Gleam is best described as a pale pinky-gold eyeshadow with a heavy glitter formula. Many don’t like it for its lack of pigmentation, but what isn’t understood, or perhaps overlooked, is that Gleam is not meant to be a highly pigmented shade. This is like Star Violet in the way it’s to be treated and is comparable to more of MAC’s lighter shades, like Shroom for instance in what you can expect. You won’t get a huge amount of color with this one, but a nice pink-champagne color. What turned me off about Gleam is its chunky formula and all that GLITTER! Eeegads, MAC! Not one of my favorite formulas, but I do like the color and how this appears in certain combos, especially on the middle of the lid with darker neutrals. Applied wet it is a LOT more intense and I personally don’t like it applied dry because it is so light.
MAC eyeshadows used:
- Coppering (on lid, below crease)
- Gleam (middle of lid)
- Kid (crease)
- Cork (blend Coppering into Kid)
- Blanc Type (blend)