June 30, 2011

Milani Haute Flash Shimmer Lipgloss Review, Swatches, Photos

Milani has had little limited edition coolness going on in the Summer but not many people realize it as they weren’t really marketed so well in the past.

This year, Milani took the initiative to actually tell bloggers about these great little limited edition runs so we can feed it back to our fellow makeup junkies.

Sweet right?

So you don’t have to walk into CVS and accidentally run into a Limited Edition Milani Display…..instead you can go all out stalker and start tracking through your CVS on the hunt for the wicked goods.

This Summer, Milani has three limited edition collections releasing at CVS that will be available in July only (psstt some CVS have the displays out). These collections include a range of new Color Streaks Hair Mascaras, a Neon Specialty Nail Lacquer and Paint Eyeshadow Palette, plus new Haute Flash Shimmer Lipglosses.

Wanna take a gander at the new Haute Flash Shimmer Lipglosses?

Check it!

A full coverage, electrifying lip color with a shimmer finish.

Milani takes a note from the MAC Dare to Wear Lipglasses with their new Haute Flash Shimmer Lipgloss.

These are a highly pigmented, full coverage shimmer lipgloss. They are available in four shades and are out at CVS for a limited time.

Shades available are:

  • Hot Flash
  • Flashy
  • In the Flash (purple)
  • Star Flash (pale nude lilac)

I tested out two which were Hot Flash, a bright shimmering ruby red and Flashy, a bold shimmering fuchsia.

When I saw them I thought of Patrice from Afrobella who rocks purple like no one else’s business. I knew instantly these would like ridiculously on me but anyone with darker skin will look amazing in them.


Now the colors are really loud and outrageous so if that’s your bag and you can work it, you’ll probably love them.

However…I did have issues with the formula as well….

I personally didn’t like the formula however you may not, it really depends.

It applies a bit patchy but if you take time out to work the wand on your lips you can get nice, even coverage. I just lack the patience to sit around and rub the sponge applicator back and forth on my mouth to get proper coverage. Oh bother!

Milani promises a non-tacky formula and indeed it is. The formula is very lightweight for a full coverage lip product and acts more as a thinner lip cream than an actual gloss as I don’t get alot of shine from it. Now I did think that they looked best with gloss on top. Milani also says they won’t feather and that’s actually true. The gloss formula wraps lips up and doesn’t migrate around. They wear extra long as well.

  • Women with darker skin.
  • Those who love extra vibrant lip colors!
  • Those who have a bit of time and patience when applying gloss!
  • Those wanting a full coverage lipgloss!
  • Those wanting a lightweight, full coverage gloss that wears long and doesn’t fade or feather.

  • Those wanting full coverage and a glossy finish (this doesn’t quite bring the shiny).
  • Those who are rushy with makeup application (TLC is needed during application).
  • Those who aren’t quite keen on a less than emollient lipgloss (these aren’t particularly moisturizing).

I personally didn’t like the drier formula but it’s different strokes for different folks in this case. The product needs proper patience, care, and attention to get into place correctly and gives a nice popping lip look when topped with gloss. My main problem was the gloss ran a bit drier, applied patchy unless I went over it a few times, and the colors are a tad too loud for me.

However, if you like really bolder shades of glosses you might like these alot. They aren’t exactly what MAC Dare to Wear Lipglasses were however if you liked that range of color you might enjoy these particularly if you can work it as wicked as Patrice does.

Tried ’em?

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Wendy

    Oh man, I’m white as white can be and I would ROCK that red. Then again, I’m also known as the purple lipstick queen 😀

    • the Muse

      wendy did you pick up patrice’s blogger color from mac?! ;-D

          • Wendy

            Sonoran Rain or Nitrolicious? I got Sonoran Rain as I’m not a fan of the creamy glosses from Mac… I like a bit-a-shimma 🙂

      • Wendy

        OH, you mean the purple one. No 🙁 I had to decide between it or Sonoran Rain and I went with Sonoran as I have so many purples ><

        • the Muse

          hey wendy yeah the purple ;-D! Sonoran Rain is gorg!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Sarah S.

            You NEED to get All My Purple Life if MAC restocks! I am NC25 and it is AMAZING. My husband even said so! And it’s PURPLE. He’s more a fan of the natural look. I want to get a back-up so bad 😛 That blogger did such a great job making a real universal purple.

  • Tammie

    Flashy looks nice but I dunno…I am kind of trying to wean myself off of drugstore makeup so I can get more high end makeup 😐

  • Dana

    I can not for the life of me find any new Milani around here. My CVS down the street has the smallest bit of leftovers and its seems all the other stores that are supposed to stock it either don’t or they’re like the CVS and have a very little selection. I’m always looking on Cherry Culture but I really like seeing products before I buy. Boo…have to keep on keepin’ on with the lookin’…: )

    • the Muse

      aw sorry to hear it dana that blows. cherry culture is 20% off this weekend ;-D if that helps tempt you :D!

  • tiny

    I want both of those so bad!!! I’m pissed.. I was at CVS yesterday and they didn’t have those!!! Now I have to go all stalker-bish and hunt them down on teh interwebs. 😛

  • Melissa

    Bold lips are my bag. I’m a white girl but medium complexion heading into tan for the summer. I’m thinking the formula doesn’t sound soooo bad. I’ll try one if I happen upon them but like some other comments Milani is a challenge to find.

  • Nessa

    Hanging out with my best girl today. I think we are going to be stalking for these. Very pretty!

  • Jacqueline Dowkes

    I am trying to find a site that I can buy some lip gloss from. I would like a few Milani lip glosses No. 104 starfish do you ship to canada please let me know my e-mail is

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t sell anything here, just blog it. You might want to shop directly from Milani.