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Milani vs. Maybelline Lip Gloss #LipSwatchWeek

I don't know what made me think to compare these. The only exterior similarity is the sleekness of the packaging. Anyho...

Maybelline and Milani lipglosses

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss: "Description - Lasts-forever colour and a-ma-zing shine in one sleek tube? Once upon a time that was at the top of every makeup addict’s wish list. But with this formula, we’ve cracked the code. Silky instead of sticky, Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss delivers dawn to dusk (or dusk to dawn!) staying power, thanks to a sponge-tip applicator that lets you precision-paint like a pro. Layer over lipstick for a sexy sheen or wear alone for a flirty flash of colour. Choose from two finishes – cream and shimmer – and a huge range of shades from soft nudes to deep berries. Bonus: It smells like vanilla. Sweet!

Application - Apply lip gloss with the wand’s soft tip applicator by starting in the center of your upper lip and work your way to the outer edges. Same technique applies for your bottom lip. Use alone for glitzy shine or over your favorite lipstick for a glamorous finish.
Tip: To extend the wear of your gloss, trace over your natural lip line with a coordinating Milani Lip Liner and fill in you lips before applying color.

Ingredients - Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Silica Silylate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride, Ethyl Vanillin, Lauryl PCA, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract. +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Blue (CI 42090)

Available in 15 shades; each tube contains 0.21 oz. or 6 grams of product. Recommended shelf life is a year and a half.

I originally saw these at beauty supply stores for between $12 - $15. A few months ago #1 Beauty Supply dropped theirs down to $10 and even more recently Paradise Beauty Supply is selling them out for $6!

Sale table in Paradise Beauty Supply

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss 'Mauve Fetish' swatch

'Berry Tempting'

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss 'Berry Tempting' swatch


A rumoured dupe for NARS 'Orgasm' gloss.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss 'Luminous' swatch

If you peel off the sticker with the bar code that's on the side of the cap, the only other place where the shade name is listed is these gold stickers at the bottom. These fall off very easily, so beware.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss packaging

"Silky instead of sticky", yuh too lie Milani. Anytime a gloss promises to be long wearing know it's gonna be sticky. That might not be a problem for some, especially if you're a fan of the M.A.C LipGlasses but just know these are even stickier than those. From the swatches you can see that these shades are not opaque but the high shine can not be denied. I prefer the cream - although all seem to have some element of shimmer within them - finishes since the sparkles in 'Luminous' remained on my lips even after I wiped the gloss off. Due to their thick formula, these glosses can also cause that hideous 'webbing' so please don't apply too much. The scent in very literally smells like a M.A.C lipstick.

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Gloss: "MORE VIBRANT COLOR from our pure liquid pigments. CLEANER SHINE from our 100% wax-free gloss. In 12 arresting shades.

Why You'll Love It

Lavish lips with a molten hot glaze:
More Vibrant Color from pure liquid pigments
Cleaner Shine from our 100% wax-free gloss
Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
Now gloss goes gutsy in 12 arresting shades

For Best Results

Use the wand to apply lipgloss starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip

As stated, available in 12 shades (though it's looking like international availability is slim but I did see some on Amazon). 0.17 fl. oz or 5 milliliters of product per tube. It would appear as though the Color Elixirs have replaced these in North American stores.

I got mine from Collins for $15.50.

'Raspberry Reflections'

Though a very pale sheer colour this actually stains my lips. Kindda like the NARS glosses from the Christopher Kane collection.

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss 'Raspberry Reflection' swatch
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'Mirrored Mauve'

This is a YouTube favourite.

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss 'Mirrored Mauve' swatch
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Though these tubes are longer they contain less product than the ones from Milani. The caps are silver instead of gold so that's a matter for your personal preference. The stickers stating the shade name and number appear more secure that the aforementioned brand.

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses packaging

The other packaging difference is with the applicators:

Maybelline vs. Milani Lip Gloss
Maybelline (left) Milani (right)

the Maybelline one is elongated doe foot applicator while the Milani one sports paddle shape. They're both made of the same material; due to the thick consistency of the Milani glosses a lot of product is on the applicator.

Formula wise the Maybelline is more pigmented and less thick. 'Raspberry Reflections' stains my lips a pinkish shade but 'Mirrored Mauve' doesn't stain at all. The thinner formula means reapplication would have to occur more often but such is life with most glosses. The Maybelline glosses have a scent that I can't quite place...maybe something citrusy; the Milani ones definitely smell better. 

To toss in a favourite phrase on this blog: would I repurchase? Nope. The NYX Butter Glosses are still my favourites from the 'drugstore'.

'Mirrored Mauve', 'Raspberry Reflections', 'Berry Tempting', 'Mauve Fetish' and 'Luminous' swatches
T - B: 'Mirrored Mauve', 'Raspberry Reflections', 'Berry Tempting', 'Mauve Fetish' and 'Luminous'

Energy stone armcandy compliments Fontaine Creations. #rep246 

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