Ever since I wrote my New Year Resolution post I feel like a new me. I’m motivated, remembering to write down post ideas and just all around feel like I’ve kicked this year off to a good start. However, I am going to be a negative nancy for today’s post so grab your favourite drink and get settled. It is a long post, I ramble a lot.
Glossier. You have probably heard and seen this brand take over the beauty community last year and still going stronger than ever this year with their independence, uniqueness and their power to make any blogger/youtuber weak at the knees due to their packaging. Now I was one of these people to put their products in my shopping basket as soon as I heard they were shipping to the UK, I put my hands up and applaud glossier for their marketing and aesthetically pleasing social media, website and products because I am not one to just throw my money around for a brand I only had opinions from youtubers.
From Glossier I bought their “Phase 1 Set” which includes their Milk Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser, and a Balm Dotcom ( glorified lip salve which can actually be used elsewhere besides the lips ). Now from first expressions I could not of been anymore happy, the packaging is to die for, very unique it looked like something people on PR lists get. I then opened them and used each of the products on a regular basis, within the first week the “uniqueness” from this brand that I once felt soon disappeared.
Lets start with the Milk Jelly Cleanser. I didn’t like it. It has a funny smell. ( something I shouldn’t be crying over but ) Its really off putting, it has a chemically but also clay like smell you know like industrial/building material clay sort of smell. And shortly after I used it on a daily basis, I began to get small little spots over the forehead and cheeks. I have combination skin, so of course I am common to spots, but I have never had small, tiny ones scattered all over my face. It just did nothing for my skin, but cause a problem. Its not a make up remover but I also used it after clearing near enough all my makeup with a makeup remover and I still had leftover residue of mascara and eyeliner near my eyes. So many rate this cleanser but for me and my skin type, it defiantly does nothing for it and I won’t be buying another bottle.
For those who do have combination skin and suffer with spots I would recommend the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream, its £12.99 which is £2.00 cheaper than the Glossier cleanser and personally it cleared my skin, made it smooth and all around cleansed.
The Priming Moisturiser – is the next thing that comes in the set. I’ve tried better moisturiser that are cheaper and actually moisturisers the skin. My skin felt more dry after using it than before, I do suffer with some parts of my face that are dry, nothing major but its like as soon as I apply it to my face it sinks in to my skin in seconds but dries it. It has the same smell as the cleanser, again nothing to cry over, but maybe I wouldn’t be so put off by the smell if the moisturiser actually did its job.
Balm Dotcom ( scent – original ) – I actually like this product. (shock I actually like a glossier product) It has no scent, and does what any other lip salve does, it does keep your lips moisturised for a long period. I feel like the lip salve works best when you are lips aren’t chapped, as it does highlight broken skin on the lips which isn’t overly nice to see but it does the job. I do have three other Balm Dotcoms, cherry, birthday and rose and each one of them are just as good as the original scent. The Birthday scent is my favourite.
Overall the “Phase 1 Set” isn’t worth the hype. There is better skincare sets out there that contain better products, worth the money that actually help your skin. Or even singular skin care products that you can buy and make up your own skin care routine with that suit your skin type. Just for me these products didn’t work for my skin type and I feel like they are over hyped due to their social media and every single youtuber/blogger are talking about them.
The next product I bought from Glossier and I don’t think is worth the hype is their Super Pure Face Serum. I’ve never tried a serum before buying this product, so really I have no way of comparing it to another product. But I just don’t understand what it does. I still use it but it does dry my skin as soon as I apply it, so I do rush to put moisturiser on after, but since using it, it hasn’t changed what my skin looks like. On the glossier website it says that the serum “calms breakout-prone skin and redness, use dropper to apply 3-4 drops directly onto clean face.” I just don’t see it doing that, and I use it every single day as part of my (so called) skin routine. It has put me off using serums as I feel like they are an extra step that does nothing for my skin. Personally, I don’t think its worth the hype. It costs £24.00 which is extremely over priced.
The last product that I bought from Glossier, is their Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. Disappointing. I love face masks, I think the only time where I take my “skincare” seriously is when I’m buying the newest face mask. One of the products I was looking forward to the most actually turned out to be a nightmare. The first time I used it, it burned my face. I felt my face go warm but I didn’t think anything of it until I took it off and my face was stinging and bright red around the cheeks and forehead area. It felt like it was on fire. However, silly me thought it could of been just a bad day and maybe I had applied it wrong so I looked on the Glossier website and found the instructions on how to apply it, I applied it again still felt warm on my face and then took it off and did the exact same thing again. Made my face feel like it was on fire. The only positive thing that I could point out about the mask is the fact that it did make my skin sort of soft. Maybe I didn’t realise how sensitive my skin was but it has defiantly made me more aware on to probably do a patch test before fully trying out new skin products. I do not recommend the mask, especially for those who have sensitive skin. Defiantly not “soothing” at all.
Four cups of tea and 10 packet of biscuits later and the post has come to an end. Sorry for being such a “negative nancy” on this post but I feel like I had to get my opinion across on a brand that I see everywhere being praised. The products are probably good but not for me or my skin type. Tell me what you think. what do you guys think of glossier and their products?
Have a lovely day!