If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty blogging world over the past year or so you’ll have definitely heard of Glossier by now (pronounced, somewhat pretentiously, to rhyme with dossier). It’s a beauty and skincare line from the team behind uber cool beauty site Into the Gloss. Glossier is an online store, pretty much – and if you recognise the branding it might be because their millennial pink showroom in NYC has been featured in about a zillion vlogs.
Until now the products have been available exclusively in the US and Canada – you couldn’t get them sent here, even if you were willing to pay for pricey shipping and customs. When I heard they were putting on a London pop up back in July, I signed up to go along. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, possibly buy a few products, and do a bit of investigating for Beauty Markdown. Anyone could sign up to go, regardless of following (which I thought was cool) and one rainy – like, sopping – Saturday I popped along to have a look.
All the products were there (YES) but you couldn’t buy anything (NO). The room was beautiful, and I got to swatch a few things on the back of my hand. However, I’m not really okay with reviewing something I haven’t put on my face, so I never wrote anything up about it. I definitely had my eye on some products (the stretch concealer 100%), seeing the range in the flesh let me colour match myself for a few things, and rule a couple of items out.
BUT a few weeks later I got an email thanking me for coming along to the pop up, and asking for my address so they could send me a few treats. How exciting, right? Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when this box arrived on my doorstep.
I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.
What I got:
THREE FULL SIZED PRODUCTS
- Haloscope in Moonstone – $22
- Priming moisturiser – $22
- Milky Jelly cleanser – $18
So cool! I have no idea how much these are going to be in pounds, hopefully cheap, but with Brexit, honestly who knows. These definitely aren’t what I’d have chosen after the pop up, but it’s always good to try things that are out of your comfort range every once in awhile.
This is a stick highlighter, it sort of looks like a glue stick with a shiny outer ring and a lipbalm-ish centre. The shade I received is Moonstone, which has a blue/white reflect to it, but it’s quite subtle.
Subtle really is the operative word with this product, it just makes you look dewy and fresh. It doesn’t make your cheekbones appear ***highlighted***. Also a word to the wise, don’t just whack it on straight from the stick if you’re wearing any base makeup, one of the main ingredients in it is coconut oil, which plenty of people use as a makeup remover, so it just gives you streaky cheeks. Put it on your finger and PAT gently.
I think a lot of Glossier’s products are designed not to be worn with full foundation, and on bare skin this does add a lil something, but if I’m going to bother with highlighter I’m probably going to be wearing foundation and if I’m honest you’d probably get a similar effect with plain Vaseline.
Haloscope isn’t the one for me, but maybe I’m just not Glossier enough for it.
I liked this, it’s a nice moisturiser. I’m not 100% sure I believe in primers though, but regardless. This sinks in a treat and is perfect for layering under makeup, the consistency reminds me of Clinique’s Dramatically Different moisturising lotion, which is an old favourite of mine.
It’s not silicone-y or thick like The Porefessional or the Smashbox Photofinish primer, it’s most similar to the Laura Mercier moisturising primer if I had to compare it to another actual primer. If you are looking for colour correction or pore filling, go elsewhere.
I do have a question though, my usual skincare routine, pre makeup is moisturiser > sunscreen > primer – so how does one slot sun protection in when using a priming moisturiser? Let me know in the comments!
Milky Jelly cleanser
I wanted to hate this, but I really don’t! The name was quite offputting to me, as usually anything with gel in the name means it’s going to foam up and make my face feel really tight after I wash it. But this doesn’t foam at all, and it’s not exactly like a cream cleanser, either. It washes off makeup with no problems, and my skin doesn’t feel dry or greasy after using it.
The only way I can describe the texture is that it’s a bit like conditioner, but less slippery? I thought it smelled horrible when I tried it at the pop up, it’s a vaguely old lady rose-y scent, but I’m used to it now.
This is my favourite product from what I was sent, and it’s worth a go! Price-wise it’s better value for money than my previous holy grail cleanser (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish), even if they convert the prices to $1 = £1.
Oh and I don’t know if I told you this but Glossier are going to be shipping from a UK warehouse starting this October, by the way. You can get 10% off your first order if you use my link, and I get $5 off my next purchase if you do use it.
Hey! I’m Bronni and I’m a financial journalist and deals hunter in my mid 20s. I’m really into cats, pop music, the internet and barely substantiated celebrity gossip.