I'm a freelance makeup artist, always on the lookout for eyeshadow palettes that can offer an array of colours so I don't have to lug several carefully selected single shade pots to client sessions. I wanted to test the Gilded Rouge Eyeshadow Palette as soon as I got my hands on it: Hush Hush for highlight on the brow bone, Peach Fuzz and Overbaked for blending, Femme for the main part of the eye socket. They each drew a different reaction from me. Overbaked is a very beautiful orange-based chocolate that worked nicely on my brown skin; Hush hush and Peach Fuzz are shades that you can find in most palettes so they didn't stand out; Femme is a a stunning deep orange with dark pink foil that required some makeup experience, a bit of a tailored application, and a lot of clean up after.
Let's start with Milani's claim of hyper-pigment. Some of the colours needed a fair bit of layering to bring out the colour as seen on the palette. While some shades are common, others are very unique pink hues, such as Rosé Soirée and Sangria, which seemed like Huda Beauty replicas. I like the mix — they allow for a work look, a night look, and an ultra glam look. I put Femme on to a traditional Indian wedding, a classic shade I can see every brown girl reaching out for. It's that super sexy shimmer shade that brings out blues, greens, pinks... essentially all the colours that make up our wardrobe. I wore a beige and blue saree and Femme stole the show.
And then there were the foils, not the most user-friendly I've come across. I sprayed on some setting spray to a flat brush and tried applying Wifey, Wait, What, and Avec Moi, to my eyelids. There was a fair bit of product wastage — the pigments stayed on the brush and refused to get on my eyelids. They made a mess on my cheeks too. What a pity, Milani almost got it.
Monica Selva De Roy