First Impressions: Glossier

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If you’re into beauty and you’re not living under a rock, then you’ve heard of Glossier make up.

A spin-off from a beauty blog Into The Gloss, Glossier promotes itself as a natural-beauty brand, giving ‘real skin’ looks, for an undone finish. They create products for a dewy complexion, for all skin tones and they’re cruelty free. They’re midrange cost wise (think Nars kind of prices) and towards the end of 2017 they launched shipping to the UK. The beauty community went wild!

I was most interested in them because their Generation G lipsticks looked so similar in the tube to the ColourPop Blotted Lip lipsticks I already use. So I knew I wanted to try those. My main hesitation to their base products is that I have combination skin, and their products tend to lean towards the hydrating and dewy side. But after having read some reviews, spoken with the team on twitter regarding tone selections and checking my bank balance, I decided to take the plunge.

I’ll start with the support team – I had some Royal Mail delivery issues with my order, but the team went above and beyond to make sure I received the products I ordered. They’re honestly the best. And when I was enquiring on shade choices for concealer, they asked me to send them a selfie and they told me what would suit me best (and, spoiler, they were right!)

So my order arrived, and I’m going to give you a first impressions perspective of what I ordered. I’ve used most of the products only a couple of times, so I can’t give a definitive review (that will come later) but for now, here’s what I think!

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I’ll start with the packaging. My order came with a little ‘welcome’ card in a sleeve, a sheet of stickers and another little sticker. I think the idea is you can adorn your white packaged products with the stickers and give them a little bling! I also opted in to get a sample of their new perfume ‘You’. I need to try this out on my skin to see whether it wears nicely. On first smell, it’s not for me. The box arrived with ‘Glossier’ tape on the seal and inside the box is all Pink with text printed on the inside. The loose items I ordered came inside pink zip bags which will come in so useful for travel (You’ll see more of those later).

The first thing I ordered was a set called Phase 2. This contains their stretch concealer, boy brow and one of their Generation G lipsticks. I wanted all 3 of these anyhow, so I bought the set and saved a little cash. You can choose whichever shades you want.

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The packaging of this set is lovely. A magnetic and very luxe box was shrouded in a pink plastic sleeve.

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Then inside, the products were swaddled in their own pink zip bag.

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I ordered one of their Boy Brow, in clear. This contains a teeny spoolie wand and white/clear cream which dries down invisibly. The wand being so small is great since it means you can really control the brows, and is much easier to use than my current NYX version. It sets the brows to a soft but secure hold. Your brows don’t feel hard when you touch them, but the hold is very good.

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I chose the Stretch Concealer in the shade medium. What I’d read was that this was a light coverage concealer, that was hydrating, non drying and didn’t sit in fine lines. I also read that it wasn’t great for very dark circles (which I have in spades). On trying this I believe all but the last point. I still use my NYX colour corrector underneath this, but I really enjoy the hydrating feel. This barely settles in lines and when it does I can just pat it out (I have a lot of fine lines under my eyes). My dark circles were covered enough. This blends out really well, and though I still set this with a light translucent powder (I prefer the same level of dewy throughout my whole face and didn’t want to leave my under eyes looking greasy) it still looks like real skin and not dry or powdery at all.

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Based on Allana Davison’s recommendation in this set I chose the shade Zip in the Generation G lipstick. This is a ‘sheer matte’ lipstick and the formula is very similar to the ColourPop Blotted Lip line. I’ll do a proper comparison post dedicated to these two, once I’ve had the chance to try these Glossier ones out properly. But on first swipe I’m impressed. A light wash of colour is easy to achieve, and then you can build it up. It doesn’t feel drying, and gives you that lovely low maintenance look of ‘I’ve made an effort’ when you really haven’t. I want to try this out built up a bit more, and see how long it will last with a little powder in between layers. I’ll report back.

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As a self-confessed lip balm hoarder, I wanted to try the balmdotcom lip balms, of which there are a whole range. I couldn’t choose which flavour I wanted to try, and then noticed you could pick 3 and save a little cash (sucker) so I went for that option. These came in their own plastic sleeve, and then in separate, and beautifully graphic intense, boxes.

