Mented Changes the Lip Gloss Game for Women of Color


Co-founded by KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, Mented Cosmetics was launched specifically for women of color. The range of products include nude lipsticks, nail shades and “Gloss for Grown Ups.”

“I was a hardcore lip gloss fan, but could never really find the right shade or formula. Everything was either too sticky, too shiny, too frosty or too sheer and didn’t compliment my skin tone,” said Johnson, who met her business partner at Harvard Business School. “I’m proud that we continue to expand the beauty options for women of color everywhere. Now, we too can be gloss girls with the shades and formulas we deserve.”

The Gloss for Grown Ups collection of lip glosses are available in Mauve Over, Send Nudes, Berry Me and Baby Brown and retail for $15 (lipstick, $16.50; nail polish, $8). The vegan, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, non-irritating and paraben-free products are available at

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