Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss Review & Swatches

Their back!

Milani introduced Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss last Summer for a limited time. This Spring they bring back it back with new and old shades to choose from.

The great news if you love ’em? They are now part of the general catalog.

Speaking of Flash……

Take a look!

The formula hasn’t changed in the least so you’re still getting the same great product only in new shades (as well as old favs). My original problem with Haute Flash Lipgloss was that the shades were a tad too loud for me. I actually suggested them for darker skin tones than my own as you can really rock these hard if you have darker skin. Personally I look a little too clown-y wearing some of these shades but the good news is Milani introduced a few lighter, wearable shades to the mix.

Shades like Flashy (hot neon pink), In a Flash (purple), and Hot Flash (bright, vibrant red) are all very bold, vibrant shades of color. Not everyone can tame these beasts as they are highly pigmented and offer a full color pay off.

Tamer shades include Quick Flash (soft peachy pink), Star Flash (delicate shade of rosy lilac), and Golden Flash (metallic golden bronze). These are the most wearable shades in the bunch however even here you may run into issues as both Star Flash and Quick Flash run towards the pastel side of the fence.

(Golden Flash)


(Star Flash)

(Quick Flash)

(Hot Flash)

(In A Flash)

Originally I had issues with the formula going on patchy. I found that I had to take time out to run the applicator across my lips a few times for nice, even coverage. The newer version I had no problems. Color applies very smoothly and proper coverage can be achieved in one to two swipes. The product is so pigmented you won’t need a lipstick or stain under this, that’s completely optional for more pop.

The formula is very lightweight sans any tackiness and leaves behind full coverage. This acts more as a lip cream than an actual gloss as I don’t get alot of shine from it, for the best results I suggest a clear gloss on top. They won’t feather as the gloss formula wraps around lips and doesn’t migrate around which results in an extra long wear time.

(Shades Left to Right: Star Flash, Quick Flash, Golden Flash, Hot Flash, In a Flash, and Flashy)

I’m not partial to the shades and formula myself but the value is here as is the quality, whether you actually enjoy the formula and shades yourself is a personal preference.

If you’re looking for full coverage lip color in a vibrant array of shades with a long wearing formula for under $10, Milani Haute Flash Lipgloss might fit the bill.

Available now at CVS or online at for $7.49.

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  • 2/22/12 13:19 Sarah S.:

    I have the LE ones from last summer… in the archive. I won’t use applicator-in products after six months or so! So glad they’re going to sell these regularly :)


  • 2/22/12 19:22 Barbara:

    Wow that is pigmented! From my understanding, Milani mainly targets African Americans, so the color choices here make a lot of sense. After all, I can’t find this brand in predominately white areas at all. It’s a shame they don’t sell them everywhere because some of their products, like the Liquif-eye eyeliners, are incredible for the price.


  • 2/22/12 20:29 Kathleen:

    Do they have any fragrance? I had two Milani glosses (short tubes) that smelled awful!


    • 3/13/12 16:41 the Muse:

      faint vanillish taste kathleen!


  • 2/23/12 6:22 aquahartz:

    somehow i sort of think these might suit as eye colours as well. wouldnt they?


    • 2/23/12 8:35 the Muse:

      as eye colours yeah, that would brilliant but don’t try to use them as eye colors ;-D plumping ingreds, it might sting ouch!


  • 2/24/12 16:00 Ruthless:

    It’s “they’re back” not “their”. I deduct you 5 internet points, Muse.

    Beautiful swatches though


  • 2/28/12 5:44 Nia:

    Love your shoes! :)
    I nearly bought them, but then I already had red ones.


    • 2/28/12 9:57 the Muse:

      thanks ;D!


  • 3/1/12 0:21 reeny:

    pretty! the last one looks a bit like pepto bismol tho! i like the purple one!
    muse have you tried their bronzers? if so, are they good?


    • 3/1/12 7:35 the Muse:

      I’ve reviewed the bronzers already in a past post reeny just have a look through the archives for the review hope it helps!


  • 1/23/13 18:27 Kayla:

    *drools over hot pink* *reminding myself that I have a jillion and I’m poor* Life is rough. Thanks for sharing!


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