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I chose their Rose, Cherry and Mint options, and I can safely safe I am a fan. In fact I haven’t touched my beloved Cherry Chapstick since these arrived. Each of these has a thick, vaseline consistency (but I mean that in a nice way) You’re encouraged to use the non-tinted ones on your lips, cuticles and any dry areas, and due to their consistency I really believe you can! Once applied to the lips the product stays there. I only need to reapply after eating. Another thing I was really impressed with: usually after changing my lip balm, my lips freak out. They swell, blotch and itch. Even with products I’ve used before (yes, that includes the chapstick!). I don’t know why – maybe I’m allergic to something in them. But it happens with lipsticks, glosses and balms. This product hasn’t reacted at all with my lips. My lips LOVE these. Hallelujah.

So let’s talk about each flavour I picked up:

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If you’ve used any mint lip products before, you can expect what this mint balmdotcom does. You wash it over your lips and they feel fresh, tingly, and they definitely feel plump even if they’re not. I like to use this morning and night after I’ve brushed my teeth to extend that fresh feeling.

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I’m a fan of rose scented lip products, and this is no exception. This gives a subtle floral scent and a very very subtle light pink wash to the lips. So subtle that I can also use this on dry patches on my hands and no one would notice. I use this as a fantastic every day balm.

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The cherry balmdotcom is a deep red shade in the tube and you wouldn’t want to use this anywhere but on the lips. It provides a lovely lovely deep red wash over the lip, which is great for days when your lips blend into the rest of your face but you don’t want to put on lipstick. The colour does transfer a little onto cups and glasses. The cherry scent is also delightful.

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Again with the lips, and the final Generation G lipstick I bought which is this dark berry shade Jam. I lusted after this after seeing Allan Davison wearing it so much last year (AND I also recognised the main character in 50 Shades Darker wearing this just by sight [I didn’t pay enough attention to remember her name, but I did notice her lipstick] so I was rather chuffed with myself! – now let’s forget I admitted to watching that film) This is a dark shade on me, but I’m really looking forward to playing around with different ways to wear it.

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And lastly, I picked up the Perfecting Skin Tint in the shade light. This product is the one I’m the most on the fence about, but I’ve only worn it twice and I need to play about with it more, and report back. This product needs shaking to combine for each use, and it’s a very very sheer wash of colour to provide a perfecting layer on top of natural skin. It’s like a veil or real life instagram filter. The first time I used this I squeezed it out on my hand. I was alarmed at how pale it looked on my face but this warmed up and adjusted nicely to my natural skin tone. But then I couldn’t wash the product off my hands – it was too oily. I mentioned I have combination skin and so I started to worry. Both times I’ve worn this it does feel like I have a layer of serum on my face. You get used to it, but it’s not what I expected.

It gives a good enough coverage, for a good skin day, and I find I can lightly powder problem areas to dull down the wet look and just leave a ‘dewy’ finish. I didn’t like the smell. It smells a little ‘off’ is the only way I can put it. Again, I get used to it a few hours later, but I don’t like the idea of putting something ‘off’ on my face. Throughout the day I get more oily. My t-zone struggles and at work last week I had to rush to the bathroom and blot my face with toilet paper – I’m so classy. But this being said, I hadn’t used primer because I wanted to try the tint in different ways. So I’m going to keep trying it, and also mix it in with other foundations and see how I go. And I will, of course, report back. I’d say this is PERFECT for dry skin, if you have oily skin avoid it, and I’ll see how I get on with my combination skin.

So that’s what I picked up in my first Glossier order. They have, in the last week, announced a new skincare product called Solution, which is an exfoliating toner (I’m assuming much like the Pixi Glow tonic which I already use) and it promises to even out your skin tone as well as reducing acne you have, acne you haven’t had yet and spot scars. I’ve been struggling with blemishes a lot in the last few months and have plenty of scars so I’ve ordered one of these and I’m waiting for it to arrive. I’ll definitely keep tabs on my progress and give it a review after about a month’s usage. I’ve also got my eyes on another Generation G lipstick and the Wowder powder, so no doubt those will be added to my collection at some point!

If you’ve been thinking of trying something from Glossier, and you’ve decided to take the plunge, you can get 10% off your first order by using my referral link here! If you use the link I’ll get some Glossier store credit (one more step towards that Wowder!) and you’ll get a link of your own to share once you’ve placed your first order!

Keep an eye out for follow-up reviews of the Generation G lipsticks (and their comparison with the ColourPop Blotted Lips) and what I think of the skin tint! Have you used these products with combination skin? How did you get on? Do you have any tips?

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