Glossier: First impressions

Glossier has been surrounded by furious excitement ever since it launched in 2014. The brainchild of Emily Weiss, founder of Into the Gloss, and the ‘super intern’ of The Hills (for mid-2000’s pop culture nerds like me), Glossier has settled itself well and truly into the millennial pink, low maintenance, easily beautiful cool girl aesthetic. And I’m not even ashamed about wanting to jump on that train. For a lover of all things beauty, my everyday makeup look tends to be rather pared back – normally a light coverage foundation, some mascara, some blush and highlight. I had heard many good things about boy brow and balm dot com, but can’t say that I was chomping at the bit to place an order like some of my friends. I got texts from at least 4 different people the day it was announced that Glossier was launching in the UK. I’m not quite sure whether that says more about my friends’ love of beauty products, or their knowledge of mine.

After succumbing to the hype and placing an order from my bed about 10 minutes before going to sleep, I was overcome with excitement for my Glossier package to arrive. It was a little delayed, owing to the huge amount of orders placed on launch day, but I was happy to wait. When the package did arrive, I was greeted by that soothing millennial pink, and a gorgeous white box. I had ordered their ‘phase one’ skincare set, which warranted this extra special packaging. I of course was also given their coveted pink pouch, and even got two! In total, I ordered the Phase One Set, which contains the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser and balm dot com. I also snapped up Boy Brow in Blond and Haloscope in Moonstone.

So far, I’m really happy with my purchases. I’m trying not to buy too much of what I don’t need, so wanted to stick to products that I was looking to purchase anyway, as well as those that had gotten good reviews from others. Milky Jelly Cleanser is working for me so far – I use it in the morning, or in the evening to do my cleanse after using my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. The Priming Moisturiser I like, it does its job, but I can’t say it’s something that I would be itching to buy again. There are definitely other moisturisers that are higher on my hit list. However balm dot com: HELLO. This little tube has barely left my hands since it arrived 2 weeks ago. It’s a fantastic lip balm, without making my lips feel too greasy, feels great on the cuticles, and even works as a stress reliever when I squeeze the tube at my desk.

In terms of makeup, let me preface this by saying that if you use makeup to make you not really look like yourself, this is not the brand for you. This is like, light instagram filter vs full snapchat coverup. My current daily foundation is MAC Face and Body, which is very sheer and dewy, so Haloscope is very subtle, nigh on unnoticeable. That being said, there is something there, which I like. It looks like I’m just glinting in a natural, not sweaty way. I chose Moonstone as I already own a few champagne coloured highlighters, and wanted to try something different. Perhaps I’ll pick up Quartz in future.

I’ve left the total hero til last: Boy Brow. I have been a die hard Anastasia Beverly Hills fangirl since learning of her magic in 2013, and until now you would have had to prize her brow gel from my cold, dead hands. But the game has been changed. I was concerned that Blond would be too light for me, but it’s as perfect as perfect can get, and isn’t too ginger. It’s perfectly malleable whilst keeping the ladies in line – and boy, do they need it. Confession time: I haven’t waxed or threaded my eyebrows since at least January. I would feel bad, if I cared more. But I know it makes me feel good when I do it, so it’s on my list to do soon. Basically, if this can keep my dad-brows in line, and make me look at my face and be like ‘something is good here, but I’m not exactly sure what’, I’m sold.

Overall, I’m sold. Glossier delivered everything I was expecting, and more. I also got a sample of their new fragrance Glossier You, which is the first and only perfume sample I’ve ever finished. It’s gone on my list for my next order, along with balm dot com in one of their other flavours, maybe mint or birthday. I’m happy there is a makeup brand out there for people who want to exude ‘I woke up like this’ vibes, whilst also not trying to be #flawless.

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