Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Swatches

For the past year, my favorite lip products have been velvety, matte lip stains. I love when I find a brand that provides a smooth, creamy lip stain application that stays put throughout the day. Sephora’s brand of Cream Lip Stains are no exception, for they provide exactly what I’m looking for in a liquid lip color.

Sephora says:

A lip stain that provides beautiful, long-lasting color. This high-coverage lip product features avocado oil for a texture that transforms as you wear it: when applied, the initial cream texture becomes a silky, lightweight stain. Lips achieve stunning color and feel soft and comfortable. Available in an array of rich shades, including both matte and satin finishes, with intense color that stays put.

You really can’t go wrong with these lip stains. They have such a smooth application with rich color payoff. I can get a good 6-7 hours of wear out of these, with the exception being that if I eat anything oily I risk the color slightly fading in the center of my lips. It’s nothing that a quick touchup can’t fix, but it’s still good to take note of it. I just have to add that the color Endless Purple is absolutely GORGEOUS! I have yet to see this color not look good on anyone. There are a total of 10 shades you can pick from, and they are currently $13 a pop. Below, the three colors I own have a matte finish.

L-R: 02 Classic Beige, 03 Strawberry Kissed, 04 Endless Purple

L-R: 02 Classic Beige, 03 Strawberry Kissed, 04 Endless Purple

L-R: 02 Classic Beige, 03 Strawberry Kissed, 04 Endless Purple

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks

What Milani says:
Make a statement without saying a word! True Instant Color. One stroke, full coverage application. This next generation lipstick gives the ultimate in color, texture and finish. The lightweight creamy formula contains Vitamins A, C, & E to moisturize and nourish lips. Paraben-free. Available in Vinyl, Metallic, Cream, Shimmer, Pearl & Matte finish.

Here are swatches of several of the Milani Color Statement Lipsticks. I typically buy these when they’re BOGO 50% off at CVS. There’s not too much else to say other than these are great drugstore lipsticks that come in a decent range of colors. The colors Rose Femme and Teddy Bare really surprised me, as I was not expecting to like them as much on myself as the other colors. I believe those 2 colors would look great on WOC of darker complexions as well. The color Naturally Chic is a true nude for me, for it matches my lips perfectly. If you like MAC’s popular Rebel lipstick, then Milani Sangria would be a cheaper alternative. All of the swatched lipsticks are well pigmented and showed up with one swipe with the exception of Sangria which needed 2 swipes. As far as scent, they all smell like candy! I know some people are sensitive to scents, but the sweet candy scent doesn’t bother me.


L-R: Ruby Valentine, Flamingo Pose, Hot Pink Rage, Uptown Mauve


L-R: Sangria, Naturally Chic, Teddy Bare, Rose Femme