Milani Conceal + Perfect

I am always on the hunt for a great new foundation. I have been trying out a lot of high-end brands lately, but YouTubers have been raving about the Milani Conceal +Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer. I had my doubts because I have been wronged by many a drug store foundation before, but I was willing to give it a shot. Hey, if a drug store foundation could give me the coverage that I need without drying out my skin, while eliminating the need for concealer all for under $10, why not give it a try?

To give it a fair shot, I also picked up the Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore Minimizing Primer. I do have dry skin and lately my pores seem to need a little extra TLC.

*I’m going to shoot you straight on this one. I can’t even put the energy into reviewing the primer – it was that bad. It smelled like pure chemicals and did absolutely nothing for my skin or my foundation.

The basics…

Conceal + Perfect Foundation

Price

$9.99 at CVS (as low as $6.99 in Target)

Claims

Medium to full coverage. Lightweight, oil-free formula. Longwearing, water-resistant and sweat-proof.

Color Selection

01 Creamy Vanilla, 02 Natural, 03 Light Beige, 04 Medium Beige, 05 Warm Beige, 07 Sand, 09 Tan, 10 Golden Tan (I have no idea what happened to 06 and 08, but I could not find them in stores or online!)

So here’s the deal…

PROS

Lasting Coverage – This is definitely a long wearing, full coverage foundation as the claims state. This lasted a full work day without budging and with almost no need to blot or touch up. I would not go as far as to say there is no need for concealer – especially if you have under eye issues like me. I still needed a color correcting concealer under my eyes to cover up my dark circles. If you are lucky enough to not have any problem areas or blemishes you may find that the foundation is enough for you.

Light as a Feather – This foundation was lightweight, as it claimed and it dried completely so that there was no transfer to my clothes – this is a huge plus in my book. At times it felt like I wasn’t wearing any foundation at all.

CONS

Parched – As I mentioned, I have dry skin. This foundation really clung to my dry patches and really made my skin look dehydrated. Any and all expression lines were emphasized and I felt like it aged me (not cool, man). On day 2, I used a hydrating finishing spray on top and I still felt like my skin looked super dry.

You Better Be Quick – While I loved that this foundation dried completely and did not transfer, you pretty much have to be “faster than a speeding bullet” to blend out this foundation before it dries. It was the most difficult foundation to blend that I have ever encountered – it dried within seconds of placing it on my skin. No matter how hard I tried, I ended up looking patchy in spots – particularly on my forehead and chin.

One Shade Does Not Fit All – The color selection in this line is just weird. I don’t get it. There were only 8 shades and all of them appeared dark with a yellow undertone (I am a fair-skinned, pink undertone gal). Picking a shade was almost impossible and even after quietly cracking the seal in the store and trying it out on my hand, I still picked the wrong color. Somehow the second shade in the line was still too dark for me, so this foundation is not for my fair-skinned ladies.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite some redeeming qualities, this foundation just did not work out for me. My biggest problem was that it was too dry for my already dry skin, so if you have combination or oily skin, I wouldn’t necessarily rule it out. I could actually see this having a really beautiful finish on someone with oily skin. The lack of colors also did not do this foundation line any favors. I am typically somewhere in the light-to-medium range – I usually end up with beige shades. Even if I had purchased the 01 Creamy Vanilla, I think there’s a chance it would have still been dark and definitely too yellow for me.

Unfortunately this foundation is headed back to the store along with the primer (ughh, I can’t even deal with that primer!).

Let me know in the comments if you agree or if you had a completely different experience than I did. I would also love to know what foundations you would like me to review next.

xoxo