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!
OVERALL REVIEW: 7.75
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.
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!
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.
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!