Be Bold on a Budget with These $7 Milani Lip Flash Pencils

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Milani Lip Flash

Hey, cutie. Before driving out to the East Bay this afternoon, I didn’t intend to spend a lot of time on my makeup, but then one thing led to another, etc., etc. Before I knew it, I’d swatched the entire line of Milani Lip Flash Pencils ($6.99).


Remember these? We talked about a shimmery bronze one a while back called Lip Flash.

Not bad for $7, right? Have a look at these, and let me know what you think. 🙂

Clockwise from the purple pencil at the lower left: In A Flash, Flashy, Hot Flash, Photo Flash, Flash Light, News Flash, Lip Flash and Star Flash

The Milani Lip Flashes are pigmented, shimmery lip glosses in stick packaging — a little like budget drugstore versions of NARS Velvet Lip Gloss Pencils. Unscented and unflavored, they feel thick and sticky on the lips and offer full coverage with a four-hour wear time.

These party girl glosses are bold, shimmery and in yo’ face. I’ve been pairing bronzy brown Lip Flash, probably the tamest one of the batch, with brown, gold or bronze smokey eyes. The other seven come in various shades of pink, red, magenta and purple and should be a blast to wear with crazy false eyelashes, glitter and a pair of dangerously sky-high heels. 😉

Milani Lip Flash iphone
With an iPhone for scale

Milani Lip Flash
Lip Flash

Milani Lip Flash News Flash
News Flash

Milani Lip Flash Flash Light
Flash Light

Milani Lip Flash Photo Flash
Photo Flash

Milani Lip Flash Hot Flash
Hot Flash

Milani Lip Flash Flashy

Milani Lip Flash In A Flash
In A Flash

Milani Lip Flash Star Flash
Star Flash

Milani Lip Flash swatches
Swatches from left to right: Lip Flash, News Flash, Flash Light, Photo Flash, Hot Flash, Flashy, In A Flash and Star Flash

See any you like?

City Island

Is it just me, or has TV been hurtin’ lately? I think we’re between seasons because there’s a lot of reruns out there now. Other than Modern Family, Justified and 30 Rock, my DVR hasn’t been up to much.

Thank goodness for Netflix. Every once in a while I stream something great that I’d never even heard of before, like City Island.


It stars Andy Garcia (who I always thought was underrated as an actor) and Julianna Margulies (ER) as a married couple living in a part of the Bronx called City Island. The story, a touching, quirky tale about their dysfunctional but lovable family, kept me on my toes the entire time. Highly recommended.

So what are you up to tonight? Right now Tabs and I are watching The Bourne Identity for like the tenth time. Jason Bourne just cut that girl’s hair with his tank top on, haaaay! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Futuralon says:

    I like the look of news flash and photo flash but may not have the chutzpah to try either!

  2. AK says:

    Love News Flash on you! fun, nicely pigmented colors. Not a bad deal for $7!

  3. Sarah says:

    I like Lip Flash and News Flash.

    How do these compare to the SK lip pencils? Target seems to be discontinuing the shiny ones, and I liked those better than the matte. They are a summer staple for me.

  4. Larie says:

    These are gorgeous! I am only just getting into lip colors, and these are so much more affordable just to play with.
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  5. ashley says:

    Karen, your eyes looks great in these 🙂 GLOWING

  6. Heidi says:

    I love these. I have Lip Flash, News Flash, and Flashlight, and I can’t believe how pigmented they are! I really like the application of a big crayon. So easy to get a nice edge.

    Had a good day today. Church, then a plant sale in the church parking lot (got some great things for the garden). Afterwards I picked up my Mom and took her for a drive in the country to check out the horses, cows, etc. Then we munched on some dessert. Chocolate Almond Horns from Trader Joes. They’re these big ring-shaped soft almond cookies (really intense almond flavor) and they’re partially dipped in dark chocolate. SO GOOD! No I’m just chilling and watching the drama on Celebrity Apprentice.

  7. Jenn says:

    What are you using to line your waterline? The pigmentation looks great!

  8. oh wow, i am loving quite a few of them! they look crazy pigmented, too! i shall definitely pick some up. i’ve only ever seen a small selection of milani products at our local drugstores so hopefully they’ll stock these :).
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  9. reall love your blog and ur swatches ♥
    I thought the babypink would be the prettiest but hot flash and flash light look really gorgeouse and best on you!

    (btw, does anyone also feel that how milani named those colors is a bit strange LOL?)
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  10. jenny says:

    What under-eye concealer are you wearing? It looks great!

