Makeup for Busy Mornings: MILANI The Multitasker Face Powder

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If you’re like me, your mornings can feel like a mad dash to get out the door on time. Makeup becomes an exercise in efficiency – throw on some moisturizer, a dusting of powder, a few coats of mascara, and GO (grabbing your fruit smoothie and tinted lip balm on your way out)…

Sound familiar? If so, allow me to share my newest discovery in my quest for a streamlined morning routine: Milani’s The Multitasker Face Powder.

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Prior to trying The Multitasker, my go-to powder was Make Up For Ever Duo Mat. I’d heard The Multitasker compared to MUFE Duo Mat (not to mention countless other raves) so I decided to pick these up during the 40% off sale. Turns out it’s pretty good timing, because MUFE entered the Chinese market and is no longer cruelty-free (thanks for the heads up, Katie!)

Like Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit, The Multitasker is an example of high-quality, cruelty-free makeup that won’t break the bank. In the two minutes it takes to apply, it creates a long-lasting matte finish with enough coverage to fade imperfections. It controls oil well – as my skin gets oily throughout the day, this keeps it more on the the “glowy” than “greasy” side. BUT it’s not super drying. In fact, I really wouldn’t call it drying at all. And it definitely has a powder texture – it’s not a not a cream-to-powder formula, despite having some similar qualities (e.g. extreme silkiness). If you have dry skin but still want to set with a powder, this could be one to check out.

The first time I tried this product, I applied it the same way I do Duo Mat. Not the best idea. The Milani powder is actually heavier than Duo Mat, so I recommend using a relatively light hand. It’s surprising because Duo Mat is marketed as a powder foundation and The Multitasker isn’t, but it has enough coverage that it definitely could be.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this product is how, when used as a setting powder, it increases wear of my makeup. I didn’t realize it until, after a 10-hour shift, I noticed that my foundation was still mostly in place. It lasted about 12 hours before there was significant fading.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Makeup for Busy Mornings: MILANI The Multitasker Face Powder

L-R: Light Medium 02, Medium 03, Light Tan 04 – Without Flash

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L-R: Light Medium 02, Medium 03, Light Tan 04 – With Flash

The shades are a little confusing, as they apply darker than you might expect. Milani has an online shade chart that tells you the undertones for each of their powder, concealer, and foundation products. Given how difficult it can be to find your shade match from the drugstore (no testers!), I think this is pretty brilliant. I haven’t seen many other drugstore brands do this, but they really should.

I have three shades: Light Medium 02, Medium 03, and Light Tan 04.



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Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Light Medium (02) – With Flash

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Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Light Medium (02) – Without Flash

 LIGHT MEDIUM (02): Fair to light (~NC20) with yellow undertone. This is the powder I’ve been reaching for the most. It’s slightly light for me, but Medium is a bit too pink and leans a bit orange on me.


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Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Medium (03) – With Flash
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Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Medium (03) – Without Flash
MEDIUM (03): Medium (~NW25-35). Milani’s website says this has yellow undertones, but I personally would say it’s more pink-to-neutral. In the pan, it appears quite pink, but it applies more neutral.


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Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Light Tan (04) – With Flash
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LIGHT TAN (04): Medium dark (~NC37-NC42) with yellow undertones. The yellow undertones aren’t as strong as they are in Light Medium, so I think this is a relatively versatile shade that could work for many people.


All three colors are close enough to my skintone that swatches were barely visible, which is why I didn’t include them. In total, there are ten shades. Milani recently expanded the shade range of some of their other complexion products, so maybe they’ll expand this line too.


I’d read a ton of reviews about the strong “old fashioned” scent of this product. I generally don’t like fragrance in makeup (except maybe lip products), so that deterred me from trying this powder for a while. I’m happy to say, I barely noticed the scent. There’s a subtle fragrance but it also just smells like a powder product. Actually, the MUFE Duo Mat has more of a powder scent than this (which you’d never notice, unless you put it right up to your nose, like I did).

Because this has been compared to MUFE Duo Mat, I looked up the ingredients lists of both for comparison. The ingredients are not that similar, but if you’re interested, just click the arrows below to open the info boxes.

