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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 2014. I had received a mini of the 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 since 2014.
I was surprised at the number of products available. They not only make cosmetics but they 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. Here’s my review.
Milk Makeup Brand Review
Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer | $34
Most of the time I don’t use primer but if I do, 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 | $42
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 | $28
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 product. If you like a light coverage and emollient concealer, you will love this. Think the Glossier Stretch Concealer but creamier.
Matte Cream Bronzer | $30
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.
Flex Highlighter | $28
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 | $30
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 | $20
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. It is a bit too dry to use on the lips. It works okay as a blush but I’d rather use a true cream formula.
Bionic Liquid Blush | $20
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 | $25
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 | $18
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 | $25
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 and pick up the Bite mascara instead.
Vegan Milk Moisturizer | $38
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.
Who Would Love Milk Makeup
While I did love a few of the products, overall I am not sure this is the brand for me.
So, who would love Milk?
From the focus on stick products and other easy-to-apply products, 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.
What Would I Repurchase
At this point, I know I will repurchase is the Milk Sunshine Skin Tint. It’s one of my favorite light coverage foundations. I will also be adding the Sunshine Under Eye Concealer to my list of must-have products.
While I like the primer, I don’t wear primer often enough. I usually only use them for reviews like this one so I can’t really justify a repurchase.
The bronzer is nice but I think I want to see if I can find something that works better for my skin tone.