(or The Good, The Good-er, and The Good-est)
Editor’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I just really like these products!
When Glossier first launched a few years ago, I rushed to their page, desperate to order one (ok, ten) of everything. Unfortunately, I was greeted by a familiar sight: they weren’t shipping to Canada just yet.
After spending nearly three years watching from the sidelines as countless US-based beauty gurus flaunted their products, I finally (FINALLY) got the notification that they’re now shipping to Canada. Their Canadian launch just happened to coincide with a rather hectic period at work, during which I placed two separate orders–effectively stress-buying almost their entire line. (Yes, I have a problem.)
Some general impressions about Glossier as a whole
- I love the packaging, especially the pink bags, which are great for storage (I’m currently using one of them as a pencil case).
- Although I like everything I bought, I generally prefer their skincare to their makeup. This preference makes sense, given that their brand philosophy is skincare first.
- My orders both arrived fairly quickly, definitely faster than the 7-10 day shipping estimate.
In the remainder of this post, I’m going to rank all ten items that I purchased from awesome to most-awesome.
10: Wowder Duo
It’s not terribly surprising that this is at the bottom of my list, seeing as I’m not generally a huge fan of setting powder. Most of them emphasize my lizard-y skin regardless of how little I apply, and I certainly don’t need any help controlling oil. That said, sometimes I need something that will keep my makeup on for the long haul, and I was intrigued when I read that this one helps to blur the look of pores.
I tried this out for the first time when I was going dancing with some friends. Instead of completely mattifying my skin (not my preferred look), a light dusting of the powder gave a very natural, smooth finish. Coming home after a few hours of dancing my heart out in a packed, sweaty bar, I was pleased to discover that my makeup looked just as good as it had when I left the house (my hair… not so much). Unlike a lot of the other items on this list, this isn’t something I’d use every day, but I’ll definitely whip it out whenever I need my makeup to have a little extra staying power.
As with all Glossier products, the packaging on this is next-level. When you open the container, you see that there’s a little net. To use the product, simply press lightly on the net with your brush and a small amount of powder comes up through the holes. This is a great design for clumsy people like me whose adventures in powder tend to leave a mess reminiscent of the cocaine scene in Annie Hall.
The brush is adorable, with soft bristles and a metallic pink handle. I particularly like that it’s a bit shorter than a lot of my other brushes, so it will be great for travelling.
Similar to my comments about powders, I’m also not someone who wears lipstick every day. First off, I’m pretty much constantly drinking something (coffee, water, Diet Coke, etc.), so most lipsticks end up smeared all over my face… and as much as I like Cat Marnell, it’s not generally the look I’m going for. Secondly, because I wear it so infrequently, I feel like most bold colours look really weird on me.
Generation G addresses both of those concerns: its sheer, matte formulation mean that I don’t have to worry about smearing; and Like is my perfect my-lips-but-better shade. Further, unlike other matte lipsticks I’ve tried, this one isn’t drying in the least, likely thanks to how sheer it is.
I seem to only have two settings when it comes to applying makeup: minimal or kitchen sink. This product is great for the former, as it just evens out your skin tone ever so slightly. You can definitely just apply this with your fingers, as its thin consistency makes it really easy to blend. The design of the bottle makes it really easy to dispense just a small amount, and the sheerness of the product means that you don’t have to worry too much about getting the right shade (which is always a concern for me when I order something online).
Even though the tint already leaves a dewy finish, my favourite way to wear this is on top of a very light layer of luminizer on the high points of my face. I find that putting the luminizer on first really amps up that whole “lit from within” vibe.
Because of my aforementioned dry skin, I L-O-V-E a good cream product. Instead of sitting on top of the skin like a powder, they give the illusion of becoming one with your skin for a very natural finish.
Of the two shades that I purchased, I prefer Dusk for a neutral, everyday look and Puff on days that I want that extra little flush of colour. Although the tubes are rather small, you can get great results with the tiniest bit of product. My only complaint is that it’s really easy to squeeze too much out of the tube, and there’s really no way to get it back in.
