Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Matte Blissful review

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  • Manufacturer: Milani Cosmetics
  • Availability: part of the Color Statement lipstick collection
  • Color Range: medium pink matte
  • Cost/Amount: USD$5.99 for 0.14 ounces / 3.97 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Matte Blissful

Specifically part of the Moisture Matte sub-collection…I don't know. I like the ease of application, and the non-dry-feeling part; but I'm not super-fond of the fact that, as a matte, it really emphasizes any problems with my lips. I think that's partially a commentary on this matte formula, though. It's definitely easier to apply than Kat Von D's Studded Kiss lipsticks, and it costs less. But it isn't quite as smooth or evenly-covering.

Eh. Trade-offs. I'll gladly take Milani's less-than-perfect formula matte over Kat Von D's, since Milani's Moisture Matte provides good color, is easier to apply, AND costs about 25% of one Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the lip color in the tube; top right, the color applied over bare skin, to better show the shade; and below, the color applied to the lips.
There is a fairly strong scent to this lipstick - apparently this is in all Milani Color Statement lipsticks - and it's less obvious in the Moisture Mattes than the rest of the line. It's supposed to be grapeseed, but there's a chemical tang to it that makes me think that it's largely synthetic, an added smell rather than the actual grapeseed oil that is in the lipsticks. (The amount was probably too small to be noticeable, so they increased it. Why, people, why...?) At least it does dissipate after about 15-30 minutes, and it isn't as cloying as the overly sweet sugared-vanilla scent of MAC lipsticks. I can't stomach that one. Still, if you're sensitive to smells, this may be a dealbreaker for you.

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