Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio) Review & Swatches

01/11

Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio)

Gamma Ray

Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray Blushlight (Trio) ($22.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of those products that is supposed to work well on eyes and cheeks, but it doesn’t work well on either. The texture was too heavy, silicone-heavy, and firmly-pressed in the pan, so what product came off the pan was clumpy and thick, which resulted in emphasizing texture on my skin, whether lids or cheeks.

It also made the product harder to diffuse and spread across the skin, which is why it was so spectacularly patchy on my cheeks. You could not wear this over foundation at all; it only looked decent in photos because it’s applied over bare skin, but so much blending and manipulating has to be done that it would lift up all of your base products if it was done over foundation.

2
Product
9
Pigmentation
3
Texture
7
Longevity
0.5
Application
48%
Total
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01/05

Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #1 Blushlight

Gamma Ray #1

Gamma Ray #1 is a pale, pink-peach with a golden shimmer and sparkle to it. It didn’t seem so bad when initially swatched; a little heavier, thicker, and almost overly emollient, but applied to my skin, it was chunky. It didn’t diffuse or blend well as the powder moved and clumped up on itself and left behind bald patches and areas that were thickened with product–it was an ugly sight to behold!

I tried to apply it to my eye area with a fingertip as well as a wet brush but could not get decent results. When applied to my cheeks, it emphasized my skin texture, separated into small, patchy bits, and it was horrendous over foundation (only usable, if you stand five feet away from everyone else at all times, over bare skin). It had semi-opaque pigmentation that stayed on decently for six hours on eyes and seven hours on my cheeks.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.13 oz. - $169.23 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be buildable and can be worn alone or layered with other blushes. I'd consider it a more pigmented blush formula; a few shades are soft and yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable application, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in one layer. The texture ranged from smooth, lightly creamy to soft and slightly powdery (though finely-milled and silky to the touch!). They blended out fairly well, though a few shades could have been more blendable, and most shades lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Melt Cosmetics Blushlight swatches.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Carmine Ci 75470, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Iron Oxide Ci 77491

1.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
1.5
Texture
7
Longevity
0
Application
41%
Total
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01/05

Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 Blushlight

Gamma Ray #2

Gamma Ray #2 is a light, tangerine orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and flecks of gold sparkle and fine pearl that shifted from peach to pink. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that built up poorly, as the texture was thick, chunky, and powdery. It sat poorly on my skin, whether that was on my eye or on my cheeks; it diffused terribly and looked patchy, almost clump, so it added texture and emphasized skin texture/lid texture. It wore well for six hours on eyes and seven hours on my cheeks before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.13 oz. - $169.23 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be buildable and can be worn alone or layered with other blushes. I'd consider it a more pigmented blush formula; a few shades are soft and yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable application, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in one layer. The texture ranged from smooth, lightly creamy to soft and slightly powdery (though finely-milled and silky to the touch!). They blended out fairly well, though a few shades could have been more blendable, and most shades lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Melt Cosmetics Blushlight swatches.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Carmine Ci 75470, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Iron Oxide Ci 77491

3
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
2
Application
56%
Total
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01/05

Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight
Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #3 Blushlight

Gamma Ray #3

Gamma Ray #3 is a bright, fiery coral with warm, red undertones and a copper sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a very dense, firm texture that was heavy and thick in all the wrong ways. You’d think it would apply decently as an eyeshadow, but it was so difficult to pick up with an eye brush and adhered in a thin, very muted layer of product that did not blend out or spread well over my lid. As a cheek product, it clung to my skin and was loathe to spread out, and so I ended up with the shimmer spreading out more readily than the base color, which resulted in a patchy, uneven application of color. The color lasted well for seven hours on my cheek and five hours on my lid.

Formula Overview

$22.00/0.13 oz. - $169.23 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be buildable and can be worn alone or layered with other blushes. I'd consider it a more pigmented blush formula; a few shades are soft and yielding enough to be used with a lighter hand or less-dense brush for sheerer, more buildable application, but most shades were semi-opaque to opaque in one layer. The texture ranged from smooth, lightly creamy to soft and slightly powdery (though finely-milled and silky to the touch!). They blended out fairly well, though a few shades could have been more blendable, and most shades lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Melt Cosmetics Blushlight swatches.

Ingredients

Zinc Stearate, Mica, Silica, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Carmine Ci 75470, Yellow 6 Lake Ci 15985, Iron Oxide Ci 77491

2
Product
10
Pigmentation
2
Texture
6.5
Longevity
0
Application
46%
Total
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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It had such potential!!!!! It’s super pretty to look at and even the swatches don’t look terrible but ugh.

I just bought Genesis but I haven’t tried it yet, fingers crossed it performs better than this!

I didn’t have as much problem spreading this one as the other one, but my skin is oily. The major issue I had was picking up so much of it with a brush. I’m kind of at a loss what to do with both of these.

If there’s such a thing as an F-, this deserves it! Ye gads, it’s that baaaad. And yet I thought for sure it would do better than the other purple trio, I sure was wrong.

Thanks for the review, Christine!
Too bad about the formula, the color is so pretty when they are swirled together. Any ideas on dupes for the three shades combined? The dupe list only seems to have them listed separately.

Funny how you say this is silicone-heavy. It’s their first cheek product with silicones in the formulation (yeah, I have to pay attention to that stuff). Sounds like it wasn’t a good first-go at it.

Sephora must groan when this happens. Lots of people will buy this on their website and lots of unhappy people will return it. A hassle for everyone involved: All because Melt released it in the first place. I’m not familiar with this line, but I wonder if all the companies are under enormous pressure to manufacture and release as fast as possible — regardless of questionable quality. Maybe there’s enough profit in it not to care about the percentage that may be returned. It all seems like a gigantic waste of money and time to me.

I probably would have been one of the people buying and then returning at least one of these shadows, if it weren’t for this blog. I rarely buy anything anymore without waiting for the review here.
Seems reasonable that, despite the waste, there’s probably a decent enough margin that they don’t care about returns. And who knows why people buy stuff. I have some MAC blushes and shadows that I only bought because they looked so pretty and I’ve yet to even swatch them. I didn’t care about performance 🤷‍♀️

Ha ha, I just realised some of your titles say “gammy” ray instead of gamma – where I’m from gammy means “not quite right” or a “bit painful” so it’s appropriate either way, LOL.

Let it stand 😉 😀

Wow, sounds awful! I find the two shimmers in Melt’s Gemini palette to be chunky and hard to spread evenly on the lid (when I swatch them on my arm there are literal chunks of pigment over a sheer base, looks so nasty). Thankfully the palette is mostly matte so I still enjoy it, but I wonder if this trio has a similar formula to those shimmers.

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