Why the gleam in our eye? We’ve discovered Hollywood’s favorite makeup artist and her eponymous makeup collection!
I sure do love receiving a wht goodies box! What makes it even more exciting, is that there are always a few brands in the box that are currently under the radar and new to me. This lip-gloss review is for a brand that was entirely unknown to me, Gleam Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills. Who is Melanie Mills, and what is this Gleam Lip Radiance?
Melanie Mills is an Emmy award winning makeup artist based in Hollywood who has worked on film and television projects such as the Academy Awards and Charlie’s Angels. Most recently, she was the head makeup artist for ABC’s hit show, “Dancing with the Stars”.
Her makeup following began when she conjured up Gleam, by Melanie Mills, a body shimmer lotion used to make the bodies of the dancers shine and glisten for the camera. Once she began mass marketing Gleam, Melanie Mills became well known in the industry and beyond.
After reading about Mills’ accolades, I was anxious to try Gleam Lip Radiance ($24). These fun new glosses are available in seven shades – each made to fit every skin tone.
With My Heels On – bright pinkish red creme
Unforgettable – creamy dark purple
Pop My Cork – milky light coral with shimmer
Up Against The Wall – brick red creme
Uncontrollable - magenta creme
Unstoppable – red orange creme
Naked – medium nude creme
I received two of these beauties for testing, With My Heels On and Up Against the Wall. The glosses are made with botanical ingredients such as jojoba oil, vitamin E and sunflower oil. Unlike most petroleum-based lip glosses on the market, Gleam Lip Radiance conditions lips without any artificial scents or flavors.
Packaging can make or break a product for me, and Gleam Lip Radiance does not disappoint. The tubes are sturdy and square with a vintage feel and a pretty, rose-gold top. The tube is see through and twists apart to reveal a doe foot applicator, which I prefer to a messy brush. The tube closes tightly and after a day in my make up bag, there was no leaking at all.
I received two for testing, With My Heels On and Up Against the Wall. I was excited to try With My Heels On, a vibrant red in the tube. When I applied the gloss, it went on as a bright, beautiful, fuchsia pink.
Up Against the Wall looks like a deep brownish burgundy in the tube, and when applied is a pretty, yet rather opaque brick red.
These colors can be applied sheer or, with multiple layers, can be built to a medium coverage gloss. The product smells divine, with a vanilla scent that is not overpowering at all. My only issue with the Gleam Lip Radiance glosses is that it must be difficult to choose a gloss based on the tube color since they can be a bit deceiving, but that is a minor detail!
The formula feels nice on the lips, and has staying power. It was not goopy or sticky and my lips felt nourished, not dry at all. I love this gloss and now that I’m in the know about these little gems, I look forward to trying a neutral, more everyday color.
Lip gloss junkies, get your hands on Gleam Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills – these colors definitely put your lips in the spotlight!