Milk Makeup

Melatonin Overnight Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 36.00
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Milk Makeup’s Melatonin Overnight Serum has some nice attributes for all skin types, including a mix of beneficial ingredients and refreshing hydration from first swipe of the swivel-up stick. Unfortunately, a fragrant oil and issue with the packaging rain on the parade, making this a questionable option.

The packaging issue has to do with the plastic being clear, which triggers breakdown of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients from the first use. That means skin won’t be getting the full benefit of natural antioxidants like matricaria, acai, goji berry, and others.

Strike two is the inclusion of lavender oil, a fragrant oil whose volatile compounds pose a risk of irritating skin, not to mention the by-product of oxidation when the lavender is exposed to air. Although lavender oil does have some benefits for skin, its risks can’t be separated, making it a fragrant oil to avoid, especially when used in higher amounts, as is the case with this serum’s lingering scent.

What about the melatonin? More commonly used as an oral supplement to promote restful sleep, studies have shown topical application of this hormone (which is naturally present in skin) can help skin recover from environmental damage.

As it turns out, skin has receptor sites for melatonin, and once the connection is made, it can exert anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Current studies are positing that it may play a strong role in protecting skin cells from mutations that lead to various skin cancers, which is exciting! We just wish this serum’s overall formula was equally as exciting and it came in better packaging.

  • Feels refreshing and lightly hydrating.
  • Leaves a subtle, healthy glow.
  • Research has established the topical benefits of melatonin.
  • Lavender oil poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
  • Clear packaging hastens the degradation of light-sensitive ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Topical melatonin and a berry blend of goji, acai, blueberry, and blackberry work overnight to help provide antioxidant benefits for rejuvenated-looking skin. Persian silk tree extract helps to balance skin’s topical melatonin levels so you wake up with refreshed, bouncier-looking skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates for plumper-looking, smoother-looking skin. Soothing lavender oil and chamomile extract combine to calm and provide a subtle, relaxing scent.


Water (Aqua, Eau), Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Oleth-2, Melatonin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Rubus Villosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 20, Sea Water (Maris Aqua, Eau de Mer), Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 40 (CI 16035).

Milk Makeup At-A-Glance


Milk Makeup is one branch of the Milk media company, based in New York and Los Angeles, where creativity and innovation are at the forefront. That vision echoes throughout their skincare and makeup lines, designed to create cool, effortless looks with easy application.

Since many Milk Makeup products can be used several waysa blush is a highlighter is an eyeshadowand since even some skincare products come in solid, swipe-on formulas, their target audience is a savvy girl-on-the-go: one whos not afraid to experiment with a low maintenance, high concept look. Milk makeup was created to travel well and often, since few products come in liquid form, and all can be applied without brushes, puffs, or applicators. Not everyone's ideal makeup can be done in five minutes in the back of a cab--but if you're that girl, you're a "Milk girl."

For the most part were impressed by Milk Makeups performance, design, and vibe, but their ingredient selection isnt exactly worry-free: While Milk Makeup advertises their products as made with the best possible ingredients, many of them, unfortunately, contain irritants such as citrus oils. A multi-tasking, time-saving product isnt worth your time or money if it also exposes your skin to troublesome ingredientsalthough some Milk products fare better in this regard, so do take a peek at our reviews!

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