Glossier | Hits & Misses

Glossier. I'm sure you've heard of them by now because since coming to the UK last year, their products have been everywhere. I haven't tried everything from Glossier because well, I'm not made of money lol but I feel like I have tried enough from them to write this post and I'm pretty sure I've tried all of the hyped up products including their Solution and Boy Brow. Some of the products I love and some I really didn't get on with at all or I just feel like I could get something similar at a cheaper price. So if you're planning on jumping on the Glossier bandwagon soon but unsure on what you should pop into your basket then you might find this post helpful!

The Cloud Paints are definitely my favourite discovery from Glossier so far. I love the insta-worthy paint tube packaging and that they are kind of foolproof to use. I’ll admit they do look quite scary and highly pigmented when you squeeze the product out of the tube but they actually sheer out a lot when you apply them. They have 4 shades available: Dusk, Puff, Haze and Beam. I did have all four but I ended up selling Haze because I just wasn’t using it that much with it being quite a deep shade and it just didn't look right on my super pale skin. My favourite is definitely Dusk which is a peachy-brown shade but Puff is definitely a very close second. Beam is more of a orange toned shade so I do tend to mix it in with the other two rather than using it on its own. 

Another product I would highly recommend from Glossier is the Milky Jelly Cleanser which I was a little unsure about at first with it being a conditioning cleanser because of my oily skin but somehow it just works for me. It smells so lovely because of it's floral scent and it cleanses without feeling as though it’s stripping all of my oils which is great BUT I wouldn't recommend it as a makeup remover as it just seems too gentle to remove basic makeup. But it is a lovely second cleanse so overall I would recommend it. However I do think it could be a little cheaper because it does seem a little steep at £15. 

Earlier this year Glossier released the Solution which claims to be a "exfoliating skin perfector" and everyone was raving about how good it is so obviously I caved and bought it. It's basically a chemical exfoliator with AHA, BHA and PHA. It's in a cute pink bottle with a pump similar to a nail polish remover bottle. At first I thought it was working for me as my skin was clearing up and looking pretty glowy. But then a few weeks down the line I had one of the worst breakouts I've ever had with really painful under the skin spots as well as normal spots. I've since read a few reviews who basically had the same experience as me. So I stopped using it on my face and I've been using it on my chest when I get the odd stress spot (fun times). But I'm definitely not going to buy it again and stick to my Pixi Glow Tonic which fyi also smells a lot nicer than the Glossier Solution too.

Boy Brow is one of the products which everyone goes on about. I would say it's kind of a pomade-gel hybrid and yes, I totally get the hype. Whilst it's not something I use on it's own unless I'm going for a super natural look (mainly because I have very fair brows) but it's a great product to use to make sure everything stays in place all day. I've been using the Lottie London Arch Rival Brow Artist (similar to Benefit's Precisely, My Brow Pencil) and then using the Glossier Boy Brow over the top and they both work so well together. It is very similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow but I think I actually prefer Boy Brow and it works out cheaper to buy too. 

I've only had a few samples of the Glossier You perfume but I absolutely love it. It is on the pricier side at £45 but I am planning on treating myself to it soon. It's very fresh and I think it smells nicer once it's settled a little. I also like that the bottle is not OTT. I think you're better off trying a sample before buying the bottle straightaway but I personally really like it. Also although I haven't tried it myself, I've heard not so great things about the Solid version of the You perfume. Apparently the scent doesn't stick around for long.

I picked up the Haloscope Highlighter in Quartz in my latest haul and I'm still kind of on the fence about it. I love the packaging, hence why I use it in a lot of blog and insta photos. But I feel like there's a lot of similar highlighter sticks around which are a lot cheaper. It is very pretty and gives a natural glow which I like a lot though. I have noticed that if I use the stick straight on my skin then it does move my makeup around a little so I tend to apply it with my fingers instead.

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Have you tried anything from Glossier? What did you love/hate?
Or are you planning on picking up a few things soon?

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  1. I'm still yet to make my first glossier purchase so this was a super handy post - thank you!x

    Lucy |

  2. I still love the sound of Boy Brow, I’ve heard everyone go on about it for so long, but I’m still yet to invest! I really love Balm Dotcom in Birthday, I would say it’s my favourite lip balm going, a definite must if you haven’t tried it.. 🙊

    Andi | ✨

  3. Love this post! I’ve been thinking about getting some things from Glossier but I’ve never been too sure what to try out I’m definitely going to give some of the products you recommend a shot! Really tempted to get the Boy Brow!