Sunday, June 26, 2011

Milani Summer 2011 LE Yellow Whiz & Comparisons

Milani's Yellow Whiz--why does that name make me laugh?!!--is another shade from the New Limited Edition High Speed Fast Dry One Coat Summer 2011 Collection. The press release on this offering can be found here, and you can see swatches of Racy Green and Purple Rush here. In addition to the polishes, this collection also includes a very interesting Paint Eyeshadow Palette, which I'll review soon.

Let's take a look at Yellow Whiz (*giggles*), shall we? I was pretty excited when I saw this shade, because finding a yellow shade that works in one coat would be just short of a miracle. It isn't quite a miracle, and I didn't experience complete opacity in just one coat. However, it was almost opaque in one coat. The photo below is shown using one coat and no top coat. While it's not terribly noticeable, it was noticeable to me...if you look at my index (top) finger you can see some lighter streaked areas just below where the free edge meets the nail bed, and my middle finger had a small line that wasn't completely solid also. There's also some lightened areas near my index finger's cuticle (click to enlarge photo). Of course the average person likely has a less discerning eye when it comes to these things, but it certainly covered far better than any other yellow I've tried.

The photos below show how it looks using two coats. The formula is a little on the thick side, but it doesn't hinder the application at all. The dry time is very fast, and the finish has a high gloss shine. This medium yellow creme shade is bright and sunny, and perfect for Summer.

Yellow Whiz is not an exact duplicate of Chanel's Mimosa, but it is very close to the same shade of yellow. Just for fun, I added a coat of Revlon's Sweet Nothings in Nude Nightie to mimic a similar but much less expensive version.

The press release for the Summer LE shades made mention of a new brush, so here is a comparison to the new design. On the left is Milani Dress Maker, and on the right is Yellow Whiz. The new brush is wider and not tapered, and the stem has been changed from a thin round one, to a flatter rectangular one. The other difference in these polishes is that they have a shiny gold cap.

I thought it might be interesting to make a yellow color wheel showing comparisons to a variety of other yellow shades. Doing this made me realize that I have way more yellows than I thought I did. I ran out of room on the wheel before I ran out of polishes! Yellow Whiz is in the #1 position, and the list below will identify all of them. In my opinion, it's very close to #6 (China Glaze Happy Go Lucky) and #13 (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening).

1. Milani Yellow Whiz

2. Chanel Mimosa

3. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Expresso Yellow

4. Nicole by OPI Yellow It's Me

5. China Glaze Lemon Fizz

6. China Glaze Happy Go Lucky

7. Maybelline Banana Bamba

8. Maybelline Banana Puddin'

9. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Yellow Kitty

10. BB Couture Pina Colada

11. Quirius Yellow Tulip

12. Color Club Almost Famous

13. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening

14. NYC New York Color Taxi Yellow Creme

15. China Glaze Sunshine

16. Misa Summer Sun

17. Orly Lemonade

18. Orly Spark

All in all, Yellow Whiz is a very nicely formulated yellow creme. It is probably opaque enough with just one coat for the average person who isn't a nail polish freak like we are! Adding a second coat just makes it look complete to me.

*Product featured was furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for review.


  1. Wow! That is a lot of yellows. I love how bright Yellow Whiz is!

  2. It is amazing how terrific it looked with one coat and to get yellow that smooth and opaque in two coats?!?! I need that polish.

    Plus, how can I pass it up with a name like that? :D

  3. Ooooh, this is SO exciting! An almost-opaque-with-one-coat yellow at the DRUGSTORE? Yippee! Thanks for sharing. :D

  4. So gonna try to get my hands on that one

  5. WOW, you have tons or yellows!!! However, that Milani one is gorgeous; it's so bright and cheerful.


  6. Funny/fun name. Being a medical technologist...not quite the shade of it's pun - but then you all know that - does not take a medical person to tell ya that! Man, you do have a lot of yellow polishes! I look horrible in then all and don't own one -did but gave it away.

  7. So so cute! Maybe you can check out my nailblog? I am a newbeginner, but I get better all the time! x)

    Lots of hugs from Thea <3

  8. This color totally reminds me of ChG "Happy Go lucky". Great post and I've seen Chanel "Mimosa" compared to Revlon "Electric" and they are super close :)

  9. That's a really nice yellow! Someone must not have been drinking their water!

  10. Yay for a good yellow! I love yellows, so hard to find a good one though. Misa Summer Sun is a huge lemmings of mine, lovely to see it's inclusion here, think this is only the 2nd time I've ever seen it!