Glossier is the Cult American beauty brand that celebrates real girls in real life and last month us Brits went gaga over Glossier when it was announced they were launching in the UK.
It was the evening of the first launch day when after reading the thousands of tweets within the beauty blogosphere (we really do egg each other on when it comes to new beauty products), I finally cracked from the FOMO and made my purchases. I decided to go for three items. Very modest I know but I wanted just a glimpse into the gloss before I did what I do best and go on a mad shopping spree. The products I went for were the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Birthday Balm Dotcom and Beam Cloud Paint.
Being very much a brand of the moment, I know you might have read a million and one blog posts on Glossier but I’m going to give a completely 100% honest review on all the products I purchased. So if you’re still on that fence then go ahead, read one more to help you decide.
Hailed as the ultimate daily face wash, I had really high hopes for this cleanser. Cute name, cute packaging, all I needed was for all that cuteness to transfer to my face. Glossier say you can use this wash in two different ways. On wet skin at the start of the day or massaged onto dry skin to remove makeup even mascara.
Consistency-wise it definitely lives up to its jelly name. It’s a gorgeous thick gel that feels great on the skin. It contains rose water which gives it a lovely subtle scent of, you’ve guessed it, rose and just one pump is enough to cover my face in jelly goodness. As a makeup remover, it does remove my foundation and lighter makeup but I find I do have to go in for a second cleanse to get my skin really clean and that’s exactly what I’d call it. A second cleanser. I prefer to take my makeup off with a cleansing balm or makeup remover then go in with the Milky Jelly Cleanser. In terms of the condition of my skin. It does feel very soft and possibly more nourished but I’m not blown away by the results and for £15 I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing.
Anything lips and I need it, so one of the multipurpose lip & skin Balm Dotcom was at the top of my list. I opted for Birthday as I love that deliciously vanilla sweet fragrance that always puts me in the party mood. Birthday also has a touch of glitter that when applied to your lips gives them a subtle shimmery sheen. However, with that shimmer comes consequences. Although it’s not over the top in its shimmery-ness it does mean this particular Balm Dotcom is really only suitable for lips. Same with the sheer tinted flavours, Cherry and Rose. That’s ok though as there is still the Original, Mint and Coconut that can be applied wherever, whenever and for £10 if you want something that is a truly multipurpose salve I’d spend that tenner on one of these three.
The thick waxy formula of Balm Dotcom means it is extremely long lasting and it does feel ultra moisturising on the lips. A note of caution to all perfectionists, because the balm is so thick it’s not the easiest to get out the tube unless you give it a good squeeze which causes finger dents in the packaging, a lot like a really used bottle of toothpaste and if you squeeze too hard you will end up with a lot of unused salve that unfortunately will go to waste unless you fancy sparkly skin.
Lastly is the famous Cloud Paint. I’m a peach blush gal so the shade beam was an obvious choice. The lighter than air gel-cream formula makes it super easy to apply and I have to say I’ve never had more fun with a blusher than I have using Cloud Paint. Literally a dab, the smallest, teeniest amount is all you need for a healthy flushed glow that I swear makes me look years younger.
It did take some getting used to after spending years with blush powder and a trusty makeup brush but I’m an official liquid blush convert. To get those youthful rosy cheeks will set you back £15. However, I’m pretty sure one bottle will probably last you the rest of your life, even past death where you can get someone to apply it on you at your funeral. Forever Young.
Overall, my Glossier trip has been one hell of a ride, with high points and low points. None of the products here were terrible, far from it. As a brand, I think Glossier really seem to listen to their customers about what they want and tie it all in white & baby pink packaging with stickers on top (oh yes there are stickers!) but apart from the cloud paint there was nothing I was particularly bowled over by. This doesn’t mean I won’t be trying other items. I’ve heard positive things about the Priming Moisturiser and Boy Brow. Plus their website is an absolute joy to shop on!