I recently got a chance to try out some colors in Milani's newest lipstick collection: Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks. Phew, what a name. I think I'll be referring to these as the matte lipsticks though since that's easier to remember.
This collection released eight new shades:
Of these eight, I have two - Orchid and Naked.
Milani is available at Kroger, Fred Meyer, CVS, and Sally's Beauty Supply, for $5.99 each.
These lipsticks are matte, but are supposed to be much more comfortable to wear than the standard dry, matte formula. Milani claims that this product is full of moisture, but will not smear when you are wearing it. That is a fairly bold claim. They are formulated with grape seed extract, which Milani adds to the description stating that it is imported from Italy. I don't know that the addition of imported grape seed extract makes a difference, but the colors are very beautiful and I was very excited to try them out.
Naked is a cool peach tone shade with a slight brown hint. Orchid is a very unique and bold in-your-face shade of fuchsia, perfect for spring and summer. When wearing it though, it would be good to have very minimalistic makeup for the face and eyes as it is very eye-catching and bright.
As you can see in my swatch, they are both very pigmented, and they also had a creamy and smooth application. After they had set in, the color didn't smear much, even after I had rubbed my fingers along the edges. The transfer of color is very minimal if you are drinking out of a cup or eating, which makes them very long lasting... perfect for a long day.
They smell sweet and subtle, and there is no hint of flavor that I noticed. Since this is a more matte finish, the color didn't bleed into my mouth, which is a plus!
While they are very long-lasting, I do have to say that this Orchid shade can stain. After washing off these swatches, I noticed a pink streak on my arm, which looked as though I had been burnt recently. I tried soap and water, makeup remover wipes, and lotion to remove this stain from my arm, but it would not budge. Word to the wise: You may want to lay down some concealer or clear lipliner underneath to prevent as much staining.
I am looking forward to trying out some of the other shades in this collection, mainly Diva.
If you would like more information about these shades or products, please let me know. I'll be happy to answer your questions.
Have a wonderful, lip-tastic day!
*Disclaimer* These products were sent to me by a PR firm for review. I am being not paid for my review, and all the opinions expressed here are my own and are never influenced.