Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Review

Hello Beauties :) :) I hope you are all well :) 
You ever watch a Youtube Video Titled "Youtube Made me buy it" ??
Well this is certainly a blog post on the same thing only I will include "Blog posts made me do it " :) 
I have seen so many reviews on these I just had to try them out myself :)  Some reviews were boasting these and some were so so reviews but in my eyes they looked amazing and I just had to see for myself :) 
I have tried some Milani products before and was never disappointed so I has no problem picking more than 1 eyshadow :)  In fact I picked 9 out of the 30 shades available Yes 30 :) :)  The eyeshadows have different finishes being Satin matte, shimmer etc and say what finish they are on the packaging :) 
What attracted me more to these was the title of them Gel Powder Eyeshadows ??  Never heard of them and to be honest I like the sound of them straight away, Gave me the impression they were going to be super pigmented :) 

Milani surely go all out with their packaging aswell as their products.  They have this fabulous golden packaging which is of course plastic with a clear lid allowing you to see you beautiful product :)  On the back you can clearly see the name of the eyeshadow :)  The lid is very reliable and will not easily come off 
Milani state: 
A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear. The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can be used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.

Another thing that attracted me was the eyeshadows themselves the way they looked in the pan :) Just take a look :)  

At first I thought these eyeshadows would feel soft and almost cushion like when first swatched.  I also stated thought these shadows would feel slight wet at first when applied like its a creamy eyeshadow that then turns into powder on the eyes simply because of the name "Gel"  but I didnt find that with these to be honest.  They feel more like a soft dry eyeshadow which does feel soft but not at all like a cream.  Also I felt they were more on the baked eyeshadow texture feel not like a cream eyeshadow :) :) 
So Why call them "Gel"  :)  Well simply because They can be applied Wet and dry.  Dry for simply everyday looks or simple looks and wet for the most intense pigmented looks the fun looks ones you will wear at night or if you are spontanious wear on an everyday basis :)  
As i do not have all 30 shades I can not tell you which ones are good and which ones you are best leaving alone but I do know by researching other peoples posts that I picked up 9 shades I thought I would get more use out of and whats recommended by most people who bought them already :)  
I do infact plan on buying more and then depotting them all into one palette in which I will also do a post about ;) 
So let me show you a close up on these eyeshadows and tell you my final opinion and experiences with them :) All the swatches are dry swatches with no primer underneath 

Bella Sand:  A stunning shade that everyone will use :)  This is a shimmer finish.  A lovely medium golden shade which is perfect for all over the lid, inner corner or even as a golden highlight on your cheek bones :)  This is very pigmented when swatched at first but to be honest I found I had to build this shade up if wearing it on the lid :) 

 I have used this shade wet and you get an amazing colour payoff I have used it wet since as it is one of the lightest shades so for more pigmentation wet is best :)  obviously its pigmented enough if you are only using it as a highlight for the inner corner and also on your cheeks dry but for the lid I recommend wet :) 

Bella Cafe:  A Perfect Transition colour :) This is a satin matte finish :)  I actually love this in the crease and above as its a perfect cool toned taupe which is light and give that perfectly blended daytime transition colour to your eyes. 

 This is the perfect crease shade for anyone with pale skin.  For me I do have to build the intensity of the shade to deepen the colour as I am not the palest but once built up looks stunning :)  I have applied this shade along with Bella Sand all over the lid and it looks perfect for a daytime look :) 

Bella Espresso:  :)  We all know we need to have a darker shade if we want to create a darker daytime smokey eye and what better way to this than to apply this to the outer corner :)  Espresso is a satin matte finish :)  The perfect deep dark brown :)  

Can you see that shimmer glittery shade :) :)  To be honest when used on the eye it is not that shimmery :)  This has good pigmentation but even better pigmentation when used wet :)  Love it :) The only thing I would have to say is that this shade will create alot of fall out if used dry !!! so be very careful :) 

Bella Black:  This shade of course is a very popular shade to reach for in a makeup look and of course alot of people will want in their collection.  Again with a Satin Matte finish this shade will be perfect to the crease, outer V, as an eyeliner etc.  This is a simple Black and to be honest a good matte for a drugstore eyeshadow :) 

 Obviously the deeper you want the black the more you have to build it up or even more simply apply wet and you will get instant pigmentation :) :)  Again like Espresso this created alot of fallout while using dry so be careful 

Bella Purple:  Of course I just had to get a purple I love purples :) :)  This is a stunning Satin Matte medium purple with tiny tiny blue shimmers :) this is hugely pigmented from the word go 

I did not experience fall out with this shade just a simple and beautiful shade to play with :)  Using wet is even more exciting and intense I love it :) 

Bella Champagne:  I adore this shade :)  Its a perfect wake me up shade for all over the lid or to use as a highlight :)  It has a shimmer finish :)  A gorgeous golden champagne which is absolutely stunning dry and wet :) 

The one thing I would say is that this one is chalky so be careful of fallout over your face as this will make you look like a disco ball :) :)  otherwise its a stunning colour and eyeshadow :) 

