Glossier – One month on and the Pop-up!
It’s been just over a month since the beauty world went into full meltdown from the launch of Glossier shipping to the UK! With a local distribution centre, we now can get our hands on this cult brand and benefit from free standard shipping over £25! A few of my friends have been asking me what Glossier is and what might I recommend. So I thought with Glossier’s one week pop-up about to launch this week in central London (keep reading for more info), this would be a good point to give my first tried and tested impressions on the brand, and maybe even treat you to 10% off your first online order! But first, here’s some background on the brand. Created by the brilliant editors of the beauty blog Into The Gloss, Glossier’s products are created by trying and testing hundreds of products but more importantly, listening to their readers and developing products that readers want. The full range is small but growing with a new product expected to launch every few months. So whilst I haven’t tried the full range, below are my first thoughts and impressions of the bits that I picked up.
Milky Jelly Cleanser – This cleanser is everything that you read about. I honestly wanted to not like this product as I couldn’t understand what all the hype was about. But it really is that good! I love the jellylike consistency – not too thick and not too runny. It’s highly effective at cleaning my face and my skin feels uber soft post wash. Now I’ve not actually used this straight on my face to wash away makeup as I do wear more than the normal person. But what I can say is that two pumps of this cleanser is enough to really clean your face, leaving no dirt afterwards (believe me I have tested by running a gentle toner on a cotton pad across my face). This product is slightly scented with Rosewater which, for me, this is totally fine and I actually quite like it. But, if you hate rose or prefer unscented products, then this won’t be for you. To everyone else I recommend that you try this out. It works on all skin types and is really good if you have dry skin.
Boy Brow – Here we have another cult Glossier product. If you groom your brows in anyway, then you probably use some sort of brow gel, pencil or eyeshadow to fill them in. Me? I tend to switch among all three but my go to is usually the Benefit Gimme Brow in dark brown that I’m super happy with. It’s a great way to give the brows a tint, even slightly bulk them up and more importantly, give them that perfectly groomed look even when they really need a bit of maintenance. So now you’re probably wondering how the Glossier Boy Brow held up being that it is a similar product. On my first use, I will say that the boy brow has a thinner wand which, for me, is easier in terms of guiding my application. The consistency of the product is more goopy gel-like, with good colour pay off. The tint holds quickly onto the brow, almost setting as you apply. Sometimes when I mix and match my brow products, I always end up going over them with the Pixie clear brow gel but with the Glossier Boy brow, I am good to go. Due to the nature of my brows (or until I learn to love them a little bit more), I will always have to whip a pencil out to fill in the gaps here and there so I can’t say I’m fully converting to Boy brow alone but it’s definitely made it into my makeup bag.
Cloud Paint in Haze – I’m quite accustomed to using powder blushes so cream blushes are still an untapped area for me. I bought the cloud paint in the darkest shade that I thought would suit my skin colour – Haze (a kind of deep pink). Upon using, I would say it is indeed as marketed: very sheer; and for that very reason it would take a lot of product to get a blush on my cheeks/skin. As I’m quite a full coverage foundation kind of girl, I think this product hasn’t shown its potential on me. Great for the no-makeup makeup look and for people with good skin that are quite low maintenance when it comes to applying makeup but just want a bit of a flush to their cheeks. Sadly, I won’t be re-purchasing this product until maybe Glossier releases a few more deeper shades that would be more suited to my skin tone.
Haloscope in Topaz– A highlighter with a twist. Unlike regular highlighters, Haloscope is skincare and makeup wrapped into one. The outer halo is where the colour is at and it’s infused with genuine crystal extracts for all-day enlightenment. The core of the stick is a clear solid vitamin E rich moisturiser to give you that dewy finish. From my personal experience and from reading other people’s thoughts, this highlighter will move product on your face due to its makeup of two layers. If you’re a foundation wearer, expect some movement. I recommend patting this product on with your fingers. For me, personally, this product works well with little to no makeup on the skin for that natural dewy look. Perfect for showing off that post holiday glow! Would I buy it again? Yes, however, I may try out another shade.
Balm Dotcom – I thought when I discovered Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, that was me done for when it came to multipurpose balms…until I tried the Balm Dotcom. My current favourite is Coconut (I literally love anything that is coconut). This multipurpose balm is packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair the skin. It can be used on your lips, cuticles, elbows etc. For me, this is the perfect handbag-sized item. I wear it in the morning under my lipstick/lipgloss and I put it on at night before I go to bed. It’s a bit like Vaseline but better. Question is, which flavour do I get next?
So now the details that you have been waiting for…. The Glossier pop-up is coming to the UK for one week only:
15th to the 22nd of November
32 Portland Place
Credit card only
For those of you that simply can’t wait that long! Click on the link to receive 10% off your first order at Glossier.com
Mrs J xx