MILANI Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadows : Swatches and Review

Hi there, my darlings! I've been saving this particular post for months...and with the big holiday parties, like NYE, New Year's Day etc, just around the corner, there's no better time than right NOW! Are you planning  a special look to bid 2014 goodbye? Do you want to look especially gorgeous for a special someone? Are you going to party the night away and want to make sure every head turns when you walk by? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I've got just the thing for you! I'd like to introduce you to the utterly gorgeous Milani Cosmetics' Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow collection!

Let's take a look at what the brand has to say about these gorgeous eyeshadows :

A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear.

The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can be used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different. 

Apply using ring finger or brush for luminous eyes in one stroke. Use lighter shades on brow bone as a highlighter, mid-tone shades on the lid and deeper shades for contouring in the crease. Use any shade WET as a liner to create intense color or added definition for limitless, multidimensional looks as unique as you!

Now let's get to swatches--I have SO many favorites in this collection!

From left to right :

  • Bella Ivory : Ivory Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Sand :  Shimmering Beige (Vegan)
  • Bella Cappuccino : Light Red-Brown Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Caffe : Ash-Brown Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Taupe : Taupe-Brown Satin Matte (Vegan)

Though the first four shades are a bit too light to really pop on my complexion, the last, Bella Taupe is an immediate favorite for a smokey eye!

From left to right :

  • Bella Espresso : Dark Brown Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella White :  Bright White Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Sky : Shimmering Light Blue (Vegan)
  • Bella Navy : Navy Blue Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Gray : Light Gray Satin Matte (Vegan)

These shades, all five, are ones that should be staples in any eyeshadow lovers' stash and I particularly love Bella Navy--a gorgeous vibrant navy blue!

From left to right :

  • Bella Charcoal : Shimmering Dark Charcoal (Vegan)
  • Bella Black :  Deep Black Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Pink  : Shimmering Pink
  • Bella Violet : Shimmering Violet Purple (Vegan)
  • Bella Purple  : Rich Purple Satin Matte

I had hoped that Bella Black would blend easily but it is a bit of a challenge. That being said, it's incredibly pigmented and I would even use this to line my eyes. Of these five, Bella Charcoal and Purple were immediate winners for me!

From left to right :

  • Bella Champaign : Shimmering Champagne Pink (Vegan)
  • Bella Khaki :  Shimmering Dark Green (Vegan)
  • Bella Emerald  : Shimmering Emerald Green (Vegan)
  • Bella Rouge : Red Metallic Sheen
  • Bella Silver  : Silver Metallic Sheen (Vegan)

Bella Khaki cracked, unfortunately, before I managed to get it photographed but of this batch, Bella Emerald was a surprising favorite! I don't usually do greens but this green is GORGEOUS!

From left to right :

  • Bella Teal : Teal Metallic Sheen (Vegan)
  • Bella Gold :  Gold Metallic Sheen (Vegan)
  • Bella Copper  : Copper Metallic Sheen (Vegan)
  • Bella Bronze : Bronze Mettalic Sheen (Vegan)
  • Bella Cobalt  : Cobalt Blue Satin Matte (Vegan)

I love all five of these shades! ALL five! They are bold and vibrant--just what attracts me to eyeshadows! The bolder, the better!

From left to right :

  • Bella Fuschia : Fuschia Pink Satin Matte
  • Bella Mandarin :  Light Orange Satin Matte (Vegan)
  • Bella Chiffon : Shimmering Off-White (Vegan)
  • Bella Rose : Shimmer Light Pink
  • Bella Diamond  : Shimmering White (Vegan)

Now of these last five shades, I must admit none of them really spoke to me, though I do want to see what I can do with Bella Mandarin--such an unusual shade!

IMPRESSIONS : Across the board, I was really pleasantly surprised by the texture of these shadows--so velvety smooth! No flaking, no chalky mess despite being powders--there is a little fall out but nothing that a little remover can't fix. Great color pay-off on most of the shades--a little goes a long way with these pigmented beauties! All in all, a fabulous ranges of color at a very affordable price!

So there you have it, my darlings! The Milani Bella Gel Powder Eyshadows collection! You ca find all the shades on Milani Cosmetic's online site HERE for the fab price of $4.49 for each! You can also look for them at select drugstore/retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Duane Reade. Please remember to follow Milani Cosmetics on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM for all the latest news and updates!

Which of these caught your eye? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Until next time,

****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****


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