Milani Color Perfect Lipstick 2012 Color Expansion

Hi Guys & Dolls,

Do you want a luxury lipstick at a bargain price? Duh who doesn’t! Back when I was first getting into lipstick I stumbled upon these at Walgreens and flipped out over how fabulous & affordable they were. Back then I was always questing for MAC type products, and they were the ultimate MAC dupes: similar in texture to an Amplified Cream Lipstick at less than a third of the cost, heck they even smelled like MAC’s signature vanilla smell!

For years I’ve loved the Milani Color Perfect Lipstick formula- it’s creamy, smooth, hydrating, wonderful color payoff, and the price point makes it so easy to experiment with colors you might not normally try. Years later, the quality is still there, though the shape and smell is different. The shape of the lipstick itself is now a geometric point and the smell is sort of perfumey. uh-oh. You guys know I hate perfume or floral scented lipsticks. Many very high-end lipsticks have a perfume/floral scent, and for me that’s usually a turn off. When Milani first changed the scent I was so annoyed, but over time it’s grown on me- I even open the tubes to sniff them on purpose. I think they changed it to emulate those high-end lipsticks, so if you want a Luxury Lipstick on a shoestring budget, give these a whirl!

From L-R: Red Velvet, Brown Suede, Plum Deluxe, Nude Creme, Barely There & Red Label

Red Velvet-Deep, bold blue based red. This one looks fantastic on my complexion, and I can see this working on a lot of different people. Bonus: blue based lipsticks make you teeth look whiter!

Nude Creme- Light pink nude. A great color for people who find many other nudes to dull or concealer-mouthy. Oh yes I did. This was one of the first nude lipsticks I ever liked on myself!

Barely There- Less pink compared to Nude Creme. This one reminds me of MAC’s Blankety lipstick, though I don’t have it to compare. This one is more like a traditional nude but it’s not that bad on me. It’s muted, but it doesn’t appear overly gray or brown like many nudes will.

Plum Deluxe- Deep shimmering plum. A great way to dabble into vampy lip color. If it feels like too much for you try applying it over lipbalm to sheer it out. Gorgeous for fall.

Brown Suede- Sheer brown plum with bronze shimmer. Does anyone else think that it’s odd to call a shimmery color suede? This color is quite flattering and reminds me of a deeper browner version of MAC’s “O” lipstick. This does settle into lines slightly, but not as bad as the photo makes it look.

Red Label- bright medium red. The photo makes the look slightly blue based, but in person it’s more warm than cool. It’s not as rich as Red Velvet, but a good red.

The Bottom Line: Color Perfect Lipstick has been one of my fave lipstick formulas for years. The price is right, so if you don’t mind the scent (I don’t) than check these bad boys girls out!

Price: $4.99 for 3.74gm

Where to Buy: milanicosmetics.com CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart etc…

Milani is Cruelty Free ^_^

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14 comments

  1. Kimberly · August 31, 2012 Kimberly

    I love the picks you took with the lippies on your lips. That really helped to get an idea of the color and texture. Thank you!

    • Linda Power · September 21, 2012 Linda

      i lost your site for a while there , then i remember you name vintage or tacky, here i am again. I really like the pic’s of your lips with different colours… I am not trying to sound funny but you lips are very nice… just the right shape… Keep up the great work.. haven;t seen any clothing hauls in a while… Linda

  2. Phyrra (@Phyrra) · August 31, 2012 Phyrra

    I actually want to try Brown Suede. And yes, definitely an odd name with shimmer. Velvet would be more apt than suede.

  3. Aimee Morrow (@Aimee2Morrow) · August 31, 2012 Aimee

    Do you think that Nude Creme would be a good dupe for Marquis’D by M.A.C.?

    • Cora (vintageortacky) · September 3, 2012 Cora

      Oh I actually have Marquise D’ let me check… Oh well first off the textures and color payoff are quite different- Marquise D’ is sheer and a little shimmery where Nude Cream is full coverage and cream. If you lay a lipbalm down first they look very similar on the lips, though Marquise D’ is still pinker. I think it’s a close substitute, but not a dupe.

  4. Amanda (Mae) · August 31, 2012 Amanda

    Ooh red velvet is gorgeous as is brown suede its so unique

  5. Sara · August 31, 2012 Sara

    Really pretty!

  6. sydneyreadseverything · September 3, 2012 sydneyreadseverything

    Speaking of weird smelling lip products, have you tried bareMinerals lip gloss? It’s gag-worthy. The smell of these doesn’t bother me, though. And you know, they do have a really great formula. Mandarina is one of my favorite orange lipsticks.

  7. Peggy · September 3, 2012 Peggy

    I can’t find in my local drugstores (orange county, ca) – will they be coming soon..or should I order from website?

  8. Rachel · September 4, 2012 Rachel

    I enjoyed those nude colors. Thanks for taking pics.

  9. Therese · September 6, 2012 Therese

    How is the staying power? I never tend to wear lipstick, because I find that I always have to touch it up and be careful with what I do.. That really annoys me, and I end up not bothering with it.. Though I really want to..

  10. Melody · September 13, 2012 Melody

    Ooooo Nude creme reminds me of MAC Patisserie <3

  11. Wava Busse · January 11, 2013 Wava

    Thank you for this great article. I really love to read blogs that have great information and ideas to share to each reader. I look forward to read more from you people and keep going with that good work that is really inspiring to us.

  12. Kiersten · February 15, 2013 Kiersten

    I am 10 turning 11 and luv luv luv anything red velvet!!!! Red velvet cupcakes also I even got my hair died ambre so yah u don’t need to hear my life story but of course I luv red velvet and red label:)

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