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milk makeup: the a team

milk makeup the a team review

You guys, cream makeup has taken my world by storm. I just love how seamlessly they blend into my skin. They’re so convenient to travel with, and blend beautifully with just my fingers and maaaaybe a Beauty Blender on some occasions. That means less brushes to pack and more space for makeup in my luggage, right?

milk makeup the a team review

Milk Makeup the A Team

Milk Makeup The A Team features a set of six miniatures of their bestselling sticks. It’s a Sephora exclusive, retailing at $39 with a value of $84. That breaks down to $6.50 per item, which I think is a pretty good deal. Here’s what’s included:

  • Cooling Water
  • Blur Stick
  • Matte Bronzer in Baked
  • Highlighter in Lit
  • Holographic Stick in Mars
  • Glitter Stick in Techno

milk makeup the a team review

milk makeup the a team review

The cool thing about Cooling Water is that it literally feels like I’m gliding cool water in stick form all over my face. Another form of witchcraft? Probably. It lightly hydrates; I need to supplement with another moisturizer or oil afterwards. Not a problem for me, though – I regularly layer my skincare anyway. It tugs on my skin, but using a facial spray beforehand (my favorite is the Mario Badescu Rosewater spray) helps it glide a lot more smoothly. It doesn’t spread, so it’s hard to tell sometimes which areas I’ve already applied it to. Maybe the full size is easier to use – this is a mini, after all.

I mentioned before that I use hydrating primers, so Blur Stick is new for me! I’m a woman of habit though, and I’m not reaching for this often. The texture feels like I left it uncovered for days, though it just needs some warming up. It tugs on the skin a lot harder than Cooling Water does, and I also can’t tell where I’ve already applied it to.

Matte Bronzer in Baked looked so orange when I first put it on, but it looks a lot better once it’s blended in. It’s super creamy and blends easily for a natural, lit-from-within finish even though it’s matte. Unfortunately if your skin is darker, this might not work for you since it’s pretty light.

Highlighter in Lit is your everyday, run-of-the-mill champagne highlight. It’s not special by any means, but I’m starting to run out of Benefit’s Watt’s Up! highlighter so this will be a good replacement. It doesn’t completely dry down, but I don’t mind it since I don’t often set my face to begin with. It gives off a subtle wet sheen, too!

Pinky highlighters are my favorite, and Holographic Stick in Mars is no exception! It’s not *actually* holographic, but it shifts to an absolutely gorgeous pink. It’s a little more subtle than Lit is, but I am liviiiiing for that subtle glow. The formula is similar to Lit in the sense that it doesn’t completely dry down, and has a slight sheen to it.

If you love glitter and rainbows and holo, look no further! If you know me, full-blown glitter *is* considered an everyday look. Still, the Glitter Stick in Techno would be stunning with natural or neutral makeup. It’s a bit grainy but hey, what do you expect from glitter? Like the last two highlighters, this one doesn’t dry down completely as well. It also looks like the full size of this is exclusive to the Milk Makeup website, so it’s nice to get it in this little set.

milk makeup the a team swatches - milk makeup matte bronzer baked, milk makeup mars, milk makeup lit, milk makeup techno

L – R: Matte Bronzer in Baked, Highlighter in Lit, Holographic Stick in Mars, Glitter Stick in Techno

Final Thoughts

Personally, I would’ve liked to see a blush in replacement of the Blur Stick since not everyone needs a blurring primer. It would’ve been cool if Milk did separate sets for the lighter and darker bronzer too, even though I can’t say for certain that their darkest shade will match the darkest skin tones. On the bright side, the highlighters look lovely on darker skin tones from the swatches I’ve seen – they seem to pop even more! Either way, if you’re new to Milk Makeup or interested in cream makeup and want to start somewhere, this is a good set to start with.

I did a lil’ first impressions on this set when I first got The A Team. If you’re interested to in my first impressions and try-on, give the video a click!

Have you tried anything from Milk Makeup? What are your thoughts?

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  • I watched your first impressions video a few days ago! While Milk Makeup intrigues me, I don’t think I know enough of it yet to justify purchasing. Especially when I think of shipping costs, yikes.

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

  • Ah how pretty are those highlighter swatches! I’m a big fan of pink highlighters so Mars is right up my alley. My only issue with cream/stick products is that they always seem to smudge my base when I apply them. Granted the last time I tried a cream/stick products was…a LONG time ago, so I think I’m overdue for giving these products a second chance. I’m gonna try swatching the highlighters in Sephora next time I go!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Have you tried patting it on with your finger? When I swipe with a stick it lifts my base makeup off, too. I’m so fricken proud of those swatches LOL I think I took them on 2 or 3 different days because it was hard to get it just right.

  • You made a YouTube video and it’s about damn time, woman! Haha! I haven’t tried anything from Milk makeup but judging from your swatches, Lit will be my favourite. Can I request for makeup tutorial for the next video? Like share your skills with the world! LOL!


    • HAHA I’m just so bad at talking sometimes. I learned how to edit so I can do it in a breeze, but yeah, talking is the hardest part for me! Hopefully with more practice talking to a camera it’ll get better :p

  • Sam

    I saw your video about these yesterday, haha I was just waiting for the blog post to see your final first impressions! I had no idea this set existed, & I might have bought it if I didn’t just get a ton of milk makeup from the website! I love the matte bronzer, it blends in super nicely, even if it does smell like play doh. I really, really wanted the glitter stick but I found out the full size was limited edition, so even though it’s on the site, I’m not sure they’re bringing it back in stock. The highlighter looks gorgeous, but I ended up getting the holographic stick in supernova since it was more unique. You’re right, it’s not quite holo, but it’s a pretty iridescent purple that’s surprisingly wearable, esp once it’s blended out. Overall, I like their stuff though!

