Lately I have been reading some wonderful reviews of Milani’s Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer.
This liquid foundation runs around $10 for 1 ounce, and since my current favorite foundation, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream retails for $38 – and I have paid as much as $48 for Laura Mercier foundation – (and I am low on both) -I thought I would give Milani a try.
Milani comes in 19 shades – and because it is a drugstore brand without samples, finding your shade can be a little tricky. The bottle is a bit tinted, but you can see the color pretty clearly by looking at the bottom of the bottle, so I compared in-store with a L’Oreal shade that I know works for me. And Light Beige 03 for me turned out to be a great match.
I relied on IT CC Cream all Summer because it is very good coverage with an SPF 50 sunscreen. But now that Summer is over, I won’t be worrying so much about high-level sun protection. I can go with a sunscreen just in my moisturizer (I am currently using Neutrogena Visibly Even with an SPF of 30, which should see me through Fall And Winter in Connecticut). So Milani’s lack of sunscreen is not an issue right now.
Conceal & Perfect is described as a full coverage foundation – full enough to double as your concealer too. I wouldn’t go that far. But its coverage is good – certainly as good as IT CC cream, and much better than Laura Mercier’s Candleglow foundation.
The finish is satiny, rather than full matte. I’m currently infatuated with a very glowy look, so even a satin finish is not quite dewy enough for me.
But I’ve been adding an illuminator to my foundation anyway, for that healthy, dewy – and hopefully youthful – look. And I found a good deal on that too: last month I purchased No. 7 Skin Illuminator at Ulta.
It retails for $12.99 for 1 ounce. In comparison, the “holy grail” of illuminating drops, Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, will set you back $42 for just 0.5 ounces. Of course, the Cover FX drops are very intense, so a small bottle will last a long time, but …still… $12.99 vs $42!
And yes, No. 7 Illuminator is more subtle, and you need a bit more. I use 2 parts foundation to one part illuminator.
But oh my, the results of Milani’s beautiful satin-finish foundation combined with No.7 Skin Illuminator – my skin looks as glowy and flawless as a sixty-something complexion can look.
I am all set for Winter!