These Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stains Pack a Powerfully Pigmented Punch

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Milani Power Lip Mango Tango

Wearing the new Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss in Mango Tango

Yeah, I’m turning into *that* girl — the one who applies a glossy lip stain right before bed just to see if it’ll still be there in the morning.

I did it the other night with one of Milani’s new Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stains, and El Hub was like, “Why are you wearing lipstick to bed? Got a hot date?”

Milani Spring 2014

The Milani Power Lips collection, new for spring 2014

“First,” I replied, “it’s not a lipstick. It’s a stain. And second, yes, babe, Tabs and I are going as soon as you fall asleep.”

LOL! As if. Tabs is a total night owl, whereas I’ve usually zonked out by 11. I could never hang…but if I could, I’m sure any of these eight stains could hang with me.

These glossy lip stains are DOPE! They cling to lips like I cling to outdated ’90s references. ๐Ÿ™‚

Milani Power Lip Swatches from the left: 01 Red Control, 02 Cabaret Blend, 03 Raspberry Tart, 04 Pink Lemonade, 05 Macaroon, 06 Strawberry Sugar, 07 Mango Tango and 08 Creamy Cafe

Swatches from the left: 01 Red Control, 02 Cabaret Blend, 03 Raspberry Tart, 04 Pink Lemonade, 05 Macaroon, 06 Strawberry Sugar, 07 Mango Tango and 08 Creamy Cafe

So, back to that bedtime test I was talking about, the following morning, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the coffee pot and saw the stain from the shade I’d applied before bed (07 Mango Tango).

That’s an 8-hour wear time! — assuming you’re just dreaming about RyGos and mumbling in your sleep. Add munchies and meals to the mix, however, and the wear time drops to 4-6.

Still not bad at all, considering that each tube is only $6.49.

I like these. They remind me of YSL Glossy Stains, only not…

I mean, they’re the same idea — they look and feel like shiny glosses but eventually wear down to satin lip stains — big come in totally different packaging.

The YSL Glossy Stains come in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, while the Milani products come in a click pen tube with a brush applicator.

I don’t mind the click pen, in this case, but I’m not exactly crazy about it. I think it’s a little more challenging to use, like to line the edges of my lips, than YSL’s doe foot, in part because it’s difficult to control how much product it applies. I can’t, for example, imagine using it in the passenger seat as we’re driving to the movies.

Milani Power Lip in 05 Macaroon

Milani Power Lip in 05 Macaroon

Milani Power Lip in 01 Red Control

01 Red Control

Milani Power Lip in 04 Pink Lemonade

04 Pink Lemonade

Milani Power Lip in 07 Mango Tango

07 Mango Tango

Milani Power Lip in 06 Strawberry Sugar

06 Strawberry Sugar

Milani Power Lip in 02 Cabaret Blend

02 Cabaret Blend

Milani Power Lip in 08 Creamy Cafe

08 Creamy Cafe

Milani Power Lip in 03 Raspberry Tart

03 Raspberry Tart

But the formula itself? Really good. You get a ton of pigment for $6.49, and a little goes a long way.

I think that these also feel slightly thicker, sticker and heavier on my lips than YSL’s Glossy Stains, but they’re still comfy and quite moisturizing.

The faint buttery flavor and scent, I could do without, but it’s not a big whoop — again, considering the price.

I think all of the colors here are fab. I like 05 Macaroon and 08 Creamy Cafe on days when I want more of a nude lip look, and 07 Mango Tango and 04 Pink Lemonade on days when I want to wear something bright.

PRICE: $6.49 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming this February to drugstores (CVS for sure) and also online

The English Teacher


I’m reaching my Breaking Bad breaking point, so I Netflixed a cute movie last night called The English Teacher. I wasn’t expecting much because it only gets a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I’ve always liked Julianne Moore, who stars in it, and I figured that if it’s really terrible, I’ll just turn it off.

The movie’s about a small-town high school English teacher (Julianne Moore) and the chaos that ensues when one of her former students, a writer now living in New York, returns to town.

It actually turned out to be much better and funnier than I expected. A good pick if you’re in the mood for something light.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Trisha says:

    Red Control and Cabaret Blend are my favorites! I totally want to try these. I may have to make a stop at CVS today…
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  2. Chris25 says:

    I like Creamy Cafe.
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  3. hanna says:

    I wouldn’t have thought the click pen would cause trouble.
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  4. Ambritt G says:

    Those colors are so gorgeous and pigmented!! And that movie looks pretty funny I think I will check it out!

  5. Majick says:

    These look really great and I LOVE the YSL Glossy Stains but really shouldn’t splurge on them. I will have to try these.

    I think you could control the world with Red Control… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Leigh says:

    OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!! I read between the lines and am gaga over the Jetoy cats! Spending hours searching and buying STUFF!!

    Thanks girl!


  7. Rachel P. says:

    I am lusting after these glossy stains, especially Macaroon and Strawberry Sugar!! I haven’t tried much Milani, but the drugstores are certainly booming this new year with all these great new collections! I just tried out the Wet ‘n Wild megaslicks balm stains and was pleasantly suprised by the pigmentation/wear time of the Lady and The Vamp shade (a plummy berry)! Anyhow, thanks for the amazing swatches and the movie suggestion! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. fancie says:

    I love your 90s references! Lol they always give me a good laugh. I hate the fact that you’re making me want all of these new Milani lippies though! I already want to pick up more of the lipsticks and the try the intense lippies so these weren’t on my radar at all until now. The swatches are gorgeous!! I want Cabaret Blend, Raspberry Tart and Strawberry Sugar
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  9. Kiara says:

    The colors are all to die for. And the pigmentation is crazy!
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  10. Ashleigh says:

    I am most definitely checking these out when they hit the stores. You can’t beat that price for a good glossy stain! Cabernet Blend looks amazing on you, by the way.

  11. Allison C says:

    I love all the shades but Creamy Cafe has my name on it. I don’t think I’ll mind the click pen and brush, actually I prefer a brush to the doe-foot. So February, CVS here I come
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  12. Vineetha says:

    OMG! The pigmentation!!!!!! Love Cabaret Blend. I dont know what is with purples and me these days!
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  13. Danielle says:

    Wow I am loving these, especially Red Control! Milani seems to have some great products this season!
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  14. Nicole O. says:

    Red Control , Cabaret Blend & Pink Lemonade are calling me !!!!

    So so pretty !

  15. Kim says:

    I’m smiling about the reflection in your first pic – the lippie is making your teeth look pink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also quickly read “buttery flavor and scent” as “butterfly” and did a double take. I probably shouldn’t touch anything important today at work. HAHA!

    I meant to ask you about Breaking Bad. I got through most of Season 4 and had to take a break (I was marathon watching, too). Like you, I wanted something a little lighter. I have to go back and finish. Right now, I’m in the midst of Homeland Season 2 and lots of Magnum PI. Thanks to Encore Classics for getting me back into Magnum. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Lynn says:

    Hey! What do you use to remove those lipsticks and stains so you can do all you photos in one session.

  17. Rebecca R. says:

    Milani is coming out with so much great stuff! These look amazing!

  18. Gowthami says:

    Pink lemonade and red control is soo prettyy!
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  19. Michele Dicola says:

    I love Milani ! Happy to know they have a new lip line ! Will be sure to try it !
    Is it in Cvs now ?

  20. cherry says:

    eek i cant wait for these to hit stores, they look like a million kinds of amazing. btw, cabaret blend looks beautiful, makes me want to buy it even though i’m not really a dark red person

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