Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip – Photos, Swatches & Review

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Moi? As usual, work. But I had fun last Sunday, during my twin nieces’ christening. You can see some photos we had at the photo booth here. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to review these lip products since I got them but I want to give the lipstick reviews a break and I also want to do a review on some items that can be found here instead of ordering online. However, I’ve been loving these babies lately that I think it would be unfair for me not to share how great they are to you guys. They are the Milani Color Statement Lipsticks and I have ‘(12) Flamingo Pose’ and ‘(14) Rose Hip’.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip - Photos, Swatches & Review

Product Claims/Description according to Milani Cosmetics

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.
Available in Vinyl, Metallic, Cream, Shimmer, Pearl & Matte finish.

First let’s start off with the packaging – Can I just say ‘Wow’?! Well, Milani’s packaging has always been nifty considering that it is still a drugstore product. However, being that it is a drugstore product, their product’s packaging is just superb and oh so creative! These babies’ packaging are anything but plain. They’re sleek, elegant and the entire tube makes it look like they’re not drugstore lip products but they’re from a mid-range to high-end makeup brands. They come in a gold tube with their brand at the side and the corresponding color & name at the bottom. I find this really convenient since I layer my lip products horizontally in my makeup stash so this alone is a plus for me.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip

Product Name | Milani Color Statement Lipstick
Shade |
(12) Flamingo Pose & (14) Rose Hip • Price | PhP 230
Contains |
0.14 oz / 3.97 g • Avalability | Online at Bon Marche

Now let’s talk about their shades, shall we?

(12) Flamingo Pose – Flamingo Pose is a cream finish and what Milani Cosmetics would describe as a “Flamingo Coral”. I would describe this color as a bright coral lip color with a lot of pink into it. I have a lot of pinks and I have a number of coral, peach & orange shades in my collection but nothing in comparison to this one. This is a ‘what you see is what you get’ type of lip product. It stays true to the swatches & the color that you see from the tube. It’s highly pigmented and it offers full on coverage.

(14) Rose Hip – Rose Hip is a “hot pink” lipstick (according to Milani Cosmetics) with a cream finish. Do you think they got this right? Yeah, I don’t think so too. (Kidding). Anyway, a lot of people dubbed this color as a dupe of the famous Mac Candy Yum Yum. If you ask me, I think it’s a cross between Mac CYY and Mac’s Show Orchid (swatches here). This color also stays true to the tube. It’s highly pigmented & offers full on coverage as well.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip - Swatches

Application Since both lip colors are really pigmented, applying them can be a bit tricky and messy at the same time. If you want to preempt any makeup mishaps, then applying this product with a lip brush or a lip liner will definitely do the trick. As for me, the only lip color I’ve had a problem applying was “(12) Flamingo Pose”. It went on smoothly, of course, however, for some reason I can’t apply it properly straight from the tube. I had to use a lip brush in order for me to stay within my lip lines. “(14) Rose Hip” went on smoothly like a breeze, I applied it straight from the tube and nothing went wrong. Both colors are very buildable, however, take my word for it when I tell you that one layer is enough.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip

Performance So far, aside from the tiny *bump* (I would say bump since I consider it a no biggie, seriously) I’ve had with regards to applying the shade #12, I gotta say, I love these lipsticks. They lasted approximately 5 hours on my lips and even when they were about to fade, they stained my lips for more than an hour. Also, both lip colors did not highlight nor did they settle at the fine lines of my lips (Note that I applied a lip balm like I always do before applying any other lip product). I did not experience any feathering or bleeding. Both offered full on coverage but they felt really light on my lips. I also didn’t feel like I needed to reapply my lip balm on top, since I felt that these lippies were quite moisturizing as well.

Smell/Scent Okay, another *bump* here.. Or should I say bummer? If you’re easily overwhelmed or overthrown by scented makeup products, then these lippies are not for you. Upon opening the tube, (especially the shade (#12)) it smelled very fruity. Overwhelmingly fruity. Since they’re sealed, and they haven’t been opened yet (obviously) the smell is pretty overwhelming. However, as you use and you open them frequently, the scent fades gradually into an “acceptable” watermelon scent. By “acceptable” I mean, it’s there, you can smell it, but it’s not overwhelming unlike when it was brand new. This scent however disappears/fades once you apply it onto your lips. Therefore, if you’re against scented makeup products, then again, this isn’t for you. Otherwise, feel free to try out other shades from this line as well. (I believe they offer 27 shades/color selection from this line)

So to summarize:

Elegant, sleek, sturdy packaging
Convenient – color swatch at the bottom of the tube
Contains Vitamins A, C, & E
Paraben Free!
Available in 27 color selections with 6 finishes
Very creamy & highly pigmented
Offers full on coverage onto your lips
Lasts approximately 5 hours & stained my lips for approximately an hour
Tricky & Messy to apply – Keep a lip liner or a lip brush HANDY!
Stains the lips (to some this may be a con)
Overwhelmingly fruity scent
Not locally available
Available only online

The V E R D I C T

Overall, I really am in love with these lip products. I find them fitting especially this summer. These colors are just so vibrant that all you need is a brow powder, a mascara and you’re good to go! I don’t mind the scent, seriously, despite how overwhelming they are. Honestly when I first smelled them I thought they smelled like cucumbers, HAH! But I had to smell them over and over again in order to get it right and when I went online to confirm my suspicions, my second guess was the right one. It smelled like watermelons. I wish Milani would consider getting rid of the scent though. I know a lot of makeup junkies will love this product more if these were unscented. Or maybe make it a little less obvious, perhaps?

R E P U R C H A S E ? / W O R T H B U Y I N G ?
Yup, of course!
Despite the few “bumps” I’ve enumerated, I think this product is still worth the moolah and worth repurchasing! I would love to try their plums and berries collection!

