I finally jumped on the Glossier bandwagon a couple of months ago and finally got round to using the products. For those of you who don’t know who Glossier is – they are New York brand who specialise in skincare and makeup and up until very recently, were only available to buy in the States. They have branched out across the pond and now offer UK shipping and at first I wasn’t really blown away by the brand or their products, but then my friend Ant put an order in and it enticed me. What drew me was the attention to detail on the packaging and the Jelly Cleanser did catch my eye the most. Since they were offering free delivery on orders of £25 or more, I just decided to go ahead and order the Phase 1 Set. I do easily fall for the hype, but honestly speaking, I am so underwhelmed at the products and wish I hadn’t bothered ordering. Read on more to find out why…
Phase 1 Set
The set comes with 3 products:
- Milky Jelly Cleanser
- Priming Moisturiser
- Balm Dotcom
Milky Jelly Cleanser
Key ingredients: Poloxamer, Rosewater, Comfrey Root Extract, Aquaxyl and Pro-Vitamin B5.
This is the product which everyone had raved about the one that most people were looking forward to trying too. I was drawn to this because it is gel based and while that may be true, I can quite honestly say this cleanser does nothing for me. I don’t really feel that it truly cleanses my skin and I do find myself going back for a second cleanse using my trusty Pixi Cleansing Balm. One pump is not enough to cleanse my face with this formula and I do have to use two. It’s a very light cleanser which claims to prevent dehydration, but in fact my skin feels so dehydrated after using this I need to use another cleanser. I just fail to see why people have raved about this so much. I’ve been using this twice a day – morning and evening and I am stuck using this until it runs out. I use this on damp skin and don’t really find it lathers up much. I have oily skin for reference, so if you do too and loved it, I would love to hear from you.
Key ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Mushroom Super Hydrator, Anti-Redness Complex, Oxygenating Agent and Antioxidant Blend.
I’ve not used a priming moisturiser before and this basically does 2 in 1. It acts as a primer and moisturiser all in one. I would say this is more of a moisturiser as opposed to a primer, because when I use a primer I want it to smooth and blur my canvas in preparation for foundation and really I don’t feel it does that. In terms of how it works for me as a moisturiser, it’s quite light and again I am very underwhelmed by it. I mean, you can layer this as desired, but I don’t really tend to this with my skincare. I think the fact that it contains Mushroom Super Hydrator which is a plant extract keeps the texture quite light and bouncy and I don’t like that. I like my moisturiser to be quite rich. After application it leaves quite a greasy texture on my face and I do really need to wait a few minutes before I apply my foundation. I think you can purchase a cheaper alternative which would be similar to this texture and formula. Unfortunately, this didn’t really excite me and I would say it feels more like an emollient when on.
Key ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Capuacu Fruit Exract and Rice Bran and Rosemary Leaf extracts. 06
Probably the best thing out of the trio for me was the Balm. When you order the Phase 1 Set, you can pick from a selection of balms and I obviously picked Rose since I love it. The balm is just like any other balm for me, very similar to Dr Paw Paw actually. It’s quite thick in texture but blends in quite easily and this did soothe my lips and leave them feeling soft, but I wouldn’t pay the £10 price tag for one balm. I feel it’s quite over priced. I like the ingredients in it which really do nourish and condition the lips. Castor oil Beeswax are great for the skin, and I can see why many people are drawn to it, but again, there are cheaper alternatives. It’s done a good job so far in keeping my lips moisturised and hydrated and I was bought this again as a present, I would be delighted. If you’re on a budget though, you probably won’t want to fork out for this.
Overall I give Glossier 10/10 for packaging and attention to detail, it’s just a shame I wasn’t into the products. They have a simple approach to beauty and whilst these products may work on some people, they didn’t for me. I feel there are so many drugstore alternatives you can buy for less money. It’s a shame since these products have been so over hyped and raved about, but I can’t really see why.
Have you tried anything from Glossier? What did you think?