Milani Baked Bronzer 04 Glow - Review & Swatches

Monday, August 6, 2012

Where to buy: Cherry Culture $7.99US (International shipping to AU/UK starts at $11.13US)

Rating: 3.5/5 Glittery Stiletto's 



A bronzing powder that features a mélange infusion of colors baked on Italian terracota tiles. Easy to use, sensorial in texture, the nuances of color become extraordinarily luminous, enhancing the purity of the skin. This hi-tech, streak free bronzer, gives you a perfect radiant look.


I love Milani's baked products, they are a fantastic reasonably priced alternative to MAC MSF's and although I am yet to find an exact colour dupe from the product's I have in my collection I feel like the texture and finishes are very similar. Glow 04 is the lightest shade of all the Milani baked bronzers packed full of shimmer and sparkle while maintaining a smoothness and luminosity.

This shade is definitely dark enough for me to use as a bronzer (I'm NC15 in Mac foundations FYI) but I'd say anyone darker would be able to use they as a warm golden blush/highlight. Typically I use bronzer as a contour but I would steer clear of any contour areas when using this shade. Instead, I like to use a bigger fluffy brush and sweep over the cheek bones, on the top of the forehead and a little on the décolletage for a stunning summer glow. No need to apply a highlighter!

Staying power is pretty decent being a baked powder/mineral product - around 8 hours of good wear with a liquid foundation and NO POWDER (just setting spray). The packaging is bulky and very "plastic"/cheap but for the price and 0.25oz of product I can live with it. 


Used as described above (big fluffy brush swept over the cheek bones and lightly on the forehead) with NARS blush in sex appeal - please excuse the obligatory early morning dark circles/bags.


1. MAC Shimpagne - Similar opacity and texture, Shimpagne is pinker and more finely milled.
2. ELF Blushed/Bronzed #00301 - The bronze side of this duo is ashier with a lot less shimmer.
3. NARS Laguna - Compared to Glow the famous NARS Laguna is darker, warmer and smoother.
4. Milani 04 baked glow - Warm golden bronze.
5. DUPE Milani Illuminating Face Powder 02 Hermosa Rose - Swirled all together Hermose Rose is eerily similar considering they are both by Milani - identical shimmer, base color is a tad less pigmented.
6. Dior 001 healthy Tan - One of my go-to bronzers Dior 001 is warmer, redder and almost matte.

Have you tried anything from the Milani baked line? Have you found any MAC MSF dupes?


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