Beauty

My First Impressions of Glossier

I’m sure most people who are into beauty products will have heard of Glossier, but for those of you who haven’t, a quick introduction to this much-hyped brand: the idea behind Glossier is that the products are inspired by people, for people. Essentially what this means is that they make products that women really want, rather than telling them what products they want. The founder of Glossier, Emily Weiss, also founded and runs a very successful beauty blog called  Into The Gloss.

Glossier’s makeup products are generally for the “less is more”, natural makeup look, and they’re very easy to use. I should caveat this by saying that most days I do prefer to wear more makeup for work as it makes me feel “more done”, but there are definitely days when I want a more natural look, and that is generally when I would reach for these products.

Since Glossier started shipping to the UK a few months ago, (and the products aren’t too expensive) I’ve accumulated a few products, both skincare and makeup, that I thought I would give my thoughts on and whether they’re worth purchasing.

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Glossier milky jelly cleanser 1This is currently the only Glossier skincare product that I own, and is probably one of their most well-known products; the Milky Jelly Cleanser is a “conditioning facial wash” that is meant to be gentle on the skin and safe to use on your eyes as it uses the same cleaning agents as contact lens solution. I really like using this because it’s a no-frills cleanser that keeps my skin nice and balanced – it doesn’t irritate it and it makes it feel clean without feeling tight. I use this in the morning and evening – it sounds like you could use it to remove your makeup but I can’t vouch for this as I always use a makeup remover first – so perhaps you would need to do a double cleanse with it to remove all traces of makeup.

Glossier You Perfume

Glossier perfumeI really love this perfume as it just smells so fresh and clean. I use it as my every-day perfume, and then for an evening or special occasion I will wear something a bit heavier. It’s described as the “ultimate personal fragrance” and I can understand why, as it doesn’t smell heavily of anything in particular – it’s really hard to describe! And it lasts pretty well throughout the day and doesn’t change much the longer you wear it. I think their description is spot on: “creamy, sparkling, clean, warm”. It’s quite funny because I thought that this might be a bit gimmicky and cheap-smelling, and I almost wanted not to like it – but I received a sample with one of my orders (which I think is still the case so it’s a great way to try it) and I just fell in love with it. It’s also a bit cheaper than most designer perfumes at £45, which is another plus.

Balm Dot Com

I have two of these lip balms as I just love them sooooo much. I have one in ‘Cake’ which smells divine, and one in ‘Cherry’ which again smells amazing. The ‘Cake’ shade is slightly shimmery but colourless, so it’s really nice when you want a balm that’s got a little bit of interest to it but not an intense colour. And then ‘Cherry’ is, as the name suggests, a lovely cherry red/pink colour as you can see from the above photo, which isn’t too intense but adds a nice pop of colour. These balms are really moisturising and last a long time. There are six in total and I’m sure I’ll want to get another one soon to add to my collection!

Cloud Paint

IMG_0248This gel-cream blusher claims to be “the most user-friendly cheek color in existence” and I would agree that it is very easy to use, as you just dab it on to your cheeks and blend it out, and it gives a really nice pop of colour and a slightly dewy sheen which is really pretty. And because it’s not super pigmented you can build it up as little or as much as you want. I normally find cream blushers don’t sit as well on my skin as powders, but I’m really impressed with this. I have the shade “Beam” which is a coral-y colour that I bought before I went on holiday to Thailand, and it just gave a really lovely sunkissed, healthy pop of colour. It lasted well in the heat, and I’ve used it as part of my normal makeup routine (see photos below), and it lasted all day. The only slight criticism I have of this is that the tube packaging makes it easy to squeeze too much of the product out, and then you end up wasting a bit as you don’t want to use it all.

I took a couple of photos of my normal everyday makeup, i.e. full coverage foundation and a more “done” look, with the Cloud Paint blusher in both photos; and in the left photo wearing the Balm Dot Com in “Cake” and in the right photo, the Balm Dot Com in “Cherry”. The photos don’t really do the balms justice, but the “Cake” shade looks really pretty with its slight shimmer and the “Cherry” shade gives a really pretty pink/red sheen to the lips.

As you may be able to tell, I really like the Glossier products I’ve tried so far. Next on my list to buy are the Boy Brow (an eyebrow filler and shaper which everyone raves about), the Perfecting Skin Tint (pretty self-explanatory) and the Haloscope highlighter. You can buy the Boy Brow and Haloscope as a duo which saves about £4; and it’s worth noting that they have free shipping on orders over £25 so buying a couple of products would probably get you free shipping.

I hope you’ve found this post useful!

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