Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or a social media ban), you’ve probably heard of Glossier, the ridiculously Instagrammable beauty brand, with cruelty-free credentials and an I-woke-up-like-this look, by website Into The Gloss. Now, I’ve never considered to be a makeup maven, always preferring a pared down natural look over a dramatic eye and contour, so when I first discovered its perfect pink packaging on Instagram and ‘Skin First. Make-up Second’ mantra, I was obsessed.
After months of lusting over its products, Glossier launched in the UK last October and made my beauty-based dreams come true. I instantly ordered a selection of products, avoiding skincare due to my extremely sensitive skin and its tendency to blow up every time I stray from a super-structured routine, and have spent time since trying out the makeup I purchased. In this post I intend to share my honest opinions on Glossier and whether I think it’s worth the hype.
Glossier’s #1 bestseller, it would’ve been rude not to give the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade a try. It claims to thicken, fill in and groom hairs into place and, as somebody with brows still recovering from an over-plucking phrase in the mid 00s, it sounded like the answer to all my prayers. Overall, I’m quite impressed. It grooms hairs into place really well and my brows look significantly thicker, however I still need a brow pencil to fill in sparse areas. That being said, used in conjunction with my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Brow Pencil, the effect is perfect!
The brand’s dew effect highlighter is another bestseller. Haloscope‘s dual-delivery formula features an outer halo infused with crystal extract for an all-day glow and a unique core made up of vitamin-rich moisturisers for a beautifully dewy finish. I purchased it in the colour ‘Quartz’. I really like the subtle sheen this product offers. It’s a lot less glittery than other highlighters I’ve owned, making it perfect for every day wear. That being said, the moisturising core perhaps does its job a little too well. It becomes sticky and almost greasy looking very quickly, preventing it from being a product that can be built up for a more dramatic look.
Generation G is a sheer matte lipstick designed to add a hint of pigment whilst allowing your natural lip colour to shine through. I bought it in the shade ‘Like’, a light powdery pink, and am planning to buy other colours when I visit the Glossier showroom in New York next month because I’m in love. Despite being a matte lipstick, it’s incredibly moisturising – a Godsend for dry lips in the winter. The colour also adapts to your natural lip colour to create a product that suits every skin tone, even ghostly pale complexions like mine.
Pure 90s nostalgia comes in the form of Glossier’s clear Lip Gloss, a vinyl-like gloss with a glassy finish. It reminds me of the Lancôme Juicy Tubes I obsessed over as a pre-teen minus the terrible stickiness and it’s honestly quite incredible, offering great hydration on top of a long lasting crystal-clear shine. It’s admittedly not the most versatile product, but in terms of adding shine, I’ve never found better, particularly not at such a reasonable price.
And that’s it for my Glossier product review! I’d lusted over their makeup for so long and I certainly wasn’t disappointed after finally being able to try it. Not every product met my expectations (I’m looking at you Haloscope), yet others far exceeded them. Perhaps most impressive though is the brand’s ability to create products that are completely natural looking whilst enhancing the face so beautifully. I can’t wait to increase my collection and decrease my bank balance next month on my travels to the Big Apple.
Peace and love, Bec