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Our review of Milani’s new Haute Flash and Crystal Gloss hues
I’m a lipstick girl. If I’m going to wear lipgloss, I either want it to be a liquid lipstick consistency or balm-like. Milani offers new Spring 2012 shades in two formulas, Crystal Gloss for Lips and Haute Flash Shimmer Lip Gloss that fit both bills!
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I’ll be honest, before I received these lipglosses, I had only really seen Milani products in drugstores. I’d never purchased or tried any of their products; they were the unknown and I hadn’t heard enough about the brand to branch out of my cosmetic comfort zone. Now I feel like I kind of missed out all these years.
Their Haute Flash full coverage shimmer gloss is a thicker, liquid lipstick-style gloss, while their Crystal Gloss fulfills all of my balmy desires. Whether you’re striving for drama or just a perfectly kissable pucker, Milani has got the gloss for you!
Milani’s Haute Flash full coverage shimmer gloss ($7.49) is not for the faint of heart. The glosses apply thick and stay put. The sponge doe-foot applicator gives a precise application. The end result is impossibly shimmery lips with a patent leather shine that is perfect for a night out.
The new spring shades include six on-trend hues:
Hot Flash – Vibrant cherry red gloss with red shimmer
Flashy – Hot pink with hot pink shimmer
In a Flash – Violet with blue and purple shimmer
Golden Flash – Cocoa Gold with copper shimmer
Quick Flash – Coral pink with holographic shimmer
Star Flash – Icy pink with blue iridescent shimmer
Overall, I found that most of these were probably a little too dramatic for my usual daily wear, but those that love a strong lip will be sold on this formula. As I tend to favor towards darker lip colors, my personal favorite shades were the Hot Flash and In a Flash shades, though the shimmer level was a little much for me.
These are supposed to be vanilla scented, but I did not detect much vanilla in this formula at all. If you are in search of a warm weather lip shade, I highly recommend that y’all try Flashy – the hot pink shimmer is just the right pop of color required for spring and summer.
Milani’s Crystal Gloss ($5.49) provides a sheerer, more natural lip. It also has a sponge tipped doe-foot applicator, which is my preferred method of applying lipgloss. These almost are barely noticeable once applied, despite the colors they appear to be in the tube, the coverage is very sheer.
This is a gloss I seem to reach for when I’m just hanging around the house or heading to the gym (I’m so vain, I totally think this song is about me…). These definitely feel like a balm and my lips feel very soft and kissable when I’m wearing these.
For Spring 2012, Milani has introduced five new shades:
Sheer Dark Honey – Blackened purple with gold and multicolor shimmer
Raspberry Icing – Bright raspberry pink with shimmer
Pucker Up – Milky peachy coral cream
Fruit Punch – Medium punchy pink cream
Clear – Crystal clear
These are almost like a liquid balm – they feel pretty magical once applied, super soft and smooth. I also love that you actually can smell vanilla in this formula – it’s a nice perk.
Out of all of these, Sheer Dark Honey (imo, the most frightening in the tube) gives the most natural lip – it looks like you’ve been eating blackberries. It leaves lips with a slight tint that will flatter most.
Raspberry Icing was also a good look for me and gave my lips a bitten look. Fruit Punch is a very soft, face-brightening pink that I seem to be constantly wearing lately.
Sadly, I really can’t pull off a pale lip like Pucker Up due to my skin color being the absence of color. I need a bit more color just to leave my house, lest some townspeople confuse me for the walking dead and come for me brandishing torches and pitchforks. (Not again!) But if you love the nude lip that’s been all the rage lately, Pucker Up is for you.
• Haute Flash colors are gorgeous and bold
• Crystal Gloss colors are natural and highly wearable
• Both Haute Flash and Crystal Glosses feel almost balm-like
• Both glosses wear well
• Both gloss lines are made in the USA
• Shimmer in Haute Flash may be too much for daily wear
Am I the only beauty junkie to never try Milani before? If you’re into Milani, join me in the comments and tell me what products you would recommend.
we heartsters and testers – did your lips meet their match with one of Milani’s new lipgloss hues?
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…
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