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It is finally here! After sharing my haul on Instagram several months ago, I am finally posting my comprehensive Milk Makeup review.
My first experience with Milk Makeup was in 2016. I received a mini highlighter in a Birchbox. Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed and didn’t think of the brand for years.
Then in 2019, everyone started talking about how much they love Milk, especially the Matte Bronzer.
After hearing all of these rave reviews, I popped onto Sephora just to see what new products the brand had launched.
I was surprised at the number of products available. They not only make cosmetics but also have a variety of skincare items as well.
Then in a moment of weakness, I added almost all of them to my cart. I made sure I had enough products to make a full face of makeup. I threw in a couple of skincare items for the fun of it.
In this post, I share a bit of information about Milk Makeup and give you my thoughts on the products I’ve tried. I’ll let you know which are my favorite products too. Plus, if a product isn’t great, I will share similar products that I would recommend instead.
Milk Makeup was founded by Milk Studios employees Mazdack Rassi, Dianna Ruth, Georgie Greville, and Zanna Roberts Rassi in the hopes to bring effective, easy-to-use formulas with good ingredients to the makeup world.
Milk Makeup products have a vegan formula, are cruelty-free, and are paraben-free.
All aspects of the product line are developed in-house at Milk Studios, located in New York City.
Milk Makeup Brand Review
Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer
Most of the time a primer is not part of my makeup routine, but if I do use one, I use the Hydro Grip Primer. I love that it is silicone-free but also hydrating. Make sure to follow the directions and don’t freak out if it feels a bit sticky at first.
Pair it with the Sunshine Skin Tint for a nice glowy no-makeup makeup look.
Sunshine Skin Tint Clean SPF 30 Foundation
After having a terrible experience with an oil-based skin tint (Kosas) in the past, I was really nervous to try the Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint. I have combination skin and was worried it was going to look awful. But I am so glad I tried it. It’s hands down the best Milk Makeup product I tried. I love that it has sheer (but not too sheer) coverage and a slightly dewy finish.
At $42 for half an ounce, it is one of the more expensive foundations I have tried. I justify the price because I will use all of the product before it expires. With larger foundations, I usually end up tossing a lot of it because I can’t use it fast enough. If you can’t get past the price per ounce, I would recommend trying the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
Sunshine Under Eye Brightening Light Coverage Concealer
An emollient light coverage concealer that brightens up the undereye area is my ideal concealer. So as soon as the Sunshine Under Eye Concealer launched, I added it to my cart. It should be no surprise that I absolutely love this great concealer. The best part is that it is great for making my dark circles less noticeable. If you like light coverage and emollient concealer, you will love this. Think the Glossier Stretch Concealer but creamier.
Future Fluid All Over Medium Coverage Hydrating Concealer
I am a light-coverage kind of girl most days, but lately, I’ve been needing more coverage under my eyes. When I tested this, I went in with my two little dashes under each eye. That was a mistake because it was way too much product. You only need the smallest amount to completely cover your entire under-eye area. This won’t be my everyday concealer since it provides more coverage than I like, but I will be using it on makeup days I want to look more glam.
Matte Cream Bronzer
As someone with light skin, finding a bronzer that doesn’t leave me orange is difficult. For years, I just skipped bronzer altogether. When I first swatched the Matte Cream Bronzer in Baked I was still a bit worried I was going to look like a Cheeto. It is a bit more orange than I would like, but I think it would look good on someone with less fair skin. For application, I get the best results by applying the bronzer to a brush and then applying it to the face. Be careful when applying because a little bit goes a long way.
Sculpt Cream Contour Stick
If you didn’t know, Milk Makeup released a contour version of its much beloved bronzing stick. Even though I don’t typically contour, I ordered this stick the day it was released. It is currently available in 4 shades. For my light skin tone, I picked up the shade Toasted. Because this product is very soft, be careful when applying it. Use a very light hand when putting the contour directly on your face.
Bionic Liquid Bronzer
I am so glad Milk came out with this liquid bronzer. The matte cream bronzer was a tad too warm and a bit hard to blend. The Bionic Liquid Bronzer is available in three shades. As a fair person, I use the shade Time Travel. While the shade is perfect, what I really love the most is the texture. It is sheer and applies like watercolor, much like the blush. Because it is sheer, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it on the first go. I recommend squeezing the product out on your hand and then applying it to the skin with the fingers.
