Needless to say, I'm super stoked on these. Given the phenomenal formula of their initial release, I just HAD to partake in the Neutral Mattes that are Limited Edition for this summer!
The shade description for Almond Cream on Milani's website calls the shade a "vanilla-matte" which is quite indicative of the shade. It is a slightly warm beige that is a touch darker than my fair skin, but not by much. It makes a phenomenal base shade.
I usually loathe shadow pencils entirely because I think they're awkward to work with, but Milani's take on them has definitely changed my mind a bit. The application of this shade was possibly even easier than others I've used from the brand. It just slides on and blends out super flawlessly with your finger or a flat brush. I also did not experience any sort of tugging on my lid, whatsoever.
This is one of the few products that has a lengthy wear claim that it actually delivers on. I wore this as a base for UD Laced, Naked 2 and Faint for a matte but slightly smoky look for work and it not only made my shadows look more true to pan but it made them last through the work day and the remainder of a very long evening - not to mention putting up with my eyes that are in rare sorts still (but doing a bit better! Progress!) without irritating them or wearing off due to the swelling.
- Great pigmentation.
- Meets and exceeds wear claim.
- Phenomenal base.
- Blends very easily.
- Matte neutral shade makes it usable for many looks
- Pencil sharpening will cause a bit of product loss.
Was the hype around this launch worth it? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! I'm strongly considering going back and picking up the three, non matte shades that I left behind and I'll soon have reviews up for Cafe Au Lait and Black Ink!
10/10 - I highly recommend this product and you should probably scour your local drugstores like, now.