Glossier Phase 1 Set

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…

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Phase 1 Set

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The set comes with 3 products:

  • Milky Jelly Cleanser
  • Priming Moisturiser
  • Balm Dotcom

Milky Jelly Cleanser

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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.

Priming Moisturiser

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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.

Balm Dotcom

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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.


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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?





  1. December 11, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Oh well I think I now know not to bother with these, I really want to try the cleanser but hmmm…. maybe not x

  2. December 11, 2017 / 7:12 am

    What a shame Annie! I have the cleanser and haven’t tried it yet but my skin loves the priming moisturiser! Funny how we’re all different! Maybe I could swap you something for it?! xx

  3. December 11, 2017 / 7:59 am

    I didn’t order anything & won’t be doing, I’ve seen so many disappointed people, such a shame xxx

  4. December 11, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I’m intrigued to try these! I’ve got my nana to order it me for Christmas as I’m super curious!

  5. December 11, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I’m still on the fence tbh, I really appreciate your honest review though 🙂 x

  6. December 11, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    What a shame you didn’t love it – this is actually the set I want, I think I may still try it x

  7. December 11, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Ong I totally agree with everything! It looks like we had a similar experience with the products. So disappointing! I left a review on their feedback email and they reimbursed me the money so thats worth a try x

  8. Lauren | Beauty Division Blog
    December 12, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Oh I’m so gutted for you that you weren’t so happy with the products. I really wanted to try a few bits from glossier but I’ve read so many negatives about the brand lately x

  9. December 12, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Totally agree with it all Annie, I will not be placing another order that’s for sure x

  10. Roxie Watt
    December 12, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I really like their Balm Dot Com and Cloud Paint but this sounds so disappointing.

  11. December 12, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Seen so many people raving about glossier and haven’t given in so I’m Glad about that. Wanted to let the fuss die down a bit and don’t think I will bother tbh. Great review as well always can always rely on you xxx

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