BUT FIRST a disclaimer. I know nothing about makeup. I don’t really care about makeup. I don’t really care about brands or designers or “IT” products. But I do care about my skin and I was getting really tired of switching from product to product trying to find the right brand and the right combo of products that would keep my skin healthy but that would also make me look hot because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look great with minimal effort without clogging your pores and damaging your skin. Another disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist or a beautician so you don’t have to believe anything I say.
Ok now that that’s out of the way. Let’s get to it. I was a moderate reader of Into The Gloss but what really drew me to Glossier was the combination of their branding (Skin First, Makeup Second and the stickers...really cute stickers), and that theyre a very transparent, female owned businesses and I’m all about giving my money to women.
Also I am very low maintenance and they sold me on the notion that your skincare and your makeup can be the same thing.
So first I ordered Phase 1 - used it for about 3 months, loved it.
Phase 2 came out, I was hooked, ordered it immediately, loved it even more.
Basically threw away all of my other skincare (not really but I put it in a box..you know..for emergencies) and now I’m going to tell what I love about each specific item that I now use on a daily basis.
Also another disclaimer. Glossier is not paying me for this. I am a mere consumer with a website and a credit card.
So here we go...
Milky Jelly Cleanser – at first I was very skeptical. It doesn’t foam or lather, nor does it have exfoliating beads. All things that I was very used to in a cleanser. I was previously using Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Cleanser for Acne and Yes to Grapefruit daily cleanser, both have beads and both create a nice lather.
The first time I used Milky Jelly I thought I was doing it wrong. Where are the suds???????
It took me a week to get used to the no suds thing but now i’m like “sud’s who?” Because my skin is so soft and silky. Also apparently it is pretty common for cleansers to not make bubbles. I was none the wiser.
Priming Moisturizer: This is pretty much a do-all. I use it as a moisturizer after cleansing and I also use it as a primer before putting on makeup. It’s so light and airy and Glossier’s claim that it’s “buildable” is nothing but true. It absorbs into my skin super quick without being excessively oily and it’s replaced my normal makeup primer. (I used to use Neutrogena Shine Control Primer.) Now I use this as my moisturizer and primer. A little bit goes a long way but a lot is never too much.
Tint: I used to use a combination of Primer and BB Cream before using foundation but now I pretty much only apply this to my face. After using this for a few months now everything else I put on my face feels extremely thick and it’s like I can literally hear my pores suffocating. It doesn’t have the best coverage (that’s where the concealer comes in) but it’s just enough to give you an even tone and a dewy glow.
Balm Dot Com: I have to say this is the one I actually use the least, but everyone I know who uses it loves it the most. Maybe I’m just not giving it a chance, or maybe it’s just because I threw it in my purse with the intentions of using it all the time and then it just ended up in abyss of lost items. It is great for cuticles though. It’s actually great for pretty much anything. I’ve used it on my lips as lip balm and I’ve even heard of someone using it on their skin as highlighter. The great thing about Glossier products is that no matter what you use them for they’re so light that it’s usually not harmful. Personally the Balm is a little too dense to put on my face. I feel like it would make me break out, but it’s perfect for anything that’s dry or chapped.
Concealer: I’m all about my concealer to brighten up dark spots and hide those pimples that just never seem to go away. Also who get’s enough sleep to the effect of not having dark circles under your eyes. If you’re that person I hate you.
I feel like i used just about every drugstore concealer because I’m the type where I refuse to spend $40 on makeup if i’m not 1000% percent sure that it’ll meet my needs. The $18 I spent on this was more than worth it. I use it with my fingers, no brush needed, and just dab it on problem areas. My only issue is that if you don’t top it with a powder or finisher, it needs to be reapplied about halfway throughout the day. But then again I’m terrible at makeup so maybe I’m just doing it wrong.
Generation X Lipstick: Probably my fave out of everything in both Phases. I opted for Cake but I think I’m going to end up buying every color. I use a Stila blush colored lip liner as a base and then this on top and it looks like my lips are so naturally pink and plump. It’s a great lip balm/lipstick combo without being too lipsticky or too lip balmy. If that makes sense.
Boy Brow: Game changer. I was Anatasia dip brow for quite some time and loved it. Then I discovered brow mascara which carved a good 5 minutes off my beauty routine. I love anything that saves time because I literally hate doing my makeup. I sacrificed my time for the dip brow because I take a lot of pride in my brows but Boy Brow honestly puts every other eye brow product i’ve used to shame. Now it depends on how you like your brows to look. I prefer a slightly unkempt, naturally thick looking brow. If you want your brows to look perfectly manicured, symmetrical and...let’s face it, drawn on. Then boy brow isn’t for you and I’d stick with a pencil or dipbrow of sorts.
All in all, my advice is, if you can afford it, I would say go for Phase 1 if you’re interested in just skincare, Phase 2 if you’re interested in just makeup, and both if you want the whole package. You can also just buy each item A La Carte and even though they are slightly more expensive than drugstore brands, they’re ridiculously LESS expensive than your Mac’s or your Urban Decay’s or even your basic Sephora brand.
images from www.glossier.com
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