I used to overlook Milani in the drugstore a lot. The packaging never appealed to me, and I thought it was typical cheap drugstore makeup that wasn’t worth the couple of dollars you paid for it. Well, that might’ve been true of drugstore makeup a decade ago, but they’ve really been stepping up their game in the past few years. A lot of brands lately are on par with, or even better than department store or niche brand offerings. The new Milani Color Statement lipstick is one of those such drugstore gems.
The Milani Color Statement lipsticks are especially unique when you consider the color options include such unconventional shades as purple and gold, as well as different finishes such as vinyl, metallic, cream, shimmer, pearl and matte. They promise full-coverage, one-swipe color payoff and a creamy moisturizing formula. There are 30 shades total in the Milani Color Statement line, and they include reds, pinks, corals, mauves, purples, browns — basically something for everyone! There are also 8 new corresponding lipliners.
The formulas are paraben-free, if that matters to you (which you all should know by now that it doesn’t to me). Milani is notable for being a cruelty-free drugstore option, so wahoo!
The shade I bought, High Voltage, is described as red-orange with a vinyl finish. It is incredibly glossy, and is one of the shiniest lipsticks I’ve ever tried. On my lips, it looks like a cherry red.
I was surprised at how precise application was out of the tube, and how comfortable it feels even though my lips weren’t in the best condition at the time. I’ve seriously been reaching for this just to wear around the house, or to run errands, despite its bold shade because of how creamy and nice it feels on the lips. I won’t say it moisturized my lips as well as, obviously, a lip balm but it did keep them hydrated while it was on.
As with most reds, it does have problems with feathering and migration, so be sure to prep properly with a liner or concealer/foundation to prevent a clown mouth. After two hours, the vibrancy faded enough that it looked almost pink, so reapplication will be necessary. Luckily, the lipstick shape makes for easy on-the-go touchups. It stained my lips nicely though, so that when it faded it didn’t look obvious. I got about 4-6 hours of full coverage out of this, even after drinking coffee and tea, and snacking.
As mentioned above, I normally hate Milani’s packaging, but this is not so bad. It’s a gold (plastic) tube that doesn’t look overly cheap. In fact, it kind of has an old Hollywood glam feel to like (reminds me a little of the Besame bullets!). It has a sweetened watermelon fragrance that smells just like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It’s the exact same fragrance as the (now discontinued?) Milani HD Advance Lipcolor which were a dupe of the Dior Serum de Rouge.
The scent isn’t noticeable after application, however. It is unflavored.
Overall, this is a really great drugstore option and I’m going back to the store ASAP to get more! I really want Sweet Nectar (orange cream) and Flamingo Pose (flamingo coral cream). I’m not sure if I’ll buy them, but I definitely want to see Violet Volt (purple metallic) and D’Oro (gold metallic) in person!
Where to buy: Milani or anywhere Milani is sold
Would I repurchase?: Yes! This is a great quality lipstick, with tons of shade offerings for all skin tones, and one that I think people would be raving over even if it were four or five times the price. That it’s less than $6, and can be had cheaper using coupons and drugstore sales, is amazing!
Disclosure: All product(s) featured in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.