Bella Rouge:  Boy oh boy this eyeshadow is absolutely stunning :) :)  I was confused at what shade this would be in person but when I seen it in person I seen true beauty :) 

In the pan it looks like a red but for real it looks more like a raspberry shade with shimmer :)  Its amazingly pigmented :)  I love it :)  

Bella Bronze:  Another beautiful shade that i adore :)  It has a metallic finish :)  This is a beautiful bronze with a slight tint of red in there :)  This goes great with Bella Rouge :) 

I absolutely how pigmented and how golden this is :)  It is a great shade both dry and wet and takes very little effort to make it work :)  The one thing is when used dry you will have some fallout so be careful :) :) 

Bella Chiffon:  This is another stunning highlight/shimmer shade I adore this shade so so much :)  Its a stunning champagne gold and wow does this do the job its supposed to :) 

This can be used on the face also which believe me makes your cheeks glow glow glow, but be careful a little goes a long long way with this so do not over do it :) :)  A must have in my opinion 

Here is a little reminder of what all the shades look like together :) click on the photo for a closer look :)  These swatches are made dry with no primer :) 

Now that I have went through the shades let me tell you over all what I think :) 

I cant help been a little disappointed in a way as I had more expectations for them :)  Dont get me wrong they are amazing but to be honest I still do not understand why they are called "Gel"  To me they are a simple baked eyeshadow :)  So in a way I feel they were promoted wrongly.  They should have been named baked eyeshadows.  Some of the eyeshadows are said to be a little more disappointing in pigmentation than others which I suppose in a way I agree as I found that Bella Sand needs to be applied wet all the time to get its right pigmentation.  I also feel that Bella Cafe needs to be built up alot when using dry to get its full potential but when built up looks amazing especially when paired with Sand :) 
I think they all work amazing when used wet :)  When dry you need to work with them :) 
I have created a couple of daytime looks to show you what they are like on the eyes :) 
The first one is a very simple school time or work place look :) 

Firstly I used
Bella Caffe in the crease and above for a transition shade :)
I then dampen my brush and used Bella Sand all over the lid
I wanted to deepen the outer corner so I used Bella Espresso in the outer v and into the crease :)
I still wasnt satisfied with the darkness in the out V so I lightly dipped my brush into Bella Black and deepened the outer V blending well :)
I wanted to make my eyes look more wide awake so I applied Bella Chiffon as a inner corner highlight and brought that shade into the inner 1/3 of my lid :)
I applied all shades I used on top on my lower lash line :)
The next look is a little more intense but still can be worn everyday :) 

In this look I used 
Bella Rouge in the crease and a little above for that pop of colour :) 
I used Bella Caffe a little above the crease for blending out harsh lines :) 
I used a mix of Bella Bronze & Bella Espresso in the outer corner for a little darkness and blended into the crease :) 
I use Bella Sand with a damp brush on the lid :)  Packing on the colour as much as I could :) 
In the inner corner I used Bella Chiffon for a little more brightness 
I also used Bella Bronze on the lower lash line 
and on the outer bottom lash line I slightly used Bella Black :) 

Overall for the price these eyeshadows are definately worth buying I do indeed paln on buying more and then depotting them as you can use them dry or wet and have so much fun with them :)  
As I said above these all work amazingly when used with a damp brush but some will end up disappointing you if you do use them dry so make sure to check out posts before selecting your shade ;)  
I purchased mine from a website called Beauty Joint and each one costs only $5.49 :)  
I really hope you enjoyed my review 
Let me know if you have tried these yet and what your thoughts are :) 
Until Next time 
Lots of Love Luck and Laughter 

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Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche said...

Lovely colours, I love the purple and pink!

Agata Pokutycka said...

I am a huga fan of single eyeshadows and you have some lovely shades in your collection here.

Micaela Levachyov said...

I love a bold eye shadow. I really love the Bella Purple - great colour! They seem to layer up really well which is fantastic.

Shareena Patel said...

Love these shadows! Especially the Bella Rouge & Bella Bronze! Gorgeous colours!

Shareena | www.forever-you.co.uk

All the little things - Irish Beauty Blog said...

wow they all look beautiful Nina! Will have to check out the site xxx

Sarah Guildea said...

They look so so cool and shimmery! I like that they can be applied wet as well as dry, you could so some cool liner looks with them!

Laura Ferry said...

The looks you created using these are stunning! I love them all. the shadows look so pigmented, I'd love to try them as I have a couple of Milani blushes that I picked up on holiday in America and I love them! xxx

Coco N said...

I have two of these and I really like them x

Nicol said...

i definitely thought it would be wet to powder! how deceiving haha pretty shades though

Ana said...

OMG!!! They are all so very pretty!!! Love every color for each have their own kind of beauty. This is something worth checking out and should not be missed!

Laura - Alagoz said...

I pick up few of these when I was in the US and they are amazing! I love the look of the pink one xx

Pink Frenzy

beautyqueenuk said...

They are all really beautiful shades, Champagne is the one I adore the most from your swatches x

Michelle K said...

Gorgeous shades! I love Milani products xx

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