The Milani Multitasker Face Powder in Chestnut, Swatches & Review

I love it when I find a drugstore foundation that matches my skintone almost perfectly, a rare occassion. I must admit though that I’ve been having some good luck lately. Over the last year or so since I tried liquid foundation I generally wear liquids everyday and barely use my powders. Since my skin has been doing really great lately (knock on wood), I would like to make an effort to wear liquid foundation with a lighter coverage, or just a tinted moisturizer or concealer with a face powder on most days. I don’t really need full coverage foundation unless I’m going out so I want to let my skin breathe more.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder

The Milani Multitasker Face Powder is a a matte face powder with light to medium coverage, that can be built up without giving you cake face. It can be used to set your liquid foundation, to control oil and shine, or used alone over a concealer or tinted moisturizer for a natural looking coverage.  For reference I am generally a NW45 in MAC and a Cappuccino in Revlon PhotoReady Foundation. The Milani Multitasker Face Powder in Chestnut is almost a perfect match for me.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder

Left: heavily swatched, Right: slightly blended

Chestnut is a deep brown with slight red undertones. In fact, it is almost a dupe of my MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW45 which used to be my holy grail until I fell in love with my liquid foundations. The two powders are very similar but the Milani Multitasker leans more red and is a tad bit deeper.

Left: Milani The Multitasker in Chestnut

Right: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation NW45

 The Multitasker Face Powder is silky smooth and blends into the skin without being chalky or settling into fine lines. I used it to set my Revlon ColorStay Foundation and applied it with my elf flat top powder brush. The powder is very soft so instead of swirling my brush in it I tap it to avoid picking up too much product, and buff it into my skin for a flawless finish. It wears well all day without fading or sliding off. I have a very oily t-zone and the powder controlled my oil pretty well without having to be touched up too much during the day.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder

The Milani Multitasker comes in 10 shades: Light, Light Medium, Medium, Light Tan, Tan, Medium Tan, Dark Tan, Amber, Deep Amber and Chestnut which is the deepest shade. All of the shades have various undertones in warm, cool and neutral. The undertones are listed in the descriptions on the site which can be very helpful when attempting to choose a shade.  The Multitasker retails at $6.99 for .37 oz and comes with a powder puff in the under compartment, I just wish there was a mirror in it (hint hint.) This is a steal in my opinion being that the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation costs a whopping $27 for .52 oz. You can buy enough products to finish making up the rest of your face with the difference… well at the drugstore at least and obviously there are some amazing products there! 🙂

Purchase at www.milanicosmetics.com or your local drugstore that carries Milani products. The Multitasker is also available for $6.25 at www.cherryculture.com, as well as other Milani goodies.

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Erica
Erica

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22 Comments

  1. 04.19.2012 / 10:28 am

    Great review!
    I used to love MAC Studio PLus Powder… I haven’t used it in a while. The only Milani product I’ve used are their eyeshadows. Since Milani is so cheap I’ll prob give it a try. The only thing is the chestnut is way too warm.

    • Erica
      Author
      04.19.2012 / 1:32 pm

      Milani has really been stepping up their game. I agree that Chestnut is very warm but cools off a bit as it blends into the skin. The 2 shades that are closest to chestnut are very similar, but way too cool for me. It’s as if they have pink and grey undertones which I can imagine would make me look ghostly lol

  2. 04.19.2012 / 11:17 am

    I feel like I’ve never seen this stuff before. But since were the same color in MAC I am thinking I will need to try this. The other day I saw some of the new Milani eye shadows have you tried them yet? There is a bright pink calling my name.

  3. 04.19.2012 / 12:57 pm

    I weened myself off of MAC and onto Sephora a few years ago. I’m gonna take your advice and try Milani. They’re always on sale at ULTA. Great post!

    • Erica
      Author
      04.19.2012 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you. Milani has great products and even better prices. Love them!

      I only go to MAC when I run out of my faves or something really unique comes out, but I have a pro discount so it’s not too bad thank goodness 🙂

  4. 04.19.2012 / 5:29 pm

    This looks good on you, but I will probably need a shade deeper than Chestnut. so I can’t try it.

    • Erica
      Author
      04.19.2012 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you. Danielle from The Style & Beauty Doctor is a NW47 in MAC and said it matches her after oxidizing so give it a shot!

  5. 04.19.2012 / 9:51 pm

    Even though I don’t own to many MIlani products… I LOVE the brand thanks to blogs and youtube! I don’t wear foundation, just concealer under my eyes, which I set with my MSF Natural, so its cool that you say this can be used for that as well. My MSF Natural is my holy grail, but its always nice to have a inexpensive alternative for your favorite products. My only issue is I wish we could test them… I haven’t mastered the art of matching myself with powders and liquids… so just picking one up is kind of intimidating when going blindly…

    Great post!

    xx

    • Erica
      Author
      04.19.2012 / 11:36 pm

      Oh I love MSF Natural as well. Haven’t used it in a while but will be bringing it out come Summer to give my skin that Beach Bronzed look!

      I understand what you mean about matching when you can’t test out the shades. I will try and swatch all of the shades this weekend and edit this post with the swatches to use as reference. Maybe that can help!

  6. 04.19.2012 / 11:26 pm

    i have this same powder but i have yet to use it, i remember getting it during the cyber monday sale, can’t wait to try it

    • Erica
      Author
      04.19.2012 / 11:37 pm

      Come back and let me know how it works for you!

  7. sofia
    02.10.2013 / 8:35 pm

    Hi, What a great review. Right on spot! I love the multitasker and have it in Light tan but I’d also like to find a deeper color to shade and contour with. Shade 8,9 Amber and deep amber look so similar. What would you say is the main difference between them 2. I like my color for shading to not be to red but more cool.
    Hope you can help! Thanks

    • Erica
      Author
      02.10.2013 / 8:43 pm

      Amber is slightly darker and a bit more cool. Hope that helps!

  8. Bernie
    06.29.2014 / 9:31 pm

    I tried this powder and loved it. Of course it was too dark for me. I was using chestnut so I got a bit darker as the day wore on. Still looking for # 8 amber bc #9 is still a tad too dark. But I love this product almost as much as my MSFN. I’m still learning my shade so my powders I always choose a shade too dark. lol.

  9. brucee1920
    11.25.2014 / 10:32 am

    Thanks for the review. I got Milani Multitasker *Chestnut* from Walgreens (on clearance $3.99)and been comparing it to the MAC Studio Fix *NW45*. Long story short… I’m keeping it!!!
    Thanks

    • Erica
      Author
      11.28.2014 / 12:19 pm

      You’re welcome!

  10. 12.30.2014 / 5:27 am

    Hi,
    Please would like to know what shade compares mac nw43 please. Just heard of milani and seriously contemplating on getting one,thank you.

    • Erica
      Author
      01.06.2015 / 11:04 am

      Sorry, I no longer have these so I am not exactly sure.

  11. 12.30.2014 / 5:29 am

    Hello,would love to know which shade compares to Mac nw43 please.

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