    Currently i am wearing the Makeup Forever hd concealer wand but am thinking about trying the Time Balm that you reviewed.

  11. Kali Antonaccio says:

    I bought Hot Flash a while back, and for some reason it burned my lips! Bummer, they are so pretty.

  12. Kim says:

    Those are definitely bold colors, but they look great on you (as opposed to a bit scary in pencil form!). One of my bff’s who lives out of town came to visit last weekend with her girls and she and I watched the Bourne Identity too. I love Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and, of course, own all 3 movies on DVD. I was stunned that she had never seen it. The hair cutting is my fave part too. 🙂 It’s playoff time so our TV has mostly been on hockey. I’ve also been watching HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’m really liking the books but I can see how they wouldn’t be for everyone.

  13. steph b says:

    Whoa! News flash looks like an autumn dream lip on you. It would be unbelievably dark and gothic on me. I may check out Lip Flash for a summer bronzey look.

  14. Nicole says:

    News Flash is my favorite on you. I also really love your hat and earrings, great pictures! I’m going to have to try one of these, I’m thinking photo flash for me would be good with my blonde hair and fair skin.

    Julianna Margulies is one of my favorites, especially in The Good Wife. I’ll have to check out City Island. My bf and I have been watching Day Break on Netflix, I’m liking it so far. And if you want a show to DVR check out Happy Endings and Mad Love. I’m hoping these two pilots stick around!

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  15. Nina says:

    i read and crashed after a day at the beach 🙂

    the lip flash pencils are lovely, accdg to my friend whom i got them for. im getting curiouser and curiouser about them now. 🙂

  16. lexi says:

    Liking Lip Flash and Flashy – for $7 it’s worth checking out

    I didn’t think I’d be into HBO’s Game of Thrones but after the first episode they sucked me in!
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  17. Beatrice says:

    Lip flash has to be my favorite out of these lip colors! I may be more pale than a gohst but I loveeee brown lip colors lol. Also, really liking the hat! very cute 🙂
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  18. Michelle says:

    Those colors look gorg on you! Hopefully they’ll expand the line — I’d love some nudes or peachy pinks!

  19. Chris25 says:

    Even though the colors are pretty, I don’t like sticky or thick lip products.

  20. Angela says:

    K . . every last one looks outstanding on you. U look gorgeous in each. Hard to pick a fav. Will be checking these out. BTW, I enjoyed that City Island movie as well recently.

  21. Trisha says:

    I was so confused when I first saw these. They looked more like eye shadow sticks than something for lips. Thanks for the swatches, though! They look REALLY awesome. Good.
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  22. Nicole O. says:

    News Flash looks REALLY good on you. I’ve been looking for a drugstore wine red or deep purple lipstick, but no luck so far. 🙁

  23. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Ha! I knew Flash Light and Photo Flash would look much better on you than they did on me. I still like Hot Flash, though. I need to return the other two…

  24. Deborah Mesa says:

    what are you wearing under your eye? you look great! very fresh faced and wide awake….i love it

  25. Cindy says:

    Hmmm….I like the shades that have “Flash” in the names.

  26. Lauren says:

    I LOOOOVE these pencils. I have all of them, and they are the best lip pencils!! great pigment, easy to use! I love them!

  27. Soo says:

    Lip Flash & In a Flash look great on you! I really like the last three pinks in the swatch photo.

    the tips on these don’t look very fine (reminds me of NYX jumbo lip pencils), do you apply them with the stick or do you use a lip brush?
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  28. Helena says:

    Newsflash and Lip Flash (redundant on two levels…) are nice, but these are named so unfortunately. I mean, Hot Flash? Really?

  29. Britney says:

    These look like some fab colors. I will give a few colors a go and see how they stand up. Love ur blog and keeping up on all tje new things out there. I so love trying all the new stuff that comes out. Just wish i could afford half of it all without goimg broke….lol

  30. Arummmanis says:

    I love Photo Flash and Flash best on you. But sadly, I don’t think I can find ’em in Jakarta.

  31. SH says:

    these look so pretty on your lips it makes me really want to buy a couple even though I don’t need them!! I’m not just saying that either, they do look awesome.

  32. Violeta says:

    WOW! News flash looks great on you!

  33. Paigest says:

    Karen how do these compare with the Urban Decay lip gloss pencils? The colors look similar …BUT I likey the price!

  34. Christina says:

    They sell these at the Dollar Tree now!!! I am excited to try some 🙂

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