Milani Cosmetics’ Color Statement lipsticks are marketed as a super-luxe, grown-up girl lipstick that promises to be true to its colour no matter what conditions you’re in and where you are.
So does it live up to its description? Let me break it down for you in my review today!
- Nude Crème (26) is a pink-based nude with a very slight hint of peach
- Flamingo Pose (12) is very much a blue-based pink that occasionally comes off coral
The formula of these Milani Color Statement lipsticks are definitely comparable to MAC’s Amplified Creme lipsticks.
The only difference that I can see (feel?) is that the Milani formula is slightly creamier, making them easier to apply – even if you’re a victim of dry lips.
However, a downside to the creamier consistency is that it transfers a lot more than the Amp’ed Creme lipsticks.
The colour payoff is nothing short of amazeballs, and I think we have the creamier consistency to thank for that.
The colour glides on opaque, even with the lightest hand.
Between the two Milani Cosmetics lipsticks that I own, Flamingo Pose has a lot more staying power even when eating and drinking.
It’ll stay for at least 3-4 hours, or more if you’re like me and prefer to wear lipstick blotted down to a ‘stain’.
Nude Creme still has pretty great staying power, but doesn’t withstand food/drink as well as Flamingo Pose does. You’ll still get a couple of hours’ wear from it, but you’ll definitely need to touch up after eating/drinking.
Nude Crème glides on fairly nicely, however, it does cake and flake a bit after a while.
Some girls have found that it accentuates lip lines, but I didn’t have that issue when using Bite Beauty’s Line & Define Lip Primer underneath.
As for the colour, like many nudes, it’s very hit & miss depending on the make up look you go for.
And as a very general rule of thumb, fairer skin girlies would suit nudes with lighter pigments and the darker the nude, the more brown there is in your nude lipstick.
Ha. Excuse the derp face on the left, but here’s Flamingo Pose worn.
Flamingo Pose also applies smoothly and evenly, and especially works for me when blotted down.
Milani Cosmetics Lipsticks in a nutshell
Although Milani’s cruelty-free status is a confusing mess, I am really loving their lipsticks – yes, even with the strong watermelon scent.
They’re highly affordable, the colour payoff is great, and there’s so many shades to choose from.
So it pretty much justifies waiting for Cherry Culture for over a month to get them to me.
- Easy application
- Great staying power
- Amazing pigmentation
- 36 shades to choose from
- Not easily accessible in Australia
- The sour watermelon scent may not be for everyone
- Golden plastic packaging isn’t exactly ‘appealing’