• Milani Color Perfect Lipstick – Review & Swatches – Rose Hip, Mandarina, Nude Creme, and Pink Love

    by  • July 26, 2012 • Lip Products, Lipsticks, Milani, Reviews, Swatches • 47 Comments


    I think it’s safe to say that Milani is quickly becoming one of my favorite drugstore brands. I was given the opportunity to try their products, and I’m bringing you the first–of quite a few–Milani posts that I’ll be putting up during the next few weeks.

    Today I am sharing with you a review (with swatches, of course!) of four lipsticks from Milani’s Color Perfect Lipstick range — the shades Rose Hip (07), Mandarina (42), Nude Creme (50), and Pink Love (52).


    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick - 07 Rose Hip

    Let’s cover the basics first. You can purchase the Color Perfect Lipsticks either online on Milani’s site here, or in store at CVS. (At this time I am not sure if Walgreens carries the Color Perfect Lipsticks.)Milani has released the Color Statement Lipstick & Lipliner to replace the Color Perfect line.

    The lipstick retails for around $4.99 USD (that is the price on the website, it may vary depending on if you purchase it in-store), and you receive 0.13 oz / 3.74 g of product in each tube.


    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick - 42 Mandarina

    On the website there are 35 total shades available, however your choices may vary in store.

    Official description:
    A creamy-smooth, full-coverage, lustrous lipcolor that makes lips look and feel magnificent! The unique contour tip perfects lip shape with a more precise application.

    Rose Hip & Pink Love: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Lanolin Oil, Paraffin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Lanolin Wax (Lanolin Cera), Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil. +/- May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Carmine (CI 75470).
    Mandarina: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Paraffin, Lanolin Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera), Lanolin Wax (Lanolin Cera), Fragrance (Parfum), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Alumina, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). +/- May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Carmine (CI 75470).
    Nude Creme: ???

    The ingredients are listed on the website according to the number listed with each color on the end of the tube. (For example, “Rose Hip” is 07.) I am having a hard time finding the ingredients for Nude Creme (50), but I will email Milani regarding that color specifically and update the post when they get back to me. As you can see, carmine is included in the ingredients so these lipsticks are not vegan, if that is something you are looking for specifically.


    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick - 50 Nude Creme

    Packaging is golden (as to be expected from Milani!) and comes as a standard twist-up lipstick tube. The lipstick is a tapered, sort of geometric-like bullet, as you can see in the photos. I like the narrow tip of the lipstick bullet. I feel that it makes application easier if you are applying straight from the tube and not using a lip brush. The cap stays on securely, and I would consider the packaging sturdy overall–I haven’t experienced any issues with it.


    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick - 52 Pink Love

    There is a noticeable floral scent to it, very much like sweet roses. I personally quite like it, but I know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you are sensitive or have an aversion to fragrances, be aware that the Color Perfect Lipsticks do have a floral scent.

    As for application, they are very, very smooth. I didn’t notice any dragging or tugging. I personally did not find them drying. The color payoff is pretty impressive, and because of that I would recommend your lips are exfoliated and moisturized before using. Admittedly none of these shades were “one swipe, full opacity” lipsticks, but they were buildable to full opacity within 2 or 3 swipes.

    Rose Hip, being a bolder color, required some more care in application so I could ensure everything was nice and even… but I must say it probably had the best pigmentation of all four of the shades. Nude Creme and Pink Love gave me beautiful, even coverage within 2-3 swipes and were really easy to work with. Mandarina took a little extra effort/extra swipes, and I don’t believe it applied quite as evenly as the others (as I could see in the photos afterward), but in person it was almost impossible to notice that.

    I wouldn’t call these long wearing, but they aren’t marketed to be long-wearing so I wasn’t expecting them to last 12+ hours. For me, considering the creamy formula/high sheen like these had, wear time was as I expected — about 4-5 hours before I’d do a re-application. I didn’t really experience feathering, but then again feathering is not normally an issue for me, so take that as you will. With a lip liner, wear time becomes longer.



    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick Arm Swatches -- 07 Rose Hip, 42 Mandarina, 50 Nude Creme, 52 Pink Love

    Prettymaking: Bare Lips
    Bare lips for reference.

    The lip swatches are in natural light, no lip liner — just lipstick.


    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick Swatch - 07 Rose Hip

    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick Swatch - 42 Mandarina

    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick Swatch - 50 Nude Creme

    Milani Color Perfect Lipstick Swatch - 52 Pink Love

    I love how bright Rose Hip is, but I am partial to pinks. Smile Mandarina is a very bold shade, but it isn’t a color I reach for often, as I am not much of an tangerine-orange person personally. Both Nude Creme and Pink Love are extremely wearable shades that look good with just about anything.

    Of these four, what color is your favorite? Do you own any of the Color Perfect Lipsticks?


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    47 Responses to Milani Color Perfect Lipstick – Review & Swatches – Rose Hip, Mandarina, Nude Creme, and Pink Love

    1. July 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      I really like Pink Love on you! Nude Creme was too nude for me; it practically matched my skin. Lovely swatches.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        Thank you! And you know, I thought that Rose Hip would be my favorite… but it’s actually a toss-up between Pink Love and Nude Creme!