 [learn_more caption="Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Ingredients"] Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (Lyral), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Eugenol.+/-May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="MUFE Duo Mat Powder Foundation Ingredients"] Talc, Dimethicone, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aqua (Water), Dimethiconol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Cassia Angustifolia Extract (Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide), Parfum (Fragrance), Gellan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ethylparaben. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).[/learn_more]

The Basics

  • Where to Buy: Retailers include CVS, Walgreen’s, Shoppers, Target  - check out the Milani Store Locator; online retailers include,,
  • Price: ~$6.99
  • Availability: Currently, I believe US and Canada; however, many online retailers of Milani ship internationally
  • Animal Testing Policy: Milani is cruelty-free

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What do you reach for on busy mornings? Do you have a go-to powder/powder foundation hybrid?

  • Name

    I’m going to have to try these out. Sadly, the only thing I’ve tried from Milani are their eyeshadows and polish :(

    • Catherine

      If you do, let me know how you like them! I’ve heard their eyeshadows are great, I haven’t tried them yet. Which ones do you have? ♥

  • Becca

    Ooh I haven’t seen these, otherwise I would probably have snapped one up! I normally don’t use drugstore base products, but after recently trying and really, really liking the Maybelline Dream Matte powder, I am open to trying this one! The Maybelline is in the wrong color anyway, so I really COULD use a new one…:D

    • Catherine

      :) For drugstore powder, this definitely gets my vote! I’ve had good luck with drugstore powders (liquid foundations are another story…) I used that Maybelline powder a few years ago, the Milani is more of a powder foundation in comparison. I actually had the wrong color in that powder too, I totally misunderstood the color names and ended up with the lightest light shade haha ♥

  • Tina

    I’m shocked I’ve never seen these in drugstores! I’ve never been great with pressed powders but love the designs on these. I have a Milani bronzer/blush duo that is one of my absolute favorites. Also love their glosses!

    • Catherine

      Which of the bronzer/blush duos do you have? That sounds like a product I’ve got to try… I’ve only seen their mineralize blushes in stores, but they are gorgeous. ♥

  • Moxie

    First, love your photos!! I’ve never tried Milani Face Powder, so now I’ll have to add that to my list. I still remember feeling incredibly sad when I learned that MUFE was being sold in China. They really had great products. Of course, I refuse to purchase anything from them now!

    • Catherine

      Thank you so much, Moxie! I know, I’m really disappointed. MUFE is one of those brands that releases so many high quality products. I had a couple MUFE posts half-written when I learned they’re no longer cruelty-free.
      So many brands have entered China, I feel like inevitably more will, and I really want to get a better understanding of the Chinese laws and where China stands on changing them. Maybe there’s a way we can help encourage the process/contribute to changing the laws faster. ♥

  • Sunny

    I love the pattern on these! Milani has been putting out great products recently, though it is very hard for me to lay my hands on this brand doh!

    • Catherine

      The flowery pattern is really cute :) I wish Milani was more accessible. It does seem like they’ve been gaining popularity, so hopefully they’ll start shipping internationally soon. I remember seeing some Milani products on and they ship worldwide – not sure about shipping prices though. ♥

  • Mellie Cay (

    I absolutely LOVE Milani. Many of their products are comparable to higher end products. Their Shadow Eyez are EXACT dupes of UD shadow pencils, and their Lip Flashes are EXACT dupes of UD Lip Pencils.
    <3, Mel

    • Catherine

      I want to pick up their shimmery beige eye pencil. I have the UD Sin pencil and it’s great for the inner corner… it would be really interesting to compare! ♥

  • Olivia

    I am definitely going to try to Milani as soon as possible! Thanks for turning me onto it! ;)

    • Catherine

      Thanks so much for your comment, Olivia! Let me know what you end up trying! ♥

  • Danielle

    Great post! Thanks for linking to my post :)

    • Catherine

      My pleasure – thank YOU for showing all the shades! ♥

  • Tran

    Hi there, I’m currenly using the Revlon Colorstay foundation in shade 180 – Sand Beige. So which shade of this powder is a great match with that foundation’s shade?
    I’m considering between those 2 – Medium and Light Tan
    Does the powder oxidized on skin?

  • Catherine

    Hi Sofia! Thanks so much for your kind words & for the heads up that the link isn’t working anymore. Let me know if this link works for you: