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!

 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: 18 shades swatched!

nyx soft matte lip creams

I love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The first that I tried was Stockholm, I think. I liked it so much that I got (and kept) its sisters Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Antwerp, San Paulo, Milan and Istanbul, swatched below. I did not much like Monte Carlo (too vampy dark), Abu Dhabi and London (too dark), Tokyo (too light) and did not keep them, though I had them all at one time.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams Amsterdam, Antwerp, Addis Ababa, San Paulo (Sao Paulo), Milan, Istanbul, Stockholm
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams Amsterdam, Antwerp, Addis Ababa, San Paulo (Sao Paulo), Milan, Istanbul, Stockholm

The swatches below were taken at different times as I added to my collection. I also didn’t like Buenos Aires and Sydney; there were both too pale for my relatively dark mauve-y beige lips. I still can use Buenos Aires, but Sydney is just plain weird on me. Istanbul is the palest I can go in terms of pink; beyond that it is not a good sight.

NYX Lip Products:  Antwerp, Strawberry Daiquiri (matte lipstik), San Paulo, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Milan, Istanbul.
NYX Lip Products: Antwerp, Strawberry Daiquiri (matte lipstik), San Paulo, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Istanbul, Milan

The recently released nine colors are overall pretty nice. Transylvania (too dark), Cairo (too light), Cannes and Zurich (both too dark) won’t work for me, but the others definitely will. Moreover, they’re all pretty different than the ones I already have. My favorite is Morocco (miss-spelt in the picture, sorry). I also really like Prague (radiant orchid being the 2014 color of the year) and Athens (a lighter ‘nude’ color than Stockholm).

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, 13 colors swatched.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: Antwerp, Stockholm, Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Prague, Copenhagen, Marocco, Transyvania, Cairo, Athens, Ibiza, Cannes, Zurich

Bottom line: do I like them? Yes I do, very much, if you can’t already tell.  The colors are so vibrant yet can go on sheer or as stain if you wish; the coverage is excellent; the scent is pleasant to my nose (unlike other NYX lip products, most of which I can’t tolerate) and the price is just right for the quality. The lasting power is relatively good, and they’re not particularly drying on me unless I wear it several days in a row from dawn til dusk.

Overall, I highly recommend these. If you are medium-toned, try Stockholm and see if you agree with the formula. If yes, then I would highly recommend San Paulo (still conservative for office use but not boring), Morocco (bright!), Istanbul (the best complement for smokey-eyes) and Milan (another office-friendly color).

nyx morocco and istanbul
Nyx Morrocco (left) and Istanbul
NXY Prague
NXY Prague