Glossier Haul + First Thoughts

When it comes to Glossier, I experience a mixture of curiosity and qualms. Way back when the brand offered just four products, I tried their Coconut Balm DotCom and loved it, but not enough to go out of my way for more products. A few months and a few new products later, Glossier blew the fuck up. Employing clever marketing schemes like a influencer rep program, artificial scarcity, and constant product placement on founder Emily Weiss' blog, Into the Gloss, Glossier saturated the beauty community like no other brand before. This extremely popular brand has both intrigued me and also caused me to become suspicious of some of it's practices. I could no longer quell my curiosity and ordered the products I wanted to try most. I've played with them a few times and I'm ready to share my initial thoughts. Click through for my first impressions on five of Glossier's products, and some thoughts on the rep program.

Before I move on to my thoughts about the five products I tried, I wanted to touch on Glossier's rep program, which I find kinda questionable and almost cult-like honestly. While I like and follow several of the self-described 'Glossier Girls', I can't help but find their intense devotion to the brand strange - some of them even listed Glossier launches as highlights of 2017, right up along side of personal achievements like graduations, new jobs, engagements, and buying houses. Each time a new product drops, they all seem to have a post ready to go, flooding social media with completely positive reviews and praising it as THE BEST THING THEY HAVE EVER TRIED. ever. Several of them repeatedly create "Best of Glossier" posts that include literally every Glossier product because they're *tehe* all just so good!!! And the adoration of the ~ultra cute~ pink pouch? I don't get it - it's a pink bubble wrap ziploc bag. It's disingenuous, at minimum, and it makes the brand less and less appealing to me.

Moving on to what you're actually here for - the products. Just like my opinion on Glossier as a whole, my opinion on the products is mixed as well. Half of them were hits, half of them were misses. I'm firmly of the opinion that while the brand is capable of making good products, it's highly overrated.

Priming Moisturizer
I've heard from a few sources that Glossier's Priming Moisturizer is quite similar to the iconic Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre, and frankly I disagree. Glossier's moisturizer is much more fluid and less moisturizing than the lightweight but rich cream I remember using. In my opinion, Lait Creme Concentre is a true "priming moisturizer" that both deeply hydrates and plumps the skin. I had high hopes for Priming Moisturizer (not shown because I only received a sample sachet), but all it seemed to do for me was sting my skin slightly. This thin lotion did hydrate my skin to an extent, but by no means did it seem to plump and prep my skin. If anything, Priming Moisturizer reminded me of a less fragranced version of Olay's classic Beauty Fluid. 

Milky Jelly Cleanser
I placed my Glossier order because I could no longer resist the hype around their Milky Jelly Cleanser. After hearing endless praise for this product from the day it launched, I both hoped and feared that it would be my new favorite cleanser. It isn't. I'm still finding my footing with the Milky Jelly Cleanser to be honest - I've tried it a few different ways - wet skin/dry skin, first cleanse/second cleanse, and I'm still trying to figure out which way it works best for me. So far, it seems like a morning cleanser for me. I can't help but be a little disappointed with the Milky Jelly Cleanser - it isn't the makeup removal miracle so many people claim it to be. I'm hoping with time and testing I find a way to love this cleanser as much as everyone else does. 

Wowder Brush
It seems like the Wowder brush may be the most underappreciated product in Glossier's range! This brush is seemingly the one item that the brand's reps and fan girls don't praise endlessly - some seem to dislike it even! Me, on the other hand, I love this shape of brush! A flat, dense but flexible bristled brush with a short handle has been my go-to for powder application for years, and the Wowder Brush is exactly what I wanted it to be - a replacement for my rapidly aging Essence Powder Brush. They're next to identical in most aspects, though Glossier's dupe is much sleeker in appearance (and 5x the cost). I'm very pleased with this brush.

Lip Gloss
I never hopped on the matte liquid lip product train, and have always been a fan of a creamy or glossy lip - in fact back in my early teens I was obsessed with ultra glossy lips. Does anyone remember Wet n Wild's Glassy Gloss Lip Glosses? They came in so many colors, and they were thick and goopy and so glossy? I loved them! And now I've finally found a grownup alternative in Glossier's Lip Gloss. This translucent, vaguely pink tinted (but not really) gloss offers that same patent shine that I love in a more refined, but still plush and thick, formula. This gloss is my favorite of the five products. 

Moonstone Haloscope 
I've been increasingly obsessed with highlighters over the last year or two, and Glossier's Haloscopes were one of my most coveted luminizers on my wishlist. Sadly, Moonstone is the biggest let down of my little haul, I don't like anything about it! Despite it's coconut oil core, this highlighting stick has an unpleasant drag on the skin, and a tacky, difficult to blend texture. I think I made a mistake in choosing the shade Moonstone, as well. This silvery white shade's color payoff is underwhelming - after it's blended out it's barely visible on my fair skin. What's really weird about this highlighter is that even though it falls flat in person, it looks fantastic in photos? How does it do that? Regardless, I wear my makeup for day to day purposes, not for photoshoots, so Glossier's Haloscope is a fail for me.

Are you a Glossier Fan Girl or Skeptic? Tell me in the comments.

By the way, here is a non-rep link to save 10% on your first order. 


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