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Milani Liquid Metal Nail Lacquer Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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!Β  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

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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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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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 πŸ™‚

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!

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 πŸ™‚ and the application is unbeatable.

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.

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!!

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.

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