Jan 31 2014

Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain

Disclaimer: Press sample. See bottom.

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In this first round of my Milani Cosmetics 2014 launch reviews, my last lip color product is another new offering, Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain.

There are eight shades in the line: Red Control, Cabaret Blend, Raspberry Tart, Pink Lemonade, Macaroon, Strawberry Sugar, Mango Tango and Creamy Cafe.

Milani says that these lip staining balms are:

  • Non-drying
  • Long-lasting shine, stain and color coverage
  • Easy-to-use twist-up pen with a brush applicator
  • Non-feathering
  • Made in the USA.

Here’s a shot of the applicator tip, before product filled the brush and after:

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I didn’t know what to expect from using this product, so I went into using it with an open mind and no expectation.

Let’s get to swatches and review!

Pink Lemonade

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Pink Lemonade is a a pretty punch color. The first photo is after application, with flash, the second is without in natural light and the third “how I wore it” collage is after a couple hours, and after lunch! Also, I look frightening. I only had on foundation, lol!

This one was great and the stain looked moisturized even after I ate! After a a few more hours, though, the stain started wearing off from the middle of my lips out.


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Macaroon is a a pretty mauve. The first photo is in natural light, second is in the shade and in the collage, the photo of it on me in the bottom right is after about five hours of wear. You can see the stain wears very well on this one! I was surprised that I still had product on my lips after so many hours.

Raspberry Tart

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Raspberry Tart is a pretty pink-almost-purple lippie. This was the third one I wore, and by this time, I’m really digging these. Look at this pic, taken about four hours after I initially applied it – after I applied it I had one coffee, one soda, and one ginormous container of Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries – oh yes. And I interviewed David Boreanaz, too! Woo hoo! Look how well this stain has held up:

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It’s softer than at first application, I like it. It looks like it feathered a little bit in this photo, but I honestly didn’t notice that in real life.

Mango Tango

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Mango Tango is a pretty orange lippie with pink undertone to it. I wore this one from 7 something in the morning until after noon and noticed it was off because I kept wiping my mouth while eating my sloppy lunch (a salad, but I swear the longer spinach and lettuce pieces kept smacking me in the face, lol) and when I was done I had some stain in a thick outline of my upper lip.

Overall, I love these.

Application the first time is tricky. You have to twist the applicator – it’s like applying a Stila Lip Glaze – until the product starts filling the brush. Every time, I clicked too much and had to wipe product off on a tissue. After that, I could control better, because I knew it wouldn’t take an undetermined amount of clicks to get my product out.

The brush is also a bit stiff, although I don’t know if it softens with continued use. I like this because it gave me good control over filling out my lips, to not go far outside my natural lip line.

Some of these stained nicely and evenly, some of them stained in an outline. That doesn’t bother me, because I truly did get a solid four to five or more hours of wear from these, and I don’t mind touching up early afternoon.

I would most definitely buy these lippies. They will launch in February at CVS, and retail for $6.49.

What about you – are you looking forward to Power Lip?! Which color here is your favorite?!

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

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    Those are really pretty. They are ALL very flattering on you. I wish they’d hurry and redo my Milani displays!!

  • http://auttyw.com/ Auttyw

    Those are so gorgeous!! Seriously you can wear anything and still look amazing!

  • myCosmeticBag

    those colors all look great on you

    • BeautyJudy


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

    These look sooooooo awesome. Hopefully mine gets them!

    • BeautyJudy

      I hope you get them nearby too!

  • Amber

    Judy these are all such gorgeous colors on you!! I picked up the Cabaret Blend this week, and it dried my lips out so much. I’m bummed, I really want Raspberry and Macaroon if I can find them. I’m hoping I was just having a dry lip day, and they will work! 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Amber! Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. I have had good luck with them. I hope it was just that particular hue!

  • http://www.beyondbeautylounge.com/ Beyond Beauty Lounge

    These look nice on you. I haven’t been able to find them in my area yet.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you! They should be popping up soon, they launch officially in February

  • marciaf

    I like Macaroon best but they all look great on you. That’s a lot of swatching Judy!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Marcia! Macaroon is a nice one. I try not to swatch lippies, I wear them. My lips are so sensitive. I tried it once, and they revolted! My lips were so sore! It takes me longer to review collections, but my lip health is worth it lol

  • Betzy Carmona

    They are all so gorgeous

    • BeautyJudy

      Agree! I can’t wait to see the ones I don’t have!

  • Farryn

    Rasberyy Tart is amazing!

    • BeautyJudy

      I agree, I love that one!

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

    I’m loving Raspberry Tart! Milani is going to raid my wallet with all of these amazing new releases. They really went all out!

    • BeautyJudy

      Raspberry Tart will look great on you Miranda!!!

  • Jessica InTruBeauty

    I like Pink Lemonade and Raspberry Tarte the most although they are all gorgeous.

    • BeautyJudy

      Those are great picks!!!

  • Nidia Doherty

    This is MY kind of lippie – gorgeous color with some staying power. POWER is right! I need that Raspberry Tart one now, I don’t want to wait until February.. oh, wait, that’s tomorrow. I still don’t want to wait!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL Me either Nidia, I have been stalking so I could finish the collection of lip glosses, Power Lip and Lip Intense colors. ESPECIALLY those. They are my favorite of the launches, I think!

  • Justina

    Pink Lemonade and Raspberry Tarte are both to die for. Soo beautiful. And I’m still jealous of your David Borneaz meeting! I need to try more Milani, all the reviews I see of their products are fabulous.

    • BeautyJudy

      Gah, it was a very cool moment, for sure Justina! Especially because we chatted NAIL POLISH Lol!!! But yes, Milani is definitely one of my favorite drugstore brands, it deserves the accolades!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    mmmm Mango Tango – love that one!

    • BeautyJudy

      YES! I’m not surprised you like the orange one 😉

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    They look great on you!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Phyrra!

  • Anastasia

    Oh wow, they’re all gorgeous!

    • BeautyJudy

      I can’t help but agree LOL!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    These are so fab!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      They really are!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Raspberry Tart is my absolute favorite, I wear it constantly! These all are fabulous though!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh that one is so beautiful. I was really happy with the new lip products I’ve tried so far!

  • Ebony J

    I think all the shades are amazing and I can’t wait to try these out!

    • BeautyJudy

      I hope you love them as much as I do girl!!!