Although I really like this lipstick, it has one huge, non-subtle, and potentially overwhelming flaw: IT STINKS. This is seriously the most cloyingly sweet, terrible smelling makeup product that I have ever used. It smells like watermelon Jolly Ranchers, but, like, concentrated. If you made an essential oil out of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and then stuck your nose in the bottle, it might smell like this.
I am an adult (pink promise) and I would really prefer that my makeup smell like something other than leftover Halloween candy.
Otherwise, this lipstick is the bee's knees. It's fully opaque with a heavily glossy finish. Unlike some glossy lipsticks, though, this stays in place. There's no worry that it will migrate up to your nose without careful supervision.
High Voltage is a warm, vibrant red that feels like the red lipstick a flamingo might wear.
This definitely passed the "four hours and a meal" test, although the bulk of its staying power seemed more like a stain than the glossy lipstick you get immediately after application. Still, it lasts ludicrously long. One of my weird nighttime habits is, after removing my makeup and brushing my teeth, occasionally I'll apply a super bright lipstick color before going to bed. (I HAVE A LOT OF LIPSTICKS AND THEY ALL NEED LOVE.) I did that with High Voltage... and the next morning it looked like I'd made out with a parrot and/or had just applied a lip stain. Since it's definitely not drying, I think that this is a really good option for anyone who struggles with lipstick lasting through the day.
|Milani High Voltage When Applied|
|Milani High Voltage Four Hours and a Meal Later|
If you have no sense of smell, this might be one of the best lipsticks available in the drugstore. If you are very sensitive to odors, I would probably recommend skipping it (unless you adore the smell of Jolly Ranchers. Seriously, it's uncanny.). For anyone in the middle, I think that the many awesome qualities that this lipstick possesses outweighs the fact that it reeks, especially given that the smell dissipates relatively quickly after application. I'm just peeved that no one in product development spoke up and said, "Hey, maybe we shouldn't make this smell like the breath of a seven-year-old at a birthday party!"
The Milani Color Statement lipsticks retail for $5.49 for 0.14 ounces, putting them at a very reasonable $39.21 per ounce.