Like other American, It-Girl indie brands, Glossier and Nudestix, Milk Makeup is a hot, new beauty brand known for its inclusive messaging and unique, clean beauty offerings. This brand champions the no-makeup makeup look for the girl of guy on the go through their multi-use makeup products. But does the brand live up to the hype?
Please keep reading for my Milk Makeup review.
Founded by Mazdack Rassi and Zanna Roberts Rassi, Milk Makeup promises to provide beauty for everyone. The brand emphasizes the importance of creativity, self-expression and #LivingYourLook.
Milk Makeup is vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.
Milk Makeup Review
Now that we understand more about the brand, let’s dive into the Milk Makeup Review on five of the brand’s cult classic products.
Mini Blur Stick Matte Primer | $14.00 USD
The Milk Makeup Blur Stick Matte Primer promises to be a silicone-free, oil-free matte primer stick that will blur the look of fine lines and pores.
Claims: The Blur Stick claims to be a lightweight, silicone-free, matte primer that minimizes the appearance pores and fine lines. The formula is described as “velvety.” Milk promises that clear primer will provide a shine-free canvas that blurs imperfections and makes your makeup last longer.
This primer can be worn under makeup or on its own. It promises to provide a matte, perfected look to the skin without clogging pores. Supposedly this is ideal for all skin tones and for normal-to-oily skin.
Ingredients: The Milk Makeup Blur Stick Matte Primer is cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, silicone-free, dimethicone-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and talc-free.
Application: The primer is best applied using your fingers to tap the product into the skin. Rub your finger over the top of the stick until the product warms up and softens. Gently pat the primer onto the skin over textured areas.
Reality: This primer is super lightweight, BUT I found this to be very stiff and difficult to apply initially. To get this primer to do what it promises, I have to rub my finger across it until the product warms and softens.
Does it blur skin without clogging pores? Sure. Would I purchase this again? If I’m buying a stick primer, I want to use something that requires less effort.
Bad or Rad: This primer hasn’t left a lasting impression on me. Would I buy it again? Maybe.
Mini Lip + Cheek in Werk | $14.00 USD
The Mini Lip + Cheek product is a multi-use, lip and cheek color stick. The shade Werk is described as a dusty rose.
Claims: Milk Makeup promises that the Lip + Cheek Multi-stick will be easy-to-apply, buildable, and bendable. It promises to provide creamy color with a single swipe and will absorb easily.
Ingredients: The Lip + Cheek multi-stick is formulated with Mango butter and avocado oil to provide rich color and hydration. Additionally, this product is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and fragrance-free.
Application: Although this can be applied with a brush, the Lip + Cheek product performs best when applied directly to the skin and blended out with the fingers. As with all cream products, this should be applied before setting the face with powder.
Reality: This blush is easy to apply and blend.It adds a beautiful, natural flush to the cheeks without looking greasy or shiny. The product is long-wearing, too. Compared to Glossier’s Cloud Paint formula, the Milk multi-stick is much easier to blend.
Bad or Rad: This is definitely a rad product. This is a must-buy for anyone who loves natural-looking makeup and lacks time.
Mini Holographic Highlighter in Supernova| $14.00 USD
The Mini Holographic Highlighter in Supernova is meant to provide “prismatic” shine to the cheeks, lips, and eyes. This comes in three shades and all sizes can be purchased as minis.
Claims: Milk Makeup claims that the multi-use holographic highlighter leaves the skin, lips, and eyes feeling hydrated and glowing.
Ingredients: The Holographic Highlighter is made with “meteorite powder”, twilight pearls, mango butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil. This highlighter is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. The Holographic Highlighter is both vegan and cruelty-free.
Application: This is best applied directly to the skin, either bare or overtop makeup and blended out with fingers. Apply this prior to setting the face with powder.
Reality: Although I liked this highlighter, I didn’t see a huge holographic effect. I do not typically wear colorful highlighters, so I don’t mind that the color wasn’t overly silver-purple.
Bad or Rad: I liked this highlighter, but I wouldn’t purchase the holographic formula again. I’d rather pick up another one of the brand’s “traditional” stick highlighters.
Mini Highlighter in Lit | $14.00 USD
The Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit is a creamy, dewy highlighter meant to provide a beautiful, everyday glow. The shade Lit is a champagne-pearl color, while the shade Turnt is a rose-gold color. Both shades can be purchased as a mini.
Claims: Milk claims that the cream highlighter will is easily applied with one swipe across the skin. This is meant to highlight and hydrate the skin with an iridescent pearlescent glow. This highlighter is designed to instantly absorb and blend on the skin once the product interacts with the skin’s heat.
One swipe should provide a natural glow, while additional layering promises to provide a more intense, luminous shine.
Ingredients: The highlighter is infused with micro-shimmer, mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado oil. This is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Milk Makeup does not test on animals.
Application: This can be applied directly to the skin or dabbed on with the fingers. For best results, apply before setting the face with powder.
Reality: Lit provides a natural, effortless-looking glow that makes my skin look radiant and dewy without looking greasy. When wearing this highlighter, I received many compliments on my skin’s radiance.
Bad or Rad: Lit is a rad highlighter and the Milk formula is killer. Fans of natural-looking, glossy or dewy highlighters will love this highlighter.
Mini KUSH High Volume Mascara | $12.00 USD
The KUSH High Volume Mascara is a cannabis-infused mascara that is meant to blacken and volumize lashes.
Claims: The KUSH High Volume Mascara promises to provide lasting volume, length, and curl without clumping, flaking, or drying out the lashes. The cannabis seed oil is meant to condition the lashes, while the heart-shaped fibers of the formula are meant to provide a longer and thicker looking lash.
Ingredients & CF Status: As previously mentioned, this product is infused with cannabis seed oil. The KUSH High Volume Mascara is cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, vegan, gluten-free, fragrance-free, and silicone-free.
Application: For best results, start at the base of the lash and wiggle the wand upwards. Multiple layers will add additional lift, length, and volume. Be aware, this is a wet formula so this may smudge.
Reality: Not only did my lashes look long, voluminous, and lifted, but the mascara opened up the appearance of my eyes. My eyes looked larger and more awake. I received countless compliments on my lashes on the days I wore this mascara.
Bad or Rad: Of the products featured in my Milk Makeup review, the Kush Mascara was the standout product. This is a product that I’ve repurchased multiple times.
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Final Thoughts on Milk Makeup
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed many of the brand’s cosmetic products. Milk Makeup’s products enhance my natural beauty. The products speed up my beauty routine in a noticeable way.
I appreciate the cleaner formula for each product. I will purchase more cosmetics products from the brand. Current items on my beauty wish list include the Matte Cream Bronzer, the Micro Fiber Brow Gel, the Hydro-Grip Primer, and the Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder.
Although pictured above, I did not include the brand’s skincare in my Milk Makeup review. I am hesitant to try or recommend the brand’s skincare in the future as both products I tried irritated my skin.
The Watermelon Brightening Serum caused breakouts. Cooling Water Stick caused an intense burning reaction that lasted for days. To read about my experience with the Cooling Water Stick outside of the Milk Makeup brand review, check out my Worst of Beauty 2018 post.
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