I guess the majority of beauty lovers have heard of the brand Glossier, as the hype surrounding the brand has been wild.
For those who don’t, Glossier is a beauty brand founded by beauty editors behind the highly exclaimed beauty blog intothegloss.com it has been around in America for a while, but recently the brand started to ship to the UK.
I don’t tend to fall for hyped up products or brands anymore, but i was after a new cleanser and lip-balm, and the Glossier Phase 1 Set priced at £35 caught my eye. As the products in particular were aimed for people with dehydrated skin, i snapped it up.
Glossier’s overall aesthetic is on point. It looks sleek, modern and the light pink hints on the products adds a touch of fun.
When the parcel arrived i was really impressed. The packaging was so pretty and the products were housed in pink bubble-wrap zip bags. Very handy to re-use as a make-up bag. There was a pack of stickers and a couple of samples also included.
I have been using all the products for around two weeks now. One has wowed me, the other two, not so much.
The sole reason i placed an order with Glossier, was to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I had read rave reviews about it. The name was intriguing, it sounds luxurious and like nothing i had tried before.
The jelly aspect had me thinking that the texture would be gel like, and more robust than a milk cleanser. Which it is.
The packaging is sleek and simple. The pump is a great addition and makes distributing the product easy. I really like the texture. It feels cooling, it has a rose scent, and it spreads softly across the skin. I do need around 2-3 pumps to get a full cleanse on the go, so i don’t feel it’s going to last long.
It removes my base make-up with ease, but eye make-up not so much. I only wear mascara through the week, so no eye-shadow, eye-liner etc and i do find that some is left behind.
For this reason i switched it to my second cleanse, when using it of an evening.
It has not irritated my skin in anyway, and doesn’t sting around the eye area.
But is it worth £15 for 177ml?
Personally, i don’t think so.
Don’t get me wrong, its a nice cleanser, and pleasurable to use, but i feel personally it is overhyped and overpriced.
If you are after a purse friendly hydrating cleanser along the same lines of this, and one i prefer more, because A: i use less product, and B: it does remove my mascara, is, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Priced at around £5.99 for 200ml and widely available in Boots & Superdrug.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser – £18:
Described as a light and buildable moisturiser for a dewy smooth canvas, the packaging once again is sleek and simple.
You squirt the product out, which for me is fine. Some may not like this aspect, and prefer a pump.
This is a light cream that feels cooling and soft when applied to the skin. It sinks in quickly, and leaves no residue behind. Instantly redness is reduced and my skin feels firmer and appears plumper and dewy. I am impressed. I have used this every day, in replace of Clarins Flash Balm, and i really, really like it.
My skin without a doubt appears instantly hydrated and healthier. It also hasn’t irritated my skin in anyway.
In terms of it being a top-notch primer, i am torn. If you use heavy duty style primers that blur, fills fine lines, and keep make-up on all day, then this may not be for you.
But if you have dry or dehydrated skin and after a light finish, and a product that helps the skin to appear healthier and dewy, then i highly recommend you give this a whirl.
Glossier Balm Dotcom – Rose. £10:
Described as a universal skin salve. This is basically a lip-balm. I opted for the rose flavour, and it is a really light pink shade, with a light rose scent.
The tube is small, so it’s a handy size to throw in your bag, or store in your pocket.
You squeeze the product out, so good from a hygiene aspect in regards to the product not becoming contaminated, but then using your finger to apply it, counter-acts this.
The texture is thick, compared to Vaseline or other known lip-balms on the market. It feels soothing and thick on the lips, but it doesn’t seem to sink in. Not a bad factor for some, but i found it a annoying. It reminds me a little of Lanolips, but the texture is looser.
It’s a petroleum based lip balm, it doesn’t have any added ingredients that are going to do anything spectacular, so i would rather save my pennies and use Burt Bees,or Palmers lip balm. Priced at around £1.99.
They are basically doing the same thing, but for a fraction of the price.
So as you can tell, i wasn’t overly wowed. I feel the marketing team have nailed hyping up the brand, and the packaging across the board is innovative and fun. I have only tried a small amount of their products, and the Cloud Paint and Boy Brow products do seem to have good reviews. But personally i won’t be in a rush to place an order again, i feel the products and ingredients don’t match the price tag.
There are a wide range of products currently on the market, that are similar as mentioned, but for a fraction of the price.