Milani Cosmetics Contour & Highlight Duo Review

Hello everyone!

With the rising popularity of cream contour, I wanted to try out a drugstore version before diving into more expensive options. I don’t usually cream contour but thought I’d give it a try. I also threw in a bonus jonas review of the Make It Last Setting Spray since I’ve heard such good things about it!

I decided to try this contour stick from Milani Cosmetics. Not only was it the most neutral shade I could find, but it also had a liquid highlight on the opposite end. This product retails for $11 and I bought mine from my local CVS. According to the Milani website,

Contour & Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo is a smooth, blendable matte contour cream and high pigmented liquid illuminator in one that lets you effortlessly create a sculpted and highlighted look with the perfect shade combination for your skin tone. The lightweight, buildable shades add major glamour to any makeup or no-makeup look, or soft-glam, natural-looking definition to your best features.

As my first experience with cream contour, I really enjoyed this product! I used this after applying my foundation and concealer but before powdering my entire face. I did set under my eyes but that didn’t affect the application of either product. I think the description of the contour is spot on. It is a matte contour shade, it’s very smooth and blended out effortlessly with a brush. I had a little trouble blending it out with my beauty blender but I found that I liked using a foundation brush. The brush I use to blend it out is the Sigma F82. It is more of a natural contour and in some light, I wasn’t sure if I could see it on my skin. However, that’s not the fault of the product. I could’ve purchased a darker shade but didn’t want to get anything too crazy since it was my first experience with cream contour.

As for the highlighter, I was pleasantly surprised by how this one performed. I dotted it onto my cheek bones with the sponge-tip applicator and blended it out with my fingers. It also blended out very easily and gives the perfect highlight that’s not too blinding or too invisible. It’s the perfect natural looking highlight that lasted all day without touching up.

The pictures below show what the products look like on my face in outdoor, natural lighting (left) and indoor lighting with a flash (right).

Now for the bonus review! I wanted to throw in my thoughts on the new Make It Last setting spray since I bought it the same time I bought the contour stick. It retails for $10 and I also got it at my local CVS. Now, I am still very much in love with the Skindinavia Oil Control Finishing Spray and it takes a lot to impress me in comparison to the Skindinavia spray. As stated on the Milani website:

Lock in your makeup and keep that just applied look all day and into the night—no touchups needed! Make It Last Setting Spray primes, corrects and sets your look for up to 16 hours without a crease or smudge in sight, and prevents fading and shine. Spray under or over makeup, or wear on its own for a beautifully matte, flawless face.

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To be completely honest, I didn’t realize I could prime with this product until I was researching how the company describes the product. So, I’ll only be reviewing the setting aspect of this product. The formula works pretty well in comparison to the Skindinavia finishing spray. It did help my makeup last throughout my work day and I didn’t have to touch up my oilier areas. The only thing Skindinavia is still superior in is the spray nozzle. I love the Skindinavia one because of how fine and even it applies. This makes a world of difference when setting your makeup. The Milani Make It Last spray nozzle is okay since the mist is pretty fine but the application isn’t even and sometimes a few larger droplets land on my face. However, the Milani setting spray costs much less than the Skindinavia finishing spray so it’ll be a nice to get the Milani setting spray every once in a while to save some money.

Overall, I would highly recommend giving both of these products a try! Especially since they are so cost effective!

Have you tried either of these products? If so, how was your experience?

Until next time,
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