By an oily skin gal
I know you’re probably sick of everyone and their cat talking about this brand, but seen as I’m a sceptical I wanted to try a handful of products to see if Glossier really does live up to all the hype.
Most reviews I have read and seen have been by people who have normal to dry skin types, so I wasn’t sure if the products would be suited to oilier skin, and there’s not many reviews by people with oily skin, so I thought I’d add my two sense into the mix.
Glossier is one of those brands thats very simplistic and minimal. I don’t mean that in a negative way, in fact it’s quite refreshing. It makes a change from all the luxurious packaging some brands have – and of course it’s lovely and feels and looks amazing, but most of the time I wonder “is this really necessary?” it’s not like the packaging influences how the product performs. Which is why I like Glossier’s packaging – simple, easy to travel with, and works. What more do you need?
One thing I do love about Glossier is that you can buy products in sets. They have their Skincare Set which is focused on their top rated skincare products, and Makeup Set, which gives you – the customer – the option to buy products in a bundle cheaper than if you bought them individually.
I’ve only tried (most of) the makeup – aside from the Balm Dotcom, so this is only a review on those products, but I hoping to do a review on some of the skincare products soon.
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What did I pick up?
This is the very first product I tried and it needs no introduction… the Boy Brow. Now, if you’ve never heard of this product then you’ve either been living under a rock, or… actually I can’t think of another reason why you haven’t heard of it haha!
Boy brow is honestly the best tinted brow gel I have tried, it gently fills and shapes without going leaving your brow hairs crispy, making it perfect for no makeup days or as a last step if you prefer to fill in your brows with a pencil.
Repurchase? HELL YES! I just realised that I don’t have a back up and I’m slightly freaking out…
The skin tint is not to be confused as a foundation, it really is just a tint for your skin that gives minor coverage – great for no makeup makeup days as it makes your skin look more even, while still looking like skin. Although for me personally it doesn’t cover my blemishes completely, it adds a slight amount of coverage so that I can use a lighter concealer to completely cover them.
This is a lovely everyday base, but for oily skin you definitely need a light dusting of powder to set it.
Like the Boy Brow Glossier’s Stretch concealer is another very popular product, and it’s due to it’s flexibility which allows it to move with your skin and avoids getting cakey. It also claims to be able to cover blemishes and redness, which sounded a little to good to be true, so you know I had to test this out.
Upon the first trial I found it does slightly crease under my eyes even when I use a powder to set it. However I’m not sure if the powder made it worse. I’m currently trying to work out if it’s the powder I’m using or if I used to much. So in all fairness I need to try it some more under my eyes. However, when I used it as extra coverage with the skin tint on my cheeks to conceal some redness it worked very well – definitely a great base combo!
And finally, the blemish check… although it does cover blemishes to a certain degree, it’s definitely not full coverage. I can use this to cover a small amount of pinky-redness, but for a full on angry spot? Nope. Sadly it barely made a difference.
Repurchase? Unsure. I love it for adding extra coverage to the skin tint, but I have other concealers that can do that too. This is for more normal/dry skin types, but can still be used for oily skin types – just make sure you use powder. I’ll keep you posted on this one if I have any further thoughts.
Shade: Puff, Beam and Dusk.
I am not one to rave about a cream blush, in all fairness I much prefer powder, but these are amazing! You don’t need much of this product as a little goes a long way, so a tube will last you for quite some time.
I’m enjoying all of these blushes, but I was surprised by how much I like dusk, especially as it appeared to be dark in comparison to my pale skin, but when sheered out it is beautiful. Dusk can be used as a lovely flush of colour that can be a combination of a blush and bronzer. Not quite a bronzer, but a bit more than a blush – great for if you need to look put together in a hurry.
All these shades are lovely by themselves or mixed – the founder of Glossier (Emily Weiss) mixes beam and dusk to create her perfect shade, so you can really get creative with these.
Repurchase? I’m 95% sure I would, but I need more time to play around with them and give them a longer wear test to give a definite answer. However, so far so good.
Update: New shades have been added!
Oh my god this smells exactly like coconutties – you know, those coconut biscuits that taste like a heavenly morsel, yummy! The biggest plus of this lip balm – aside from it working quite well, is that it is matte so there’s no need to worry about looking like you have a sweaty upper lip if you need to apply a lot.
The Balm Dotcom can seem a little pricey for a lip balm, but to be honest most of the lip balms I buy are around this price or more, so personally I wasn’t too bothered by the price.
Is this lip balm going to replace my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream? No, but it is easier to keep in my pocket and is great for travelling. Plus it’s nice to have an alternative.
These are £10 each, or you can buy a trio for £25, so if you like them I’d highly recommend buying a trio and saving some money.
Repurchase? Yes. I would like to try some of the others flavours — especially mint and rose.
Shade: Like & Jam.
After reading mixed reviews I wasn’t expecting to like these as much as I do, but these are great. I’d go so far as to say these have become a staple in my makeup bag.
I purchased the shades Like and Jam to get a feel for them and see if there was a difference in formula between the lighter and dark shades, as far as I can tell there’s no difference and although they’re matte they are not uncomfortable on the lips. Win – win.
Repurchase? Yes, and I’m already planning on buying more shades.
Update: These were reformulated and repackaged in November 2018. I will hopefully be trying the new formula as soon as I can.
What I want to try next…
I haven’t tried any of their skincare yet, although the Milky Jelly cleanser does sound very interesting, even though it’ll be hard for me not to use my good ol’ faithful special cleansing gel by Dermalogica. The other skincare products that look interesting is the Bounce and Pure serums, Solution – although I’m a little apprehensive about trying it as my skin is a little sensitive and I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews, and I definitely want to try both masks – mainly the Moisturising Moon mask as I don’t have a mask like this in my cabinet.
And of course there are a few other makeup products I still have on my list, because I clearly don’t have enough haha! Apart from more shades Generation G lipsticks, I really want to try the last Cloud Paint in Haze and the Haloscope in Quartz as well as Glossier’s newest release: the Lidstars. It seems as though everyone and their dog has been going crazy over them, and although I think they do look interesting I’m currently only interested in one colour, Fawn. Update: I recently wrote a review on the Glossier Lidstars, you can read it here.
I’m undecided if I want to try the Wowder as I’ve heard mixed reviews from people with oily skin, however if you have normal – dry skin I think it would work well for you. However I could imagine this being ok for lazy makeup days if you don’t mind your natural oils coming through.
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