Bionic Glow Illuminating Liquid Highlighter
In case it wasn’t obvious, I love all the Bionic products from Milk. This liquid highlighter is no exception. Currently, this highlighter is available in 2 shades. I picked up Virtual, which is described as a luminous peach. I do think it would be in Milk’s best interest to add another shade because not everyone will be able to use the two shades.
While I’m not a fan of the stick highlighter, Milk knocked it out of the park with the Flex Highlighter. Sadly, it looks like you can’t get your hands on this anymore. If it does come back in stock, I highly recommend picking up the color Lit. In the meantime, you could try Blossom Glow or Precious Petals from Wet N Wild.
Milk Makeup Cream Highlighter
Give me a cream highlighter and I am a happy camper, most of the time. Lots of people love the Milk Makeup Cream Highlighter but for me, it is a hard pass. I found that it was sticky and hard to blend. Instead of purchasing this stick highlighter, I would recommend the Merit Day Glow Highlighting Balm.
Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick
If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I am not typically a fan of multi-use products. I’d rather a product serve one purpose and do it well. While the Lip + Cheek in Werk is a beautiful color, the product was just okay. If I am looking to use a stick blush, I reach for the more emollient option by Merit.
Bionic Liquid Blush
Glossier really needs to watch their back because it seems like Milk Makeup is coming for them. This blush is just what Milk needed to add to their roster. The Bionic Liquid Blush blends out to give a sheer wash of color to the cheeks. I do wish Milk would have released this earlier. With so many new cream and liquid blushes on the market, this one might get lost in the shuffle.
Electric Glossy Lip Plumper
I’ll be honest, I went into testing this knowing I wasn’t going to like it. I just don’t like lip plumpers. My lips are so small there isn’t anything to plump. I just need to get fillers if I want juicy lips. That being said, this does tingle like other lip plumpers. It isn’t as intense as the Too Faced Lip Injector but it is close.
KUSH Lip Glaze
After seeing Allana (my fave YTer) use the KUSH Lip Glaze, I just had to try it. This lip product is pretty thick so I don’t wear this out and about. Instead, I will throw it on while at home as a treatment to help hydrate and soften my lips.
KUSH High Volumizing Mascara
I love mascara. Sadly, I just didn’t like the KUSH High Volume Mascara. A few hours after applying, I noticed I had smudges and flakes. Not a good look. I’d skip this.
RISE Lifting + Lengthening Mascara
After a less than stellar experience with the Kush mascara formula, I was nervous about giving this product a try. However, I caved and ordered it after seeing a fellow content creator talk about it on Instagram.
When I first tested this mascara, I enjoyed it. It really made my lashes look good. I also liked the ingredient list, which includes monoi Oil and marigold Extract to help strengthen and condition lashes.
The only issue with this product is the packaging. At first glance, the textured packaging seems cool. The problem comes when you try to wipe excess mascara off the wand. I wiped the wand off, applied the mascara, then closed the tube. Now I have a mascara mess under the silicone tube cover.
The formula is nice but just keep the mess factor in mind if you do decide to purchase this mascara.
Hydro Grip Setting + Refreshing Spray
Since I enjoy the Hydro Grip Primer, I went ahead and purchased a mini version of the Hydro Grip Setting Spray shortly after it was released.
This simple setting spray is great for giving you all day hold. It does a great job of helping your makeup melt into the skin. One thing to note is this is not a particularly dewy setting spray, but I think that is a good thing. The skin tint adds some glow to the skin so you don’t need to add more with a setting spray.
Vegan Milk Moisturizer
I was shocked that I enjoyed the Vegan Milk Moisturizer. What I like the most about this moisturizer is that it is nothing like the other skincare products from the brand. No gimmicky stick application. Just a good hydrating moisturizer, perfect for my combination skin.
Other Milk Makeup Products
I am not the biggest fan of glitter so it really shouldn’t be surprising that I didn’t like the Holographic Stick or the Glitter Stick. I’m just not at a point in my life anymore where I want to look like a glowing colorful unicorn.
My skincare routine is pretty intense. I love to take the time to apply the right products in the right order. It is more of a skincare ritual than routine for me. So skincare products that you just roll on are just not my cup of tea.
My Favorite Products
Since their launch and mostly in the last year, the Milk team has developed their beauty brand a lot. Now they have several products that I always have in my makeup bag.
Who Would Love Milk Makeup
From the focus on stick products and fuss-free application, Milk is best suited for the person that loves fun makeup but doesn’t have a lot of time.
I’d also suggest Milk to anyone that enjoys the festival makeup look. With glitter sticks and holographic highlighters, there is a very young, hip, clubbing vibe to the brand.
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