Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme {Review + Swatches on Dark Skin}

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

milani amore matte lip creme

I can get long-winded with reviews, so I’m going to *try* and get straight to the point here…lol. So Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme—I LOVE. These were sent to me recently for review consideration. Admittedly I was almost over the whole liquid lipstick trend, but Milani has some awesome colors and a great formula that drew me back in…lol

So in total there’s eight shades (I’m missing one) and these go on liquid but dry to a velvet matte finish. I do feel that the brush can apply too much product so I’d either swipe some off or use a brush—or even your (clean) fingers to apply the product. I also love that these can be versatile with application—apply a little and blot it down for a pretty stain or add some layers for knockout color.

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01 Crush: a brownish berry red
02 Adore: A peachy pink
03 Beloved: A rosy pink
04 Lust: A medium blue-pink
05 Embrace: A pinky-red
06 Desire (I don’t have this one but Milani describes this as a bright red)
07 Romance: An intense blue-red
08 Flirt: A dark berry red

milani amore matte lip creme applicator

I was even impressed with the lighter pinks and ya’ll know how much I can’t stand a light pink matte…lol. My faves for now (because I can get in the mood for other colors later…lol) are Embrace, Romance, and Flirt.

Wear on these is great—it can feel a little drying after a while (if you do any balms or moisturizers before applying, make sure you give it time to settle into the lips or it’ll take away from the matte-ness of the Lip Creme). You’ll definitely need to reapply after a meal but with the brighter and deeper shades you’ll still have a stain left.

The deeper and brighter shades can be harder to take off—massaging a cleansing oil on dry lips before cleansing helps to get rid of the stain as does rubbing a wet toothbrush over the lips.

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milani amore matte lip creme swatches on dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme crush swatch on dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme adore on dark skin
(I’m not wearing lip pencil here—that’s the contrast of the lip color and my lips—I do lip swatches back to back and sometimes it’s hard for the colors to go on my lips evenly—especially in the case of a liquid matte)

milani amore matte lip creme beloved swatch on dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme lust on dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme embrace swatch on dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme romance swatch dark skin

milani amore matte lip creme flirt swatch on dark skin

Details on this hair here.

Bottom line: I LOVE these. The applicator can apply a bit too much product, but knowing that going in you’ll be fine.

Price and where to buy: about $8.99 each—I believe these are limited edition and only available at CVS stores and online at BUT they recently made an announcement that they’ll be permanent starting next year. They’ll post updates on their social pages, so make sure you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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4 Responses to Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme {Review + Swatches on Dark Skin}

  1. These look awesome!! Crush and Flirt are calling my name! :)

    Are these in stores yet?

  2. Inu says:

    These are beautiful! !! My fave on you is beloved and romance

  3. Lauren says:

    I couldn’t find these for the LIFE of me :-( but I finally got my hands on the darkest one and I adore it. I can’t wait until they’re permanent.

  4. Susan Duntoye says:

    Hi Danielle thanks for the review I was so confused I wanted to get d nyx lip cream in copaghen and transylvania iv read lot of complains about the transylvania not applying well my first question is in the bottle the milani flirty looks like transylvania! is it it just me? Then my 2nd question is pls on my Nw 50 complexion (I’m not dat dark) but will transylvania look good on my complexion? Pls reply about to order. Thank you

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