Quick Review + Swatches: The Laneige Milkyway Collection

I'm a little - okay, a lot - behind some product reviews for you guys. It's just that many things fall in the cracks when my schedule gets crazy, but I resolve to be more diligent about timing in the future. That, or clone another Liz whose sole mission will be to write and shoot things! (If only.)

Anyway, I've had the Laneige Milkyway Fantasy Collection since December 2016 as this was their holiday offering. There's some skincare but I'd like to focus on swatching the new shades of their best-selling Two-Tone Bars (P1,200): two for the Lip Bars, and two for the Shadow Bars. I've reviewed the Two-Tone Bars previously, so you can read that if you're looking for a more detailed discussion on the formula.

I love the blue box and pink bullets of this collection. It doesn't show in the photos, but the silver caps has a pink gradient in the bottom!

Here are the four new, limited edition shades:

  • No. 1 Milkyway Burgundy is a deep pink cream shadow mixed with pale pink shimmer. It's cute on the eyes and can be worn alone, but should register best on fairer skin. I find it doesn't look that pigmented on my lids as it does on the swatch.
  • No. 2 Smoky Dust is a deep brown with champagne shimmer. This is fairly pigmented on top of primer.
  • No. 1 Bloody Dress has a rather macabre name, but the bright splash of scarlet mixed with a beigey pink does remind one of a bloody dress, no? I love this shade. I've been wearing this a lot lately as it's so bright and eye catching!
  • No. 2 Mystic Rose is a bright rosy pink mixed with a cool baby pink. I find it too pale for my medium skin tone but it should look great on fairer coloring.

The Shadow Bars seem to stick better than Laneige's first stab at it, but they still crease miserably on my non-oily lids without a primer. The Lip Bars' formulation are still top notch - they're creamy, stain well, and get the gradient look right with minimal effort!

In this look, I'm wearing a mix of Milkyway Pink and Smoky Dust on my eyes. I'm wearing Mystic Rose on my lips in the left photo, and Bloody Dress in the right photo. So kawaii, right?

Overall, I love the concept of this Laneige collection. If you must only get one item, go for the Two Tone Lip Bar in Bloody Dress! It looks fantastic. I think the Shadow Bars still need to be reworked into a wearable formula for humid weather. That being said, I'm definitely looking forward to more shades of the Lip Bars!

Thoughts? How's your gradient makeup game coming along?

Photography by Samantha Gonzales