Hey! I recently bought Milani’s Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation and Concealer due to much hype – here’s what I thought.
This is what Milani claims their foundation offers: “Combats under eye circles, redness and other skin imperfections with this full coverage, water-resistant foundation plus concealer in one. “
If you have done any research into this foundation at all the first thing you may hear about this product is how thick it is. That is not a lie, this foundation really does have a paste type consistency. However, that is what makes this product so different from regular drugstore foundations, which tend to be much thinner. Personally, I apply this product on the back of my hand first and dot it around the face (I do this with my Nars Sheer Glow as well) as this avoids it being cakey. Both a beauty blender and a brush would work with this foundation – however in my opinion I think a beauty blender works better; purely down to the thick consistency and the fact that it doubles as a concealer (tapping not swiping motion required). For flawless skin, 1 pump is all that is needed, I use between 1. 5 – 2 pumps, the coverage being super buildable.
Once applied, this foundation has a satin type feel, not matte but not dewy. My main issue with this foundation is that I find it quite the challenge to set. I find myself layering powder all over my face, and yet the foundation still manages to transfer very easily. It honestly does feel lightweight considering how thick the product is, which is a positive. Another positive is that is does last all day, although blotting may be required (I have combination skin and I needed to powder up after around 5 hours).
The main bonus of Milani’s Conceal and Protect is that is offers 15 shades, which is very good for a drugstore foundation. As I have Indian skin with a warm undertone, finding a drugstore foundation in the right shade can be an absolute nightmare. However, Milani have pulled it off. This foundation is the closest shade to my own I have found (Sand Beige 06) – which is lovely especially as it is so affordable (£13 / $10).
Whether it meets its claims – I think it does. Although I wouldn’t use this as a concealer (a lighter shade is needed under the eyes), it does manage to conceal blemishes, and evens out skin tone, which I was very surprised with. Coverage is certainly medium, however, it is quite easily buildable and can be full coverage. I struggle to believe that a foundation can be con be completely water resistant, however I have noticed that this foundation is much harder to remove than other foundations I own – it could just be down to the thickness of the product. This foundation can last all day, although I would be aware of the sun, as I believe this formula would be prone to melting. All in all, I will be repurchasing this product, and would highly recommend it – especially those who love high coverage foundations.