Reviewing Glossier: Is it really worth the hype?

Reviewing Glossier: Is it really worth the hype?

If you don’t already know what Glossier is, where have you been?! Living under a rock? Or maybe you’re just not-so-into the whole natural make up thing. Which is fine if you’re not, because realistically speaking, not everybody is.

To break it down for you, Glossier is a make up brand inspired by real life, it claims to make your skin look like exactly what it is: skin. It’s supposed to be low-maintenance as well as super easy to apply with just your fingertips, which sounds absolutely ideal if you have a busy life. It helps you create the better version of the ‘real’ you.

I just want to tell you that I, definitely and 100% am into the whole natural make up thing, which, if you’re interested why: you can read that here. But in this post I will be reviewing Glossier for you so you know what to splurge on and what to pass on. I was obsessed with the brand before they even launched in the UK. I loved their aesthetic, I loved their look and most importantly I loved their Instagram feed. As soon as Glossier launched here in October, I knew I had to have it all, so I ordered everything I could. Below I will review each product in detail from my own personal experience with it. Before I go on I should probably mention that I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, so what works for me may not work for you and vice versa.

Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15)

I didn’t initially purchase this in my first order as I already had a cleanser that worked well for me. However, when it came sample-sized, I tried it out and instantly fell in love. This stuff doesn’t foam, but rather absorbs into your skin, leaving it fresh and soft-feeling. I use this in the morning once daily on already-wet skin as it isn’t harsh and doesn’t make your skin all red, like many other cleansers might do. It hints of a faint rose scent, which I really like as I hate my cleansers to be too overpowering with perfume. If you’re looking for a super deep clean, this cleanser isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for something gentle to wake the skin up with, definitely try it out, I think the price point is justified.

Pros:

  • One pump goes a long way, a bottle has lasted me 5 months and I still have a bit left!
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Travel-friendly

Cons:

  • A little bit drying

Overall rating: 9.5/10

Priming Moisturiser (£18)

As soon as I see that something has Hyaluronic Acid in it I must have it! If you’re not much of a skin care nerd, it’s the stuff that makes your skin look like you have that third trimester glow. Priming Moisturiser is just one of those things you have to have, it’s not heavy but moisturises the hell out of your skin. I literally use tons of this stuff. It may not be ideal if you have VERY sensitive skin as it does leave a little ‘tingling’ effect on mine. I will probably purchase the rich version of this in the future as sometimes, if I use it on its own for a day, I notice my skin gets a little dry a few hours in. The price point in my opinion is a little bit high as I’m on my second tube 5 months in. Other than that, it’s great.

Pros:

  • Very moisturising
  • Great base for makeup
  • Buildable & Breathable

Cons:

  • Can be drying with nothing on top depending on your skin type

Overall rating: 10/10

Balm Dot Com (£10 each/£25 for trio)

I have 2 of these bad boys. Mint and Coconut, but I don’t think they’re THAT special and they’re definitely not a necessity. To be quite honest, they’re just normal lip balms. But oh gosh do they smell amazing! I haven’t tried the other flavours, but I can tell from having two that they vary! Coconut is more moisturising than mint, however Mint does plump your lips a little. I alter between them depending on my mood. Recently I’ve been using Coconut a lot more in these dry winter months (and because I can smell it whenever it’s on my lips and I love it). BUT I will say: if you have the £10 to spend on this for pretty pictures, do so. If not, stick to Carmex! It works just as well.

Pros:

  • Does what it says
  • Cute packaging

Cons:

  • Too expensive

Overall rating: 7/10

You can also purchase Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser and Balm Dot Com in a set for £35 which is what I did!

Super Pure (£24)

I remember when I was a teen I was prescribed some zinc medication to put on my acne and when I saw that Super Pure contained the same qualities I thought I’d give it a go. If you have acne and suffer from break outs, I definitely recommend this. This is one of my favourite Super serums and I have noticed a significant difference in my skin after using this. Whilst I wish it wasn’t the high price that it is, I can’t stop myself from buying it because I already know that it genuinely does work for me. If you ever find yourself with extra cash in your pocket, try it out. In the fifth month I am already on my third bottle so it’s really not an ideal price point because it disappears very quickly, but it’s definitely cheaper than most serums on the market. I use this once daily before bed!

