July 20, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow - swatches & pics of ALL 30 Shades! Plus review!

Hello, Beautiful!

Milani has just launched their new Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow -- which start their life as a gel and then through a special process, are turned into the powder shadows you see in the pans. There are 30 shades in total, and I have all 30 to share with you in this post! Four different finishes (Satin Matte, Shimmer, Metallic, Highlighter/Shimmer), and an affordable price point of just $3.99 each (and don't forget you can often find sales).

Read my full review below to find out what I think of these, but first, check out all 30 shades!

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shades: 01 Bella Ivory, 02 Bella Sand, 03 Bella Cappuccino, 04 Bella Caffe, 05 Bella Taupe, 06 Bella Espresso, 07 Bella White, 08 Bella Sky, 09 Bella Navy, 10 Bella Gray, 11 Bella Charcoal, 12 Bella Black, 13 Bella Pink, 14 Bella Violet, 15 Bella Purple, 16 Bella Champagne, 17 Bella Khaki, 18 Bella Emerald, 19 Bella Rouge, 20 Bella Silver, 21 Bella Teal, 22 Bella Gold, 23 Bella Copper, 24 Bella Bronze, 25 Bella Colbalt, 26 Bella Fuchsia, 27 Bella Mandarin, 28 Bella Chiffon, 29 Bella Rose, 30 Bella Diamond
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.




To show how they have a dip in the center:













Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 01 Bella Ivory -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 02 Bella Sand -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 03 Bella Cappuccino -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 04 Bella Caffe -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 05 Bella Taupe -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 06 Bella Espresso -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 07 Bella White -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 08 Bella Sky -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 09 Bella Navy -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 10 Bella Gray -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 11 Bella Charcoal -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 12 Bella Black -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 13 Bella Pink -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 14 Bella Violet -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 15 Bella Purple -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 16 Bella Champagne -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 17 Bella Khaki -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 18 Bella Emerald -- shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 19 Bella Rouge -- metallic finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 20 Bella Silver -- metallic finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 21 Bella Teal -- metallic finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 22 Bella Gold -- metallic finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 23 Bella Copper -- metallic finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 24 Bella Bronze -- metallic finish





Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 25 Bella Cobalt -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 26 Bella Fuchsia -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 27 Bella Mandarin -- satin matte finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 28 Bella Chiffon -- highlighter/shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 29 Bella Rose -- highlighter/shimmer finish







Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Shade: 30 Bella Diamond -- highlighter/shimmer finish





Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $3.99 (0.05 oz full size). Available on the Milani website, as well as drugstores nationwide that sell Milani - such as CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, etc.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

A gel powder - what would that even look like? We'll tell you: It looks like a 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 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 four finishes. You just have to try this gel powder; it's that different.


My Review...

I have to start with the name of this product and the impression I thought I'd have on the texture. These are called Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow. Based on the name, and the way these look (there is a little indent in each), I was expecting a bouncy or even soft texture - maybe similar to the way the L'Oreal Infallible shadows feel or even the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes feel. But instead, these feel like a powder shadow. Then I read these shadows start their life as a gel and get transformed into a powder -- now the name makes more sense.

These do have a nice texture - they creamy smooth and soft. Some shades did swatch a bit chalky but after getting through that initial layer they performed better. Most of these are very pigmented, but there are a couple that have less pigmentation. These blend beautifully too.

I will say that I prefer to apply these with my finger if I want to get full pigmentation pay off; I've used brushes but I prefer my fingers for the main lid colors. I'll use brushes for crease, outer-v and even liner. Nothing wrong with using brushes for everything, but I feel I get the most color intensity from using my fingers.

Out of the 30 shades, there are some shades I absolutely love and would recommend. The ones I have used the most are: Bella Sand, Bella Taupe, Bella Mandarin, Bella Charcoal, Bella Gray, Bella Champagne, Bella Black, Bella Espresso, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze, and Bella Caffe. There are some shades - like the greens: Bella Teal, Bella Khaki, and Bella Emerald - that are GORGEOUS, but I don't wear those shades as often and haven't played around with them much. But if you like those kind of shades, then those are must-haves for you. Out of the blues, Bella Navy is gorgeous!

Really they are all nicely pigmented - but I did find Bella White and Bella Sky to be two that applied with less intensity and even a bit more patchy or chalky feeling. Bella Fuchsia looks very intense at first glance but actually comes off a lot more sheer in intensity.

If you don't know where to start, check out my swatches on my hand where I show 5 shades at once. After swatching them just like that, I realized those sets of 5's would make good "5-pan palettes", as the shades really go with one another.

For the eyeshadow primer in the photos, I used Milani's Eyeshadow Primer. These perform great over primer, although some difference in intensity - for the most part primer doesn't change most of these all that much. They are more intense when applied wet - but I honestly am too lazy to get up to get water when I want to work with these wet so I'll just use them dry, over primer, or even use a setting spray or MAC's Fix+ to make these even more intense and vibrant!

Using them wet or with some kind of transformer (like a setting spray), is the perfect way to use these as a liner.

There are four different finishes these shadows come in. Here are the finishes and the number of shadows in those finishes:
  • Satin Matte: 13
  • Shimmer: 8
  • Metallic: 6
  • Highlighter/Shimmer: 3


Overall, I'm liking these a lot and think these are a great single shadow available at the drugstore!


Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these eyeshadows? What shades do you like best? Have you tried them or they on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for doing this great swatch, can't imagine the time it took, will diffidently be picking up a few.

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  2. Sooo pretty! I'd love to own a few! The taupe, charcoal, cobalt and emerald and sooo pretty! Thanks for the amazing swatches!

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  3. Fabulous post. Really appreciate the time that you spent on the swatches! ~Jody

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  4. WOW!! Thank you for all the hard work you put into swatching ALL of the shadows! I really want to pick up a couple of these since I have never tried them out before.

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  5. Thank you so much for this extremely helpful, elaborate post!

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