If you have any interest in drugstore beauty products, you probably read rave reviews all around the blogosphere of Milani Shadow Eyez, a creamy eyeshadow pencil, and particularly about the nude beige shade Almond Cream. So did I. Having dark upper lids and not only under eye circles, I'm always looking for easy-to-use nude or brightening cream shadows that will conceal the discoloration, so believe me when I say that I wanted to love this shadow pencil as much as every other blogger out there. It didn't happen.
The pencil is creamy and provides opaque coverage and lasts long alright, but it suffers from one MAJOR problem that I think might be a deal-breaker for many people, as it is for me: it makes my eyelids look incredibly dry and crepe-y and terribly emphasizes skin texture.
You can see it in the arm swatch picture, where every little line and pore on my inner arm (which is probably the area of my body where the skin is the smoothest!) looks a lot more visible where Almond Cream was applied.
I think the eye swatches speak for themselves: my lids look super crepe-y, full of lines, and dry as the high desert. I'm 35 and my eyelids have a drier texture, but I feel like I look a good 15 years older when I use this Shadow Eyez. Needless to say, that's not what I expect from a beauty product... I don't know if the other shades of Shadow Eyez peform better, but honestly I am not tempted to buy any!
Overall: f you have smooth-as-silk eyelids, you might be perfectly happy with this product. However, if you already have drier lids or fine lines, I would definitely not recommend purchasing it.
Where to find: at your local drugstore or online at walgreens.com , cvs.com , milanicosmetics.com
The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.