Beauty Review: Glossier

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and purchased the entire Glossier Phase I collection. ICYMI, Glossier is the brainchild of Into the Gloss’s Emily Weiss (you might remember her as Teen Vogue’s super-intern from the Hills)—it’s a beauty brand that is focused on staples that are meant to enhance, not cover, what you have. Basically, it falls in line with the no-makeup makeup look that everybody is coveting these days—and I have to say, it does it better than any other set of products I’ve used.

…Plus, the stickers.

Yep, @glossier got me at the stickers.

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Let’s go through each of the products:

Soothing Face Mist, $18: I have to say, I’m kind of obsessed with this gentle rosewater spray. It’s got this gorgeously delicate fragrance that lingers just so throughout the day, and is the perfect way to prime your face before moisturizer so your complexion comes out perfectly dewy. Plus, it’s best to apply moisturizer while your face is damp—it’s the best way to hydrate skin.

Priming Moisturizer, $25: This product is probably my least favorite of the group, not because it doesn’t do what it promises, because it does—it’s lightweight yet super hydrating, it smooths my skin to near-perfection and my pores practically disappear before my eyes—but it took me a while to get used to the smell of this product. It’s unscented, but that might be the problem—there’s this very subtle, but very present smell of something plastic-y or silicone-like. Because it’s so lightweight, you can layer it on depending on the climate (reapply multiple times if it’s really dry, such as during the winter)—but I would say this is my least favorite of the four products in Phase I and I’m not sure yet that it stands out enough from moisturizers I’ve used in the past to purchase again.

Perfecting Skin Tint, $26: If you’re looking for a foundation that’ll cover blemishes, this product is not for you. This liquid formula (and it really is liquid!) is light and breathable, and adds just enough tint to give your skin a smooth, even complexion, without hiding anything. With products like glycerin to lock in moisture and diamond (!!!) powder to brighten your skin, it really is the teensy touch-up you need for glowing skin. Fortunately, I don’t have problem skin, but if a pimple does crop up, I have to opt for something a little more heavy duty to cover it up—but that’s not a reason for me not to use this. Bonus: I’ve worn it to barre class and because it’s so light in formula and color, it doesn’t melt off my face—rather, I kind of glow through the sweat.

Balm Dotcom, $12: Of the entire Phase I set, this do-it-all balm is my absolute favorite. You can use it on dry areas like elbows, knees and cuticles, but I use it on my always-chapped lips, and it works wonders. I can’t praise this enough—this is something I’ll be stockpiling for the rest of my life, and if I ever get word that it’ll be discontinued, I will buy up the rest of the inventory because it is that good. Just the tiniest bit of the rich, waxy-but-not-heavy salve will bring instant relief to cracked skin or dry lips—it comes out feeling thick, but almost melts deliciously right into your skin as you apply it. If I had to give up all but one of my entire beauty collection, this is, hands down, the one I’d keep. You don’t know what you’re missing out on until you’ve tried it.

The verdict? Overall, Glossier delivers, but I’m not convinced yet that the Priming Moisturizer and Perfecting Skin Tint are outstanding enough for me to continue buying for years to come—there are things I like about both, but I feel like I can achieve the same results with products that smell better and are less expensive. I love the Soothing Face Mist, and will most likely continue to use it—but the one item I applaud most is the balm—it’s truly the Balm Dotcom.

Have you tried Glossier? What do you think of the set, and which product is your favorite?

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