Hi friends!! Do you ever feel like there are some brands that absolutely would not show up on your radar, were it not for beauty blogs? Milani is one of those for me, despite its fairly prolific drugstore status. I've used a couple of their core nail polishes and I adore their holos from a couple summers ago but I've never really delved into their full lineup. My friend Dani of From Polish, With Love convinced me that I need some of Milani's Spring 2014 polish collection in my life (check out her full collection review HERE; it's seriously THE prettiest set of the season). I decided I'd try out one of their highly regarded blogger-darling lipsticks, too.
The nail polish I picked up is a bright hibiscus pink creme (which I find myself absolutely drawn to and loving right now) called Splendid Strawberry. It also resembles strawberry Nesquik, my drink o' the moment, lol. I used two coats and it is barely perceptively streaky. Three coats would've made it too thick for my liking. The formula is really quite nice and the flat brush makes for easy application. Finished with one layer of topcoat.
Milani's lipstick packaging is quite chic for drugstore. They come in a shiny gold tube with rounded edges and a realistic indicator of the color inside at the base. I chose one of the new for 2014 cremes, a dusty rose called Pretty Natural.
I've heard nothing but excellent things about the Milani formula and I'm happy to report that, at least in the case of Pretty Natural, it's all true. It's highly pigmented and long wearing, even with the swipe of balm I like to add on top of lighter neutral lippies. A meal doesn't even destroy the color entirely-- I find I'm left with a healthy tint of color that requires just one swipe for touchup. It's quite moisturizing for being so pigmented, as well, gliding onto bare lips with ease.
Is Milani the benchmark for drugstore lipsticks? I'm thinking it might be and I'm excited to try some more shades. I've got my eye on a deep, red toned wine shade at the moment... and in case you're on the lookout for such a color, Milani's got a great selection of vampies.
The best thing about all this is Milani's price point-- $4.49 for the polish and $5.49 for the lipstick, making both these a relative steal for the quality.
Thank you for reading and have a marvelous day!! ♥