Milani’s Baked Blush in Berry Amore is a neutral medium-deep pink with a hint of gold sheen. The actual pigments you can see in the powder are warm brown, cool blue-pink and gold. The gold shimmer is noticeable, especially in the swatch:
But on the cheeks, the overall effect is a nice luminosity. The shimmer is subtle – enough that I don’t bother wearing a highlighter with it, but not sparkly or glittery at all.
Milani’s Berry Amore is highly pigmented and very blendable, which makes it a great blush formula. Because the pink is neutral, this will work on a wide variety of skin tones. On my light skin I have to use a light hand, but because the formula is so blendable I never get too much. You can also build it up, which means this will work for many deeper skin tones as well. This blush glides over the skin with a velvety texture, giving you great results with very little effort. Wear time is well above average, and when this blush begins to fade it does so evenly. The product is unscented.
They claim that it “shapes, contours and highlights”…
…and I have to agree. Something about the blend of brown, pink and gold creates nearly the same effect I get from using a blush with a highlighter above and a contour below. That means I don’t need to bother with those products when I use this blush, which saves me time. It’ll also save space when you’re on the go and bringing products with you.
The packaging is a little gold compact:
There’s a second well under the blush pan – it holds a very small mirror and a little brush which is thin, with densely packed bristles and a dome shape. It actually works quite well to apply this blush – it can tend to apply it heavily in some spots because it’s dense, but you can use the density to blend out the pigments. This is great when you want to carry a blush with you for travel or touchups. I find it a little awkward that the blush is on the flipside of the mirror, so you have to get blush onto your brush and then flip it to see what you’re doing. But it’s not a big deal at all.
The texture of Berry Amore reminds me of Benefit’s Sugarbomb and Hervana, which are also silky, pigmented and blendable, but cost a good $20 more. This blush performs extremely well in general, and especially for such an affordable price point – these run about $8 at drugstores, and you can often find them on sale for even less. The packaging, complete with a useful brush, makes these great for both your vanity and your bag.