Wearing Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss in In a Flash on my lips
A hella pigmented, high-shine glittery gloss for less than eight bucks? Hook it up, Milani!
The new Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipglosses cost a mere $7.49 each, and yet they deliver flashy, full-coverage color the likes of pricier department store fare (I’m talkin’ to you, MAC, YSL and Chanel).
Like distant, disco-crazed cousins of the MAC Kissable Lipcolours ($19), these six Haute shades are loaded with pigment, so a little of each goes a long way, and have super skinny tubes and sponge tip applicators, but unlike their Kissable kin, they also glisten with glitter.
Both the Haute Flashes and Kissables start off feeling slick and smooth on my lips, but the Haute shades aren’t content with that. They seem to thicken and get much stickier after the first 15 minutes or so, and just generally, I think they like being babied.
Because they tend to catch on dry flakes and settle into every lip line, if my lips are anything less than perfectly smooth and moisturized, the Haute Flashes can look pretty janky. Exfoliating and prepping my lips with a lip balm beforehand definitely helps them look their best.
And have I mentioned how pigmented these are? I only need to use a minuscule amount, which is neat. Of course, if I happen to apply a tad too much, the Haute Flashes make me pay for it by looking thick and messy.
From the left: Quick Flash, Star Flash, Golden Flash, Flashy, Hot Flash and In A Flash
Golden Flash (and how ’bout that deer-in-the-headlights look, LOL!?)
Sometimes, after applying one of them, I think the Haute Flashes can look a little patchy and uneven, so I’ll press my lips together a few times and/or use a finger to spread and pat down the product, which seems to work just fine.
A few more details…
- Wear time: These can last up to six hours on my lips, but the colors usually begin to fade and separate after four.
- Flavor and scent: These have both, a light vanilla flavor and scent.
- Moisturizing: Not exactly. My lips feel a little dry and flaky after wearing the Haute Flashes, but layering a moisturizing lip balm beneath them certainly helps.
With a little work put into applying and caring for these throughout the day, I think these Haute Flashes are awesome — so shiny, so glittery, and oh, so bright. I only wish they were more also moisturizing.
Even so, they might be worth the price of admission, especially if you’ve been looking for a dramatic budget gloss with loads of personality, pigment and shine.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy hump day. Hump, hump, hump!