Video & Product Review: Swatched Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes

I don’t typically buy drugstore lipsticks, but one day I saw swatches on Instagram of Milani’s fall collection. I fell in love with the dark colors, and I had to have them. They were hella hard to find because they’re only sold at select Duane Reade and Walgreens stores, in my town. I literally went to three Duane Reade stores, one Walgreens store and tried my luck at Rite Aid lol. The only store that had the very small display of lip colors was Walgreens. The only problem was two of the colors I wanted were sold out, so I was only able to get Dearest, Emotion and Glamour.

As I was creating the video for this product review (Sunday), I went to the Milani website to see how the company described the colors and guest what? Won’t He do it! The entire fall collection is now available online! Boop! Be advised that it’s being marketed as ‘limited edition,’ so the colors may not be around for long. I had no clue Milani was going to offer the collection on its site. I figured it was limited edition for in-store only, so I counted my blessings with the three I bought. But God had a plan! #Blessed. I purchased three other colors from the fall collection online (Beautiful, Attraction and Magnetic) and two from the “main?” collection (Devotion and Sugar). I’ll probably update this post with my thoughts on the other colors or maybe just post pics on Instagram. Now for the review:

milani-swatches

 

Dearest is described as a “deep merlot.” I live for this hue and its color payoff is great. My issue with this particular shade/formula is that it crumbles and starts to flake once it’s been on for about 15-20 minutes. Thank the Lord I noticed it was crusting before I left the house to go out. Basically, it’s not long-lasting or transfer-proof, especially since it started to fall off my lips after a few minutes. This particular shade is also extremely drying compared to the other two shades. The color is beautiful, but it’s not even worth the $8 because you’ll only wear it for two seconds.

Emotion is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. The color payoff is great, and it seemed to last for a few hours. It wasn’t completely transfer-proof, though. I’m not the biggest fan of the actual color, but I like the formula.

Glamour is described as a “pearl bronze.” The formula is pretty much like Emotion. It’s also comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. There’s a luminous sheen to Glamour. It’s not exactly metallic, just more pearly. It reminds me of ColourPop’s Zebra, although – Glamour is much darker and not as shiny. The color payoff is also good, and it lasted for a few hours. Like Emotion, it’s also not transfer-proof.  I would wear this instead of the ColourPop color because it’s not sticky and dries down much faster.

Milani claims its matte lip cremes last “up to 16 hours.” Lies. I’m hoping the other colors/formulas are similar to Emotion and Glamour as far as comfort and texture. I’m already certain they won’t be long-lasting and transfer-proof, but who knows? The Dearest formula is completely different from Emotion and Glamour, so I’ll see.

Are you a fan of Milani’s Amore Matte Lip Cremes? If so, please share your thoughts.

FTC: Not Sponsored.

Thanks for stopping by and watching my video! Subscribe to my blog, too!

-Genevia 

Video: Highlighting/Strobing Tutorial Without Using Concealer

In this video, I will show you how to achieve a natural-looking glow without using concealer. Enjoy!

Products Used

FTC: Not Sponsored.

Thanks for stopping by and watching my video! If you have any questions, please ask.:)

-Genevia 

 

Video

Video: ColourPop Lip Swatches On Me

Let me preface my first video post with the following comments because after all, this is a blog:

Initially, I decided I was going to stay away from making videos (YouTube) because I know I am not going to be able to commit to posting videos every week. I know for sure that I will write at least one post a week, but videos? Nah. It takes a lot of time. Shooting, editing, music selection, voiceover, etc. God bless those YouTubers that can do it. I had to keep it real with myself. My alternative to YouTube is mini Instagram videos because those are short and fun, and I don’t need to do them that often. Then last week, my friend planted a seed in my head. She gave me some feedback about my blog, and she suggested that I appear on it more often. Makes sense.

Sharing pictures of myself in applicable posts would suffice, but that isn’t as fun because … Instagram. I decided another cool way for me to appear on my blog more is to turn my speedy IG videos into normal videos with a voiceover. Now, I’ll be hosting my own videos on my blog instead of YouTube or Vimeo. It’s the same concept, only I won’t feel guilty if I don’t post a video every week. Win, win!

In this video, you’ll see me wearing the two ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip products I wrote about here. You’ll also hear/see my first impressions/reactions to the Ultra Matte Lip products below.

colourpop ultra matte
Top: Kapow; Middle: Beeper; Bottom: Dr. M

Side note: I didn’t use any lip liners with these products. Also, I realize the quality of my voice isn’t consistent in the video … I’ll figure it out for next time. Bare with we. Lol. Without further ado, please welcome my very first YouTube-inspired video, “ColourPop Lip Swatches!” :D.

What did you all think? Thanks for reading and watching!

FTC: Not Sponsored.

-Genevia