Milani Baked Blush–Cult Classic for a Reason

Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked BlushFounded in 2002, Milani Cosmetics is far from new to the beauty world. In its 19 years, Milani has risen in popularity for it’s prestige-quality items sold at affordable prices. Certain products have even become cult classics. Milani is most well-known for its lip products and blushes; the Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked Blush formulas in particular are loved by many.

The most famous shade in the Milani Baked Blush formula is Luminoso. It’s so good, many celebrity makeup artists keep it in their kits. This just happens to be the shade that I own, and it’s one of my favorite blushes! The soft peach shade is perfect for spring and summer.

If you’ve never tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes, you might be wondering what earned them “cult classic” status. Most makeup products don’t stay popular over many years like this one has. Keep reading for my detailed review on this beautiful blush.

Milani Baked Blush product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com

These richly pigmented, highly buildable blushes feature satin and shimmery shades that work for every attitude. Baked blush season is every season. Yes, these blushes really are baked–each one has been sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles to give your skin a warm finish and a radiance that looks striking and natural. These statement-making peach and rose blush shades will give you a captivating flush of bold color. Shape, contour and highlight your best features to get that glam glow. Milani Baked Blush is sunbaked color that does it all. 

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Other product details

  • Price: $7.99
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • 15 shades (some may be limited edition as they have their own pages on MilaniCosmetics.com; I’ll mark them below in the “Inclusivity” section with an asterisk)
  • Buy shades 01-15 here
  • Buy shades 120 & 130 here
  • Buy shade “Cherry” here
  • Buy shade “Peach” here
    • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Milani Baked Blush is currently available in a whopping 15 shades! That’s a lot more than I’m used to seeing from other brands, or even other Milani blush collections like the matte Rose Powder Blush that comes in only six shades.

Among the 15 shades of Milani Baked Blush, there are a wide variety of peaches, pinks, reds and neutrals:

  • 01 Dolce Pink: Shimmery warm pink
  • 02 Rose D’Oro: Rosey copper with satin finish
  • 03 Berry Amore: Peachy bronze with satin finish
  • 05 Luminoso: Luminous peach with satin finish (swatched below)
  • 06 Bellissimo Bronze: Shimmery warm bronze
  • 08 Corallina: Bright shimmery coral
  • 09 Red Vino: Cool toned red with metallic finish
  • 12 Bella Bellini: Warm pink with metallic finish
  • 13 Rosa Romantica: Shimmery ultra light pink
  • 14 Petal Primavera: Light petal pink with satin finish
  • 15 Sunset Passione: Bronzed terracotta with satin finish
  • *120 Sunrise Serenita: Wearable orange with satin finish
  • *130 Cocoa Felicita: Rich red brown with satin finish
  • *Cherry (no shade number): Rich cherry red with satin finish
  • *Peach (no shade number): Bright peach with satin finish

Milani Baked Blush arm swatch

You can view swatches of shades 01-15 on Milani’s website. All of these shades are swatched on fair, light, medium, tan, and deep skin so you can see how they look on a variety of skin tones. The lightest shade almost looks like an icy highlighter, which would probably be pretty on very fair skin. Meanwhile, the deepest shades are highly pigmented and would be absolutely stunning on deep skin tones. There are definitely shades that will work for every skin tone in this inclusive shade range.

While I appreciate the inclusivity of these blush shades, I think the range could still be expanded even further. I noticed that there aren’t currently any berry shades. I thought there was one since shade 03 is called “Berry Amore,” but the shade description reads “peachy bronze with satin finish.” I get the impression that this shade range has evolved over time (see above–shades 4, 7, 10, and 11 are missing), so it seems likely that Milani will add/remove shades again in the future…and maybe the next new shade will be a berry! 

Packaging/ease of application

Milani Baked Blushes come in a gold compact that has a luxurious look. The lid is easy to open while also snapping closed securely. Once the compact is opened, you can flip the blush up to reveal a hidden compartment that contains a small brush and mirror. 

The mirror is nice for on-the-go application, but I wouldn’t recommend the brush. I’ve honestly never tried using it, but it’s an awkward shape and I don’t think it would work nearly as well as regular blush brushes. Frankly, I think Milani should eliminate that separate compartment to minimize the amount of packaging and free up space for additional blush.

