Milani Color Statement Lipsticks Review & Swatches: Pinks

 Disclosure: Lipsticks PR for review. All opinions expressed are my own.Milani Color Statement lipsticks pinks

Hi Guys & Dolls!

I’m sort of a lipstick hoarder; I generally prefer it to lipgloss. So when I heard Milani was revamping their lipstick line I was pretty excited, but also a little on the fence. I first fell in love with Milani Lipstick back in 2007, but I didn’t much care for reboot they did a few years ago. Milani has again revamped, reformulated and relaunched  their lipstick line and it is incredible, maybe the best lipstick at the drugstore. Seriously.I’ve had these for several months and after a lot of testing and let’s be honest, a bit of a lipstick love affair, I can confidently say they are among my favorite lipsticks of all time. I even gave them prime real estate front & center in my lipstick drawer.

Today I’m sharing the Pink shades with you.


  • Their lipstick is now called Color Statement, it comes in a shiny mirrored tube with a section at the bottom that shows the color.
  • The finishes for this lipstick are divided into:Vinyl, Cream, Matte, Pearl, Shimmer and Metallic.
  • The Smell: Milani has done away with the strong floral smell and gone with a toned down watermelon. It’s sweet when you sniff it, but not obnoxious or noticeable when worn.
  • Other notes: The Lipsticks are $5.49 on the Milani Website and are a bargain at that.
  • In addition to the Milani Site they’re also  sold at mass market retailers (Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens etc) near you!


  • The Color Payoff: Smooth even, opaque color. Just when you think their lipsticks are already top-notch they improve upon them. In the video review below I compared last year’s Red Label with the new one: The new version has an improved color payoff and depth.
  • Texture: Holy Cow! Smooth, slightly hydrating depending on the finish. Again, I thought they has a good thing going on before, but I can say this is a luxury lipstick for cheap!
  • The Price: At just $5.49 a tube, it’s like highway Lipstick robbery.
  • Available at mass retailers so they’re easy to find
  • The colors & names are on the bottom of the tube so it’s easy to select a color. I also like the square shape.
  • Extensive color selection
  • Milani is Cruelty Free and the Lipsticks are made in the USA!


  • Ok, so I’m not in love with the shiny gold tubes. They aren’t offensive, just a little tacky looking & they hold fingerprints.
  • Milani and be difficult/impossible to get in other countries.

How I Feel About It: AMAZING, maybe the best lipstick at the drugstore. I’ve had these for several months and after all this time I can confidently say they are among my favorite lipsticks of all time. I even gave them prime real estate front & center in my lipstick drawer. Try them if you’ve ever wanted a luxury lipstick but don’t want to fork over $15+

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Pink Frost Milani Color Statement lipstick pink frost

pink frost swatchPink Frost: I have to get real with you for a second- My first thought when I opened the tube was “ICK!” Pale, frosty pink lipstick is so just ick…. 80’s and not in the good way. I have to ask- who thinks this looks good? I was browsing the Milani section at Target yesterday, and this one was the only color that had full stock, what does that tell ya?

Fruit Punch Fruit Punch Milani

fruit punch  SwatchFRUIT PUNCH: I LOVE Fruit Punch. It’s a creamy dreamy warm pink with just enough of a blue undertone that I can pull it off without worrying about it pulling orange or making my teeth yellow. I haven’t taken this out of my purse since I got it. LOVE LOVE!

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Flamingo Rose Swatch Flamingo Pose: A bright pink coral. Oh man, this one is competing with Fruit Punch for my favorite. Again this is a warmer color, but it has a little coolness to keep it from making my teeth yellow. Striking in person, I wear it all the time. If you have blue eyes you need this!

Rose Hip

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 Rose Hip was my very first Milani lipstick about 6 years ago, and my first hot-pink, so I’m glad to see it’s made the cut into the new formulation. The color seems pretty much the same- a cool toned bright pink. The texture seems creamier than the original, but otherwise this is still the bright pink perfection I’ve loved all these years.

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Hot Pink Rage: Warm, bright pink. This one is a bit deeper compared to Fruit Punch but isn’t as intense or as warm as Flamingo Pose.

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Flirty Fuchsia

Flirty Fuchsia: Can we ahve a conversation about how intense this color is? Glossy, intense Pink-Red with a subtle violet flash. OH yes Ma’am!

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Rose Amour: Medium blue pink. Thi is what I wanted MAC’s Pink Nouveau to be. A perfect bubblegum pink! POP!

Disclosure: Lipsticks PR for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. June 26, 2013 / 11:43 am

    Gotta say that I was impressed upon seeing Flaming Pose, and then I saw the blue eye comment you put. I know what beauty buy I’m making with my next check!

  2. Veronica
    June 26, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    I love them all!!!!! Thanks for the inside!!!

  3. Brianna
    June 26, 2013 / 1:19 pm

    Oh my god! Hot Pink Rage is amazing!!! By the way, your blog is my home page. I read it obsessively between videos! I’m kind of creepy.

  4. Ramona
    June 26, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    Cora, I have a couple of these beauties and agree- fantastic product for a great price. They are right on par with higher end lipsticks like Too Faced La Creme’s. Looking forward to you review and swatches from the rest of the line! Slainte!

  5. Christina
    June 26, 2013 / 3:24 pm

    Thank you so much for these swatches!!!
    They are selling Milani make-up at the Dollar Tree now and was wondering what your thoughts are. I have tried the HD Advanced Lip color and they remind me of the Revlon Lip butteres.



  6. Stephanie
    June 27, 2013 / 12:51 am

    can i just say that i love the format of your review! i came here for beautiful pictures of lipsticks/swatches and got just that. thanks so much, i can’t wait to see the rest!

  7. June 30, 2013 / 12:46 am

    You are right about Milani being impossible to get in other countries. But OMG I really want to try Rose Amour since I don’t wear Pink Nouveau that much… They all look amazing though! I’d love to have all the cream-finish ones… Drooool

  8. July 8, 2013 / 7:08 am

    Milani FINALLY got stocked at my local Navy Exchange (living in Japan on a military base, it can be hard to come by a lot of American makeup products) and I almost peed myself. Okay, TMI, but seriously I was so excited. I snatched up three lipsticks so far, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be hoarding all of these in no time. Thank you so much for the swatches because now I can buy my favorites first!
    xo, Kitsch Vixen

  9. July 12, 2013 / 10:45 am

    How funny, i actually really love the pink frost. It reminds me of summers spent in pismo and my fave raybans, lol guess im still an 80s valley girl at heart <3

  10. Kate
    August 21, 2013 / 3:18 am

    Telling the truth, I’d never success with Pink Nouveau. The Rose Amour makes me hope to find my match again.

    • Cora (vintageortacky)
      August 23, 2013 / 1:51 pm

      I always want pink nouveau to work, but it always looks off on me. Rose Amour looks great!

  11. Anne Consolacion
    December 6, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    Superb pigmentation there!

  12. Emma
    April 4, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Oh boy. I loooove love love pink! Pink blush and especially pink lipstick. I can’t even describe my true feelings for pink lipstick. I get excited just looking at pictures. Can’t wait to rock all of my hot pink gems this summer, and Rose Hip is definitely going to be one of them <3

  13. Taina
    December 10, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Really helpful! Thank you! So inlove with these lipsticks!

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