6: Super Bounce
My skin loves this hydrating serum. I like to apply a few drops at night before I brush my teeth so that it has some time to soak in before I follow up with my nighttime moisturizer (I just ran out of my favourite, so I’m using Eucerin until I gather up the courage to drop some bucks on a replacement) and an eye cream.
The serum is packaged in a small bottle with a dropper, which has the dual benefit of helping you control how much you use and preventing your germy fingers (nothing personal; we’re all germy) from contaminating it.
This is Glossier’s top seller, and I can definitely see why. It’s the best tinted brow gel I’ve used, both in terms of staying power and application. I’ve tried other long-lasting brow gels, but I was always a bit turned off by the weird texture they left in my brow hairs; it almost felt like I’d layered them with hairspray. This one, on the other hand, leaves my brow hairs feeling natural, but gives them a slightly fuller appearance. The wand is adorably tiny, making it really easy to control where you’re dispensing the product.
4: Lip Gloss
If I’m being totally honest, I still haven’t grown out of my lip gloss phase. I just love the look of a clear gloss, either on bare lips or layered on top of lipstick. Unlike the Bonne Bell ones I loved in my youth, this one is unscented and doesn’t have even a hint of shimmer. When I first put it on, I was worried that it would be too sticky (remember that gross feeling of having your hair blow into your sticky lip gloss on a windy day?), but after just a few seconds it stops feeling tacky.
Unlike a lot of the other glosses on the market, this one doesn’t contain any plumping agents, which I find really irritate and dry out my lips. That said, its glassy finish does tend to make my lips look bigger all on its own. As an added bonus, it contains vitamin E to hydrate and soften your lips.
3: Super Glow
Although I love them both, this one is my favourite of the two serums I purchased. Because it gives my skin extra glow, I prefer to use it in the morning rather than at night (per their site, you should only use each serum once per day). Like the Super Bounce, I use a few drops on clean, dry skin and then brush my teeth while it soaks in. Then, I layer on my daytime moisturizer (which I’ll talk more about next!), followed by a daytime eye cream.
Since I started using this last week, I’ve noticed a big improvement in the look of my skin. While it used to look grey and dull, I now feel confident enough to go without a lot of base products day-to-day.
When I saw that they had two versions of their priming moisturizer, I opted for the rich version and I have no ragrets. As a true multi-tasker, it doesn’t just moisturize (but it does do that really, really well): it also reduces redness and smooths my skin for makeup application. And the smell! I’m terrible at identifying scents, so at first I just thought of it as “wonderful spa smell”. Turns out that it contains lavender oil, which is super calming and makes me feel pampered.
I use this in the morning after I’ve let my Super Glow soak in, but before I apply eye cream. Although this is definitely moisturizing enough for nighttime use, I’ve decided to save it for daytime only to make it last longer.
My holy grail. My obsession. My one true love.
As much as I’ve enjoyed everything I purchased, this was the real standout for me. It’s replaced Aquaphor as my go-to for extra hydration anywhere I need it. The scents are absolutely fantastic, and I tend to use them in different ways:
- Rose is great on my cuticles. Although it has a sheer pink tint that I’d originally thought I’d like on my lips, the rose scent is a bit too intense for me when it’s anywhere on my face.
- Mint is great on my lips, especially right before bed when my mouth is already minty-fresh.
- Coconut is great for everything because it’s the greatest scent in the world. I initially wondered if it would be too summery for year-round use, but it has a sweeter, more food-like smell rather that reminding me of sunscreen. I use it on my cuticles, lips, elbows, knees… I would probably slather my whole body in this stuff if (1) that wouldn’t be really, really weird, and (2) the tubes weren’t so small.
That’s it for my review! If you stuck it out to the end, THANK YOU! I know it was an especially long post, but I really wanted to cover each product individually.
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