Milani Crystal Eyez Sparkling Eyeshadow Review

Ok. So I really wanted to like this product. It looks amazing in the tube and who can say no to holo glitter? I think I was expecting something more along the lines of a cream eyeshadow, but this is a gel based formula. If this product were to be remade into a cream with more pigment, I think this would be a winner!

I am talking about Milani's Crystal Eyez Sparkling Eyeshadow in Lovely and Luminous. In the tube it looks like a charcoal gray, but when swatched it is actually very sheer and gritty. I felt like a 10 year old with my first makeup kit using this product. I will say though, this product would be great for the use of costume makeup.

Here's the packaging, which I think is lovely. Definitely sucks you in.

In my quest to salvage my first impression of this product, I layered Lovely and Luminous over a bunch of my eyeshadows to see if I could find a winning combo.

From L to R before and after- All ELF Mineral Eyeshadow- Outdoorsy, Beachy, Royal, Socialite, Flirty, and Angelic

Before and After with shadows from Wet n Wild's Spoiled Brat and Enter a New Realm Palettes.

Before and after with shadows from Wet N Wild Earth Looks Small from Down Here, and Blue Had Me at Hello palettes.

I was surprised to see that even though this gel has a gray tint to it, it really didn't change any if the shadow shades at all. It just added glitter. I settled on using ELF Socialite since this one is closest to the Milani gel color. I used a tiny dot and dabbed it on top of the shadow. I had to keep my eye closed for a few seconds to let it dry. For me, the effect was still underwhelming and juvenile.

L-R: Before and After

Overall, I would only recommend this product if you want to add some extra glitter to your makeup look, which in my opinion isn't very functional for most people. I don't think this adds the "sparkling finish" the packaging promises though. Maybe my expectations were too high?

What do you think ladies? Have any of you used this and had different results than me? Please let me know if you have!! <3

*This product was sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinions.

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  1. I haven't tried this product, but I kinda like how it's a subtle glittery look.

  2. Well I am glad you like it because it seemed a shame that I wasn't a big fan. :)

  3. I have the bronze-ish colored one, and I actually really like it. I don't think it should be titled an eyeshadow though as it's definitely more of a glitter accent kind of product.

    I also have some from other companies and I must say Milani's is the best. The others wipe off almost right after you put them on and Milani's stays really well.


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