On Trial: A Gen X’er Tries Glossier

I’m not going to go into how Glossier got started and how its changed the beauty landscape in the last few years.  I think if you are a huge beauty consumer through social media sites like Instagram, you’ve seen this line everywhere.

Being the beauty junkie that I am, I had to see what the hype was for myself.  For starters, I am not in the Glossier demographic.  Marketed towards millennials, particularly, those who aren’t into heavy makeup but are more minimalistic, I’m a Gen X baby.

Grouped by the products I like and the one’s I don’t, here’s a run down of my thoughts on Glossier products:

Glossier products that I like:

Cloud Paints – This is a fabulous product!  I bought my first Cloud Paint in Haze a few months ago and just purchased Storm and Dawn on a recent visit to the Glossier Showroom in NYC.  This gel cream blush is a non-blush wearers dream.  Although the blush looks like it would be hard to work with, it’s not.  It’s a beautifully buildable blush that’s suitable for all skin tones including oily skins.  It’s so buildable that I’ve even used it as a sheer eyeshadow.  I can’t say enough about how much I love this product.  I love it so much that I will be purchasing this whole range to put into my makeup kit for the many brides that I work on.

As someone with oily skin, I apply it on top of my foundation and build up to the intensity that I’m looking for.  Afterwards, I lock it in with a dusting of my Nars loose powder.  It lasts all day.  I’ve even used it under a powder blush for staying power.

Haloscope – This moisture rich highlighter gives that glow without looking like a disco ball.  Nothing wrong with disco ball, but when you want to shine in a more subtle way, Haloscope is your friend.  It give you a natural “lit from within” glow.  I got mines in Topaz.  It’s a beautiful gold bronze that matches my skin perfectly.

Boy Brow (not pictured) – This is a #1 product for some many people and I can totally see why.  I’ve tried in the past to use a brow gel and nothing ever worked for me because the product was too ashy or too dark for my brow hair and the gel flaked.  I got the Boy Brow in Brown and it’s perfect.  I have a lot of brow, but its spare.  This gives my brows heft without looking like a monster.  Boy Brow is a total keeper.

Stretch Concealer (not pictured) – It’s described as “flexible coverage” and it’s true.  It’s a super creamy concealer that’s perfect for using under the eye because it’s so moisturizing, but light in texture.  The smallest amount can cover a lot of territory.  And for the money, you get a nice amount for product in the cutest glass jar.

Moisturizing Moon Mask – When your skin is oily, I never in my life would expect to use a moisturizing mask.  Most oily skin skin people are always steered to clay masks.  But this hyaluronic acid, sweet almond oil infused blend is a winner!  The light, whipped texture is almost like applying a gel cream moisturizer to your face.  You apply the mask and leave on for 20 minutes.  Rinse.  And you are left with smooth, plump, fresh skin!  I would recommend this to any skin type!

Super Bounce – it’s one of three serum offerings. It’s a hyaluronic face serum that you can use with your existing skin care for added moisture.  I use one drop in the morning after my toner/essence and a drop in the evening to boost up the moisture of my night cream or facial oil.  It’s a simple hydrator that I like, but you can get a better deal with The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30 ml $6.80) versus Glossier’s 15 ml for $28.

Glossier Products that I wanted to like, but I don’t:

Perfecting Skin Tint – I wear makeup everyday and I’ve been doing makeup for a long time.  I know how to make what I have look like “no makeup”.  So when Glossier introduced the Perfecting Skin Tint, I instantly had to try it.  It’s comes in five shades and the product is soooooo sheer that it can cover a large range of skin tones.  I got my shade in Deep.  The product is so sheer that you are can apply it like a facial moisturizer.  But if you are looking for any coverage, you’re not going to get it.  I applied it one weekend and used a bit of concealer where I had a few blemishes and sealed it with a loose powder.  By the end of the day, the Perfecting Skin Tint “broke up” in coverage.  It just didn’t look right and my skin looked muddy AF.  I do love the “idea” of it and I see where Glossier was trying to go, but it didn’t do anything for me.  But not one to give up, I will try another way to apply it.  

Super Glow – another one of the three serums, this Vitamin C serum was a waste of my good coin.  I’ve used other Vitamin C serums from other lines, but the texture of the Glossier version was too watery for me.  I like to keep my skin bright and clear, but I saw no difference here.  I got The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid and it works beautifully for me.  So it’s a no for my for this Glossier serum.


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