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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!
Left to right: Enchanted Lapis, Enchanted Black Opal, Enchanted Emerald.
Let’s just get to the review, shall we?!
Enchanted Black Opal
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.
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 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?
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