Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Review

Finding good quality eyeshadows on a budget can be a challenge but lately I’ve been on the hunt for some nice drugstore eyeshadows to share with you guys and Milani is proving to be a good option with their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows! These eyeshadow pans come in 30 different shades consisting of satin matte, iridescent and metallic finishes and will run you only about $4 per shade. Not too shabby!

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory


Packaging:  Gold plastic. Easy to open and close, stays shut. Feels sturdy enough so far. 7/10

Longevity: With a primer these eyeshadows held up well and I didn’t have any issues with creasing. 8/10

Application: Super easy to apply and blend, even with fingers. Picks up well on a brush. 9/10

Texture: Soft and very smooth to the touch although I don’t quite understand the gel claim. 7/10


For this look I’m using Milani’s Bella Mandarin, Bella Ivory and the Anastasia Maya Mia Palette topped with Red Cherry #43 lashes. Lips are Wet n Wild’s Megalast Lipstick in Just Peachy with NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel.

I wanted to pick up several more of these shades but unfortunately these two were the only ones I got my hands on. I wish I had been able to buy more to give you guys a better idea of the whole collection but I tried. 😛 I bought them at Meijer and their display was practically empty and many of the pans left behind were broken. The dome of eyeshadow had separated from the packaging and was just kinda hanging out in there, all sad and unattached. I’m not sure if that’s a common problem for these shadows or if someone at Meijer just got a little rough but I still managed to make it out with these two beauties, nonetheless!

The shades I got are Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory. Now these are marketed as a gel powder, stating that these shadows start as a gel and then transform into a powder. No matter how many times I touched, swiped, poked at and generally tried to feel any sort of gel consistency here, nothing about these read gel to me. They just felt like straight up powder. Granted it was a very nice powder, but still in my opinion, all around powder.

Despite not being anything really like a gel to me, the consistency of these eyeshadows was really lovely! They were soft but not in a powdery-crumbly sort of way, super smooth, pretty well pigmented and extremely easy to blend, even with just using your fingers.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Swatches in Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory
L-R: Milani Bella Eyes in Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory


Milani Bella Mandarin
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Mandarin


Bella Mandarin is a lovely and pretty unique orangeish-peach shade satin matte although it seems to have less of a sheen than Bella Ivory. I love warm peachy shades and this one is no exception! Bella Mandarin didn’t appear quite as pigmented on my lids as I had expected but it is gorgeous anyway. I think a white base would help this shade pack just a little more punch!

Milani Bella Ivory
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Ivory


Bella Ivory is a gorgeous satin matte ivory eyeshadow with a very slightly pink undertone. It has just enough sheen to to add a nice glow without being too shimmery. This shade is super useful and can find a place in nearly any look.

Milani Bella Mandarin and Bella Ivory Eyeshadow Look

For this look I’ve used Bella Mandarin on my lid, Bella Ivory under my brow and in my inner corner as well as Warm Taupe, Caramel, Sienna and Dark Brown from the Anastasia Maya Mia Palette in my crease area and outer V.

Have you tried any of the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows yet? If so, what’s your favorite? If not, tell me all about your favorite Milani products in general! I know they have some real gems!


10 thoughts on “Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Review

    1. Aw, I hope you can track them down somewhere! Living outside of the US sounds hard for makeup addicts. You’re so strong! 😛

  1. My (cursory) research suggests that the “gel” claim refers to the manufacturing process: the formula starts out as a gel and ends up as a powder in the pan, or something. Misleading, but there you are. I have four of these shadows (Bella Navy, Taupe, Rouge, and Charcoal) and they’re on the upper end of the drugstore shadows I’ve tried, though I wish they were more finely milled. Plus, the domed part of my Bella Charcoal broke off from the rest of the pan! Not cool. I think the range is great if you want to try an offbeat color like orange for a low price, though.

    I might as well take this opportunity to say that I love your blog! Your makeup skills are at a level that I can only dream of.

    1. Well now I feel ditsy. lol I thought they were implying that the texture resembles a gel in the pan and then dries and transforms into a powder once applied. Thanks for clearing that up! =)

  2. I just finally picked one of these up this month. I remember people were going gaga over them when they came out but I could never find them in stock. Now I haven’t heard people using them in looks lately so thought maybe it was hype. But I really like bella pink and will be on the look out for more!

    1. Bella Pink is such a pretty shade! I definitely want to pick up a few more because they’re great for the price. A well stocked Milani display can be hard to track down sometimes though!

  3. I love the Bella gel eyeshadows! I was happy to see you got Bella Mandarin, it’s my favorite. I use it as a transition shade all the time. It helps me not reach for Peach Smoothie all the time hahaha. Blended out on my lid, they look very very similar. Glad you were able to review a couple of these! I have a few other colors that are great also!

    1. Yes! I immediately thought of how similar it is to Peach Smoothie. My Peach Smoothie pan has a big dip in it and I have this serious fear of hitting pan so maybe Bella Mandarin can prolong that terrible day. 😛

  4. Purchased all of the shades during a BOGO sale at CVS a few months ago. Haven’t gotten the chance to try each shade but the majority I tried were lovely, fairly well-pigmented shades that blended well. I think they’re awesome considering they’re so inexpensive. Really hadn’t tried Milani shadows before these and was pleased with these.

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