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Flamingo Pose & Rose Hip - Photos, Swatches a& Review
This is my first time showing my new haircut in my blog and I feel silly getting this kind of hair cut -_-;
I’m in a love and hate relationship with it. I have to style it everytime I go out. Ggggrrr.. >.<

So, those are my take regarding the Milani Color Statement lipsticks. Honestly, I think that they are very comparable if not better than the Maybelline Vivids, and at the same time they are a bit underrated. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But anyway, I hope you find this review helpful and if you have any questions, concerns, whatever, let me know! Would love to hear from you guys!

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  • Desire Loreto

    I love it Yette! Especially the Rose hip. They look so pigmented and glossy at the same time. Truly, worth the moolah at all. Thanks for the review! Oh and congrats for winning TBJ’s 4th anniv! You’re one lucky gal! That was an awesome loot and sadly I wasn’t chosen. However I’m still happy for you and the rest of the winners ♥

    • Thanks, thanks! Haha. I wasn’t actually expecting that. I just took my chances and when she chose me I screamed (literally). Not because of the prizes (but really, that was indeed an awesome loot!) but because I really wanted to meet her. I mean I once met her at the TPV event but I never had the chance to say hi or take her pic (hiya ako e). I consider her one of my inspirations along with Liz & Donnarence

  • katrina

    milani rose hip is such a pretty color,ive been contemplating on getting one kaya lang i have one too many hot pinks na. josko, isa lang lips ko. if ever i’ll try milani, id go for the flamingo coral. i just dont know kung coral sya? parang light berry shade eh. but still, lovely colors.

    • I would say that it’s more of a light raspberry pink, with a hint of coral. If you’re going for the ‘berry’ description lol It has more pinks than corals

  • dear ok naman yung haircut mo =) i thought you were in love and hate with your new hairdo?

    • I am. I don’t know what came over me and I decided to pick this one.

      • okay naman sya pati yung color ng hair mo dito =)

  • Falaqie Nila

    Flamingo Pose has a really nice red color
    Love it!

    • It does! Thanks for visiting my website!

  • NinMonster

    Love the shades dear! Been wanting these since last week! waaaaah! :3

    • Go ahead & try them! They’re worth it!

  • Maica France Saldo

    Wow, they look great on you! Did you get this from Bon Marche?

    Oh and I wanna ask, how do you take a photo of your lip swatches? Wanna learn that too! Thanks!

    • Thanks! Yup I did!

      Uhm, I don’t know. Face your cam, zoom in your lens, tilt your head sideways (or your cam but I prefer to tilt my head, hah ;P) then snap I tried taking photos of my lips with my head/cam steady but my lips looked weird & eugh.. ;/

      • Maica France Saldo

        Hahaha! Thanks for the tip! May I ask what camera are you using? Can’t seem to find the right settings for my camera and sometimes it’s frustrating.

        • I’m using Sony DSC hx30v

  • looks nice but I don’t like the packaging thanks for sharing this review! these lippies have been raved for awhile

    • Yea the packaging is a fingerprint magnet, too

  • Louanne Lagman

    Nice shade… suits perfectly on you.. pretty!

  • I love both colors yung isa corporate yung isa party chic.. I haven’t tried any milani products yet but I am eyeing on their blushes, have you tried it? usually nakikita ko lang tong brand na to sa bazaar

    • I once had their Sunset Duos pero nabagsak ko (klutz -_-), I love that, magandang pang contour. I like their baked blushes. I have Rose D’Oro palang.

  • Oooh lipsticks… I would love to try their lipstick line too but still thinking which shade to choose haha! Sana you have more reviews pa from Milani!

    • Ill try. Mahirap maghanap ng makeup from this brand e. Lol

  • Cj Escuadro

    oh I super love the Flamingo Pose!I’m surprised this one is inexpensive.You can see naman the packaging is a bit classy and the lipstick is pigmented! Great review!

  • I would love to try rose hip! I am a huge fan of pink lipsticks but I never get my hands on blue-toned pinks because it makes my teeth look yellow. Is rose hip a blue-toned pink? from what I see from the swatches, it is.. I’m not such a fan of creamy lipsticks because it bleeds often. However I prefer matte lipsticks because it makes my lips look fuller.

    • Actually from what I’ve heard, blue toned lip colors can make your teeth look whiter. Pero depende siguro. Yes it’s a blue toned pink. It was dubbed as a CYY dupe, but I don’t see the resemblance that much. They’re similar but not a spot on dupe.

      • Erika Marie Cruz Bandong

        Kasi I’ve already tried Pink Nouveau from MAC and I didn’t like how it turned out.. It just made my teeth look yellow and made me look dark! LOL.. that’s why I’m not a fan of blue-toned pinks when it comes to lipsticks ..

  • The Flamingo Pose is something I might consider for an everyday look but the Rose Hip would be for night outs!


  • karla del rosario

    I love the Flamingo Pose. ang ganda ng color! pati it suits you really well. and pictures palang makikita na ang pigmented. and for 230 naglalasts for 5hours? wow does it transfer?

    • Thanks! Nope it does’t transfer that much. ^^;

  • Aww super love ko yung color ng Flamingo Pose!!! And super bagay sayo. Bet ko tong lippies na to! Fan ako before ng pink lippies eh pero now more on corals hehe. I love the packaging napaka elegant at sosyal niya tignan and knowing na super affordable siya, parang you get what you’ve paid for

  • Lea

    Really nice colors, though I am not a fan of lipsticks because one, my lips are chappy and two when it fades, it doesn’t look good on me anymore. I envy those luscious lips that can carry such vibrant colors. Good review! Nice site! Cheers!