A look at the red, orange, pink & coral side of the lipstick rainbow
Sometimes I get up crazy early in the morning, like 4:30 am, for a job where I am counseling patients and expected to look professional at such a horrid hour. And honestly a lot of the time at 4:30, I am not quite yet awake enough to handle the complications of pointy products being millimeters from my eyeballs. This is where lipstick becomes my savior.
I adore how well applied lipstick (not gloss) can make a look seem polished. Just pulling my hair back and applying lip color gives me an air of professionalism in 5 minutes flat. So of course I was absolutely giddy to receive a box full of “gold” in the form of Milani’s new Color Statement Lipsticks.
Their latest lipsticks (and coordinating lip liners) are super saturated in color and have multiple finishes. Best of all Milani’s new collection retails at just $5.49 per tube and offers an astonishing 38 shades of lipstick! Today we’re taking a look at some Milani lippies in the red, orange, pink and coral range – let’s start with the reds and oranges:
Cherry Crave (06/metallic) – metallic bright cherry
Ruby Valentine (08/vinyl) – pure blue-based red
Best Red (07/matte) – pure blue-based red
Red Label (05/cream) – pure blue-based red (yes, these 3 shades are nearly identical except for finish)
High Voltage (04/vinyl) – shiny orange red
Orange-gina (03/pearl) – burnt orange frost
Sweet Nectar (01/cream) – safety cone orange
When I first opened these lipsticks I was struck by the scent and it did take me a little while to place why it seemed so familiar. I swear this lip color found the exact formula for watermelon Jolly Ranchers, that’s exactly what they smell like! I found it interesting and not a distraction after applied. The texture was lightweight and silky smooth, the kind of lipstick that makes it difficult not to keep pressing your lips together.
I’m still loving the bright color trend so I instantly gravitated toward Sweet Nectar, an orange cream. I also couldn’t resist the boldness of Best Red, a true-red matte.
Ready to take a gander at some of the pink and coral hues available in Color Statement Lipsticks ?
Flamingo Rose (12/cream) – bright pinky coral
Pink Frost (09/metallic) – light icy pink
Fruit Punch (11/cream) – bright rosy pink
Rose Amour (33/cream) – bright cool pink
Hot Pink Rage (15/matte) – bright hot pink
Flirty Fuschia (16/vinyl) -shimmery magenta pink
Rose Hip (14/cream) – bright magenta
From the pink and coral family I feel for Flamingo Rose, a flamingo coral cream and Fruit Punch, a bright pink cream. Overall I find lipsticks with a cream finish to be the most flattering.
I put these shades to the “work-day” test. That means at least 4 solid hours of sporadic coffee sipping and multiple patient counseling without being able to stop for mirror checks or a touch-up.
With the help of vitamins A, C & E my lips remained moisturized and happy with only minor wear from coffee sipping. A quick touch-up kept my lips rockin’ bright, bold colors for 8 hours straight before retiring them, along with my heels for the day.
My only complaints about the Color Statement collection might be the thing that draws others in, but I have never been a fan of pearl or frost finishes in lipsticks as it tends to accent lip lines. However the other finishes such as cream, vinyl and matte had enough variation to give a different look to the multiples of shades.
I am always looking for new ways to expand my lip color collection and indulge in the latest color trends without investing in high-end cosmetics. Milani’s Color Statement collection let’s me do just that at just under $6 a lipstick so I can experiment with different looks easily. I plan on searching out more of the naturals, browns and berries like PlumRose, Naturally Chic, and Teddy Bare to round out my vibrant shades (reviews coming soon!)
Readers and testers – what are your favorite shades from Milani’s new Color Statement collection?[ratings]
Lucy loves Lady Gaga, lattes, trashy television and anything zombies. She’s a geeky girl who likes tech gadgets, reading tons of books, playing with gender roles and is constantly surrounded by a small army of cats.
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