    2. July 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      I love all of them!! Rose Hip looks great and Pink Love is the perfect everday shade Smile

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        I agree! I could see myself easily wearing Pink Love on my casual days. It’s such a soft, pretty pink!

    3. July 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I think I love all of them, you have such lovely lips! <3

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        They all definitely stand out for their own reasons. Smile And thank you very much! ^-^

    4. July 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Oh Mandarina and Pink Love look so pretty, I’ve never tried any Milani Lipsticks, adding to wishlist ^^

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        Oh, definitely! Pink Love is possibly my favorite of the four… that, and Nude Creme. Aside from great pigmentation, they are definitely worth trying, too, considering they aren’t expensive either. Smile

    5. July 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Great post! I’ve heard a lot about Rose Hip and Mandarina but barely anything about other shades. Rose Hip and Pink Love are gorgeous (I’m partial to pinks too Big Smile xx

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        I think Pink Love might be my favorite, but it is tied with Nude Creme. I’m surprised I like the ‘neutral’ softer shades! Probably because I already have so many bright colors, it’s a nice change. Smile

    6. July 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I think Pink Love looks lovely!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        It is really, really pretty! I love it Grin

    7. July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I like Pink Love the best Smile
      thanks for the swatches!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        I agree… I thought I would love Rose Hip the most but Pink Love is just so pretty that I love it more than I thought I would.

    8. July 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I love the bold pink, thanks for the review. I might just go buy myself one Wink

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        Rose Hip is definitely good if you don’t have any colors quite like it! Especially considering how affordable it is. Smile

    9. July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      I don’t own any myself but I’d totally rock Mandarina.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        I think you could rock any color! Smile

    10. July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Milani is becoming one of my favorites also. Ive just decided to try their baked blush. I’m loving the nude and pink, I’ll have to make another trip to cvs. Lol

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Nude Creme and Pink Love are my two favorites! As for other Milani products, I loooove their Eye Tech Extreme liquid liner pen, and their matte eyeshadows are really nice, too. What is your favorite shade of their baked blush?

    11. July 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      These all look really lovely! I’ve actually been hunting for a bold pink lippie like that, maybe I will give Rose Hip a look! I quite like all the colors actually, even the orange and the brown, and I don’t normally go for either. Beautiful swatches as always Mandy, thank you! I will definitely have to give Milani a closer look Smile

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Rose Hip reminds me quite a bit of MAC’s Girl About Town, but it’s a bit brighter in my opinion. The Nude Creme is really a pretty nude lipstick, it doesn’t ‘blank’ out the lips. I definitely think Milani is a brand worth a look. Smile

    12. July 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      All these look absolutely gorgeous! I don´t own any of them, but I would like to have the last two: Pink Love and Nude Creme.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        The last two are my favorites as well! Smile

    13. July 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I have Rose Hip and love it!! It’s the brightest lipstick I own, so I only wear it on occasion. Great swatches!!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Yes, it’s an awesome bright pink! I love the formula, too. And thank you! Smile

    14. July 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Nude creme is a gorgeous beige, I can see it work with a lot of different styles!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        I agree! It is really versatile, perfect for natural makeup or more dramatic smokey looks. Smile

    15. July 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Rose hip is awesome!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        It’s an awesome bright pink for those who looove pink lipsticks — which I know you do. I thought you’d like that one! Grin

    16. July 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Loving these colors!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Yay I am glad you like them!

    17. July 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Love the nude creame!!!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        It’s the perfect neutral lip color! Smile

    18. July 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      I’m loving Pink Love!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        It is such a soft and pretty pink Smile I love it a lot, too!

    19. July 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Nude creme is my fave, your lips are amazeballs!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        I am right there with you — Nude Creme is my favorite, tied with Pink Love! They both look incredible Smile

    20. July 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Great photos! The colors are very pretty. I might have to try these as I love floral scents.

      • July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Yes! I have heard some people complain about the floral fragrance, but I thought it was pleasant and it definitely does not last a super long time, so it really doesn’t bother me. Smile

    21. July 27, 2012 at 6:50 am

      thanks for sharing.

      • July 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Of course, no problem! Smile

    22. July 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      These are seriously gorgeous! Nude Creme was not what I was expecting and I actually love it! I definitely want to pick some of these up! Thanks for the great post (as usual) Mandy!

      • July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        I know! It looks almost like a grey-beige (greige?) from the lipstick bullet, but when applied to the lips it just totally transforms into the perfect sort of neutral color. They are beautiful *and* they are super affordable!

    23. July 29, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Can i pick all them? They are all sooo gorgeous. Pink love would be perfect for everyday use. Nice lips by the way. Smile

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      • July 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        There are definitely a few more I hope to get eventually, as I really liked the formula overall. And you’re right — Pink Love is definitely a beautiful, perfect for ‘everyday’ kind of color!

    24. July 31, 2012 at 12:24 am

      I have Rose Hip and Mandarina, I LOVE them!!! Now I really want Pink Love, looks really pretty!

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