Glossier | Worth the Hype?

For so many years I watched from afar as people fell in love with the brand Glossier, unable to ever try it out for myself as they didn’t ship to the U.K. However, it was announced earlier on in the year that the brand would finally start shipping to us Brits, and honestly I was beyond excited. As the launch day drew closer my wishlist grew ever longer, and by the time Glossier finally arrived in the U.K. I pretty much wanted everything they sold. But I managed to (somewhat) refrain from buying their entire stock, and decided to just pick up the cult favourites – with plans to make another order ASAP. 

I’ve been testing out the products for about a week now, and I can’t wait to give you my absolutely unfiltered opinion on everything, as well as the brand as a whole. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about whether Glossier is actually worth the hype, so I’ll definitely give you guys my thoughts on that at the end. But first, onto the products!

HALOSCOPE IN ‘QUARTZ’ – £18

I’ll start by talking about my absolute favourite product of the bunch. This highlighter is absolutely amazing. It gives you the perfect dewy highlight that is both natural and intense (I really don’t know how they managed that), and it contains no glitter so it just gives a beautiful sheen to the cheekbones. As someone who much prefers a natural looking highlight, this is right up my street. I was initially a little concerned as I had heard that the formula was super sticky, but I don’t find it to be too bad at all and it’s actually really easy to blend out without it picking up your foundation or concealer. I use my finger to apply this as I think it would probably pick up your foundation if you swiped this on, but it’s incredibly easy to build up and it applies so beautifully and evenly. I especially love that it has an oil centre, so it’s a really hydrating product too! If you only get one thing from Glossier, make it this.

Haloscope in ‘Quartz’

BOY BROW IN ‘CLEAR’ – £14

The Boy Brow is actually the first Glossier product that I ever heard about, so it would’ve been wrong of me not to get it. I ended up buying clear as the shade section wasn’t great (just blonde, brown and black), but I kind of regret that as I feel like this product would work better as an all-in-one tint and gel. That being said, I do like the way this sets my brows; it makes them look very fluffy and keeps them in place pretty well without looking crispy, however I do find that my ABH Brow Gel does a better job of this. I think I might try buying the brown shade as I’ve heard that it’s not too pigmented, and I’d really like a quick and easy brow product that I can just apply in two seconds and be done.

WOWDER DUO IN ‘LIGHT/MEDIUM’ – £30

I definitely have a lot to say about this powder, and it’s not all good. In terms of what I like about this product, the packaging is amazing and makes it so easy to pick up powder without making a mess because of the netting and protective section on the lid. I also quite like the powder itself, it feels pretty finely milled and it sets my face really well, but it does leave my face looking a little powdery. The major issue I have with this powder is that the shade range is appalling. They have three shades, ‘Light/Medium’, ‘Dark/Deep’ and ‘Rich’ – if you’re lighter/darker than these shades then you’re totally screwed. In fairness to Glossier the deeper shades seem pretty good, but anyone fairer than a light tan skin tone is going to seriously struggle to get this to work for them. I can just about make this work if I use a light hand, but I have to be very careful to not create a yellow cast over my face. I really hope they bring out a couple more shades because I do think it’s a fairly good powder, but I don’t reach for it that often because it’s just too much of a hassle to make work.

I decided to buy the Wowder Duo so I could try out the brush too, but I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really nicely made brush and it feels super soft, but I don’t love the shape or style for applying powder. I personally prefer a bigger, fluffier brush so that I can lightly set my makeup without applying too much, and this is just a little too dense for me and it makes the powder look a little heavy and overly matte. It’s quite a nice shape for setting under the eyes as it’s not too big, but I definitely won’t be using it all over the face.

STRETCH CONCEALER IN ‘LIGHT’ – £15

This concealer actually really surprised me with how much coverage it had. I’d heard so many people say that it’s a very natural, dewy concealer, but I find that it can look a little cakey if you don’t apply it right. I absolutely love this all over the face, it gives a beautiful sheen to the skin and makes my face look pretty flawless, but I’m still not sure how I feel about this under the eyes – somedays I think it looks amazing but other days I just find it weird and a little too dewy (which isn’t a phrase I thought I’d ever say!). I definitely need to test this concealer out a bit more, but ultimately I do really like it – I’m just a little on the fence about it under the eyes.

