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.
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 drugstore.com 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.
L-R: Light Medium 02, Medium 03, Light Tan 04 – Without 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.
LIGHT MEDIUM (02)
Milani The Multitasker Face Powder Light Medium (02) – With Flash
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.
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]
- Where to Buy: Retailers include CVS, Walgreen’s, Shoppers, Target - check out the Milani Store Locator; online retailers include milanicosmetics.com, cherryculture.com, drugstore.com
- 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