We’ve all seen the ads with perfect models showing off beautifully illuminated skin and perfectly groomed eyebrows, all while seemingly wearing no makeup at all. The big, italic words boldly stamp the image: Glossier. For a company whose mission statement reads, “Skin first, makeup second,” I couldn’t help but be intrigued every time I saw one of their many Instagram ads. Since the brand is relatively new and already has a cult following, I decided to try some of their products out for myself.
Before I dive into my experience, let me give some background information on myself. I’ve battled acne since I was 11 years old so, for me, leaving the house without a full face of makeup was a big no-no; even throughout high school. Covering up my skin seemed the only feasible solution. On my first day of class at Virginia Tech, I felt as if hardly anyone was wearing any makeup and had perfectly clear skin, I felt so out of place but also felt as if I had no other option. But then, brands emerged that urged their consumers to embrace their flaws, and so I tried over $150 worth of Glossier skincare and makeup products and here’s the inside scoop.
First, I’ll give a rundown of Glossier’s skincare products. All of these products are meant to enhance the natural radiance of dull skin, shrink pores, and diminish acne. I purchased the skincare set, which includes Glossier’s Balm Dotcom lip balm (in a flavor of your choice), Priming Moisturizer, and the cult-favorite, Milky Jelly Cleanser. After reading so many glowing reviews on Glossier’s chemical exfoliant, Solution, I added that to my bag too, to give it a try and so far so good. For around $40, you get three regular-sized products. Although, the price is fairly high for products that deplete so quickly, in my opinion.
Balm Dotcom: The Balm Dotcom flavor I chose was cherry, which has a slight red tint to it. It’s a good lip-balm; offering hydration and a slight tint to the lips, it’s perfect for nonchalant makeup days. However, the tube is fairly small and you find yourself having to use quite a bit of it.
Milky Jelly Cleanser: Gentle, fragrance-free, and hydrating, it’s no wonder this cleanser is a cult-favorite! Standing as my favorite Glossier product, this cleanser leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. However, though it claims to remove even your most stubborn eye makeup, it won’t. If you use this to remove makeup, it’s going to take two or three pumps, and the product doesn’t last a very long time. I find using a cleansing balm to remove makeup and then using this cleanser yields the best results.
Priming Moisturizer: This daytime moisturizer from Glossier comes in a squeeze tube and is very buildable. It does, however, have a slightly weird smell that I’m not a fan of, but other than that, it’s a pretty good product. My skin is extremely dry and this did not help me much in terms of dryness and it goes well under sunscreen and makeup.
Solution: One of Glossier’s most hyped up products, Solution is a chemical exfoliant containing AHA/BHA/PHA acids, which will gently scrape off all of the dead gunk on your skin. It claims to diminish acne, blackheads, pores, redness, and dryness in four months; a bold claim. I am on week three of Solution, and having all of the above, have seen little improvement. My blackheads haven’t changed, my pores haven’t shrunk, and my acne is actually worse than usual. I will continue to use it until it’s finished since it’s a pretty expensive product for what you get. I don’t think Solution is right for me, but please note that everyone is different and just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t be your miracle product!
These are all of the Glossier skincare items I own. Overall, their skincare products seem good if you are new to skincare, or have little to no skin concerns to battle. Of the products I have, the only one I strongly vouch for and will repurchase is the Milky Jelly cleanser.
Now, I’ll move on to makeup. I have almost all of the Glossier makeup items besides Lidstar, Haloscope, Wowder, and Perfecting Skin Tint. I purchased the makeup set that includes three products: Stretch Concealer, Boybrow, and Generation G Lipstick; the other products I purchased separately.
Stretch Concealer: This is a product that slowly grew on me. It offers light to medium coverage and is very hydrating for your skin. My only complaint is the color range, the lightest shade is a bit too orange for me (but I’m sure not many people will face this since I’m just ghastly pale!)
Boybrow: Another favorite; brows look full, lifted, and stay in place all day long. No complaints here!
Generation G: I have the shades Like and Leo. Both shades give a beautiful wash of sheer color, but the formula isn’t as hydrating as I would like it to be.
Cloudpaint: Cloudpaint is my all-time favorite Glossier makeup product. The gel-like formula blends seamlessly into the skin and creates a lit-from-within glow of color to your cheeks; a breath of fresh air!
Lash Slick: You know how there are mascaras that bleed onto your under-eye and make you look like a raccoon? Yeah, this one won’t do that. In fact, it’s the only mascara I’ve found that doesn’t do that! It lengthens and thickens lashes and is never clumpy, which is a huge plus!
Of all the makeup products from Glossier I own, I don’t have much to complain about for really any of them! The products make me feel beautiful, something I’ve never felt before without a thick layer of Lancome Teint Idole foundation; Glossier is undeniably onto something. More beauty brands should adopt their philosophy of embracing your flaws and not feeling as if you have to cover up in layers of foundation. After all, we’re all human!