Stretch Concealer in ‘Light’

CLOUD PAINT DUO IN ‘DUSK’ AND ‘HAZE’ – £25

This is another one of my favourite Glossier products, and one that I would highly recommend. It’s a great multi-use product as you can use it as a blush, lip stain and even as an eyeshadow should you so desire. The formula is great and super easy to blend out, and it’s surprisingly pigmented so you only want to use a small amount. The shade ‘Dusk’ is a gorgeous peach-nude that is my go-to for blush, but ‘Haze’ is really pretty too and looks great as a raspberry stain on the lips. My one issue with this is that the packaging, super cute as it is, makes it incredibly easy to squeeze out too much product, and because of the style of packaging you can’t put it back in so you’re left wasting excess product which annoys me to no end. If they could make this with a pump – or even a doe-foot applicator – then this would be the perfect cream blush, but I know I’ll end up repurchasing this no matter what because it really is awesome.

Cloud Paint L-R: ‘Dusk’, ‘Haze’

BIRTHDAY BALM DOTCOM – £10

This is another case of love the product, hate the packaging (except for the holo top, I’m all about that). The flavour of this balm is inspired by the Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake (which I made myself for my birthday from their online recipe and absolutely adored, although since I’ve never tried the real thing I don’t know if it tasted the same or not!), and since birthday cake is one of my favourite flavours I just had to get it. It also has a hint of sparkle in it which I love; although I tend to be a lipstick hoarder I actually don’t wear it that often as my natural lips are pretty pink and I’m just too lazy, so a lip balm that adds a little something-something is ideal! You can actually use this balm anywhere on the body – I personally wouldn’t recommend using the glittery one everywhere because the original one might look a bit more normal, but if being glittery is your thing then you do you. My issue with the packaging is that this is quite a thick and solid balm so it’s really difficult to squeeze out, and I’m constantly worried that I’ll burst open the tube! Other than this, it’s an awesome balm and I’m probably gonna buy it in every flavour.

I was also sent a tester of the Milky Jelly Cleanser as well as the brand’s new perfume, which I was pretty stoked about. Although the perfume isn’t quite up my alley (it’s a little too heavy for me), I’m really excited to try out the cleanser as I’ve heard amazing things!

Overall, I definitely love Glossier as a brand and I personally think they’re worth the hype. Whilst I do think they have some issues with packaging (cute, but definitely style over substance) and shades, these are minor things that can easily be fixed and I still love the majority of products that I’ve bought. I think the main issue some people have with the brand is that they’re all about barely-there makeup, and if that’s not your cup of tea then this really isn’t the brand for you. I tend to live in a ‘no-makeup’ makeup look, so brands like Glossier are totally what I’m after. The packaging and shades haven’t put me off placing another order (I already have my eyes on the Generation G lipsticks!) but I probably will be avoiding the Wowder in the future!

I hope you enjoyed this incredibly lengthy and candid review, let me know in the comments what you’ve tried from Glossier and what you think about the brand. See you next time,

A x

3 Comments

  1. Rachel October 19, 2017 / 7:42 PM

    I really want to try the Phase one kit and boy brow but I do agree that some of the shades seem pretty limited! I can’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. I love how simplistic the packaging is!

    Rachel // http://www.thebeautyisabeast.com

  2. Ellie October 23, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    I love how much detail you put into this review about everything and the brand as a whole. I’ve wanted to try the cloud paints for the longest time before they came to the U.K. so I’m thinking I might get a couple for a litttle birthday treat! I have my eye on Dusk and Puff I think.

    Ellie x

    http://elliesbitsofbeauty.com

  3. Katie October 27, 2017 / 8:14 PM

    This was such a helpful review! I would love to try the Cloud Paints, all the shades look so pretty!

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