I’ve been hearing about the brand Milk for a long time, and I finally decided to pick up their mini lipstick in C.R.E.A.M.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve kind of stayed away from the brand because it felt like Sephora has been pushing it like crazy, both via email and in the stores. I’m always wary of something that’s being over-the-top marketed out.
I don’t know what changed my mind (it was probably because I was in the “little things” section by the checkout), but I decided to pick this up. I was attracted to the brown tone and convenient size. I feel like the shade is pretty unique, and I couldn’t think of any lipsticks I have of the same color, which is really saying something!
The packaging claims this lipstick gives you “long lasting, full coverage, creamy color in one swipe.” For a regular cream lipstick, this is quite a claim. I was pleased to see that this lipstick is made in the USA, and is cruelty-free and vegan. These are labels I’m starting to look out for in my products!
But of course, these labels don’t matter if the product is crap. So onto the review!
This lipstick comes in a clear plastic outer case. I found that it’s difficult to get off first time, but I like having the extra protection in my bag when I take this to work. With the extra case, I don’t worry about the cap falling off and getting lipstick all over the inside of my bag.
As for the lipstick itself, it comes in a smooth grey plastic with the logo printed on it. The logo feels like it will definitely wear off over time, which is a bummer. Lipstick looks gross enough when you’ve used it to the point when it loses its shape–why compound the issue with a logo that will get rubbed off?
I also don’t like that the lipstick extends past tube under the clear cap. I hate lipsticks that do this because you inevitably get lipstick all over the inside of the cap. Another thing that cheapens the product visually over time.
The directions on the outer case say to apply this lipstick to clean, dry lips. I applied it this way instead of using a balm underneath, and it worked well for me. The lipstick went on smoothly and didn’t drag on my lips at all.
The color is even and not patchy. I didn’t need to build up the color, either, so the “one swipe” claim on the packaging is true. This is great news for a true matte lipstick like this one. I don’t think the packaging or signage mention that this is a matte finish, but it is. I don’t know about the other shades, but I would assume they’re all matte.
I noticed that the very sharp tip on this lipstick was very helpful to applying it. It looks like the full size also has a sharp point. This was great because I feel comfortable skipping the lip liner. This is such a full-coverage lipstick, so I prefer it be a one-step application. I know that I got a more nude shade, but I can imagine skipping the lip liner for the bright shades as well.
The only strange thing with this lipstick is that the color is much lighter on my lips than I expected. The label and the lipstick itself look like a brownish, mocha pink. On my lips, it’s more of a true nude. I’m pretty fair-skinned, so this was surprising (although, my natural lip color is a bit dark, so “nude” for me is probably darker than expected for my skin tone).
This lipstick totally reminds me of the BITE Beauty lipstick in Musk from that mini duo that I raved about for so long (SHADE). And it turns out the colors are pretty similar, but with a different finish:
About an hour after I applied this lipstick, I noticed that it seemed to settle into my fine lines a bit. It also does transfer easily, like most cream lipsticks. But for a very matte lipstick, it’s super comfortable. I felt like I was wearing a lip balm.
I got a few hours of wear out of this lipstick before needing to reapply. I was impressed that even with the transferring, it didn’t show on my lips very much. Of course, this is partially due to wearing a shade that’s not too far from my natural lip color. I’m sure a bright shade would have shown more wear.
Overall, this mini lipstick is awesome. I’m excited to have something so portable for my work bag or for traveling. I think only three of these lipsticks also come in a mini (this one, a red, and a fuchsia), so I’m excited to try the other two and wait patiently for more to be available.
This mini lipstick is $12 from Sephora, and you get 0.04 oz of product. The bigger lipstick is obviously a better deal ($22 for 0.1 oz), so if you don’t care about the portability, I suggest taking a look at the full size.
Have you tried this lipstick or anything else from Milk? What should I get next?