Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer Collection: Swatches and Review

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Find Your New Favorite Nail Color From Your Old Favorite Drugstore Beauty Brand

One of the most fun parts about being a beauty junkie is the thrill checking out a new collection from one of your favorite lines. It’s even better when it’s a huge new collection, and better still when it’s one of your most beloved type of product in the whole wide world.


So opening up my we heart this review box and seeing the Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer collection had me swooning in happiness. The latest drugstore makeup must haves from Milani will set you back just $4 a bottle and features a rainbow of colors in a variety of finishes.


We tested all 37 new shades, and I tested 12 myself. I can say with certainty that you WILL find your favorite among the Color Statement collection, possibly in this post! (But you can’t have mine. I’m not sharing.)


I paired Crimson Jewel with Iconic Red for a sexy manicure that would pair with either your office power suit or a little black dress. Or sweatpants and flip-flops, no judgment here…


Tattle Teal is one of my favorites; it’s described as a “bright teal blue,” but I think it’s more muted than most teals. Maybe it doesn’t read quite as bright when paired with the other two shades: Blue Print, a blue creme that looks very close to the beloved original formula of Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue, and Mango Tango, an eye-popping orange-red.


If Silhouette is any indication, greige is back! (Did it ever leave?) It never worked well with my skintone so I wasn’t a greige fan, but I really like it when I used the shimmery grape Ultra Violet as an accent nail.


Cupcake Icing paired well with Ultra Violet as well. The purple glitter made the the orchid pink a little less bright, while still keeping it fun.


Lovely Amethyst was my least favorite of the bunch; a frost that shows off every brushstroke. However, as you can see in my accent nail, a coat of Pearl-plexed Sheer solves that problem and gives it a fun sparkle.


The shade may be called Pearl-plexed Sheer, but this reads as less pearl and more sugar frosted to me! I topped Tattle Teal, Cupcake Icing, Blue Print, Mango Tango and Iconic Red with the topcoat to show how it give an iridescent sparkle to each shade. This would be a good product to get a few more days out of a favorite mani as the tiny glitter would cover up any minor dings or chips.


Vintage Lace Sheer needed SIX coats to be opaque, so I’d try pairing it with a light colored basecoat if you’re not that patient. But if you are, the pretty light peachy-pink is lovely and would work well with if you’re looking to do an update on the typical french manicure. I wore it as a glitter gradient with Glided Rocks, a clear with mixed rose and gold glitter, and my absolute favorite. I was excited because it looks VERY similar to one of my biggest indie wants, A-England’s She Walks in Beauty.

As far as formula goes, all the polishes were quick drying with great color payoff; each shade except Vintage Lace Sheer was almost opaque in one coat and dried with high shine. Lovely Amethyst is one of those tricky frosts that needs a lighter touch, just to avoid drag marks. Ultra Violet had more of a suede finish which contrasted nicely with its shimmery glitter, but that was solved with a top coat. The only real issue I had was with Tattle Teal, it was the only stainer of the bunch.

If these shades from the Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer Collection didn’t tickle your fancy, don’t fret. There are twenty-five more colors in the collection, to swoon over. Make sure to check the comments, where our review team will be chiming in with their thoughts on this huge new collection.


Enchanting – Deep Bordeaux Red
Ruby Stone – Shimmering Deep Red
Iconic Red – Deep Cherry Red


Modern Rouge – Fuchsia Red
Red Label -True Red
Mango Tango – Orange-Red
Corrupted Coral – Bright Coral


Imperial Purple – Purple Violet
Lovely Amethyst – Shimmering Amethyst Purple
Charcoal Charm – Dark Charcoal Sheen
Silhouette – Grey Beige


Mint Crush – Light Mint Green
Tattle Teal – Bright Teal Blue
Peri-wink – Periwinkle Blue


Water Front – True Blue
Blue Print – Deep Blue
Ink Spot – Deep Navy Blue


Hot Pink Rage – Hot Pink
Mauving Forward – Purple Mauve
Bronze – Pink Bronze Sheen
Pink Beige – Nude Rose Pink


