The last time I recall a mainstream brand releasing a blue lippy was L'Oreal in the mid to late '90s with Blue Mood. I don't remember much about it except that it didn't translate on the lip like I'd hoped it would, like it wasn't blue enough, so I got rid of it. I think about it often, lol. When I saw the first press releases for Milani's limited edition summer collection, Bella Blue, and that it included a blue lipstick, I got all excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on one.
|Milani Bella Blue lipstick|
Bella Blue is a bright cerulean with a shimmery, frosty finish. It's quite sheer and requires multiple swipes to get an adequate amount of pigmentation on the lips, and wears off very quickly and without much activity beyond talking, so frequent reapplication is a must. That said, Bella Blue wears like it looks in the tube, has great slip and applies very nicely, and feels fantastic on. It's surprisingly moisturizing, which may account for the lack of decent wear time. It honestly feels like a balm. It doesn't bleed, either, so lip liner isn't necessary.
Blue is obviously a novelty shade, and a difficult one to wear, at that. I attempted to pass it off as an everyday color by working it in with a couple of my basic eye looks, and I'm not sure which I prefer. I do know that I'll be wearing it again, regardless, and I may even buy a backup (easily done because no one else has touched the display since I bought this last week, lol). The fun of it overrides the difficulty of wear, and the eye contact and knowing smiles of like minded gals out and about is truly priceless :)
- super fun, outside the box color
- wears true to the shade in the tube
- easy application
- great slip and balm-like moisturization
- great price point, at $4.49
- not very pigmented; I feel like I'll burn through the tube in no time
- limited edition and exclusive at Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Kmart, and the Milani website
- does not look anything like its promo pictures
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