Pros:

  • You can wave goodbye to spots
  • Reduces redness
  • Soothes the skin

Cons:

  • Not enough product for the high price point

Overall rating: 8.5/10

Super Bounce (£24)

Back with the Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5. I like to use Super Bounce when my skin is looking and feeling tired (which, let’s not kid ourselves, is everyday!), it’s so gloopy – in the best way possible and really hydrates your skin, but to be quite honest, it’s not a necessity and it’s definitely not anything special. If you want to buy one serum out of the collection, stick to Super Pure. I use this once daily before bed.

Pros

  • Hydrating
  • Plumping
  • Softening

Cons:

  • High price point

Overall rating: 8/10

Super Glow (£24)

I’m going to be super blunt with this. This serum literally doesn’t do anything for me, it feels like I’m just splashing water on my face. This also broke me out big time, so I’d stay clear of this product at all costs. I got this in the Super Pack but after a week I stopped using it immediately.

Pros:

  • Literally none

Cons:

  • Paying £24 for 15ml of water
  • Breaks you out
  • Everything about it

Overall rating: 0/10

You can get all three Super Serums for £60

Skin Tint (£20)

I’ve seen reviews of this and I’m really confused because people are saying it doesn’t give you any coverage – which is true, it doesn’t. But the name literally says TINT and not FOUNDATION. I love this stuff, a little goes a long way, the application technique is to literally smear this over your whole face which takes about 5 seconds and I love that it’s in a tiny bottle. This works SO well with the priming moisturiser, honestly, it’s a match made in heaven. It gives a fantastic glow to your face and doesn’t make you look cakey, it feels weightless and it just looks like you’re healthy, awake and glowing. I have a little under half left of my 30ml bottle and it’s been 5 months since I’ve had it, I wear it on most days in the shade medium.

Pros:

  • Breathable & lightweight
  • Smoothing
  • Makes you look amazing

Cons:

  • Can grab onto dry spots on your skin, make sure to exfoliate and moisturise before wearing this

Overall rating: 9.5/10

Stretch Concealer (£15)

If you want a little bit more coverage after using the Skin Tint, use this concealer. I’m super apprehensive about this product because in my eyes, it’s literally bacteria central. Whenever I apply this with my fingertips I break out, because you constantly have to go in and out of the pot. However, I’ve started using my clean beauty blender (which isn’t ideal because it wastes the product but anyway) and it applies on the skin beautifully, it’s buildable but it doesn’t give you the maximum coverage possible of a pimple for example. It sort of just blends it in with your skin. I must say that this is perfect for dark under eyes though, it doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing concealer, you just look awake. Make sure you wear water-proof mascara though. I use this on most days in the shade medium, I’ve had this for 5 months and still have way over half left, I definitely feel that the price is justified.

Pros:

  • Looks natural just like skin
  • Buildable without looking cakey
  • Moves with skin rather than creasing

Cons:

  • Can break you out

Overall rating: 9/10

Haloscope (£18)

I’m going to start with saying that when this came in the post and I tried it on, I HATED IT even though I had such high hopes for it. I ditched it for my trusty Watts Up! highlighter from Benefit, but recently I discovered a new way to make Haloscope work. Instead of smearing it directly onto your skin (which is what I did at first, a HUGE mistake, please don’t do this; it moves your makeup around like crazy), load the product on your fingertips and pat it onto the high points of your face. This isn’t your typical glam glow highlighter, but rather a subtle glowiness that makes your skin look like you’ve just left the gym a bit sweaty from a work out, I know it sounds gross but trust me, it looks so good. Make sure to clean the surface of this every time you use it as there can quite easily be a bacteria build up. The price is justified as there is a lot of product for what you need,  it is most likely going to last you a long time. I use the shade Quartz, but will order Topaz for when I’m tanned in the summer (can’t wait)!

