Milani Nail Lacquer in Breezy, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Milani โ€” 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 remainโ€”some of the lipstick and blush shades are hot, hot, hot!

They’re still a little hard for me to find in Canadaโ€”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

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Throwback Thursday! Quick Photo: Nail Stash, Post-Baby Attack

fivezero's cheap nail polishes, post-baby attack, Avon, Milani, NYC New York Color

Today is Throwback Thursday, which is the perfect day of the week for the peanut to get into one of my nail polish shoeboxes and go to town.

It’s a box of some cheapies, mostly Avon, Milani, and NYC—but many are discontinued so I’m just glad nothing was harmed. And the peanut’s fine, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I need to think seriously about improving my nail polish storage! An IKEA order of more HELMERs is in my future…

[Edit: Aaaaaand, I have an update.]

Haulage! โ€” Discount OPI, Revlon, Milani (October 2015)

I’m on a makeup low-buy, but this haul still stays within my month’s fun budget! It may look like a lot of product, but it was all on clearance and I ordered it from a site that’s very new to me.

A quick Googling of “toronto discount cosmetics” (I was trying to find out about a makeup warehouse I’d visited well over ten years ago) brought me to (not affiliated), a local beauty warehouse that sells some of their products online. I figuratively jumped out of my seat with glee! has actual warehouse locations in Toronto, the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and Ottawa, but as I am without a car, I rarely venture off the subway line. Incidentally, I don’t think this was the same warehouse company I visited all those years ago: that store was downtown.

SaleEvent nail polish clearance in-store
Ahh, to live in the ‘burbsโ€ฆ Image:

An additional visit to their Facebook page convinced me that that the site was legit, so I placed my first order. They offer free Canadian shipping on orders of $49+, and free US shipping on orders of $75+.

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Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose

Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose

This is just a quick post for Stashmatters, who wanted to know how Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose compares with Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.

In the pan, they do look a little dupe-y, with Romantic Rose appearing a bit deeper. However, when swatched, you can see that, at least on my warm skintone, Romantic Rose isn’t really darker, but it is warmer. Naked Rose skews blue-pink when compared directly with Romantic Rose, which by comparison looks a tad peachy-pink.

I have not actually tried Romantic Rose yet, but Naked Rose is wonderful and one of my faves.

HTH! ๐Ÿ™‚

Additional link: Milani Blush Megapost.

Blush Comparison: Illamasqua Naked Rose vs. Milani Romantic Rose, swatch

Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink

Milani โ€” Delizioso Pink (Baked Blush)

This isn’t really a review, because I haven’t tried it! Honestly, after swatching it, I’m too scared. I feel it’s too blue-toned and whitened for my warm and medium skintone. It’s a hot Barbie/Pepto pink with a matte finish.

Any warmies like this one? I imagine it’s gorgeous and doll-like on porcelain-skinned beauties!

I’ve added this to the Milani Blush Megapost, as well.

More photos and a swatch follow.
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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove, Romantic Rose & Tea Rose

Milani โ€” Baked Blush & Rose Powder Blush Megapost

This ongoing post contains swatches of Milani Baked Blushes (Bella Rosa, Bellissimo Bronze, Berry Amore, Corallina, Delizioso Pink, Dolce Pink, Luminoso, Rose d’Oro) and Rose Powder Blushes (Coral Cove, Romantic Rose, and Tea Rose).

I will update this post with any new Milani blush swatches, as well.



Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Bella Rosa & Rose d'Oro

Baked Blush

These blushes are awesome, period! It’s just a bonus that they come pretty cheap, as well. Granted, the packaging leaves a bit to be desired, but when I pick these up at a little over CA$6 a pop on sale, I’m not complaining!

These are a bit shimmery for blushes; out of all of mine, only Bella Rosa and Delizioso Pink are matte. Luminoso is not overly shimmery. Bellissimo Bronze is sparkle city.

Berry Amore, Corallina and the legendary Luminoso are my faves. Admittedly, I have been too chicken to try Bella Rosa, yet!

Milani Baked Blush is US$8.49 / CA$7.99 (I have no idea why it’s cheaper at!) and 0.12 oz / 3.5 g. It is made in Italy.

This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, itโ€™s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.

The label:
Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, label

The included mirror and brush (not very good! I’d recommend using your own blush brush):

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose

Milani โ€” Plumrose (Color Statement Lipstick)

I’ve heard all the gushing over Milani’s revamped cosmetics line (they most recently did this around 2013, I think), and while I already love the Baked Blushes, I still hadn’t tried their well-reviewed Color Statement Lipsticks.

Milani occasionally goes on sale at, the only source of Milani that is currently easily accessible to me. When that happened again recently, I picked up yet another Milani blush (one of the new Rose Blushes!) and Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.

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