Monday, June 7th, 2010

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear, Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Liquid Metal Intense Color Nail Lacquer Collection

This six-shaded limited edition collection is perfect for summer, and it’s even better for the nail polish addict on a budget. Each polish is $4.49 and available at CVS through July 2010.

  • Melt Down is a deep ruby red base with flecks of brighter ruby red glitter-shimmer. When you move your hands, you can also see a glimmer of a coppery-red shimmer, too. It only needed two coats.
  • Melt With U is a rich, liquid lava orange-red with orange shimmer. It only needed two coats.
  • Metal Gear is fantastic tangerine orange with flecks of gold and orange glitter-shimmer. It keeps the theme going — just two coats here.
  • Melt In the Sun is a sunrise gold with flecks of brighter gold and deeper amber gold. For some reason, I didn’t snap a photo of this shade with flash, so I’ll describe it instead — brighter, lighter yellow gold with a metallic flash. I found this one to be more of a three-coater.
  • Molten Rock is a deep sea blue with just a touch of darkened teal and lighter blue-teal glitter-shimmer. I thought this shade looked particularly metallic under bright lights. Just two coats here.
  • Hot Metal is a reddened purple with brighter fuchsia-pink and deeper violet purple shimmer strewn through the pinky-purple base. This is such a pretty shade, but it was the most troublesome of the six. I found you had to use at least three coats, but those who use thinner coats may find a fourth necessary. The base color is a lot redder than I expected, and it almost looked jelly-ish, but it’s not quite.

Overall, I really enjoyed these!  They were easy to apply — just did my “Temptalia” method (LOL!) and didn’t encounter any streakiness, patchiness, or issues with getting the shimmer/glitter to go on evenly. This feels like a microglitter to me, rather than a shimmer or a glitter. They dry pretty smooth, even without a top coat, but they lose some of the glossiness (but not all of it).

Some of these had more of a metallic look than others, but I don’t think any of these are true metallics–which isn’t a bad thing, since many metallics show glaring brushstrokes–in formula. They do flash a bit metallic-like though, especially Metal Gear, Melt In the Sun, and Molten Rock.

The formula felt thinner than the average polish, but five of the six shades had no pigmentation issues (only Hot Metal was iffy by three coats)–four of the six needed just two coats for rich, opaque color.

Have you spotted these at your local CVS yet? Any catch your eye?

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love your bright, near-metallic, shimmery shades in affordable doses, Milani’s new Liquid Metal Collection does a pretty nice job!

Availability: CVS

See more photos & swatches!

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear, Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Hot Metal, Molten Rock

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear, Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt With U, Metal Gear, Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt Down, Melt With U, Metal Gear

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Melt In the Sun, Molten Rock, Hot Metal

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt Down Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt Down Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt Down Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt Down Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt With U Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt With U Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt With U Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt With U Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Metal Gear Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Metal Gear Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Metal Gear Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Metal Gear Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt In the Sun Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt In the Sun Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Melt In the Sun Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Molten Rock Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Molten Rock Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Molten Rock Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Molten Rock Lacquer (Flash)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Hot Metal Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Hot Metal Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Hot Metal Lacquer (Natural Light)

Milani Summer Nail Collection
Milani Hot Metal Lacquer (Flash)

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35 thoughts on “Milani Liquid Metal Nail Lacquer Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ellie

    I love the gold and the purple. I will totally pick them up if I ever see them.

  2. virginiaisforluvrs

    I bought Molten Rock a couple weeks ago, but I think I have to have Melt with you and Melt Down as well!

  3. Isobel

    Hi Christine! I have some info about some upcoming MAC collections, some i have never heard of!
    Bare in mind that i live in Hong Kong, so the dates are off, but i thought this could be useful for you!

    FYI:

    Superglass 1st July

    In the Groove 12th July

    Digi-Pops 26th July

    Digi-Pops: iPalette 26th July

    Digi-Pops: Brush Browser 26th July

    Look in a Box 26th July

    Dare to Wear 16th Aug

    Fabulous Felines 27th Aug

    Fall Trend Bags 27th Aug

    Nail Trend F/W’10 early Sept

    Pro Longwear Lipcreme early Sept

    VG Lipglass mid Sept

    Rodarte mid Sept

    Mineralize Foundation SPF15 mid-end Sept

    Upstart early Oct

    Venomous Villains early Oct

    Haute & Naughty Lash mid Oct

    Holiday~~~~Chapter 1 – early Nov

    Holiday~~~Chapter 2 – end Nov

    • Thanks, Isobel!

      Is the Rodarte collection really just called “Rodarte”? How interesting!

      For holiday, is it just called Holiday: Chapter 1? Want to make sure I title ‘em right :)

    • Oh yay! I was looking forward to a MAC x Rodarte Collection. I had originally though the Dare to Wear was gonna be Rodarte as that sounded pretty appropriate. I’m so excited!

  4. Haley

    WOW!! These are GORGEOUS!

    P.S. What camera do you use?

  5. LNU

    Molten Rock is really pretty, but I’m still crazed over their other metallic nailpolishes you reviewed earlier. :D

  6. Molten Rock & Hot Metal are fabulous!

  7. Susum

    Hey Christine!

    Do you know if they sale Milani products in Canada?

  8. nicci

    Melt Down & Melt with U are gorgeous!

  9. Megan W

    Hot Metal looks soooooo pretty. and I don’t even love pinks/purples.

    • Dianna

      These are great. My absolute favorite, though, these days is from the SinfulColors Professional line (sold at Walgreen) in Let me Go (#322) – it is an amazing color! It is like Vex by Mac of nail polish :) and the application is unbeatable.

  10. Leenie

    Wow those are so pretty I will be buying all of them I hope they still have all the colors.

  11. Josi

    I really like the purple colours and the gold :)

  12. Scientific Housewife

    The Molten Rock shade reminds me a lot of Zoya Charla, but without some green. Great colors!

  13. Oh my god, these are so beautiful, I adore Hot Metal. Shame it’s not available in the UK and that nail polish always chips/peels off my nails in matter of hours. :(

  14. chibu74

    Melt down, molten rock and hot metal are the best shades

  15. kristina

    Very pretty! Wonderful swatches as usual, that is a lot of work.

    These are going to be my first Miliani’s.

  16. Fatema

    gorgeous colors!!! I wish I could get Milani in Canada :(

  17. Gorgeous colors, they look so sparkly!

  18. Kat

    Cool, Milani posts, thanks! Have you heard their neon collection? I swatched one and it’s pretty pigmented. Much more so than an OPI one that was next to it.

  19. Kat

    ….Ok, so I totally meant “Have you tried..”

  20. Mirna

    Wow, I am impressed. They don’t look as metalic as I picture metalic would be. Super shiny and non-glittery.

  21. The purple is gorgeous. Now another reason to head to cvs. lol

  22. Gorgeous! I love all of them :))) Are these available online anywhere? Couldn’t find them on ebay… ;-(

  23. Cheyenne

    Is this possibly availible in a Walgreens? :/ We have no CVS stores where I live. If I could get my hands on it, it would be Hot Metal and Metal gear. I’m not a huge fan of orange, but the Metal gear is beautiful!!

  24. Lena

    I’m not generally a huge fan of metallic nail polishes, but I’m really digging the blue. I think I’ll have to run out and get that in the near future.