Glossier – REVIEW

So, I jumped on the Glossier bandwagon and purchased three of their products since they launched in the UK*.  This brand has garnered a cult following.  Now that it’s more accessible this side of the Atlantic, the excitement among bloggers reached fever pitch.  For those of you who have yet to discover this brand, it was created by Emily Weiss. Emily began her foray into brand creation after she left Vogue to set up her now very successful blog, Into The Gloss from her New York home in 2010. While working on her blog, she discovered not all women wanted a full face of make up every day.  Many wanted it minimal and simple, like she did herself.  So the Glossier brand was born.  She then set about fundraising to get her dream turned into a reality.

*It’s worth noting, they are not currently delivering to Ireland, however I used Parcel Motel which is brilliant for purposes such as this.

If you want to read more about the effortlessly chic Emily and see the brand she has created, log on here.

For now, let’s see how my 42 year old self got on with the products themselves!

As I said, I bought three items.  Firstly, the raved about (in the blogging world anyway) Stretch Concealer, the Priming Moisturiser Rich and the Body Hero body wash.  This brand is aimed at women younger than myself.  It is said to be the new “cool girl” brand – neither of which apply to me!  However, I’m not one to be put off by that, so here are my thoughts:

Stretch concealer

This is hailed as a “new type of concealer with elastic micro waxes that move with your face instead of caking on top of it, and nourishing oils that give a dewy, glowing finish”.  So, is that true?  Yes and no.  I have quite oily eyelids as it is (who thought this could be a thing?? Me!) so I need something with staying power and for me, this isn’t it.

It feels oily to the touch and doesn’t cover anything of real substance.  I’ve used it as a skin tint if in a rush and it does even out my skin tone but if I was to use it this way on a regular basis, it would run out pretty quickly.  Defeating the purpose of it being a concealer where small amounts are required.

As I said above, I believe it is aimed at youthful skin that just needs a little helping hand, so that’s where I’ll be leaving it.  Also, worth noting, the shade range isn’t extensive so if you’re on the paler or darker side of things, you won’t be catered for here.

Body Hero:

I’m a sucker for a luxurious body wash.  Every now and then treat myself to one that’s not less than 2 euro, so I start my day feeling like a queen.  While reading up on Glossier, I found loads of rave reviews for leaving skin silky soft with a beautiful scent.  Firstly, I have to say, I love the packaging.  I’m partial to pink and the red gives it a bit more of an edge and it looks pretty in the shower.  With regards to the product itself, it feels really lovely on the skin, leaving my skin soft to the touch, however here are my two main issues for me.

No 1:

It takes several pumps to ensure I feel really clean so for the price, it feels a bit wasteful.  I should have known really as it’s oil based (soap free which is good and won’t affect the PH of the skin) so you get the moisture but no real lather and a good lather makes me feel clean.  If this doesn’t bother you, the result of super soft skin is divine.

No 2:

The smell….when I read orange blossom and neroli, I was hooked.  But it just smells off to me.  Very powdery, like my nana did after she had a wash and splashed some of her scented water on her coat.  I think it’s a marmite smell and you will either love it or hate it.  It makes me feel like I hugged an old lady and a baby at the same time so I smell faintly of life and death….too much?  Ok, a bit dramatic for a body wash but you get the gist….

I’ll use it up (or more likely my daughter will) as my skin does feel lovely afterwards and I can get passed the smell.   If you love the smell and the soft to the touch skin, this will be a winner for you.  However, I won’t be repurchasing.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich

There are currently two moisturisers in this range and I went for the richer of the two due to my skin being dehydrated on many days.  Again, the packaging is lovely – pretty and sleek and the product inside is beautiful.  It’s rich but not sticky or heavy and calling it a primer is clever as it did make me use it under make up more and it keeps my skin fresh and hydrated.

I’ve also used it over serums in the evening as it’s lovely and rich but doesn’t feel like it’s too much for going over more active ingredients.  It has no SPF and a faint smell of lavender so if you’re looking for a nourishing night time cream, then give this a whirl.

Key ingredients* (*taken directly from the Glossier website)

Red Algae Complex: Sponges up water, acting as a reservoir to deliver moisture to skin hour after hour

Ceramides 3 & 6: Oily waxes that naturally occur in skin and fortify its moisture barrier

Five Key Fatty Acids: Non-greasy Kukui Oil provides palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids which help lock in moisture like a waterproof coating

Power Primers: Our Anti-Redness Complex soothes while the Oxygenating Agent breathes life into stressed skin, improving tone and texture—even before you put on makeup Murumuru Butter: A hard, dense, butter that we combined with shea for a decadent texture that melts into skin without any heavy feeling.

Lavender Oil: Known for its antioxidant and skin-calming properties (as well as its calming scent).

Where to find them

A bit hit and miss so far but I’m not done with Glossier yet.  I want to try more of their range and I think Emily is a very clever lady who will take the brand to new heights.  Definitely one to watch!