Back in October Glossier launched in the UK, finally making the cult status brand available over here and making my beauty-based dreams come true. I’ve never considered myself to be a make-up maven, always preferring a pared down natural look over a dramatic eye and contour. So, the beauty brand by website Into The Gloss with its ‘Skin First. Make-up Second’ mantra immediately took my interest when I first saw its perfect pink packaging on Instagram long before it was available in the UK.
After lusting after a number of Glossier’s products for as long as I can remember, the UK launch was incredibly exciting news and I was lucky enough that Santa gifted me with a small selection of them. I have very sensitive skin and decided I couldn’t take the risk of messing with my skincare routine but have spent the past few weeks trying out the makeup I received and thought I’d share what I think.
Glossier’s #1 bestseller, it would’ve been rude not to give the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade a try. It claims to thicken, fill in and groom hairs into place and, as somebody with brows still recovering from an over-plucking phase in the mid 00s, it sounded like the answer to all my prayers. In reality, it’s okay. It grooms hairs into place and my brows look thicker, however I still feel like I need a brow pencil to fill in sparse areas. I can imagine it working well for somebody with already full eyebrows but whether it’s worth the hype – perhaps not.
The brand’s dew effect highlighter is another bestseller. Haloscope’s dual-delivery formula features an outer halo infused with crystal extract for an all-day glow and a unique core made up of vitamin-rich moisturisers for a beautifully dewy finish. I purchased it in the colour ‘Quartz’. I love the subtle sheen this product offers. It’s a lot less glittery than other highlighters I’ve owned which makes it perfect for every day wear. The moisturising core perhaps does its job a little too well though. It becomes sticky and almost greasy looking very quickly, preventing it from being a product that can be built up for a more dramatic look.
Generation G is a sheer matte lipstick designed to add a hint of colour whilst allowing natural lip colour to shine through. I bought it in the colour ‘Like’ and am planning to purchase it in others as soon as my student loan comes in later this month because quite frankly I’m in love. Despite being a matte lipstick, it’s also incredibly moisturising, which is a Godsend for dry lips in the winter. The colour adapts to your natural lip colour to create a product that suits every skin tone, even ghostly pale complexions like mine.
Pure 90s nostalgia comes in the form of Glossier’s Clear Lip Gloss, a vinyl-like gloss with a glassy finish. It reminds me of the Lancôme Juicy Tubes I obsessed over as a pre-teen minus the terrible stickiness and it’s quite incredible, offering great hydration on top of a long lasting crystal-clear shine. It’s admittedly not the most versatile product, but in terms of adding shine, I’ve never found better, particularly not at such a reasonable price.
And with that, my Glossier first impressions are over and overall I’m impressed. Not every product met my expectations (I’m looking at you Boy Brow), yet others far exceeded them. Perhaps most impressive though is the brand’s ability to create products that are completely natural looking whilst enhancing the face so beautifully. I can already see my bank balance significantly decreasing as I try more of the range.
Peace and love, Bec