Pros:

  • Makes you look like a glowing goddess
  • Easy and quick to use

Cons:

  • Reapplying during the day is a must as it fades over time

Overall rating: 10/10

Wowder (£18)

I still don’t know how I feel about this product. It’s good if you want to cut out shine from your face but it just isn’t £18-GOOD if you know what I’m saying. It mattifies the face but then it just makes you look like you’re dead, so then you have to go in and contour and do ALL OF THE MAKEUP. I feel like this is great for people who want to use Glossier but also have VERY oily skin. One thing I do like about this is that it reduces the appearance of pores (and I have HUGE ones, so that’s saying something). I use this more for my heavy make up than I do when I wear Glossier though. But, if you’re looking for a perfect powder, then I’m sorry but this just isn’t it.

Pros:

  • Blurs the appearance of pores
  • Sets makeup

Cons:

  • Too mattifying
  • Overpriced

Overall rating: 6/10

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Cloud Paint (£15 each/£25 for duo)

I’ve never used not-powder blushes before so Cloud Paint was an interesting concept to me. Let me tell you that with this stuff a teeny-tiny drop of product goes a looooooooong way. The first time I used this I looked like a clown because I used way too much and it was less than the size of a pea, honestly. My favourite thing is when products are so pigmented to last you a lifetime. I have two shades: Puff and Beam. They are gorgeous on their own and gorgeous separately. Puff gives you a nice rosy tint, whereas Beam gives you that nice peachy colour to add some colour to your face. Together they create a beautiful sunset colour. I will be purchasing Dusk to contour with in the near future. I love this stuff.

Pros:

  • A little goes a long way
  • Very easy to use
  • You get your money’s worth

Overall rating: 10/10

Boy Brow (£14)

The famous Boy Brow! I’ve been to hell and back with brow gels and let me tell you that this is the best one I’ve ever used. It’s so tiny you can fit it into your smallest hand bag and it works wonders on brows of all shapes and sizes. I mostly wear this when my eyebrows are filled in and even if they’re not, it still looks amazing on it’s own. It fills your brows and gives them an extra oomph. If you’re into the whole “I haven’t plucked my eyebrows in months and they still look amazing” look, purchase a lifetime supply of Boy Brow, you won’t regret it. I wear it in the shade Brown, bought it 5 months ago and use it every day, just wanted to add that I still have a lot of product left.

Pros:

  • Enhances your brow game
  • Doesn’t pull your eyebrows out when you remove it
  • Thickening

Overall rating: 11/10

You can get Boy Brow and Haloscope in a duo for £28!

Generation G Lipstick (£14)

This is harsh but I hate this product. I really really can’t stand it. I literally threw it in the bin. It is not worth your money, don’t even go near it. I purchased this in shade Like and the shade looks nothing like it does on the website. It’s patchy as hell and the worst thing about it is that it dries out your lips like crazy even with a balm underneath it. Maybe the other colours have a different formula, but I just can’t bring myself to like Like.

Pros:

  • Literally nothing

Cons:

  • Cheap packaging
  • Makes your lips crusty
  • Doesn’t even look good

Overall rating: -5/10

Lip Gloss (£11)

I love the packaging for this because it’s such a 2000s throwback and looks really cute. It’s a nice lip gloss but it’s not a necessity, especially for £11. You need to reapply this pretty much every half an hour. It’s also kind of really sticky, your hair will be attached to your lips every time you wear it. NYX do one for £4.50 so stick to that if you want a clear lip gloss.

Pros:

  • Looks cute on and off

Cons:

  • Annoying
  • Overpriced

Overall rating: 6/10

Glossier You (£45)

Amazing fragrance, very musky and earthy and VERY long wearing. I had compliments all day wearing this perfume and I only used a tiny bit. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a new signature scent. However I feel it works best in Autumn, it just smells very autumny.

Pros:

  • Long wearing
  • Strong

Cons:

  • Seasonal

Overall rating: 9/10

To summarise, I think Glossier is a great brand to invest in as they are something completely different to all other beauty brands out there. There were a few odd bits which completely did not work for me but that doesn’t mean they won’t work for you or other people. All of the opinions are my own based on the experience I had with the products. If you’ve never shopped on Glossier, you can get 10% off your first order with my link by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

Gosia Joanna x

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1 Comment

  1. February 5, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Great , honest review and the photographs are beautiful!

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