Review and Swatches: Milani Lip Intense in Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict and Red Extreme

Milani Lip Intense Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict, Red Extreme (with Milani Bella Rosa baked blush)
Milani Lip Intense Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict, Red Extreme (with Milani Bella Rosa baked blush, click to enlarge)

Milani is not really a household makeup name even in the US, but it really should be more widely known. Everything I’ve tried, have been very good, and I love most of all their baked blushes. I’ve also tried the regular blush, the chubby eyeshadow liner and a lipstick, and they’re all pretty good; certainly value for money. When I saw these liquid lipstick swatches online, I did not hesitate to order all four shades.

Milani promises high shine and longevity with these. I would say both claims are warranted; they are not the longest-lasting, eye-blinding thing around, but they do pop. Count on a bright, saturated color for a couple of hours, and an even, gradual fading several hours thereafter. All will leave a very pretty stain.

Milani Lip Intense Red Extreme topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass
Milani Lip Intense Red Extreme topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass (click to enlarge)

My favorite has got to be Violet Addict; it is such a bright, true orchid that is not really easy to find. NYX Prague practically looks vampy in comparison (it is not). Pink Rave is a bright and lovely fuchsia variation, though not awfully unique. Fiery Coral is NOT a coral, at least on me (and I’ve never seen it as a coral on anybody in the google image universe!). It is a bright, neon, blue pink that I actually was pretty successful in capturing in the swatches below. On the lips it looks like that, I just wasn’t able to capture it as well as the swatch. MAC Viva Glam Nicki looks practically pastel in comparison. Finally, Red Extreme is a neutral red, no hint of orange and not too blue. The least unique of the four, but if you are missing a nice red in your stash, this one will not disappoint as it will hold its own even against a legend like Hourglass Icon (which is slightly bluer and more matte).

Edit: Immediately below is a better picture, taken in late morning sun light. MAC Nicki here is with several passes to show its full potential (it is most certainly NOT a pastel). The two pictures thereafter are the older ones, for reference.

Milani Lip Intense in comparison (click to enlarge)
Milani Lip Intense in comparison
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Comparison with others in my stash; will need to re-do these as the resolution is really crap. Sorry!
Here, Red Extreme is topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass
Here, Red Extreme is topped with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass

I very rarely have dryness issues with lipsticks, and these ones are no exception. Of course, I rotate mine so that I never use one color more than 2 days in a row, so that may be the reason. There is a faint plastic-y taste and smell that I don’t find bothersome. Overall, very happy with the purchase!

 

Review: Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in ‘Icon’

 

Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder as blush and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in 'Icon'
Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder as blush and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in ‘Icon’ (click to enlarge)

Two things landed almost simultaneously on my lap last December: the Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder and the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in ‘Icon’. Both are beautiful, solid products. Still, the fickle senses and scents can play a part on loving or leaving them.

The Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder barely show up on me (around MAC NC 30 shade, which I try to aim for NC 25 to match my fairer neck). In the picture above, it was used all over the face lightly, and on the cheeks heavily. It does give that healthy glow when used as an all over face powder – the bonne mine, in Guerlain-speak. But? A little sun and my own facial oil secretion actually lead to said glow. Now that I have a little tan, the thing barely shows up on my skin. The terracotta scent is also a nuisance; I do not find it enjoyable, unlike the scent Guerlain puts in the other makeup.

The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in ‘Icon’, however, was a revelation. I now understand the glowing reviews for these. The opacity, brightness, clarity of color, the lasting power (oh the lasting power!) are top notch. They are expensive at $28 especially at current exchange rates, but worth the price. I plan to pick up another or two. Hourglass is probably the makeup brand foremost on my radar nowadays; they have really solid, useful products.