While I admit that Milani has fallen off my radar for a hot minute, they are back in full force with my discovery of the Amore Mattallics Lime Cremes. These liquid lipsticks are anything but ordinary, and it was love-at-first-application for me. Metallic finishes are very on trend this season, from beauty to fashion, so these are just in time for a glistening summer.
The launch included eight shades with a foil matte finish. While they completely dry down— almost immediately, in fact— the shine is undeniably head-turning. The formula applies almost mousse-y before setting, and once it’s set you can definitely forget about it. I don’t find that they dry out my lips at all.
On to swatches!
Chromatic Addict is probably the most dramatic in terms of the the metallic finish. The light shade is surprisingly flattering and would look great with a smoky eye.
Matterialistic might be my favorite shade of the bunch… like a modern twist on the 90s brown lips. It’s sort of like a bronzed penny shade.
This one’s a bubbly bright pink that’s ultra girly with its frosty appearance.
Another highlight from the line, this is a barbie pink with a metal flare!
Matte About You
This bright coral has summer sunshine written all over it. Perfect for a warm day out on the town.
Mattely In Love
My second favorite, this shade is an irresistible red that reminds me of the iconic ruby slippers.
A deep berry shade, this one brings the drama without going too dark.
The most dramatic of them all, this rich purple brings attitude to even the plainest of looks.
Literally the only downside to these: the smell. They have been heavily fragranced with a sickly sweet scent that is just too strong for my taste. After swatching all eight shades, my stomach was doing flips in reaction to the smell. Luckily, there’s no taste and the scent doesn’t linger, so I only have to brave a few minutes of it.
The line has been popping up in stores over the past month, though they are being advertised as limited edition. Though Milani is notorious for bringing back limited edition collections to later become permanent, I would suggest snatching these up as soon as you can, since it usually takes a year for them to bring them back. I’d check your local Ulta Beauty first.