I like to apply this blush using my fluffy Real Techniques Blush Brush since this isn’t an intensely pigmented blush. I think it looks best when diffused over the cheeks rather than being applied more precisely. 

Since this is a baked blush, the formula is not very powdery, which makes it even easier to apply. I swirl my brush in the pan and I never pick up too much, even when I’m being careless. This is the kind of blush that you could almost apply in the dark if you needed to!

Texture

You might’ve noticed in the “inclusivity” section that most shades are described as having a satin finish while some others are shimmery or metallic. Based on the swatches I’ve seen, I would describe all the shades as shimmery except for two. I wish I had more shades in my collection to say firsthand, but I would definitely call Luminoso a shimmery blush (soft shimmer, no chunky glitter), even though Milani states that it has a satin finish.

While I do think most the Milani Baked Blushes have shimmer finishes, I admit that there is some variation. The shimmer in shades 09 Red Vino and 12 Bella Bellini appears to be much stronger than in the other shades. Those are the shades that are labeled as metallics, and I think that’s accurate.

I can’t say for sure if this is true for all shades of this blush, but the shade and finish of Luminoso looks beautiful on the cheeks. Because of the shimmer finish, highlighter is optional. There is plenty of pigmentation (without being too much), but the fine shimmer adds a lovely glow to the skin. 

The one drawback of the shimmer in this blush is that it can emphasize texture and pores. I have large pores around my nose, and I notice them a lot more when I wear this and other shimmery blushes. I’m not sure if it’s possible to formulate a shimmery blush that wouldn’t have this effect. Fortunately, I don’t think it’s nearly bad enough that anyone else would notice from a distance (at least on my skin).

Staying power

Powder blushes usually have better staying power than liquids or creams, but they can still sometimes wear away throughout the day on my combination skin. I’ve been very happy with the staying power of my Milani Baked Blush. The color diminishes very slightly after many hours of wear, but the shimmer never budges! 

This blush, like a lot of blushes, will fade more quickly when worn under a mask. This is to be expected, so I really don’t fault the blush. I think the best blush to be worn with a mask is the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush since it has the best longevity I’ve ever seen in a blush.

I think this blush might even be a good choice for a blush topper, applied over cream blush. Applying powder products over creams helps with their longevity.

Price

Blush is a staple makeup product that can be found from every makeup brand, and at every price point. There are blushes at the drugstore for only $3.00 and on the other end of the spectrum, some prestige brands charge $40+. 

Milani Baked Blushes aren’t the lowest priced blushes in the drugstore price range, but they are very affordable at $7.99. You could buy five Milani Baked Blushes for the price of one Hourglass blush (Hourglass also is not 100% cruelty-free by my standards, as the company is owned by Unilever)!

Some of Milani’s products can be a little pricey for a drugstore brand, but $7.99 is very reasonable for this product. The quality of these blushes is on-par with high-end, so I think they’re a great value!


Milani Baked BlushI would say that Milani Baked Blushes are definitely worthy of their “cult classic” status. While I can’t speak for every shade, I love the way Luminoso looks on my skin. The color and fine shimmer are very flattering on the skin. 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Milani Baked Blushes through the years. You can’t go wrong with these unless you prefer matte blushes, or if Milani doesn’t have the shade you’re looking for.

Have you tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “Milani Baked Blush–Cult Classic for a Reason

  1. I’m a little late to the party but I want to say that I love these blushes! I have two of them, Luminoso and Berry Amore. To me, the Berry Amore is more of a medium rose shade with streaks of gold and so I would not classify it as a peachy color at all! I wanted something with cooler tones and that’s the one I selected. I admit that I bought the Luminoso shade because of it’s cult following. I like it, but cooler shades are better on my skin tone, so I don’t reach for it as often as the Berry Amore. I like this blush even better than some of my high-end blushes that I paid a lot more for! I’m thinking of adding one more in perhaps the Petal Primavera shade as that one seems to be calling my name! Thanks once again for a very comprehensive review!

    • Hi Nancy, thank you so much for commenting! I’m glad you were able to provide clarification on the Berry Amore shade, as swatches don’t always provide accurate representation. It sounds lovely! This blush formula is so pretty and high quality, I really don’t think you could go wrong with any of the shades. I hope you’ll let me know if you do decide to try Petal Primavera or any other shades of this blush. 🙂

      Lauren

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