One of the things I’ve realised about myself as I get older is that I’m happy to get involved a hype. As a teenager, I spent half my life desperately trying to go against things that were stereotypically cool, and trying very hard to be a little bit different. The only issue with that is that I’m just not very different at all. If I could go back to my teenage self and say, hey, it’s okay to like the things that everyone else likes, I don’t think I’d just say it. I think I’d scream it.
So yeah, I can see that Glossier is very much hyped about at the moment. I’m no skincare expert, but it turns out I have the capacity to get excited about the launch. Just like everyone else. Which is fine. If you’d told me that last year I would have laughed at you. After all, I’ve only recently started to get into skincare. Last year I was using whatever I could find in Boots that was on offer, and then wondering why my skin looked flat and why I suffered from adult acne.
And even though my skincare regime has massively stepped up in the last year – friends actually compliment how clear my skin looks these days, and I don’t wake up dreading what I might see in the mirror – I still have a number of complaints. I want more moisture, smaller pores and to feel a little less grey.
“Glowing, dewy skin is our thing”
I won’t lie – the first thing that attracted me to Glossier was the name. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but yeah, I want gloss. I want moisture, I wanna glow. I don’t want to feel like a pasty anymore. I’m bored of looking dry, grey and meh. Plus I am here for that branding.
But a brand is not just all about its packaging. It was never enough for me to try and buy any of the products while the company was only in the US. But when Glossier launched in the UK, with pretty reasonable prices and delivery, I had to get on it.
I didn’t completely fill my basket with stuff, just a few of the things I’ve had my eye on for a while.
So what skincare did I get?
I started with the Milky Jelly Cleanser. At £15 the jury is still out on whether it’s a reasonable price. It’s cheaper than the other cleansers I use (generally Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser) but they last for a long time. I don’t know how long this one will last just yet, but you don’t need a huge amount of product. I’ve been using it as my second cleanse (I don’t think it would stand up as my first) and I’ve really loved it so far.
Next on my list was the Moisturising Moon Mask, which retails for £18. I’m really in two minds about this one. I’ve used it twice so far as a little pick me up treat, but I think that’s all it is so far; a treat. It does do what it says on the tin by giving your skin a little moisturising boost so that’s a plus. I wonder whether The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA would do the same job at a much more purse-friendlier price. But as a treat, I’m really liking it so far.
Next, I picked up the Priming Moisturiser. I’m always on a never-ending quest to find a great primer. It has a thin consistency which means it spreads easily, and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling like there’s a residual layer. I’m worried about it containing Vitamin A, which could be irritating and I’m trying to make sure that my SPF is well up to speed when I use this. I’m loving it as a moisturiser, but as a primer, I’m not so sure. A little more use is definitely needed.
And the makeup?
Finally, I picked up Stretch Concealer. So far and I’m not feeling it at all. It’s bloody hard work to apply, I think it might be creasing a little too much when I use it under my eyes and it has a real sheen to the finish which I’m not keen on at all. This is probably a great product for anyone who doesn’t need anything too heavy duty, but unfortunately, I’m not that girl.
What’s next on my list?
I’m going to be trying out the Glossier products I have already properly before I make any repurchases, but so far I’m pretty converted by the Milky Jelly Cleanser. As things stand I’ll be adding that to my shopping basket regularly.
I’m not much of a makeup person, and even though my foray into Glossier make up hasn’t been a success so far, I’m really tempted to try Boy Brow. It has great reviews and my eyebrows are definitely in need of a bit of help.