Glossier — Is it Worth the Hype? We Put 5 Products to the Test
Over the summer, cult beauty brand Glossier expanded their boundaries by making Canada their first international shipping country. Needless to say, Canadian beauty addicts went nuts; buying every product online now that they rightly could. I was one of them — to a certain extent.
I wouldn’t say I went crazy, but I did purchase a few products that I had been eyeing for awhile. Some of the products I completely fell in love with, while others I could have lived without and saved the cash. But what I really wanted to find out was if Glossier was really worth all the hype. Was it? Read on to find out!
Every girl loves a good balm and this all-purpose one is great for chapped anything! My lips get so chapped that no drugstore options seem to be able to save them. Recently, I’ve been using Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask but I like Glossier’s Balm Dotcom more. It’s not as thick and dense, but it still lasts on my lips for hours. I have the coconut flavor which offers the slightest hint of tropical scent without being overpowering. The balm also comes in Birthday, Rose, Cherry, Mint and Original flavours. It’s a little pricey at $15 for a tube of lip chap, but if your lips get super dry and you can’t seem to find an alternative with enough moisture, Balm Dotcom is worth the splurge.
When it comes to highlighter, I’ve been using a matte powder one from Smashbox for years, but this product has changed that. Previously, I’ve found that shimmery powder-based highlighters just don’t really show up on my skin, regardless of how much I coat on. I don’t need my face to look like I tripped and fell into a pile of 24K gold flakes, but a slight glow to it would be appreciated. And Glossier’s Haloscope face highlighter does just that for me. The highlighter stick comes in three different shades (Moonstone, Quartz and Topaz,) and provides a bonus hit of vitamin-rich moisture from its core. I roll it directly on my cheekbones when I want a full dewy face and lightly dab it when I just need a little glimmer. Either way, Haloscope gives my face a freshly glazed, Krispy Kreme donut kind of look that I like, so I think this product is definitely worth every cent.
For a while now I’ve really wanted to start using a serum, but I was struggling to find an affordable one that actually worked. When Glossier arrived in Toronto for a week-long pop-up shop, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to purchase the Super Pure face serum for a mere $28. Other serums I had looked at were hitting around the $100 mark and although having good skin is important to me, having enough money to pay rent and live in the city is slightly more important.
So I bought Super Pure and gave it a go. It feels great, absorbs very quickly for a serum and doesn’t have any sort of sticky finish. I honestly didn’t notice that much of a difference in my overall complexion, but I have noticed that the pores on my nose and my chin seem to be clearing up and reducing in size. Is it worth it? Meh. I like the addition of a serum to my skincare routine, but it’s not something I actually needed, and I could have easily lived without.
The Boy Brow formula is a bit thicker compared to similar products, but having an eyebrow gel that also contains pigmented colour to fill and thicken is a welcomed time saver. As someone who has been using a coloured eyebrow pencil and a separate clear gel for years, I think this product is definitely worth it. It’s great for those who want to achieve a natural, fuller-looking brow without having to do to much work. The beeswax and Carnauba wax definitely keep your brow hairs in order without appearing too stiff, while its tiny, tapered brush helps to shape brows just right. Plus a little goes a long way here, so although the small tube comes in at $20, it will last you awhile.
I was in the market for a new concealer and decided to try out Glossier’s Stretch Concealer after visiting their Toronto pop-up shop. The concealer comes in five different shades (Light, Medium, Dark, Deep and Rich,) and is made with nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, avocado and jojoba oil. The concealer is also made with “elastic micro waxes” to provide a natural, dewy finish without looking caked on.
I like that I can apply as much of the Stretch Concealer as I want without it looking thick, but with that in mind, it doesn’t provide much in the way of camouflage. For those who only want or need a little bit of coverage, this one’s for you. But if you’re trying to hide the dark bags under your eyes like me, I’d consider a stronger concealer under a different brand.
What are you favourite Glossier products? Share them in the comment section!
All images by Brooklyn Neustaeter
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Brooklyn is a Toronto-based journalist and if she isn’t writing, you can find her enjoying a nice glass of merlot. She is a lover of good books, Sunday brunches and running around the city with her girl gang. She’s your basic Blair Waldorf in a world of Jenny Humphrey’s. You can follow her on Twitter @BNeustaeter.