Milani Luminous Blush Review & Swatches

Milani Luminous Blush** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

I’m about to disclose something that might have you conclude that I’m ultra weird. *Deep breath*

Every time I use the Milani Luminous Blush, I feel like Sailor Moon. Hear me out! The little compact has a golden rim with a pink center…like the one Sailor Moon had. And there’s a button at the bottom edge that you press to flip the lid open – you can totally do it with one hand like Sailor Moon did.

Wow. I’ve just entered into the TMI territory. Back to the product review. I’m the type who prefers not-over-pigmented blushes because I like a subtle flush instead of bam-wow color on my cheeks. That’s why I like the Milani Luminous Blush. Although it’s not the best that I own…despite it making me feel like a cartoon superhero. Come see exactly what I think of it.

Milani Luminous Blush Swatches & Pictures

Milani Minerals Luminous Blush

Milani Luminous Blush Swatches

Milani Luminous Blush Swatch

Milani Blush Luminous

Milani Blush Luminous

Milani Blush LuminousClaims: TRUSTED

    Natural healthy glow
    True-color application
    Smooth finish

Key Notes

  • Name: Milani Luminous Blush
  • Amount: 0.155oz or 4.40g
  • What I Paid: $5.99 USD
  • Price Per Unit: $38.65/oz. or $1.36
  • Other Colors Available: Sunset Beach, Mai-Tai, Sweet Rose
  • Where to Buy: Cherry Culture, Milani, CVS, some Loblaws

Milani Minerals Blush Luminous Review

My feelings about Milani Minerals Blush Luminous are much better than neutral, but it’s not overwhelmingly great. It’s good for everyday use to give my face a little pick-me-up color, but it’s not one I’d turn to for when I want something extra special.


Milani Luminous is a universally complementary color. I would describe it as a rosy peach. I like it because against my skin tone, it really does make me look like I just heard (or told) a dirty joke and am blushing. It doesn’t seem like I’m wearing makeup to achieve that color at all!

It also has a very slight golden shimmer to it. But once I put it on my cheeks, I don’t notice it at all. It basically disappears after you blend it.

NARS Orgasm Dupe

There’s word on the makeup street that Milani Luminous is a dupe of NARS Orgasm. The two shades are similar; however, when I put them side by side, I can definitely see the difference. NARS Orgasm looks brighter and warmer because its gold shimmer is more apparent. As a result, Luminous looks a bit dull.

But this is only because I’m comparing them right next to each other. I paid about 8x as much for NARS Orgasm! Is the golden shimmer worth that much money? It’s really up to you. If you don’t think so, then the Milani powder blush is definitely a good alternative.


You won’t get a great color payoff with Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous, but I like it like that. I think it’s so easy to over apply blushes, ending up with clown makeup. That’s why I prefer blushes that are not that pigmented. This blush lets you build up the color so you have more control.

Formula & Consistency

And don’t worry about feeling like you’re wearing too much makeup as you build the color. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t feel/look caked on at all.

Milani Powder Blush in Luminous has a super-fine consistency, so it doesn’t feel grainy or powdery when you’re applying it.

Lasting Power

Meh. Not great on this. I give the Milani Blush in Luminous about 3 hours before it does a vanishing act on me. Blah! I do have dry skin though, and powder blushes aren’t my best friend. So it could last longer for those with normal skin.


The brush is included, but it’s pretty much useless. The bristles are really rough and don’t conform to the natural curves of your face. I prefer using a duo-fiber stipling brush, which offers an easy and smooth application.


  • Includes mirror
  • Talc-free
  • Lightweight
  • Color complements a wide range of skin tones
  • Affordable

  • Not highly pigmented
  • Doesn’t stay on very long
  • Brush is useless

Final Verdict: 7.1/10

This is a good blush with a pretty color, but it’s not one that’s a I-want-I-need-I-get product. I’m in like with it, just not in love.

Do you think you’ll grab this Milani blush? Or do you have another blush that you swear by? Do tell.


6 thoughts on “Milani Luminous Blush Review & Swatches

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Dee!

      I considered putting the pigmentation point under Pro, too. It could go under the Maybe column depending on preferences. lol

      I use Luminous quite a lot as well, but when I’m feeling like something more special, I grab the NARS one. 🙂

  1. Carmela

    How would you rate this compared to the Luminoso from the baked blush line? I’ve heard so much rave reviews about that one and how others have said Luminous pulls more pink while Luminoso is more peach but I’d love to know what you think. 🙂

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Carmela!

      Unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet), I didn’t get Luminoso, so I can’t do a direct comparison for you. Sorry!

      However, I can definitely tell you that Luminous does lean toward the pink side, even though it’s a supposed cheap alternative for NARS Orgasm. I think it’s lacking that warm peachy glow because the golden shimmer isn’t very apparent. Luminous just adds a flush of pink (albeit a pretty pink) onto the cheeks.

  2. hello

    Hi, I recently got the milani minerals blush in luminous 201 and it’s is gorgeous! (on sale too for 1.75!) But, I noticed on the back that there the ingredients had talc and parabens so I was confused…anyone else seen this? I didn’t have a problem with sweet rose and it was talc free on the ingredients list. Please let me know! Thanks!

    1. Mary

      Hey hello!

      Hmm…if I find this or the Sweet Rose one, I’ll check the ingredients to see whether or not they have talc still. Wonder if they changed the ingredients.

      If any of my readers know about this, please reply to ‘hello’.


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