At this point you guys realise that I'm pretty obsessed with lip products. I'm forever trying out different colours and brands, and a matte lip especially is my favourite. I've seen so many Youtubers talking about Milani that I had to try them out! Milani are cruetly free, but not vegan, some of their products may be vegan but it would need some research into their ingredients.
I love a matte lipstick and I'm loving brown tones at the moment, so I picked out the Milani Colour Statement Matte Lipstick. I opted for shade 69 'Beauty'. There were deeper browns but a lot of the shades I was interested in were out of stock when I ordered.
And the thing that had really peaked my interested, the Amore Mattalic Lip Creme. A metallic matte! I picked Automattic Touch which is the pink shade, and Raving Matte which is the purple. All of the packaging is gold toned, the mattalics have a sturdy feel to them, but the matte lipstick feels really cheap and plasticy which was disappointing.
I forgot to take a photo before I swatched the lipstick, hence the slightly smushed end. In the heat we've had lately the lipstick was pretty creamy and it wasn't the most happy about being applied. You can see a better idea of the packaging here which I felt let down by. For £5.99 I expect more from packaging.
The mattalics have a very long applicator, the longest I've seen on a liquid lipstick, and it is curved slightly. The first thing I noticed upon opening these was the smell. It is so intense. They aren't described as having a smell on the website, but it's a really sickly sweet smell, like a combination of fake fruits and vanilla. I've never had a scented liquid lipstick before and I'm not sure I'd be opting for another. It's less obvious when actually applied to the lips but it's a seriously strong scent.
Left to right are Automattic Touch, Raving Matte, and Beauty. These are all one coat, taken in natural day light with no editing. I was impressed by the pigmentation of all the shades, and none were streaky at all. From the photos on the website I expected Automattic Touch to be more purple toned, but it's definitely a pink with a very tiny hint of purple, rather than a purple toned pink. Raving Matte is a true purple, and Beauty is a lovely mid-toned brown. The matte lipstick is incredibly creamy and didn't feel drying at all. The mattalics have a distinct hint of metallic. I find the idea of a matte metallic to be a bit of a misnomer, to be metallic you can't truly be matte, but I guess the idea is that they dry down in the same way a matte liquid lipstick does.
I had to test how smudge proof they were as they claim to be waterproof and 'kiss-approved', which hints at being kiss proof but doesn't actually say it. The lipstick as predicted smeared like any lipstick, but the mattalics were much sturdier. After about 3 minutes they weren't completely dried down and did smudge. The other brands I've tried dried down a lot quicker, and these are the most expensive I've tried. For £7.99 I expected more, but I do like the metallic look of them. You need an oil to remove them as you do with most liquid lipsticks.
Raving Matte Automattic Touch
Considering how many bloggers rave about Milani, I was disappointed because they are pricier than I usually opt for. I really wanted to like them, but the smell of the mattalics is so overwhelming, it just did not work for me at all.
Have you tried any Milani products?