Milani Bronzer XL Review

As someone with a round face, contouring is a great technique for me. I don’t do it every day, but I love how it can make my face look more sculpted, with cheekbones for DAYS. The right contouring product can really make the look and I prefer to use cooler toned products, as I find warmer tones not very believable. While there are some great mid- and high-end contouring products on the market, the drugstore doesn’t have a lot of options. But one really great drugstore choice is the Milani XL Bronzer in “Fake Tan.”

Milani Bronzer XL Closed Compact

Milani Bronzer XL in “Fake Tan.”

This is powder product in a split pan, with a warm, shimmery bronzer on the right side and a cooler matte bronzer on the left. Both are very smooth powders and not too pigmented, which I think works well, especially for beginners, because this product is hard to overdo. The powder itself is not dry at all and feels almost creamy, but it’s still thin so I don’t feel it will cake up.

Milani Bronzer XL Open Compact

Milani Bronzer XL in “Fake Tan.”

The shimmer on the right side is visible but not excessive when applied to the skin, so even the shimmer-averse might not mind it. The color is warm and doesn’t come out orange, a pet peeve of mine. The matte side is a deep color which can work on very fair to medium or even some darker skin tones if you build it up. The powder is very finely milled so again, I don’t think you’d have to worry too much about caking it on. And because it isn’t super super pigmented you can adjust how much really want to carve out cheekbones with this powder.

Milani Bronzer XL Swatches

Swatches from left to right, all swatched on bare skin: matte side, shimmer side.

My only issue with this product is there is a noticeable fragance when you open the compact. It’s a sweet, kind of floraly scent. I don’t notice it when it’s on my face but when I swatched it on my arm I did notice it when I stuck my nose close to the swatch. So unless your skin is very sensitive to fragrance I don’t see this being a huge issue.

Overall, I think this is a great option for bronzing and contouring for multiple skin tones at a budget-friendly price point.

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