I’m a matte shadow lover. I own more matte palettes than anyone I know. But I also love cream shadows. So when Milani sent me all four of their Fierce Foil Eyeshine palettes several weeks ago, I knew I had to move out of my matte shadow comfort zone.
Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine are metallic cream eye shadows that pack a serious shimmer. I’m not kidding, they really shine. Though they photograph with a glittery sparkle, they don’t look like teen makeup. They have a glow.
Here’s how Milani describes them: “Ground-breaking gloss technology formulated especially for your eyes. Instantly create sexy and glamorous looks inspired by the runways of Milan. Use one shade or more depending on the look you want.”
I’ve worn all four of the palettes, each of which contains four shades. Each palette is named for one of Italy’s major cities:
- 01 Milan: cool-toned champagne/diamond pink/copper/burnt gold
- 02 Rome: neutral/cool pink/purple/eggplant/deep purple
- 03 Florence: warm-toned ivory/rose gold/bronze/dark brown
- 04 Venice: cool-toned blue/teal/silver/black
I took my time writing a review of these shadows because I really wanted to spend time using them. Plus, I had read some not so positive reviews. I like the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine shadows a lot, and I wear them often. But you can’t use and apply them in the same way you use your powder shadows. It just won’t work.
Make sure you use eye primer to provide a good canvas for the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine. Usually when I receive an applicator with a palette, I don’t use it but instead use my own brushes. With Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine, I recommend using the plastic applicator to pick up a small amount of shadow, and then tap the shadow on to your lid. Some women blend from there with their fingers, but I prefer tapping with the applicator. Most of the time, I use just one shade because Fierce Foil Eyeshine does not blend easily the way powder shadow or traditional cream shadow does. Using the plastic applicator and sticking with one or possibly two shadows, I don’t find it too difficult to apply. In the crease, I use another powder or cream eyeshadow. I find that Fierce Foil works best on the eyelid. Sometimes I use it just in the middle of the eyelid for pop while using powder or cream traditional shadows in the inner corner, outer V and crease.
So Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine shouldn’t be used to create your entire eye look (unless you want to go with one shade on the lid, period, the end). It should be used as an accent in conjunction with other easy blending shadows.
To be honest, the shades differ in the amount of foil they have, in their creaminess and in ease of application. I wish they were a bit more uniform. As a result, I tend to use some shades more often than others. Here are the swatches applied on bare skin using the applicator they came with. They definitely benefit from eye primer. Applying them on the eye is much easier than swatching, since the swatched area is much bigger than my eye!
I wore the silver from Venice on Valentine’s night when Jeff braved the huge snowstorm to take me out to dinner. I thought the silver shadow was appropriate for the snowy evening! I have used the pink and violet shades during the daytime because they’re so light and pretty! Here are a few of my looks from shades in the different palettes.
The silver shadow is from Venice:
The rose gold is from Milan:
The bronze or deeper rose gold is also from Milan:
Violet shadow from the Rome palette:
Pink shadow from the Rome palette:
I still have a lot of the shades yet to try, but so far I love them! The Milan, Rome and Florence palettes are my favorites. Have you tried the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine palettes yet? What did you think of them?
You can buy Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine palettes on the Milani display at CVS and on the Milani website. They are made in the U.S. and each contains is 0.14 oz/14 g. The price is about $10+ per palette. Milani Cosmetics are not tested on animals.
INGREDIENTS: Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl GlycerinSebacic Acid Copolymer, Mica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ozokerite, Cera Alba Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Stearate, Magnesium Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Tin oxide, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77499, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163. + May Contain Iron Oxide CI 77492, Yellow 5 CI 19140, Aluminum Powder CI 77000, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Carmine CI 75470.