To conclude “Comparison Week”, I have a quick post to compare 2 Milani blushes side by side: Milani Powder Blush in #08 Luminous and Milani Baked Blush in #5 Luminoso.
Are Milani Luminous and Luminoso blushes the same colour? The question comes up online from time to time since they do look similar in the pan and have very similar names. I’m here to tell you that they’re quite different. Back in the late-2000’s, Milani blushes were making quite a name for themselves as they were inexpensive, great quality, and offered in colours that duped many of the popular higher end brands.
Milani Luminous was such a shade, meant to be a dupe for Nars Orgasm – it’s a pretty good dupe – a universally flattering peachy pink colour with a golden shimmer. I also really like the packaging of these blushes, they are slim and compact (no useless bottom compartment with a crappy brush like the Baked blushes are now). Luminous is discontinued but If you’re really keen on it, I’ve seen ebay listings for it at very reasonable prices.
Luminous contained 2.75g of product and was made in USA whereas Luminoso has 3.5g and is made in Italy. I recalled Luminous only costing around $3 – the Baked Blushes are around $9.
Milani now carry only the Baked Blushes and the Rose Powder Blushes. And the shade “Luminoso” has caused some confusion as some people assumed it was the same colour as the previous blush shade called Luminous. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is a satiny coral shade. When swatched side by side, the difference between Luminous and Luminoso are apparent:
I love Luminoso and only like Luminous – Luminous is just a bit too frosty for my liking, but Luminoso is the perfect sheen and glow that make it a staple in my blush rotation.
There you have it. Not the same. Get the Luminoso.
This concludes my week of comparing stuff! Hope you enjoyed! 😀