If you follow beauty blogs or vlogs you may we’ll be aware of Glossier, a brand from USA with a cult following that has recently launched in the UK. The ethos with Glossier is “Skincare first. Make up second” and they are very much focused on a natural look rather than heavily made up look. This definitely interests me as I’m not someone who wears a lot of make up and I love skincare that nourishes my skin. The range is made in the USA and is cruelty free.
I made my first order last week, and wanted to share my initial impressions (and a link for you to get 10% off your first order*).
I was really impressed by the customer service in terms of the speed of delivery, the care and attention taken with packaging the order (the famous pink bubble wrap zip lock bag has already been repurposed as a travel skincare bag!), and the freebies included – in my case some clear stickers, a scratch and sniff sticker, a sample of the milky jelly cleanser, and a sample of the perfume (which I love so much I am now saving up for!).
I got three items to try for now, though it was difficult to narrow it down and I confess I also have some items on my Christmas wishlist so if Santa comes I might be back with more reviews in a few weeks! For now I’m reviewing the Balm Dotcom, Soothing Face Mist, and Stretch Concealer.
Birthday Balm Dotcom (£10)
The Balm Dotcom is one of their cult products so I knew I wanted to try one. There are a number of different types of balm flavours and some have a tint. All can be used on the lips as well as elsewhere like cuticles (though obviously the untinted ones are best for that!). I opted for the Birthday one because the description of the scent (inspired by cake) sounded amazing. It’s a very thick balm (difficult to get out of the tube initially!) and is incredibly moisturising. I find it lasts on the lips well so I don’t need to keep reapplying too often (though as the scent is incredible I do tend to reapply a couple of times a day just to enjoy that!). The Birthday one has glitter in so isn’t the best for on cuticles or other dry skin, though I have used it on cuticles and it seems to work well. It looks great as a lip balm as it just adds a fairly subtle shimmer. I’m really impressed with this; I’ve tried my fair share of lip balms and this is definitely one of the best for longevity and how moisturising it is. You can pick up a set of any three balms for £25 and if it wasn’t for the crazy amount of balms I already have and the fact I added one to my wishlist, I’d probably be adding more of these to my next order. It might seem unusual to get so excited about a lip balm but when you have dry lips and find something that really helps, especially during the winter months, it’s a very exciting moment! Massive thumbs up for this.
Soothing Face Mist (£15)
I’ve recently got into face mist and spray toners as part of my skincare routine as I find they seem to really help keep my skin calm and nourished. The Glossier one does just that and is a lovely mist. It smells amazing (rose scented but not heavily) and has a fine spray (though I must confess the Balm Balm spray seems a little finer). It can be used as part of your skincare routine (in my case I use it after cleansing and before serum/moisturiser) or it can be used at any point in the day for refreshing your skin. It’s very soothing and gentle and is the perfect thing to keep with you or on your desk (or in a gym bag!). It’s a large sized bottle and I think it’s good value.
Stretch Concealer (£15)
I’d heard Youtubers rave about this product so although I already have a similar product I love in the form of RMS “un” cover-up I thought I’d give the Glossier version a try. It doesn’t claim to be full coverage, but does claim to add some coverage (and says it is buildable). The idea with the ‘stretch’ concealer is that it’s supposed to move with your face rather than sit on top of it, so it shouldn’t go ‘cakey’. I went for the lightest shade which is fine for my skin. It’s quite an oily consistency (it has avocado and jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax), and I think this helps ensure it doesn’t dry out too much which can be a problem with other concealers. I did find the coverage a little disappointing (especially in terms of evening my redness – I wasn’t expecting it to cover my dark circles), however if you only want a very light coverage this is a good product in terms of finish. It lasts well and is definitely a useful thing to keep in your make up bag. It’s also much cheaper than the RMS one, but I have to confess if I had to choose I’d go for the RMS because of the higher level of coverage.
So far I’m pretty impressed with Glossier but it’s early days. My favourite items so far are the Balm Dotcom and the You perfume which I’m really hoping to treat myself to in future. I’m more excited about their skincare than make up and am looking forward to trying the sample of the milky jelly cleanser I received. I’ve also got the Priming Moisturizer on my Christmas wishlist, and the Cherry Balm Dotcom. I am intrigued by some of the make up too though; let me know if you have any recommendations.
Glossier products are available from their website. If you use this Glossier link* you’ll automatically get 10% off your first order (and if you spend over £25 you get free post and packing).