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Friday 19 August 2016

The budget foundation that rivals luxury brands: Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 in 1 foundation & Concealer

Milani 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer 02 Natural

Foundations are generally the most expensive products in my make-up collection with Armani, Estée Lauder, Nars and Charlotte Tilbury being amongst my favourites. It's not that I'm a make-up snob as such but I just never found a budget base that worked as well as my high end ones but that has now changed with this beauty! Milani is a brand that I have seen lots of American youtubers talk about but it wasn't easily accessible this side of the Atlantic but BeautyBay now stock Milani. I added this foundation to my birthday wishlist and was lucky enough to receive it and want to share my thoughts on it with you today.

The first thing that I need to tell you is that this foundation runs quite dark. There are 14 shades available (currently only 9 on BeautyBay), I have shade 02 Natural, which I expected to be a little paler than it is as I am generally around the 5/6 shade in most ranges (Luminous Silk for example and I wear Punjab in Sheer Glow) so if you want to buy this foundation & are unsure which to go for, I would recommend going lighter than you think or maybe getting whitening drops to add to it. This shade is fine on me now but in winter or when I am on holiday, it won't work.

I was intrigued by the idea of a foundation and concealer in one and quite sceptical too, but I have to say that it lives up to its name. It has quite a creamy texture but is very easy to blend and although it is oil free, it isn't at all drying. It is very similar to Too Faced Born This Way because the coverage is medium to full, yet it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I actually prefer it to Born This Way. One pump of this is enough for my whole face and it looks flawless - I add a highlighting concealer under my eyes for extra brightness but this foundation covers any areas of redness/blemishes. For full on spots, a bit of extra coverage might be required but I'm unsure as I (thankfully) don't have any at the moment.

The finish is neither matte nor dewy - think of the glow of Chanel Les Beiges but without the flatness that I found it to have (I much prefer this to Les Beiges). It doesn't settle into pores or fine lines and it is extremely long-lasting. The biggest test so far was when I wore it earlier this week when it was very muggy here in Dublin and I had a hospital appointment with a few other things to do beforehand and dinner afterwards and when I got home, I expected it to have broken down in certain areas (due to the humidity/sun and general heat from being in a hospital for a few hours) but it literally looked as good as when I had first applied it! That was the longest length of time that I have worn this foundation and was a real test so I was very impressed and it definitely lives up to the sweat-proof claims.

If you like a dewy finish rather than glowy then you could use Becca Backlight Priming Filter underneath or Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist over the top (or both!). If you like demi-matte finishes, this is perfect and if you prefer full on matte then just powder over the top. I have dry skin but this foundation doesn't accentuate any dryness.

If you like Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, Nars Sheer Glow, Estée Lauder Double Wear Light, Make Up Forever HD Foundation or Chanel Les Beiges, then I would highly recommend trying this as a cheaper alternative than doesn't compromise on quality or finish. If you prefer a tinted moisturiser base then I think this would provide too much coverage for you. At €11.90 or $9.99you can't go wrong! I want to try more products from the brand now!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this foundation if you have tried it? What budget product has wowed you? Please tell me in the comments below!

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