The second post in Lip Week is another product that was new to me, but you all will probably think I am really behind the times when I admit that I’d never used a matte lip color before this. I know, I know. But y’all should see my lip gloss collection. It’s out of control! LOL
The reason I opted for a matte lip color than a gloss one was specific: I wanted a vampy red to wear for Halloween, and vampires don’t tend to look glossy.
I wound up picking up the shade Devotion, which is a lovely dark red in the tube. There was a moment of panic when it went on a lighter cherry, but once it dries, it dries slightly darker. I even dabbed it around my mouth and on my neck for a bloody effect, which worked well.
In natural light, it still retains some of the cherry effect, however, as you can see in my photos.
If you want to use Milani’s matte lip colors, I would suggest using a lip liner because they do feather a bit. I like a clear lip liner such as Luv2Kiss Invisible Lip Liner because I can use it with any lip color. Even with lip liner, it still feathers a bit.
In fact, I find this formula is pretty hard to work with. It dries to matte so quickly and doesn’t easily remove from your skin. It was pretty frustrating. Even in my photos, you can see how imperfect it is.. and I’d already spent 10 minutes on it! I feel like the wand would be more helpful if it were slanted instead of being flat with rounded corners.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first matte lip color. I liked the look, but I didn’t like the feel. It was so drying, and I found myself picking at my lips as I wore it, which wasn’t pretty.
The color also quickly faded where my lips meant, which left me with an unflattering “outline” of color. You can reapply, of course, but I wish this Milani lip color had a bit more staying power.
However, the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme doesn’t transfer much once it’s dry, its level of dryness is a concern. Hopefully, the next matte lip color I try will be more moisturizing.