Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lipglosses, and today, I have three more shades that I’ve tested from the line-up. To recap, the recently launched formula is supposed to have rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick or as tacky. They’re somewhat hydrating as well.

Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency but a noticeable amount of color. This shade lasted four hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Coral Crush (10) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, muted orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will still come through. As the gloss is on the thicker side, it seems to bunch up if you press your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more muted, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Red My Lips (12) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium red with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had rich, opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

What are your favorite cool-toned pinks? It can be such a fun color to wear, because a lot of the blue-based pinks have a brightness to them, which I think is perfect during late winter/early spring when it can be gloomy and gray outside.

  1. NARS Gaiety — cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a matte finish
  2. OCC Mannequin — a pale, cool-toned pink with a matte finish
  3. Hourglass Ethereal Glow — a soft, cool-toned pale pink
  4. MAC Pink Nouveau — a cool-toned, blue-based light-medium pink with a satiny finish
  5. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) — a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a matte finish
Friday, February 14th, 2014

Milani Coming Up Roses Collection
Milani Coming Up Roses Collection

Rose Powder Blush ($7.99)

A luxurious matte powder blush that features rose petals micro-milled into the powder to bring out the natural rosy tones. This blush is multi-purpose: use to shape, contour, and highlight your face. It is easy to use and streak-free. Suitable for all skin types and tones.

  • Coral Cove (05) Bright coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Lady Rouge (06) Hot red (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Love Potion (07) Dark rose (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Tea Rose (08) Light rose (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now at Milani; March 2014 at select Walgreens

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Bella Rosa (11) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, vibrant reddish-pink with a mostly matte finish. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less red, lighter. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is slightly warmer (and a cream product). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is pinker, cooler-toned, and more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

If you’re a big fan of richly pigmented blushes, you might fall in love for Bella Rosa, because it’s not a shy blush at all. It will apply at full intensity if you’re not careful! I recommend using a stippling brush to apply something like this if you’re looking for a softer, sheerer look. The powder has a soft, smooth, silky texture, so I expected it to blend easily, but it did take some effort to even out the color. It’s not too difficult, but when the shade is this intense, every bit counts–you really want a blendable texture. There’s a lot to like about this blush, and to see this level of pigmentation for under $10, I’m impressed. I can see this working beautifully on deeper skin tones, but with a feathery brush and touch, even very fair complexions will be able to make this work. The color wore very well for eight hours before starting to fade around the edges.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush
Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush

Milani Delizioso Pink (10) Baked Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with strong blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter, less blue-based. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is brighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Peony Petal (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two (the second I will be reviewing shortly!) new, matte blushes for spring. It’s intensely pigmented, so you’ll want to reach for less dense brushes and use a lighter hand if you tend to be heavy handed with blush and/or you have a fairer complexion. On my medium skin tone, just knowing not to go full-force with the blush brush yielded a soft, natural application that was just enough to show up on my skin tone. I would expect this to show up more blue-based if you have naturally cooler undertones, but even my warmer complexion didn’t completely swallow up the undertones of this one (which I like!). The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and the blush blends fairly well, though it’s not the most blendable formula. I would make sure to go with a softer application, then build up the color, rather than rely on blending it away. It wore well for eight hours, which was a surprise, given it is a baked formula, before it showed signs of fading.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

This spring, Milani launched a new gloss formula, Brilliant Shine, in fourteen different shades. The new formula is supposed to have “rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” I have several more to try (and not all of them are even photographed yet!), but here are the first three I tested. The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick and not tacky. Based on these three, they’re somewhat hydrating while worn.

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pink-tinged berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. Sometimes deeper shades like this can look splotchy on lips, but I thought this one managed to still allow the natural lip color to come through without looking too uneven. It wore well for four hours. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Ravish Raspberry (06) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It lasted just over four hours on me. It’s brighter and pinker compared to Berry Tempting. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lady (07) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based medium pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it wouldn’t apply evenly at all! It looked splotchy and as if it had settled into lip lines yet not fully. When I wore it, the color lasted for three hours. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned and shimmery. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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