After years of feeling like that kid who looks longingly at the cool crowd, I finally have my ticket in. My Glossier products have arrived at my humble Canadian home, and I have questions. Will Boy Brow be as amazing as I hope it is? Will the Milky Jelly cleanser rid my face of imperfections? Will the stretch concealer really hide my problem areas while still looking minimal? In order to find out, I tried the products from Glossier's Phase 1 and Phase 2 sets.
Phase 1: Skincare
Phase 1 contains the milky jelly cleanser, priming moisturizer, and balm dotcom. The smell of the milky jelly cleanser reminds me of my grandmother’s cold cream, which makes me feel a little nostalgic. The texture is super nice and a little less than jelly-like. The thing that throws me off is that when you lather it into the skin, it doesn’t get sudsy, which makes sense because you can use it on dry or wet skin. With even the smallest pea-sized amount, I was able to cover my entire face, and it was super easy to rinse off. My skin looked visibly cleaner and brighter.
There isn’t really anything special about the priming moisturizer. It actually leaves my skin feeling a bit oily, but thankfully that goes away once it’s absorbed fully into the skin. It is lightweight which feels really nice, but other than that, I would say it's just like any other face moisturizer.
Balm dotcom is probably my favourite of the Phase 1 products. I got the coconut scented one and it smells so amazing (sadly, it does not taste the same.) The package says that this is a universal skin salvant, so I used it on my lips and hands. The consistency looks and tastes a lot like Vaseline, except a bit less slippery. I decided to wait until my lips were super chapped and peeling before I put it on. After a few hours, my lips were miraculously moisturized and there wasn’t a stray piece of dead skin to be seen. Amazing. As a hand lotion, it did feel a bit greasy, but not uncomfortably so. My usually rough hands felt super soft as soon as I applied it. I would use this just as a lip balm, but if you're in a pinch, it would also work great as lotion.
Phase 2: Makeup
Phase 2 contains the stretch concealer, generation G lip colour, and the boy brow. I started with the stretch concealer as a foundation rather than a concealer because I wanted to see how it would look. The coverage is actually really good and uniform, while the pigmentation is really true to my skin. It does leave a bit of shine though, so I would definitely recommend going over it with some sort of powder or matte setting spray.
Boy brow is the definitely the product I was most excited about. I have waited so long for this product to be in my presence, and now it is mine. I’m usually wary of brow gels because I have no idea how to apply them and when I do, my brows look messy and patchy. This formula is very lightweight, which feels great, and it doesn’t look clumpy. I made the mistake of accidentally pressing the wand right against my skin, but thankfully the formula is easily maneuverable through the brow hairs so that I was able to spread it evenly.
One thing I was worried about was that it would be too darkly pigmented. I usually go for the darkest brow colours because my eyebrows are black, and sometimes I find that brow gels are way too unnaturally dark. This gel is surprisingly really accurate with my hair colour! It looks really realistic and feels super comfortable while having a great hold. Thank you, Boy Brow, for living up to my expectations.
subtle at the same time. How? I don’t know.
For a matte colour, I expected it to dry out my lips a little because my lips are prone to getting dry when any type of lip colour is applied. I’m not going to say that the lipstick is totally moisturizing, but my lips were definitely less dry than they usually are with my regular lipstick. Also, the colour stayed throughout the day as long as I wasn’t doing anything that required my mouth. So while it didn’t pass the eating and drinking through a straw test, it’s a really nice product for everyday wear or other occasions.
So are Glossier products worth the hype? It takes a while to get accustomed to their skincare products, but they seem to work overall. Also, they are true to their statement on keeping makeup minimal in order to enhance natural beauty. I would say that if you're looking for makeup that's easy to put on and adds just a little bit of a pop to your look, then you should definitely give Glossier products a try. If not, there are tons of other great makeup options out there for you!
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