Jan 28 2014

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss

Disclaimer: Press sample. See bottom.

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I am obsessed with highly-pigmented lipsticks – and Milani Cosmetics‘ upcoming Lip Intense Liquid Color! – but now and then it’s really nice to change things up and go for a lip gloss.

Another one of Milani’s new 2014 launches is the Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss! There are 14 shades in all: Bare Secret, Mai-Tai, Luminous, Mauve Fetish, Berry Tempting, Ravish Raspberry, Pink Lady, Rose Blush, Sweet Grapefruit, Coral Crush, Nude Touch, Red My Lips, Brownberry and Blackcherry. I have six of them to show you today!

Check them out, no flash:

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Here’s the applicator. I love this type of paddle:

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Here’s swatches of the six I tried. I’ll give overall thoughts at the end! First, back-of-the-hand swatches. First in flash, then in natural light:

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From left to right: Mai-Tai, Coral Crush, Nude Touch, Luminous, Pink Lady, Mauve Fetish.


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Mai-Tai is a beautiful sunset orange with golden shimmer. This is my favorite of the lip glosses!

Nude Touch:

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Nude Touch is a sheer nude shade with golden shimmer. This would be great for a nice, subtle makeup look, or over a matte/creamy lippie to amp up the shine/color.

Pink Lady:

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Pink Lady is a pretty pink cream. It’s a soft pink, I like this one paired with purple/blue eye looks.

Coral Crush:

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Coral Crush is a coral cream. This is another pretty hue that I love from this line – a shade that I feel like every lip lover needs in their lip drawer! It would go great with a brown/green/taupe eye look.

Mauve Fetish:

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Mauve Fetish is a mauve shimmer. I like this one in that it feels like a natural pink hue for my lips. I’ve got a bonus lip-of-the-day photo from the day I wore this to work there. I only swatched two of these but for some reason I only have two of those type of “the day I wore it” collage photos!


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Luminous is my second favorite of these lip glosses! It’s a beautiful pale pink with golden shimmer. I wore this with a very work appropriate, brown and neutral eye look.

Overall, these glosses applied easily with the paddle/doe foot applicator. They have nice, light fragrance that I tried to pinpoint but all I could think was maybe a vanilla scent? I’m absolutely horrible at identifying scents, which is why I’ve only reviewed perfume on this blog maybe once, twice in five years LOL!

Anyway, Milani says these glosses are non-tacky and moisturizing, and I agree that they are moisturizing, and they are not highly tacky. As they wear off they get a little tackier. They last two to three hours before color is fading and the texture is getting tackier. It will also wear off quicker if you drink coffee constantly in the morning like I do! They are like a typical lip gloss to me, because I always expect to reapply my glosses.

I left the gloss on my lips without touching up and was pleased that the moisturized feeling continued for a couple more hours.

Milani says that these are rich color lip glosses, but I wouldn’t say they are highly-pigmented; they offer color but not the intensity of an opaque lip gloss. I LIKE that these are not completely opaque. Of course, I have not tried all of the line, but Mai-Tai and Pink Lady were definitely the closest to highly-pigmented that I tried.

These will retail for $5.49 a piece at CVS, Walmart and Walgreens when they launch in February.

What do you think of these glosses?! Are you excited at the idea of trying a new product?! I can’t wait to go to the display and see the others. I think I could quite possibly end up owning them all (anyone have a cure for being a lippie addict?!)

Disclaimer: I received the Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss to review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • Kat Anderson

    I am looking for the shade “Lady Like”. It’s the best lip gloss/lip stick I have every found and I am going crazy trying to fine it. HELP!!!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    This might sound weird, but I knew the first one would be called Mai Tai without even reading the title yet. LOL – it’s also my favorite!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL! It does make me crave the drink, I totally believe you!!

  • Justina

    I think Mai Tai and Luminous are my favorite!

    • BeautyJudy

      They are beautiful Justina!

  • Kendra Stanton

    Everyone is talking Milani! Mai Tai is gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL it’s true. I love looking at everyone’s swatches and comparing skin tone looks etc!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Wow, they are all gorgeous but my fave from this set is Mai tai and coral crush. You know I love me some bright colors. I think Milani is doing better than WnW in the drugstore category!

    • BeautyJudy

      With 2014 launches, I have to agree with you. Milani’s got my heart when it comes to this lip life!

  • Aleya Bamdad

    They’re all pretty but I like the Nude Touch the most.

    • BeautyJudy

      That is a nice one, Aleya!

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Looks like a really nice line of gloss! 😀

    • BeautyJudy

      I’m happy with it. I just bought three more that I don’t have while at a Duane Reade in NYC recently!

  • Nidia Doherty

    I’m all over Luminous and Mai Tai. The last glosses I tried from therm were distractingly scented in Vanilla – so much so, they were fairly unwearable for me. Are these scented?

    • BeautyJudy

      Nidia, these do have a Vanilla scent. I wouldn’t say it was noticable to me after initial application and wear. I will report back to you if I find it overwhelming, now that I’m aware of this ask, next time I wear one I will be thinking of this

  • marciaf

    Your pictures of these are great. I like the pink one best.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Marcia!

  • Farryn

    Wow! Each and every one of these are just so stunning!

    • BeautyJudy

      I am in love Farryn!

  • Anastasia

    Lovely shades! I don’t even know which ones I like more 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      I think Mai Tai is so beautiful!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Very impressed with the pigment on some of these!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes, especially Mai Tai!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    LOVE these glosses!!! Great swatches!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Jess!

  • erikatheicyone

    These look very nice. I’ll have to check them out when they are released.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yay, it’s officially February!

  • Robin

    I like a nice sticky lip gloss..I do wear gloss when I run and work out, I feel like it keeps my lips from getting dry. I love how sparkly these are Judy and I saw them (I think) at Walgreens this past weekend but didn’t buy because I needed to read a review. So thanks for this! I may find myself buying Mai Tai!

    • BeautyJudy

      Mai Tai is beautiful. These are OVERLY sticky, but lightly sticky. I have to look at Walgreens, I never think to look there for Milani!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This are all soooo gorgeous! I love Luminous the most but it’s likely I need all of them.

    • BeautyJudy

      I love Luminous – it would look fab on you Brooke!

  • Noelle

    Pink Lady is my fave. So pretty!

    • BeautyJudy

      that one is a stunner!!!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    They’re so gorgeous

    • BeautyJudy

      They are, I’m really digging them!

  • myCosmeticBag

    Mauve Fetish looks really pretty

    • BeautyJudy

      Mauve Fetish would look great on you!!!