glossier: a realistic review

i think it’s safe to say i’m a glossier og.  i purchased the phase 1 set only a few months after their launch, mostly after watching emily weiss’ video with leandra medine.  i’ve loved the brand since then and some of their products i just don’t think i could do my makeup or skincare routines without.  however with the introduction of “glossier reps” and the insane marketing all over instagram, which truthfully has more to do with said reps than the brand itself, i feel far less enamored with glossier than i used to be.  it is my honest opinion that the brand is insanely hyped up and not all of the products live up to that hype.  the reps that i see all over instagram can be extremely obnoxious, especially when you have the knowledge of the rewards they get for selling a certain amount of product, including trips to new york.  just feels like we are being used, you know?  it is important to remember that glossier is also incredibly expensive when you consider the amount of product you actually get, especially in their sunscreen and powder, so that is a huge turn off to me as well.glossier review1.jpgbut anyways, because of all these reasons, i think i am a fairly good person to give you a brand review.  like i said, some glossier products i really do adore, and some have missed the mark.  i relate very strongly to the “skincare first, makeup second” and overall undone aesthetic, but strongly dislike the marketing ploys.

please note, i am in no way trying to rag on glossier as i really do love the brand and the majority of their products, but as always i want to be completely honestly with you.  if we can’t discuss our likes and dislikes on our own blogs, what can we discuss?!

the original phase 1 //

perfecting skin tint // my all time favorite glossier product.  i couldn’t have created a better base product in my wildest dreams.  it’s glowy, lightweight perfection.  it evens out the skin the littlest bit and makes it look slightly more perfected, but not like you are wearing anything.  i typically wear this on it’s own but love to mix it with other tinted moisturizers that have a little more coverage or don’t have as much hydration.  i wear medium in the summer and light with a few drops of medium in the winter.

priming moisturizer // another staple in my makeup bag.  this is pretty exclusively my summertime moisturizer as it’s the perfect weight while not skipping out on hydration.  in the winter i layer this over my skincare and daily moisturizer, usually putting it on right before doing my makeup if i did my skincare earlier in the day.  it’s extremely lightweight and runny, but moisturizes and hydrates beautifully.  adds that coveted glossier glow.

rosewater spray // i feel like this is the one glossier product that never gets mentioned anywhere.  this is a pretty basic rosewater but sadly burned my eyes.  if i was extra careful and left my eyes closed for enough time after spraying i was fine, so i finished the bottle, but not a repurchase in my opinion.

balm dotcom // i only had the original balm dotcom this one time, but it’s a pretty basic vaseline-type skin salve.  nothing remarkable but somehow a necessity at the same time.  i’ll mention the flavors a bit later.  great size for throwing in your purse or backpack.glossier review2.jpgphase 2 //

boy brow // my shade is brown.  it took me a really long time to admit to liking this product.  and it only works for me if i wipe most of it off on a paper towel first.  this is really a pomade type product, so it is thick and heavy.  if i don’t take most of the product off, i hate how clumpy and thick feeling it is on my eyebrows.  however, when lightly applied, it offers a great amount of tint and volume, as well as hold, to the brows.

stretch concealer // i originally bought this in shade medium but found it to be incredibly orange on me, even if the shade was correct for my summer skin.  i gave that shade to my sister and i just bought light, so now that i am more pale this works better.  i would much rather use the rms concealer to the glossier, but those shades are far too yellow for me and this has the right amount of pink.  i don’t really conceal under my eyes, but i like this because it offers a little brightness without really hiding any darkness (i think that looks cool, ok?!).  also nice around the face on any redness but definitely won’t conceal blemishes.  i think this is a must have product for people that use concealers like this more than i do, but i am getting a lot of use out of it and i do like.

generation g // the second generation (he he) of these is far better than the first.  the first ones were not as pigmented and a lot more drying.  of the new generation i have zip, a beautiful poppy red, and cake, a peachy nude.  i truly love both of these shades and wear them quite frequently.  perfect for someone who loves a more blotted effect on the lips without the faff.  i have had other shades in the past, but these are my favorite.  i did a little comparison of the gen g’s with the colourpop blotted lips here.  i didn’t own these two particular shades when i did that review, so they have slightly changed my opinion.  i prefer the colourpop iteration but wish they had more wearable shades.  glossier review4.jpgothers //

haloscope // my sister got me the shade quartz for my birthday.  this is very comparable to my favorite rms living luminizer but with more oomph.  i love the glossiness that this gives and the shade is perfect on my fair skin.  i don’t apply it directly to my face as it does tug from the applicator, so i usually get a more subtle look.  i’m not sure if i will repurchase this as the living luminizer is mostly what i reach for, but i really do like having it and am happy to have tried it out.

priming moisturizer rich // another birthday present from my sissy!  isn’t she the best?  honestly i liked this more as a hand cream than a face cream.  the lavender scent was extremely overpowering and it felt very silicone-y on my skin.  even as a dry skinned person i find the regular priming moisturizer to be a far superior product.

milky jelly cleanser // this is a great product and one that i went through about 3 containers of.  however, even as a minimal makeup wearer, this is not an effective makeup remover.  that isn’t the biggest deal as i usually remove my makeup with a micellar water before washing my face anyways, but i do think it should be mentioned.  i have been drawn to more true cream cleanser lately, but i do think i will repurchase this again in the future.  it’s a pretty basic cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin, so that’s a pretty big plus in my book.

moisturizing moon mask // this is another one of my “holy grail” glossier products.  it is so soothing on the skin and always feels cooling.  it is a pain to get off, but so worth it.  i apply this after any other mask that i use, as i always want to follow up with something hydrating after using something more drying or detoxifying.  also makes a fab hand mask.  glossier really nailed it here.

galaxy greens mask // this is a clay mask that i really do enjoy.  it’s not the best detoxifying mask i’ve ever used, but it’s a solid product.  this can be pretty intense so be careful and patch test first.  i use this only where i need it and never for the entire length of time recommended.  i’ve had my tub forever but probably won’t repurchase when i finally get through it.

flavored balm dotcoms // coconut is my everything!  originally the scent was quite nauseating but now i can’t get enough.  i like to put it on my lips, eyelids, and nostrils pretty much every night.  i also have the mint which is super refreshing and not fake smelling at all.  this is nice under the nose as well because you get the fresh scent and the tingle of the menthol.  great for when you have a cold!

the supers // i bought all 3 super serums when they first launched and they were definitely my introduction into serums and skincare layering.  i quickly realized, however, that they really weren’t doing much of anything.  the only one that i continue to use and have repurchased is super pure.  i apply that mostly to my chin where i have some hormonal breakouts and it really does help the redness and length of the activeness.  i saw absolutely no changes or benefits from neither super bounce nor super glow.  one thing to note: a product like super glow should be in a dark bottle with some sort of airtight pump because of the activeness of the ingredients, so the ingredients lose their potency far faster than you could ever use this all up.  if you are interested in purchasing one of the serums, i recommend the pure.glossier review3.jpgwhat are you glossier favorites?

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