Is Glossier Still Worth the Hype? Thoughts 18 Months On

9 April 2019

Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger


Glossier was one brand that really had me torn. Whilst the rest of the beauty community lost their shit when the brainchild of Emily Weiss started shipping to the UK back in Autumn 2017, I was on the fence. I didn't *quite* get the hype that everyone else did, and it was only when the orders started rolling in and the first reviews went up that I really started to take notice. No joke, I went onto the Glossier website 20+ times, adding items in and removing them from my cart, only then to go "fuck it, I don't need to be suckered into this". I ended up ordering 3 of their beauty products, won another in a giveaway and got a sample in my order, so it meant I could get a good idea of the brand. But what do I think 18 months down the line? Do I think Glossier products are worth buying, and would I repurchase any of them?


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

MILKY JELLY CLEANSER SAMPLE


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Included within my order was the Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15), something I heard a lot about and I was happy to have the chance to try. It has a gel-oil texture and has an extremely light rose scent. Massaged into dry skin, it rinses off easily with water and leaves the skin feeling super soft. I loved the way this made my skin feel as it leaves it feeling nourished rather than squeaky clean. Think a more everyday version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, at less than half the price too.

CURRENT THOUGHTS: It's not on my radar at the moment as I don't often use a cleanser in the morning, preferring to just splash with water and tone. I did enjoy it though, so never say never.


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

CLOUD PAINT IN DUSK


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The first of the Glossier beauty products that I tried was the Cloud Paint (£15), a highly pigmented gel-cream blush in a muted peachy brown hue. A little goes a long way, however it has an extremely blendable formula. Dusk gives a nice natural flush to the cheeks and although blush isn't an essential step in my routine, I really love the effect it gives.

CURRENT THOUGHTS: Although it's a product I enjoy, I haven't been using cream blushes a lot lately, and it's not something I have reached for in a while.


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

HALOSCOPE IN QUARTZ


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Haloscope (£18) was one of the products that I was most excited to try, in order to create the ultimate Glossier glow on the cheeks. Best applied with fingers, I like to pat this champagne-toned highlighter onto the tops of my cheekbones for a natural dewy look. Quartz is perfect even for the palest of complexions as it doesn't deposit too much colour. What it does do however is add a subtle glow thanks to the coconut oil core. Whilst not being the best choice for those who love a highlight you can see from space, it ended up being an unexpected love as it just takes away that overly matte look from a freshly-foundationed face and makes everything look more natural. The only downside is that the coconut oil seems to make it quite sticky feeling.

CURRENT THOUGHTS: It seems to be a trend that I've strayed away from cream-based products, as I haven't picked up the Haloscope for quite a while either. It may be something I return to as the weather warms up and I start to favour a lighter base.


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

BOY BROW IN BROWN


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I'd heard SO many good things about Boy Brow (£14), and with my previous brow gel running low, it was one of my motivators for placing an order. I was a bit apprehensive about the shade as I'd usually go for dark brown, but Boy Brow is only available in either brown or black. I chose brown, and I could make it work but I did wish I'd ordered the black as the brown was a bit too light for my brows. The tiny wand works really well, being precise and picks up just the right amount of product to add volume and definition to the brows. Formula-wise, it has quite a creamy texture and doesn't set too quickly so you can manipulate the brow hairs into place. It also has a good amount of waxiness to it so it keeps the brows staying put whilst still looking natural.

CURRENT THOUGHTS: I really enjoyed using the Boy Brow, and found despite its small tube size, it lasted a good amount of time. It's something I am considering repurchasing when my current brow gel has run out (the Benefit Gimme Brow, which doesn't give as much colour or hold as the Glossier), although next time I do want to try the black shade. 


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

BIRTHDAY BALM DOT COM


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Again there was a lot of hype surrounding the Balm Dot Coms (£10). Whilst it wasn't something I wanted enough to order, I was happy to receive one as part of a giveaway prize I'd won. This has a petrolatum-based formula, which is the same as your standard £1 tin of Vaseline, and is more of a barrier than a hydrator so it actually makes lips more dry the more you use it. I did however enjoy the sweet vanilla scent of this one, as well as the fine shimmers that make the lips look plump. The texture of the Balm Dot Com is fairly thick and does feel nice when actually on the lips, however I'd prefer not to have to use my fingers to apply it. I did like the packaging design, however the holographic element did start to flake off so I'd have to be careful when opening and squeezing the product out.

CURRENT THOUGHTS: This one I actually decluttered as I didn't feel like it made any difference to my lips and made them feel quite dry. I loved the scent but I had other balms that did a better job.


Glossier Beauty Review Worth The Hype? Cloud Paint Boy Brow Balm Dot Com Curated By Kirstie Leicester Beauty Blogger

FINAL THOUGHTS


Overall, whilst I did enjoy the majority of the products, only the Boy Brow made its way to becoming an essential product in my collection. When I choose to repurchase, I'll be taking advantage of their Boy Brow and Generation G Duo for £25, as I've had my eye on the Generation G lipstick in Cake for ages (but then I also love the look of Leo too!) and I really enjoy a more sheer lipstick. I do like the Haloscope and the Cloud Paint, however creams aren't formulas I'm currently gravitating towards. 

I do think more than anything it was the Glossier lifestyle that really sold it to me, from the minimalist designs to the off-duty model looks their brand promotes. I have to admire that since their UK launch, Glossier have expanded their product ranges, and continue to be an innovative, unique brand. Although it's not something I do often, there's no denying that Glossier is the king of the Lazy Sunday makeup look, a capsule of products for a quick, fresh look, perfect for running errands, heading out for brunch or making yourself look a bit more human the morning after a few too many G&Ts. 

Have you tried anything from Glossier?

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