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Oct 01 2014

Milani Cosmetics Constellation Gel Eyeliners

Disclaimer: Press sample. See bottom.

milani cosmetics constellation gel eye liner enchanted lapis enchanted emerald enchanted black opal review and swatches on beautyjudy

As soon as I heard about them, I couldn’t WAIT to try out these new, limited edition Milani Cosmetics Constellation Gel Eye Liners.

This limited edition three-some has a beautiful, other-worldly shimmer when you look at the pan – an overlay of shimmer that you blend into the darker pigment beneath it.

THAT disappointed me – I had a ridiculous hope that the shimmer on the top was throughout, but I knew it was too good to be true! It does get mixed in, though!

I like to keep it real on BeautyJudy and to be honest, I wish much more for these than that they had more of the overlay throughout them.

Here’s swatches of all three!

Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Black Opal enchanted Emerald Enchanted Lapis Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Left to right: Enchanted Lapis, Enchanted Black Opal, Enchanted Emerald.

Let’s just get to the review, shall we?!

Enchanted Black Opal

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Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Black Opal Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy
Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Black Opal Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Enchanted Black Opal is a pretty black with lots of gold, red, silver and other shimmer across its top. I used the brush that Milani provides with the eyeliner, and it was fairly easy to apply. They are not AS pigmented as other gel eyeliners I’ve used.

As I got ready to walk out the door the night I wore Enchanted Black Opal, I blinked in a mirror to check my makeup and noticed the liner had smudged very prominently in my crease. I rubbed it off, then had to apply more eye shadow in that spot. I still had a mark, though. You can see the mark in the first swatch photo.

Enchanted Emerald

Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Emerald Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy
Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Emerald Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy
Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Emerald Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy

I wore Enchanted Emerald with just a base of a neutral, shimmery eye shadow pencil. This green has gold, green and blue shimmer on top. Enchanted Emerald immediately got into my crease, and I kept fussing over the spot with the pencil. You can see the faded crease mark in the first photo. I tried walking around with my lids lowered after I fixed my eyes the first time, so the liner could set, but it didn’t matter. I was very close to just taking the eye makeup off and giving up on eyes for the day but i left it all.

Enchanted Lapis

Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Lapis Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy
Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Lapis Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy
Milani Cosmetics Enchanted Lapis Constellation Gel Eye Liner swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Enchanted Lapis has a beautiful shimmery top of blues and purples, but unfortunately, it got in my crease like the other two. You can tell in that last photo. This one was probably my favorite of the three, but it lost major points for the crease marks.

Overall, I was surprised these were not as darkly pigmented as they look in the pan, when you get beyond the shimmer. I was disappointed that they deposited color in my crease, never seeming to set. Milani says these can be used as an eye shadow, but I never would try, based on how it got in my crease, I imagine this would crease on my hooded lids.

I was disappointed that the liners also quickly disappeared from the inner corner of my eye, where I start my eyeliner.

These were just a miss for me. Milani says they are smudge-proof but it’s not true for me. They weren’t vibrant or long-wearing, either. The brush they came with was OK.

I love Milani Cosmetics. I really do! The brand also launched limited edition lipsticks and Color Statement nail polishes with the Constellation Gel Eye Liners, and I’ll have a review of the polish soon – which is much more upbeat! I am on the hunt at CVS and Walgreens, where the collections are supposed to be, for the lipsticks! But these liners? They’re not going to make it into my mascara/liner drawer.

These liners can also be purchased on the Milani website for $5.99 a piece. But honestly? Save your money. Milani makes other great eyeliners!

So, have you tried these? What do you think?

Disclaimer: I received the liners for review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • robin

    All the reviews I have read thus far on this eyeliner has been just like this! It’s really too bad that Miliani so dropped the ball on this. And that fact that the shimmer is just overspray.

  • BTBAshley

    Awesome review! I will not be picking them up at all.

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    I am disappointed too! I wanted to love them, but I just couldn’t…

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    They were a miss for me, too. Disappointing!

    • BeautyJudy

      I know 🙁

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    I just filmed my video review and working on typing up the blog one… I had very similar results as you… but in some cases, I think it was horrible… I couldn’t blink without having the liner somewhere on my eyes. I love Milani… but this was a miss.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yeah, I love Milani too and I hope they take the feedback and if they want to continue doing these, think about the formula going forward!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    I appreciate your honesty! I’m passing then…not worth it ‘coz I have oily lids too. Gut-feel tells me it’s going to be a total fail.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath!

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    They are so pretty in the pan

    • BeautyJudy

      Aren’t they?!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Thats too bad they didn’t work out for you! I didn’t have the same issues and love mine… even bought 2 sets of backups

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m glad they worked for you, I am so disappointed!

  • cindyprimebeauty

    Too shimmery for me.

    • BeautyJudy

      If the product underneath was worth scraping off the top layer …. but it’s not 🙁

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda | Slashed Beauty

    I just can’t handle these. Such a disappointment

    • BeautyJudy

      I know 🙁

  • Norah Salazar

    Smudge is never good. But the colors sure look pretty!

    • BeautyJudy

      yeah 🙁 they do look pretty!

  • Betzy Carmona

    Although the liners probably won’t work for me they are gorgeous

    • BeautyJudy

      they are!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    So pretty but I can’t wear things that smudge like that with my hooded eyes

    • BeautyJudy

      yeah, darn hooded eyes!! Thank goodness for the creation of eye primer 🙂

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    They are SO pretty in the pan.. but don’t work on me either. Great honest review!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Jess!

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    They look so pretty in the pan and when swatched, but because they smudge and fade I wouldn´t buy them.

    • BeautyJudy

      They do look pretty swatched but I had to build them up on my hand, too.

  • http://www.themercurialmagpie.com/ The Mercurial Magpie

    Man, those look incredible in the pan! What disappointing results, though. 🙁 Thanks for the honest review!

    • BeautyJudy

      They are beautiful! Sure thing Kirby!

  • http://bettysbeautybombs.com/ Anne S. – Betty’s Beauty Bombs

    Those eyeliners are beautiful. Too bad the staying power isn’t that great.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yeah, I was pretty bummed out!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I was going to get these from their website because I haven’t seen them around here… I think I’ll wait! I have a hard enough time keeping regular eyeliner on, much less something like this that won’t set.

    • BeautyJudy

      I imagine in the Florida heat it can’t be good 🙁

  • Deest

    Oh, too bad! They looked so pretty. Everything smudges on me so easily, so I will stay away. Thanks for saving me some money, which makes up for your good reviews that cause me to spend! 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Yeah. I heard that it could have something to do with climate, so if it’s not humid where you are, maybe they might work better. But I have already tossed them 🙁

      • Deest

        I think I am just across the Delaware from you, so no . . .
        Milani is usually a good brand.

        • BeautyJudy

          LOL, gotcha! I finally found the collection at CVS this morning – I went in for something I needed and walked out with all the lipsticks and the other two nail polishes!