day.

Milani Cosmetics seemed to be a brand that was originally aimed at women of color, and as a result, many of their shades were highly pigmented and vibrant! As a lover of such colors, Milani was one of my favorite drugstore brands. I think they’ve branched out more since they’ve become more mainstream, but the vibrant shades remain—some of the lipstick and blush shades are hot, hot, hot!

They’re still a little hard for me to find in Canada—they’re sold online at (no nail polish, though) and at Rexall drugstores. However, I don’t have many Rexalls near me and the one I do have boasts a small display with mainly lipsticks, limited blushes, and eye stuff.

Anyway, today’s Throwback Thursday polish is from at least 2008, as that’s the oldest review for it at MUA. I probably bought it off eBay around that time.

The bottles were slightly cheap-looking, but hey, they were inexpensive drugstore polishes.

Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, bottle

Breezy (19) is a stunning, tropical blue metallic that leans a touch turquoise. Honestly, the color is drop dead gorgeous!

Tropical beach

Sadly, the formula is a little tough to deal with. It’s sheer as heck! I used 3–4 coats to get this level of opacity, though application was really good so it wasn’t hard to apply neatly, just a bit time-consuming. I’d definitely use a quick-dry top coat over it, with this many layers!

Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, swatch

I’d say the color is just about worth it, though!

As a side note, my particular bottle got a dud brush. Seriously, what’s up with this?

Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, wonky brush

Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, ingredients label


Milani Nail Lacquer is discontinued in favor of the new Color Statement Nail Lacquers.

Milani Nail Lacquer was quite inexpensive at the time it was produced. It contained 0.45 fl oz / 13.2 mL and was made in the USA. It did contain formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. It did not appear to contain toluene.

Milani Cosmetics is based in Los Angeles, CA, USA. The company is cruelty-free.


3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Milani — Breezy (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Ick! Milani polishes haven’t made a good impression on me. Remember that terrible “neon” purple one I had? I don’t think I’d pick one up unless it was super cheap.

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    • LOL I remember your Milani! That was bizarre. Yeah, the formula was generally pretty crap, but some of the colors were sooooo pretty. Sigh. At least they were generally really cheap. I don’t think I paid more than $2-3 for them via eBay/swapping.

      I do want to try the new Color Statement polish formula sometime, if only I could find it somewhere here!

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  2. I love Milani- especially their baked blushes, I don’t own any of their polishes though!


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