Who knew that such a gem of a lipstick is nestled inside this tacky packaging? I came across these lipsticks by Milani while in the search for a sheer lipstick to replace the discontinued Shine Divine lipsticks by Avon. While Milani's Sheer Color lipsticks are not anything like Avon's Shine Divine's, I like them ... maybe even love them. Creamy, rich and actually smells delightful with a warm vanilla scent that goes on lips with no taste. I have this in two colors: Naturelle (a pinkish brown nude color) and Mochafino (a scary dark brown in the tube but goes on lips much sheerer as a light peachy brown glaze). It doesn't last especially long and you do have to reapply after eating, but the vanilla scent and the smooth texture makes re-application a pleasure rather than a chore. These lipsticks are made in Italy but unfortunately I couldn't find a list of ingredients on the product itself. The lipsticks are displayed in the drugstore without shrinkwraps so while you can uncap them to see the true color, you do have to check that they haven't been used before making your purchase. If anyone knows what's in this lipstick, I hope you'll post the ingredients here. A definite repurchase, but I'm biding my time until the next sale.
Loose Powders -New York Color - loose translucent powder
Elevator_Girl 7/4/2006 4:58:00 PM
I got one of these in Translucent and one in Naturally Beige during a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale at RiteAid (regularly $2.99 each). The translucent is definitely a good color match for me. It's a light skin color, whereas Naturally Beige is substantially darker with a pink cast and is too dark for my skin. This powder is light and absorbs oil well. A terrific value even at regular price. Comes in a 20g plastic sifter jar with a snap on lid. Ingredients are: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Silicate, Kaolin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Boron Nitride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Quaternium-15. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines. Made in U.S.A.
Lip Gloss -New York Color - Liquid Lip Shine in Cherrywood
Elevator_Girl 7/3/2006 6:13:00 PM
This is my first experience with NYC's lip products and it's pretty good for $1.99! In the tube, Cherrywood is a dark pink color with a mauve-ish cast with gold shimmer. On the lips, it shows up as a sheer MLBB dark pink color. The name is something of a misnomer. It in no way is a cherry-like color and it doesn't have any brown in it as the "wood" might imply. The product leaves a layer of shiny color on the lips that's shiner than most lipsticks but not as shiny as the typical gloss. I'm pretty sensitive to lip product tastes and can say (phew!) that NYC's lip shines do not have any odor or taste (unlike Milani's lip glosses which are truly offensive in their taste). One thing interesting to note is that these lip shines are Made in China. I think most drugstore cosmetics are made in the U.S.A. so this popped out at me. For those of us who are inclined to read ingredients labels, this is what NYC's Liquid Lip Shine in Cherrywood is made of:
Ingredients: Polybutene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate or Ethylexyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheral Acetate, Allantoin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbendensis Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Rinicus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Flavor, Silica, Propylparaben. May also contain: Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Carmine, Blue 1 Lake, Red 33 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake.
Edited: I've downgraded my original rating of 4 lippies down to 2. While the color is great, the gloss left a gummy, glue-like deposit on my lips that was extremely unpleasant and took some rubbing to remove (soap alone couldn't get it off). Probably won't use it again in spite of the lovely color.
Great color, appears on my lips as a nude peachy pink-brown color. I have a hard time finding nude lipsticks that don't make me look washed out and Naturelle works perfectly. The formula of this lipstick is very moisturizing, very soft and creamy. However, it is not sheer. Overall, an excellent product for the price, and *way* better than other Milani lip products in taste. This lipstick has a light vanilla smell (somewhat similar to Avon's Glazewaer lip glosses) but is tasteless on the lips. Costs $3.49 each at CVS as of the time of this review. Occasionally, you can find this lipstick at CVS for buy 1 get 1 50% off.