No matter your opinion on matte lips, brace yourselves, because matte is coming! Anywhere from the drugstore aisle, in new releases, or at the department store counters, you’ll be seeing more and more matte products (just as an example, our Instagram is flooded with swatches from Anastasia Liquid Lips, Nars Semi-Matte Audacious, Lime Crime Velvetines, and Tom Ford).
Not to be outdone, several drugstore brands have also started releasing Spring limited edition matte collections (which is quite a change of pace from the Spring glossy and creamy releases from past years). One of the stand-out releases comes from Milani with their new Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte lipsticks which are marketed as the “fantasy matte” (as in, comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and a true matte).
Milani Color Statement Moisture Mattes are in fact as advertised - the eight shades from the collection deliver color, comfort, and chic (all for an affordable price at $5.50). While the lipstick applies with an initial satin finish, the product does dry out in time and becomes more matte (although at the expense of also looking more dry on your lips, so be sure to exfoliate your lips often). Compared to the MAC matte lipsticks, the Milani formula is softer and more lightweight so I actually prefer the Milani finish for every day wear. Once applied, the product lasts for approximately four hours and maintains strong pigmentation.
Milani Moisture Matte Naked (swatch above) is a grey, pink that I recommend pairing with a plum or brown colored lip liner. Milani Naked is the quintessential nude matte but may not work with all skin tones (so be sure to research swatches on similar skin tones). Milani Moisture Matte Diva (swatch above) is indeed a dupe for Mac Candy Yum Yum (your wallet will do a happy dance if you’ve waited on purchasing the popular Candy Yum Yum). With Milani Diva, I experienced a slightly patchy application but all was well after a more careful application.
In the words of Milani, matte is major right now - so if you’d like to try the trend without too much commitment or over-spending guilt, Milani matte lipsticks are the perfect introduction into matte mania.
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.