Color Statement Lipstick

by Milani  
Price:
$5.49 
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Category:
Makeup > Lipsticks > Cream Lipstick
Last Updated:
3/22/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

If you can manage to get past the potent Jolly Rancher–like candy scent, this lipstick is perfectly fabulous. The creamy consistency is slightly drier than traditional cream lipstick, but that helps keep the color in place with minimal movement into fine lines around the mouth.

The color is opaque when applied directly from the tube and wears for several hours before a touch-up is needed. As with most cream lipsticks, you can also dab it on with a brush or clean finger for a stained look, but the results don't last as long as traditional lip stains (think Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain).

The shade range boasts more than two dozen colors, from baby pink to nectarine to deep reds and browns, so you're bound to find a favorite color—and at this beauty bargain price, you might as well buy a few!

Pros:
  • Highly pigmented, long-wearing, vibrant color.
  • Lasts longer than traditional cream lipstick.
  • Minimal movement into fine lines around the mouth.
  • Beauty bargain!
Cons:
  • Strong, candy-like scent.

Launched in 2002, Milani Cosmetics prides itself as being an affordable beauty line with a "passion for color and a recognized need for a broader variety" for women of different ages, skin tones and income. While many brands have a limited selection of products designed for medium to dark skin, Milani has succeeded in catering to women with deeper skin tones, which is this makeup line's chief point of difference. We admire Milani for celebrating the beauty in diversity, and their dedication to providing color options that are appropriate (and appealing) to a wide range of skin tones.

Milani focuses on face and eye products, and this is where they excel. Despite being a smaller brand (compared to the likes of Cover Girl or L'Oreal), Milani products can be found tucked alongside the big makeup lines in many drugstores and stores like Target and Wal-Mart. They've definitely added a splash of color to the cosmetics aisle, and several of their inexpensive products are definitely worth a look. But as with most makeup lines, there also are some poorly executed products to avoid.

This is a diverse line with a mix of bold, classic, and trendy makeup. Although the products may be aesthetically pleasing on the shelf, their visual appeal doesn't always translate well to actual application and performance quality. In some instances, Milani's philosophy of "color, color, color and more color" misses the boat by offering glitzy, ultra-vibrant shades, instead of more options for a classic makeup application (women of color have to go to work, too, not just out for the evening). Just because you have dark skin doesn't mean your color choices need to be shocking or ultra-bold. Still, as mentioned, Milani offers some worthwhile products and their prices are budget-friendly. On balance, you'll find more to like than avoid.

For more information about Milani Cosmetics, call 1-866-789-8002 or visit www.milanicosmetics.com

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