Milani Crystal Gloss in Cotton Candy on lips
At a quick glance, I might assume that this brownish pink gloss with golden pearl, creamy brownish plum and soft, shimmery neutral pink were all members of the MAC gloss family, but the $4.99 price tag is all Milani.
Yup, the Milani Crystal Glosses have a rep for being drugstore MAC gloss dupes, and I can definitely see the similarities in the three new shades Milani recently released for summer.
Take Milani’s shimmery pinkish brown Fascination. Now, is it just me, or does Fascination look like a shy, sheerer, less golden version of MAC Viva Glam V Lipglass?
And then there’s shimmery pink Cotton Candy, which reminds me of a bookish tween version of MAC’s Creamsheen in Right Image.
And if MAC Spite wasn’t so intense, I’d call it Precious, as in Milani’s Precious.
Crystal Gloss for Lips in Fascination, Precious and Cotton Candy, $5.45 each (three new shades available at select CVS/Pharmacy stores)
Glitzy Glamour Gloss in High Status and Show Stopper; Crystal Gloss in Fascination, Precious and Cotton Candy
But for all their similarities, the Milani and MAC versions of these colors differ wildly in some key areas.
Straight up, I think the Crystal Glosses smell and taste funky. LIKE ALL CAPS FUNKY. Even with everything else I like about them, including the spectacular price, for me, the flavor holds them back. It’s like plastic toy action figures served between two giant vanilla wafers dipped in frosting.
And the scent? — like eau de fresh Band-Aid.
The Milani Crystal Glosses in Fascination, Precious and Cotton Candy, new for summer 2012
- The thick, sticky texture doesn’t dry out my lips
- They last about three hours for me, which isn’t bad at all
- They come with a convenient doe-foot applicator
- Might be a good fit for bargain hunters or MAC-aholics looking to save a little money in their gloss budget without sacrificing much in quality
Given the choice, I’d probably still reach for a MAC gloss, but mostly because of Milani’s flavor and scent. Overall, though, and especially if you do try one of these and don’t mind the taste or scent, you could do a lot worse.
For sure, if I ever lost my makeup bag on a trip and could only access a CVS/Pharmacy to restock, I’d grab one of these shades.
PRICE: $4.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at CVS/Pharmacy stores and milani.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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