Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss
Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss

Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss

Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with hot pink shimmer.” It’s a bright, vibrant, nearly-neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a heavy dosage of lighter fuchsia shimmer. MAC Athena’s Kiss is a bit darker, not as neon. OCC Pageant isn’t as bright or as blue-based. The underlying base color is similar to MAC Quick Sizzle, which is a touch darker. The overall look is closer to MAC Pink Pigeon. MAC Show Orchid is a bit darker and more iridescent with less obvious shimmer.

Milani describes the formula as yielding full-color coverage with an extra glossy, non-tacky finish that won’t feather. It’s definitely rich in color–it’s opaque in one pass, and the finish is extremely shimmery and fairly glossy. The one characteristic I disagree on is the texture, because it’s incredibly sticky. It has a thicker consistency, so it’s not a lightweight formula, and the shimmer seemed to clump up in a few places. It feels very much like MAC Dare to Wear Lipglass, though. Swatched, it actually looks like it might be a potential dupe for Gimme That, but it’s very different–Gimme That is a rich fuchsia that goes on as more color and has less shimmer. Milani’s variation has much, much more shimmer. It also has a sweet vanilla scent.

Flashy wore for three and a half hours, and as it faded away, the texture of the shimmer was more noticeable on the lips, so it had a slightly gritty consistency after awhile.  The coverage is fantastic, though, and to get this really bright, neon pink in an opaque gloss isn’t always easy.

The Glossover

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product

Flashy

B+
Flashy wore for three and a half hours, and as it faded away, the texture of the shimmer was more noticeable on the lips, so it had a slightly gritty consistency after awhile. The coverage is fantastic, though, and to get this really bright, neon pink in an opaque gloss isn't always easy.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Milani, $7.49.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Athena's Kiss is a bit darker, not as neon. OCC Pageant isn't as bright or as blue-based. The underlying base color is similar to MAC Quick Sizzle, which is a touch darker. The overall look is closer to MAC Pink Pigeon. MAC Show Orchid is a bit darker and more iridescent with less obvious shimmer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Make Up For Ever #32E, 20E, and 2E Aqua Shadow Pencils. On cheeks: Sleek Peach Shimmer.

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27 thoughts on “Milani Flashy Haute Flash Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I do not like the texture of this close up – it looks gritty and weird. I love your eye makeup though, and I’m looking forward to the MUFE Aqua Shadow Pencil review!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

    Eeek–this looks kinda nasty and clumpy in the up-close shot. Interesting color, though!

  3. I wish that Milani would stop with the obnoxious sparkle factor, especially in lipglosses. Definitely a pass for me.

  4. Martyisblue

    That packaging looks so old school!
    And the product too! :( Too gritty!

    • Jaycee

      Yeah I agree it looks outdated and cheap Milano should take a hint from brands like nars with classy packaging

  5. army wife in alaska

    yikes. color is pretty though.

  6. Stacey

    HELLA pretty

  7. Wow, the texture looks soooo clumpy and gritty. Pass!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamela Pamela

    Reminds me of 1987–in a good way!

  9. Lark

    MAC Pink Poodle Lipglass is a bit less neon, but is still that hot pink look of Spring. But no shimmer, no grit, and although about price the price you can score it with six empties for free. I loved Dare To Wear, wish they’d bring it back- Gimmee That! was a favorite.

    It’s an alternative. I love this color but hate a mouth full of grit.

    • dsunny

      I thought it would be a great “cheaper” version of pink poodle but it was seriously horrible!! Totally gritty and what I think of when I think of “cheap drugstore” make up, which is insulting since there are some great drugstore finds…this just wasn’t one of them

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    Christine, I just have to say I really love the way you are taking your new face pictures. They’re so flattering! Anyways, I’ll stop being creepy :)

  11. Heather

    Eww, it looks awful. Beautiful color but the consistency looks thick and gunky.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Adella

    Some things look cute in the “way-back retro- rearview mirror”, but some don’t. This one? For me, it’s a definite no. It’s got all of what made the 80s so tacky. I cringe at this the same way I look back at the “wall of bangs” and pegged stonewashed jeans with slouchy socks. I think this lipgloss can just go back in its time capsule.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    Gorgeous color, awful texture. :( I wish they’d just dumped the sparkle and left the pigment.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    Ew- too 80’s just need some bright blue eyeshadow lol

    really, I dont care for the texture or the glitter, the colour otherwise would be workable though

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jess Jessica

    Ew that looks really gritty and rough in the close up…I think I’ll stick to my creme finish glosses!

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    ohhh nooo, shimmer overload :/ looks bad

  17. Tiffany

    I have the red version of this and its not bad! Its definitely shiny but it doesn’t look or feel gritty at all. I think if she would have put another layer on it would look better. It is really bright, so I’ll save it for special occasions.

  18. dsunny

    bought it cause I saw it on another blogger (before this post) but it was horrible!! even tried it with another coat and it just made it more sticky/tacky and had a streetwalker look to it…literally took it back the same day, didn’t even want it around…CVS had a BOGO 1/2 off so I also bought a lip gloss pencil and that had wayyy too much glitter in it also, very cheapy looking…was very disappointed in those two that it will be a long time before I buy another Milani product…if ever.

  19. Elizabeth

    This color is beautiful!! I’m so pale so it would look horrible on me! lol

  20. 40 and Fashionista

    pretty!

  21. kelligirl724

    This stuff is awful.  It burned my lips and just felt really odd.  Hence the name “haute flash” I suppose, lol.  I should have known better.  Anyway, I dislike it so much I’m returning it to CVS. The color I bought also tiny blue glitter flecks.  A definite thumbs down for me.