It's a game changer.

By Patricia Shannon
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Milani Color Harmony Blush Palette in Pink Play
Credit: Milani

I've been using the same $30 blush for my entire adult life. Actually, I used this same blush my entire makeup-wearing adolescent life as well. Yes, I'm a creature of habit. I was running out of my trusty brick when I suddenly felt the urge to branch out and live on the wild side. I decided to try something new: a $13 drugstore blush palette.

Truth be told, this isn't just any drugstore blush palette. I was drawn to The Color Harmony Blush Palette by Milani because it's pretty. It's vanity-worthy, if you will. It's a petite gold compact, with a clear top that shows the starburst-patterned blush within. Each palette has four different hues that allow for blending, highlighting, or combining to create the perfect shade. There are also four different color palettes to choose from: Pink Play (cool pinks), Bronze Burst (warm bronzes), Coral Beams (warm corals), and Berry Rays (warm pinks). I typically gravitate toward cooler options and, since I was already patting myself on the back for swapping my standby for a new budget-friendly pick, I decided to stick with the cool pink option.

I was dubious even with the pretty packaging and multiple-shade options. There was no way I was going to like this blush that cost less than half as much as my trusty brand. Not to mention, my skin is fair and very sensitive. I can end up with a case of the red, itchy splotches if I so much as think about using a sub-par cosmetic on my face. Regardless, I decided to give it a go.

The first time I used it, I applied the darkest shade just below my cheekbones, the lightest on the apples of my cheeks, and swirled my blush brush through all four colors and swept over my cheekbones to blend and highlight. I stepped back, looked in the mirror to take it all in, and was aghast. Milani's blush palette had somehow made my skin look airbrushed. No itching, no splotches, and just the natural-looking color I needed to take my daily makeup routine to the next level.

Needless to say, the blush I once thought I would never part with hasn't made a reappearance in my makeup stash. I am all in on Milani's $13 blush palette and I'm never looking back.