April 2, 2013

Milani Color Statement Lipstick for Plums & Berries - swatches, pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

As I stated in my last Milani Color Statement Lipsticks post, I'm showing you all 30 shades they offer separated by color group. In this post I'll show you their Plums & Berries - which include 7 shades.

For reference, here are the two other posts so far...

Check out my pics, swatches, info, and review... click on pics to view them larger.

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Plums & Berries
Shades: 17 Plum Rose, 19 Raspberry Rush, 20 Uptown Mauve, 21 Sangria, 22 Chilled Brandy, 24 Black Cherry, 34 Violet Volt

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 17 Plum Rose (cream)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 19 Raspberry Rush (metallic)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 20 Uptown Mauve (cream)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 21 Sangria (matte)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 22 Chilled Brandy (shimmer)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 24 Black Cherry (cream)

Milani - Color Statement Lipstick
Shade: 34 Violet Volt (metallic)

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $5.49 (0.14 oz full size). Available on the Milani Cosmetics website, as well as drugstores nationwide, like CVS and Walgreens. You can also find Milani at Target, Drugstore.com, and Kmart (to name a few)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

Make a statement without saying a word! True instant color. One stroke, full coverage application. This next generation lipstick gives the ultimate in color, texture and finish. The lightweight creamy formula contains vitamins A, C and E to moisturize and nourish lips. Paraben-free.

Available in vinyl, metallic, cream, shimmer, pearl and matte finish.

I was really impressed with these lipsticks! First off, they are super affordable at just $5.49 each full retail price - and let's not even start to think how affordable they'd become with coupons and/or sales! The pigmentation in these lipsticks in unreal for a drugstore brand; they are super pigmented and go on really fantastic. If you're looking for a sheer lipstick these are NOT for you, but if you want a full color, richly pigmented lipstick then look no further.

Because they are so richly pigmented I do like to apply these with a lip brush - especially the darker shades - but of course that's not necessary to use these. It's just my personal preference when it comes to any richly pigmented lipstick. They do go on creamy and easy, and last a fair length of time.

The 6 different finishes - vinyl, metallic, cream, shimmer, pearl, matte - give you a range of looks that you can play around with. Wear alone or top with gloss; have fun with these! I do find they all have a shine/gloss to them, especially in photos -- even the matte finish (although looks more matte in person).

Honestly, I find these to be as good or better than higher end brands. I also really like the packaging because the bottoms are color coordinated with the lipstick inside, making them super easy to find what color you're looking for and they look beautiful stored in my lipstick organizer.

I absolutely would recommend these lipsticks! With 30 shades you're sure to find at least one or two that fit your style and personality.

Since I'm reviewing all 30 shades in 4 separate posts, the review above will be posted in each one but now I'll talk specifically about the shades in this post...

The Plums & Berries offer 7 shades. Out of the 6 finishes these lipsticks offer, they have 4 of them; all but the vinyl and pearl: 3 cream, 2 metallic, 1 shimmer, and 1 matte. I'm not a huge fan of this shade selection, personally... just as I'm more of a pink and nude lip type of gal. However, I really do like Plumrose and Uptown Mauve is nice. They are darker/more vibrant in person - so do keep that in mind - but you can apply them a bit more sheer (with your fingers) if you like, or wear them heavier (apply directly from the tube and/or with a lip brush). I really did not like Chilled Brandy or Black Cherry for me; both just were too dark and too unflattering on my lips - but I do think they can look really pretty on someone with darker skintones.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these lipsticks? Which shade from this group of colors if your favorite? Have you tried these or are they on your wishlist? Discuss in the comments below.

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