A couple of months back I made a trip across the pond to the Big Apple and was able to visit blogger heaven aka, the Glossier Showroom. As I was brand new to the brand I thought I would try both of their curated sets, Phase 1 and Phase 2, so I could get a feel for both their skincare and make up. Today Glossier is available in the UK!!! So what better time to write up my thoughts on this hypeworthy brand?
Phase 1 contains 3 of their skincare hero products, the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser and a Balm Dotcom of your choice (I chose the Birthday Balm!) Starting with the cleanser, it's a lightweight gentle cleanser which is lightly scented with rose, the best way to describe this cleanser really is as a milky jelly. I don't use this to remove my make up but I do use it as second cleanse and in conjunction with a cleansing oil first. It isn't stripping at all and it leaves your face feeling soft, clean and ready for any treatments you wish to pop on afterwards, for me this is a product that has grown on me the more and more I use it. Next up is the Priming Moisturiser, this product is what I would describe as a 'traditional, albeit slightly runny cream' - as someone with oily combo skin, I've typically opted for gel based moisturisers in recent years so using this was something a bit different for me. It's something I get in and out of the habit of using every day, in part because I'm loving my primer, but also because it does take a little while to rub in. Overall I don't think it's a bad product when I do use it, my skin is soft and prepped for make up, but if I'm super duper honest I don't think it's a product I'll be keeping back-ups of. And lastly for Phase 1 we have the Balm Dotcom. There's a handful of different varieties to choose from; original to tinted to coconut - however the magpie in me was drawn to the Birthday Balm. This particular balm has teeny tiny bits of glitter in it, which don't look at all chunky once applied to the lips. All balms leave a matte finish to the lips and I have quite enjoyed both having this in my handbag as well as popping some on right before I start my make up so by the time I get to lips they're lovely and soft. I know it isn't a revolutionary product, but it is nice to use so I have been reaching for it and keeping it on hand either in my handbag or make up bag!
Phase 2 is all about make up, and choice. Unlike Phase 1, you pick the shade for each product in your set which includes their Stretch Concealer, Generation G Lipstick and Boy Brow Brow Gel. For the concealer I picked 'Light', the shade range is a bit pants with 5 shades, however this is a good fit for me. Initially I didn't reach for this product but I have been more and more for it's skin-like finish and blendability. I think this formula of concealer really takes the concept of concealers back to their core use - extra coverage where you need it. With concealers these days being used for a million different purposes, it's surprisingly refreshing to have a concealer in my collection which serves solely as an 'extra cover-er.' This product has a nice slip to it, something I was initially wary of but the consistency really helps the product to blend in with the skin whilst still looking like skin, it's also great to layer if you fancied a top up during the day. Will some blemishes still show through? Sure - but this does add undetectable coverage. For lipstick I chose the shade 'Cake' - a pinky nude. One thing you need to know about this formula is that it's sheer - if you're after one swipe opaque pigment, this is not the formula for you. What I like about this lipstick is that it adds a little somethin' somethin' whilst working with your own lip colour, you can build the colour up, but if you have dry lips, the colour can build up in the dry patches - I recommend popping on some balm dot com before starting your make up or making sure your lips are exfoliated before sporting one of these, but these are a nice no mirror lipstick - I'd be intrigued to see how one of the brighter colours looks. And finally, the MVP of the Glossier line up - the Boy Brow. I have the colour Brown and I am smitten with this brow gel. This product has the perfect amount of pigment, waxiness and hold. Your brows aren't crunchy but still tamed, they don't look shiny and like all of the Glossier make up products, it looks natural too. Really do believe the hype with this one!
Overall, a pretty positive review of the Glossier line - I'm putting to use all of the bits I've tried. Next on my shopping list is both their SPF and Skin Tint - watch this space for when I get around to trying those. This brand will not be for everyone, particularly their make up line, this is certainly a brand which focuses on enhancing features as opposed to make up artistry - and I think both ends of the spectrum have a place in the beauty space, and for your everyday person. I really am excited to see what they some out with next!
As I mentioned today is the day that a lot of people have been waiting for - Glossier in the UK! After a poke around on their website (and maybe a purchase or two...) I am very happy to inform you that Glossier have made the ultimate commitment to their UK market by having a warehouse situated in the UK - I know I was apprehensive with the potential of shock customs fees, however that will not be an issue as the products are already in Blighty - you just need to take the jump the jump and purchase them. The prices points are consistent with their US market, hitting the higher end of drugstore, but also one thing I do love with Glossier is that they have these two sets as well as a bunch of other bundles where if you buy multiple products you save, and if you want feel of the brand I would recommend these two!
Now, that discount code - every single link in this review will give you 10% off your first order (this does not include if you've been to the showroom unfortunately - boo hiss)
Have you tried any Glossier products?
Does anything is particular catch your eye?
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