If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed Glossier products popping up every now and then. I have had lots of questions about this brand, especially from Australian readers, so I have put together my thoughts about the products that I’ve tried so far.
Glossier is the brain child of Emily Weiss, founder of a well known beauty website called Into The Gloss. Glossier is all about the Skin First, Makeup Second philosophy so you won’t see any products in their range that are going to give you a cakey face. Dewy, glowy and natural looking skin are as much part of the Glossier brand as their now insta famous colour #glossierpink. Their range is vast and you could almost build your entire skincare and makeup routine using solely their products if you wanted to.
They have absolutely nailed the packaging and product names and you receive a pink bubble wrap pouch with every order which you can re use as you please. Glossier are not a 100% natural or organic brand but they are cruelty free and some of their products are vegan (check their website for more info).
Generation G Lipstick
Glossier state that Generation G is a “diffused, sheer matte” lipstick formula. The description is spot on if you replace the word lipstick with lip balm. I have two shades; Cake which is a peachy nude with a hint of brown, and Zip which is a poppy, bright red. Generation G should be applied to clean, dry lips to achieve the full effect of the sheer matte formula.
The two colours perform very differently. Zip looks great when freshly applied but it wears unevenly. It gathers in the lines of my lips and goes patchy over time. Cake however, is much more forgiving because it is so close to my natural lip colour. Whilst both colours feel comfortable to wear, Cake is my favourite and it has a permanent home in my handbag.
Worth it? Yes, but stick to the nude shades.
I was so excited when Glossier announced that they were launching a facial sunscreen, that I bought it as soon as it went on sale. I’m happy to report that Invisible Shield SPF35 has not disappointed me. Sunscreen is a step that I now look forward to in my morning routine thanks to the serum-like, water gel formula which is non greasy and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t mess with my makeup or leave a white film and it does the job of protecting my skin. It has a fresh, citrus smell as it contains Sweet Orange Peel Oil which is a non phototoxic citrus oil (according to my research). I think this is a standout product from the range and I will be repurchasing it.
Worth it? Yes.
Perfecting Skin Tint
Sometimes you just want a hint of colour but not a full face of makeup, right? Perfecting Skin Tint is a base product that is designed specifically for that purpose and it gives a gentle wash of colour that is *very* sheer. I would say that the coverage is a little less than that of a tinted moisturiser. It’s quite runny, but it comes in a squeezy bottle that controls the amount of product that comes out. I find that this type of formulation makes it buildable to an extent, but you still don’t get more than a sheer to light coverage out of it. I enjoy using this product on no-makeup days but I do wonder if it would be as favourable on someone with problematic skin.
Worth it? Yes, if you like a very sheer coverage and have relatively good skin.
The Stretch Concealer is a creamy concealer housed in a little glass pot. I really like how it applies as it’s very blend-able and lightweight and it works well to amp up the coverage of the aforementioned Perfecting Skin Tint. The formulation claims to move and stretch with your skin, which sounds great in principle, but you don’t really want a product sliding around too much, especially under your eyes. Thankfully it doesn’t crease on me, especially when powder is applied over the top.
Please be aware that this concealer is not designed to cover blemishes. For that you would need something with a thicker formula to give you better coverage.
Worth it? Yes.
I have already declared my love for the wonderful brow gel that is Boy Brow so please check out my The brows have it post for a full review. In a nutshell, it’s the bomb and I will be stocking up the next time I place an order.
Worth it? Yes.
Cloud Paint Seamless Cheek Colour
I very much enjoy cream blushes so I couldn’t wait to try Cloud Paint when it launched. I snapped up two shades; Dusk, a brownish nude and Beam, a coral-peach colour. Cloud Paints are packaged in artist paint tubes, another win in the packaging department.
Firstly, the colours are very natural and won’t make you look like a clown. Secondly, the formulation is very user friendly and I like that it’s a gel-cream consistency. It gives you more freedom and time to move the product around on your cheeks and build up the colour if you choose to. I love the dewy finish and they look great when partnered with the Perfecting Skin Tint to define and sculpt your face (I sometimes use Dusk as a subtle contour colour). Their wear time is good and I didn’t notice any significant fading over the course of the day.
Worth it? Yes.
Moisturising Moon Mask
The Moisturising Moon Mask is the only item from the Glossier skincare range that I own. It’s a very intensive hydrating treatment that contains hyaluronic acid and squalene to plump the skin. I like the formula because it’s very creamy and cooling, and unlike other masks that I own. I often use it as a sleep mask and the following morning I wake up with soft and smooth skin. It’s my go to for when I need a boost of hydration in mask form.
Worth it? Yes.
As you can see, there is one product that didn’t quite work for me, but overall I am really happy with my Glossier picks and I would recommend the brand as a whole. They are based in the USA and although they do not ship directly to Australia yet, you can use a forwarding service to get your order to our shores. Check out my Please Mr. Postman post where I compare two forwarding services. You can also save on shipping by combining your order with friends!
*Based on prices and exchange rates as at 05/08/17.