Milani recently discontinued their entire line of lipsticks and released a new lineup. Some of the shades are gone, but some have been rereleased in the new formula. I previously reviewed the shade Black Cherry, and although I loved the color, I found the formula unwearable – it clung to every dry spot on my lips. So, I purchased the new Black Cherry to see if the formula was better!
As you can see, the packaging has changed from a matte gold to a shiny gold. I prefer the older packaging, but it’s certainly not a dealbreaker. The shape of the lipstick bullet has also changed – the discontinued version has a sort of uniquely shaped bullet (you can see it in the first photo), and the new version has a standard bullet. The scent has also changed – the old version seems to be unscented, and just has that normal lipstick-y smell, while the new version has a strong fruity smell.
Here are skin swatches of both the old / discontinued and the new version. The color is almost the same, but the old version appears slightly deeper.
Here’s the discontinued version. As you can see, it clings to the dry patches in my lips in an unattractive way. If I exfoliate my lips and use a lip primer, it does better, but it’s still not perfect and is just very difficult to wear.
And here is the new version of Black Cherry – the formula is a huge improvement! It is much, much more even. On the lips, the color is just about identical between the old and the new versions – the main difference is the improvement in the formula.
Overall, I am really happy with the reformulation of the Milani lipsticks – or at least this one shade that I have tried. I do prefer the older packaging and I’m not thrilled with the new scent, but it’s completely worth it when you consider that the old version wasn’t really wearable and the new version is gorgeous! Both formulas – old and new – are currently available online at Cherryculture, which ships internationally. Other online retailers only have the old version at the time of this post.
Have you seen the new Milani lipsticks in your area yet, and have you tried them?