Cupcake Icing – Orchid Pink
Bombshell – Bright Pink
Doll Face – Light Blue-Pink


Vintage Lace Sheer – Sheer Light Pink
Lady-like Sheer – Sheer Antique White
Frenchie Sheer – Sheer Off-White
Spotlight White – Bright White


Sugar Plum – Shimmering Fuchsia Purple
Ultra Violet – Bright Purple Shimmer
Crimson Jewel – Red with Red Glitter
Club Lights – Clear with Pink & Fuchsia Glitter


Gilded Rocks – Clear with gold and rose glitter
Gold Plated – Metallic Gold Sheen
Rainbow Prisms – Clear with Silver & Holographic Glitter
Pearl-Plexed Sheer – Clear with Iridescent Shimmer

By now I’m sure the Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer line has made it to your list of drugstore makeup must haves, so check them out the next time you stroll the beauty aisles. Just make sure you don’t hit the store while I’m there. I have five more shades I want to get and if they’re nearly sold out, things could get ugly.

we heartsters – What is your have-to-have shade from the Milani Color Statement collection?

photos: Alyssa and Stef for we heart this


  • lyssachelle

    Alyssa is kinda geeky, kinda girly and all the way in love with her cowboy husband who can say words like, “ornery” with a straight face. She live in Texas and is working on her Masters, being a good cook and the art of looking cute in the morning AND being on time for work. skin tone: NC42 skin type: oily to normal favorite beauty product: nail polish and mascara


  1. Just $4 a bottle? SOLD! I have a handful of Milani polishes and have been pleased with the coverage, colors and formula. Loving all these new hues and see a number of them I want to add to me stash – Gilded Rocks (loving rose gold jewelry at the moment so this would look great with those pieces), Lady-like Sheer (I’m a sucker for soft creamy pinks) and Ink SPot (adore the re-emergence of navy this season!).

    Also @lyssachelle – I love all of your nail art manis! The glittery, gradient “French manicure” is divine!

  2. I LOVE the Vintage Lace/Gilded Rocks combo! So pretty. Bronze has been my perfect Fall transition color (or at least pretend it’s fall color!) and I can’t wait to bust out Ink Spot once I get out some of my great cold weather navy pieces out of the closet!

  3. Ah, this post was like a colorful vacation for my eyes–love it. The Vintage Lace & Gilded Rocks pairing is so pretty; I have a wedding to attend this weekend, and I’m thinking this look will be perfect! I also want to pick up Dollface, ’cause I just love bubblegum retro pinks.

  4. I tested out two divine shades. #02 Frenchie Sheer is just that, a beautiful sheer,milky white color that took a few coats to cover well. It looked very elegant and I liked it a lot. I also tried #35 Charcoal Charm, a wonderful, shimmering gray that I loved. It went on like a charm and coverage was great with just a couple coats. Both polishes are ones that I will be wearing throughout the year. Milani does it again. It’s hard to believe this is a drugstore brand.

  5. Milani is on a roll! Just look at that range of colors. There are so many I’d like to try, especially since I loved the one I tested: Gold Plated. Just two coats gives a metallic gold leaf effect that is even, opaque and shimmering. The polish dries quickly and wears really well for a frosty color– five days with a base and top coat. $4 a bottle? I can’t wait to pick up more!

    And @lyssachelle , your manis are GORGEOUS!

  6. Wow wee, @lyssachelle, I too love all of your nail art manicures! I tested two shades
    I got to try out Milani’s Lady Like Sheer.. it has become my latest favorite to wear- just two coats and im good with the coverage- it’s so perfect.. not streaky at all and looks amazing on.. Let me say I feel very Lady Like now! I’m far from it otherwise! Now, I also got to try Milani’s Mauving Forward. This is another lovely color. It is a rich mauve, with the appearance of chocolate with two coats, it’s also great with only one coat! Imagine that! I do love this one for the fall!

  7. Wow look at all those polishes! *dies* …My favorite is the sheer pink/gold glitter look you’ve got there…because I got something very similar on my nails when I went on vacation recently! :)

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