Apr 24, 2013

Milani Runway Eyes in Naturally Chic

Milani Runway Eyes palettes are something that I've always wanted to try! I have never been interested in the color selections available, until now. When I spotted this limited edition palette at Walgreens, I thought it was going to be another great addition to my neutral shadow collection. The colors look gorgeous in the palette, but they look completely different when swatched! Oh the frustration.. 

The palette contains six individual eyeshadow strips and a double ended sponge tip applicator. These shadows are baked, so they can be used wet or dry.

Each shadow has a pearl finish. Some shades are a bit less shimmery than others.

I swatched each shadow in the order they appear in the palette. 

These are dry swatches, I also tried swatching the shadows wet, but they crumbled and the pigmentation looked the same. I was disappointed in the overall sheerness of the shadows. The only impressive shade was the last one. I needed tons of product just to get these swatches, and they still are barely noticeable! 

Claims: "Six intense eye color bars in one luxury compact with a double ended sponge applicator. This luxurious formula glides on effortlessly. Use WET for more color impact or DRY for a shimmer effect." (Read more here).
Pigmentation: As you can see, the pigmentation is poor. However, the last shade is decent.
Finish/Texture: Each shadow has a pearl finish, some more noticeable than others. The texture is very chalky when dry, and crumbly when wet. 
Lasting Power: There was no lasting power at all! 
Shade Selection:Naturally Chic contains all neutral shades.
Packaging: I'm not a fan of the strips, because they are too narrow for a brush or finger to fit on. Also, the shadow flakes get everywhere.
Price/Availability: I paid $9 at Walgreens

  • Love the idea of a neutral palette (Milani previously never had one)
  • Last shade is decently pigmented
  • Poor pigmentation (when used dry and wet)
  • Low quality
  • Shadows are very flaky/messy
  • Strips are hard to use
  • Expensive (for drugstore and the quality)
  • Doesn't live up to any claims

I was expecting much higher quality from Milani. I love their single eyeshadows, but these Runway Eyes are nothing like them! The eyeshadow strips are very difficult to use because they are too narrow to swipe a brush or a finger across. The texture is so flaky that even if you barely touch the shadow it breaks off everywhere, and it also crumbles when used wet. The pigmentation is what most disappointed me, it's barely there! I had to use so many layers to even get the swatches to show up. I suggest to skip the Runway Eyes palettes all together. 


  1. Nice swatches! :)

  2. What a let down, such a shame. They looked like they were going to be so nice in the pan! I like the lines in theory, but I can see why they would be impractical.
    Helpful review as always!


    1. It was such a let down, but I'm happy that I tried it anyway. Thank you for reading! :)

  3. Aww, it seems like such a let down :(

    (Makeup | Skincare| Etc)

  4. They always catch my eye, especially the colorful ones because they look so pretty. So sad they're not high quality x

  5. Oh wow such a shame with the pigmentation, it's such a cute little palette! xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie


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