One of the newer items on the Milani display are these awesome little gems called Lip Flash. Well, I'm assuming they're seen on the Milani display because I've never actually seen them locally as every Milani display in my area is chronically empty... But nevertheless, these things are completely awesome. They're like a cross between a lip pencil, a lipstick and a gloss and they come in eight gorgeous shades.
From the bottom up: Lip Flash, News Flash, Flash Light, Photo Flash, Hot Flash, Flashy, In A Flash, Star Flash.
03 Flash Light. Bright coral orange shimmer.
04 Photo Flash. Magenta red shimmer.
05 Hot Flash. Orangey red shimmer with gold duochrome.
06 Flashy. Hot fuchsia shimmer.
07 In A Flash. Bright purple shimmer with blue flash.
08 Star Flash. Pastel baby pink shimmer with blue flash.
Left to right: 01 Lip Flash, 02 News Flash, 03 Flash Light, 04 Photo Flash, 05 Hot Flash, 06 Flashy, 07 In A Flash, 08 Star Flash.
They're quite long wearing due to the lipstick-like texture of these. The fact that they're in pencil form gives you a more precise application without having to use lipliner. They have no detectable flavor or scent.
I absolutely adore the shade range. There's not a bad color in the batch. They're all bright and colorful and most importantly, interesting. Even the brownish-bronze shade, which is a color I'd rarely choose for lips, is beautiful- the duochrome on it makes it very wearable and not at all boring.
The only downsides I can find with this product are fairly minor. First, the packaging. Since it's in pencil form, you will have to sharpen it. Keep that in mind when carrying them in your purse. The caps also tend to come loose and this could be a problem, so also be aware of that. Secondly, the formula is very lipstick-like and long wearing so it can be a drying after a while. I'd recommend applying balm in between applications. Other than that, these things are awesome.
I really, really like these, especially the vibrant purple In A Flash shade. I only wish they were scented!
I've been out of the drugstore makeup loop for a while, but I'm really impressed with all these great quality and fun colored items cropping up lately. Brands like Milani and Wet n Wild have really changed my opinion of drugstore makeup and now I find myself being really excited to check the cosmetics aisle every time I go shopping.
(These were sent to me for review.)