    • I just sniffed my matte bronzer and it really does smell like play doh LOL but with like… a hint of sweetness? urban outfitters seems to be selling the mini glitter stick! though it’s around 12 or 14, not sure if it’s worth it especially since you don’t really know if a brand’s going to be like, “it’s so popular we’re bringing it back for good!” I believe jaclyn hill’s champagne pop was announced as LE, but I’ve also heard that that kind of tactic is used to create false scarcity so idk.

  • Zorica
  • I haven’t tried anything from Milk Makeup yet but I’m getting more and more curious. I’ve heard good things about their foundation for oily skin so I want to get a sample of it to test it out for myself. I don’t think I’d get enough use out of some of the products in this set if I were to pick it up, but I do love it when brands create minis like this because it takes so long to get through makeup, so I love being able to try something for less money because you still get the full effect of the product. I don’t think I would personally have much use for the glittery one but it is super pretty in that swatch! Maybe it works on the eyes as well as the cheeks?

    • yeah, that’s exactly why I got this set! I was interested in milk to begin with, but since it’s a relatively new brand that leans kind of on the mid-high end range in terms of $$. compared to glossier, they kind of… I dunno, it’s so much easier to justify $16- $18 for a product from glossier than $30 for milk you know? I tried the glittery one on my eyelid and it creased haha, and I have pretty dry lids to begin with! I could imagine it looking super pretty as an inner corner highlight though.

  • Jordan Miller

    This post is making me want to buy cream makeup, especially highlighters! I have just posted my first blog post, would love it if you could check it out:)

  • i just wish i could get milk makeup where i live. it just looks so good.

    • aw, hopefully they’ll come to you soon!

  • Emily

    I’ve not heard of milk makeup before but the packaging is so unique and I really love the sound of the cooling water, I’d love to try it as a primer!

    Musings & More

    • yeah, I like the packaging so much + the fact that it’s all in stick format haha. kinda reminds me of nudestix a bit too, though nudestix seems more grown up to me.

  • I haven’t tried any milk makes bedore, or much cream makeup in general! That bronze looks so pretty on you! I loved the first impressions video you did! And I totally agree that a blush would be nice in this set instead of the blur primer!

    • maybe we want the blush because because we like seeing actual makeup on our skin and not something like a primer, haha! yeah i think milk makeup is relatively new, maybe a couple years old!

  • uuurgh milk makeeuuuup and glosssiiieeerrr all these cool, hip braaaaands *o*

    i’ve always been curious about their holographic stick. in my eyes, that’s what milk makeup is known for – holographic crap for the holosexuals or so they are called, right? i was quite surprised to know the holographic stick is more subtle than Lit because on your arm, it looks like the opposite. aw dang it, now i’m drooling over both of them! i never like blinding highlight so these are probably good investment. plus, they’re stick – which i love because imo powder highlight is just too much for me.

    i saw kathleen reviewed the blur stick and she was like “what, did anything happen?” and tbh i’m asking the same thing too lol what does it really do? minimize pores or just hydrate the skin? i know it says a blurring primer but i don’t really understand when primers are marketed for ‘blurring.’ yea, i’m dumb pls educate me, lol

    speaking of milk makeup, i’m also curious about their ubame mascara just because of the packaging. it’s ridiculously amusing but i don’t hear lots of people talk about it, haha

    • LMAO holographic crap, simply nailogical is sometimes a little too juvenile for me haha, though I do enjoy her content + her coining the term holosexual. the holographic stick kinda shifts in certain light if it makes sense? so it’s almost invisible/just glossy in some lights and shifting red in other lights. you’re right about the powder highlight, I find myself going for a stick/cream highlight if I want something subtle and powder if I wanna look like a glazed donut.

      yeah, I don’t think much happened with my blur stick either LOL though it was marketed heavily by a few influencers! I think blurring primers are more for oily skin or skin with larger pores, I think the product is supposed to fill in the pores to “blur” them out if that makes sense.

      I haven’t heard of a mascara from milk before! I just looked at it and the packaging reminds me of eyeko mascara i think??

      • lol i don’t even watch simply nailogical but i heard she’s the one who kind of invented the term holosexual? :))

        when you say glossy, my mind instantly wanders off to sephora pro dimensional highlighting palette which is reaaaaallly oily and gives off that glossy look models love to wear for runway and photoshoots. i first saw that in kathleen’s disappointing products video and i’m surprisingly interested in that glossy trend – for highlight and eyes only though!

        ooooh, i didn’t know about eyeko! yeah both of them are in that toothpaste-like tube packaging it’s weird. milk makeup is too fancey pansey :))

  • I’ve wanted to try milk makeup for ages. With Glossier and Milk Makeup being really all hyped up lately, I’m trying to be super picky (otherwise, bye bye money!)

    Stephanie |

  • aaahh the minis are too cute, bae! totally intrigued with cooling water but i wonder if it would clog my pores D: i’m a bit iffy with such. and that holographic stick in mars? i need one!