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Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush
Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush

Milani Luminoso Baked Powder Blush ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pinch My Peach (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fame (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Moment (LE, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Coral Pink (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Coral Sunset (002) (LE, $57.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Linda (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Freshen Up (LE, $35.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Smitten (DC, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush formula is supposed to be “buildable from sheer to vibrant” paired with a “silky” texture. Luminoso has a soft, smooth texture that is a little powdery/dusty to work with, but it doesn’t appear dry or powdery once blended and buffed into the skin. The more it is blended into the skin, the more luminous the finish becomes without looking overly shimmered or frosted. It was buildable from medium coverage to mostly opaque coverage, and it was pretty easy to achieve sheer coverage with a lighter hand. On me, the blush started to fade noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear.

Luminoso
Luminoso
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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5 Gorgeous Copper Lipsticks to Try for Fall

I touched on some of my favorite copper eyeshadows last month, but coppery lip colors are becoming more and more prevalent with each passing season (much to my surprise!), so here are a few that I really like:

  1. NYX Wrath — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy — A Warm Copper with a Frost finish.
  3. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) — A Warm Copper with a Satin finish.
  4. Milani Bronze Beauty — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic — A Warm Copper with a Metallic finish.

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Milani Embrace & Flirt Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Embrace Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Embrace Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Embrace Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep reddish plum.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry with strong, cool pink undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly evenly, but there was some slight “streaking” where the color appeared lighter/darker in areas. The formula was thin and easily spread across the lips, but it was also easily spread past the natural lip line with the amount pulled on the applicator so be careful or wipe off excess prior to using. The color lasted for eight hours with minimal fading and was just a tad drying after six hours of wear. Anastasia Plumeria (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Fly (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty #096 (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Cougar (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Warm Leatherette (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.50) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). NARS Give It Up (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Damned (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty #100 (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Twerk (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Si, Si, Me! (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Bend and Snap! (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Kat Von D Miss Argentina (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Plastics (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Bad Habit (LE, $6.00) is more muted, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay WSM (P, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Flirt Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep vampy wine.” It’s a deepened–but a bit muted–burgundy with cool undertones and a matte finish. This one took forever to dry, even longer than the other shades, at ten minutes. It applied unevenly and only had semi-opaque pigmentation. While the color lasted for eight hours, it just didn’t look that good on as a result of the unevenness. I found it to be a little drying after six hours of wear. Colour Pop More Better (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $17.50) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $17.50) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Hangry (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry (P, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Vie (58) (P, $37.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.50) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is darker, less pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Killin' It (P, $20.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

Embrace
Embrace
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Flirt
Flirt
6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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Milani Desire & Romance Amore Matte Lip Cremes

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme
Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme

Milani Desire Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a smooth, matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied with even coverage, though the more liquid-y consistency does make it a little harder to maneuver around the edges. As always, I recommend trying to remove excess product from the applicator or using a lip brush to make it easier to apply. It wore well for eight hours with minimal fading and was a little drying after seven hours. Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay 714 (LE, $18.00) is glossier (95% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Tijuana (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fashion Legacy (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Jungle Red (P, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Left) (LE, ) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Rebel Heart (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 714 (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Lesbos (LE, $27.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Don't Stop (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Dynasty Red (LE, $17.50) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Milani Romance Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation but a translucency to it–you could see my lip freckle coming through–but doesn’t look streaky, which was a surprise. It had a softer look to it than some liquid matte lipsticks do as a result. It wore for six and a half hours and left a stain behind, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Rapid (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.50) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty #078 (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Dragon Girl (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is glossier (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is glossier (90% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is glossier (90% similar). Sephora Always Red (LE, $14.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Charlotte (LE, $17.50) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Lady Balls (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $17.50) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Tulip (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme ($8.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a new, limited edition liquid lipstick that dries to a matte finish. You’ll mostly find them at your local drugstore (I got mine from Walgreens), but they are available online as well through Milani directly. These have a very thin, liquid-y consistency–they easily get outside the lines and in general, the applicator can apply far more than you need, so I highly recommend a little patience and maybe using a lip brush (if you can) to apply and get really precise, neat lines. The formula has a longer dry down–about five to ten minutes before you can press your lips together–and gets very tacky after two minutes or so (do NOT! press your lips together or else you will lift color in large patches!). They’re one of the lesser drying liquid lipsticks I’ve come across (but these did get a bit drying after four to six hours of continuous wear), and they are long-wearing and pigmented. They have a moderately strong sweet, vanilla scent.

Desire
Desire
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Romance
Romance
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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