Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Milani Intense Metals

As soon as the first pictures of the Milani Liquid Metal collections showed up on the MUA nail board, I started keeping an eye out for them on my drugstore rounds. The Cool Shades (2.0, Dot Com, I'm Online, Just Browsing, My Network, and PC Girl) eventually showed up at CVS (and I bought them all; I should swatch them sometime), but then weeks passed with no Intense Colors to be found. Swapping to the rescue! Jackie of Candy Coated Tips was able to find two of colors I wanted—Melt Down (cool red) and Molten Rock (blue)—and sent them to me in exchange for some other pretties I had extras of. That just left Hot Metal (purple) to track down, because, in a surprising turn of events, I decided I could skip the other three in the collection: Melt in the Sun (yellow orange), Metal Gear (orange), and Melt With U (warm red). I figured I could find a swap for Hot Metal at some point, but it turned out I didn't need to; before I'd even had a chance to add the polishes Jackie'd sent to my spreadsheet, I came across a display with one purple left--the first and so far only Intense Colors display I've seen around here. Funny how that works sometimes.

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Left to right: Melt Down, Hot Metal, Molten Rock.


Melt Down is a beautiful ruby red which applied so nicely I only needed two coats (all swatches today are without top coat but I did use a base coat). The finish looks to me like a combination of a metallic and a micro glitter.

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Hot Metal is a plummy pinkish purple; the finish on this one is different than the other two—no metallic flavor but rather a combination of micro glitter and glass flecked. I used three coats of this and needed every one.

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Milani

Molten Rock is rich turquoise blue; the finish was similar to Melt Down but leaned more toward metallic than micro glitter. I used three coats but probably could have stopped at two.

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Milani

Tune in next entry for some comparisons featuring these three.

13 comments:

  1. Hot Metal. I love them all though.
    But these fuchsia blue purples evoke feelings of nostalgia. Can't pin it down but I am transported by them.
    One of the very best collections out there.

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  2. These are so pretty and you wear them well! I still can't find these :(

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  3. Ooh pretty, I especially love the blue.

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  4. Melt down is very pretty, I love that shade.

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  5. i really appreciated your description of the finishes! have you noticed that all the brands are going this route this summer? sally hansen, $0PI, OPI, Zoya, Milani, etc are doing the micro glitter/glass fleck/jl;ajfaonvi polishes (couldn't think of the third word)?

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  6. These are beautiful shades! I got the same exact ones you did. Milani has some GREAT collections.

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  7. Hot Metal is awesome and Molten Rock is even better

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  8. I love melt down,looks gorgeous on you :)

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  9. Gorgeous, like all the Milanis I've seen!

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  10. I really like the look of Hot Metal in the bottle. But on nails...it doesn't impress me that much.

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  11. I really fell in love with these colors. I have Hot Metal on now and will be swatching it later this week.

    The colors are fab on you!

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  12. To be honest, these didn't look that great in the bottle. But on the nail...PWHOAH!!! They are crazy. I like Hot Metal best.

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