Glossier Makeup Review

Glossier Makeup Review

There has been a huge kerfuffle around the UK launch of Glossier, the beauty brand from brilliant website Into The Gloss. Created by the Into The Gloss beauty editors and very much developed by listening to comments and feedback from their readers, Glossier is a relatively small (but fast-growing) collection of skincare and makeup which – until now – has been pretty hard to get hold of outside of the US.

But it has now landed on the UK shores – no custom charges, no long waits on orders (though I hear there’s something of a hold-up at the moment due to massive demand) and no general sense of unease as to whether your parcel will ever actually arrive.

Glossier Makeup Review

I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about and was lucky enough to get a few minutes with the founder of the brand, the lovely Emily Weiss, who talked me through the range and left me with a bag of samples to try out. In the video below, I put all of the makeup on my face at once and tell you what I like (or dislike) about it. Pretty basic stuff, but hopefully useful if you’ve seen all of the Glossier fuss and want to make an order.

Glossier Makeup Review

Interestingly (for me, at least) the product that Emily liked the most is definitely not my own favourite pick. I think Emily cited the multi-purpose Balm Dot Com as her number one “desert island” product, whereas mine would probably be the Cloud Paint blusher, for its amazingly cute packaging and easy-to-blend formula. Actually, for me it would be a tie between Cloud Paint and Boy Brow, which is a brow-plumping and grooming pomade that quickly turns straggly, rubbish eyebrows into slightly bushier, sexier, neater eyebrows. I think Boy Brow was Emily’s other favourite (if I could get my iPhone to play the video of our meeting I’d be able to tell you for sure, but iPhone and I are having issues at the moment) so we were on the same page in that respect, but yeah. The universal lip balm (scented with coconut, or birthday cake, amongst other things) just didn’t float my beauty boat, possibly because I already use Lanolips and this didn’t really bring anything extra to the party. Though it’s perfectly lovely, if you don’t already own a tube of heavy-duty non-sticky lip balm – lighter in texture than Lanolips and easier to spread.

glossier makeup review

At the risk of spoiling the video, I’ll add that the Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer are very, very sheer, so if you’re trying to cover up or mask imperfections then you’re barking up the wrong tree with Glossier. If, however, you have fairly good skin and love that au naturel sort of look that’s weekendy and effortless, just a hint of a tint, then go for it. I’ll do a standalone review of the Skin Tint if anyone’s interested – I did before and after pics with close-ups, as is now my standard foundation-testing procedure. Not that you would call the Perfecting Skin Tint a foundation – Glossier certainly don’t. They say that the formula is breathable and offers an “imperceptible wash of colour” but that it won’t “hide your freckles, spackle your pores, or erase any other evidence that you are, in fact, a real human being.”

Glossier Makeup Review

Right: pull up a pew, the show is about to begin. If you want to browse the Glossier site at the same time then you can open that in a new window here*. Prices are reasonable, I think, with the priming moisturiser starting at £18 and fabulous Boy Brow costing £14 – my favourite skincare product is the Milk Jelly Cleanser*, which is £15, but I will come back with a separate post on that one.

Glossier UK

Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich*: Glossier Skin Tint in Medium*: Glossier Haloscope in Quartz*: Glossier Stretch Concealer*: Glossier Cloud Paint*: Glossier Balm Dot Com*: Glossier Boy Brow*:


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  1. October 13, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    All base products are too sheer for my liking, but the cloud paint blushes look nice, even if it is just for the name of them.

  2. Kate Pyle
    October 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I’m really tempted by the skin tint as it’s taken me till aged 46 to realise I don’t like most foundations because they hid my freckles. The colour match worries me tho. Probably a medium but Nadine Baggott said it was on the light side?

  3. Fran B
    October 13, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Ah the monster cracked me up! Glossier looks my sort of thing! How do you find the boy brow compares to the benefit version?

  4. Clare
    October 13, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    What nail varnish are you wearing in this video?

  5. Anna
    October 14, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Skintint review please! If you have the time.

  6. Cheranne
    October 14, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Hello Ruth, a perfect and thorough review! I’m wondering if the skin tint is like the Chanel Les Beige cushion foundation in coverage / formulation? Also which colour stretch concealer did you purchase? Trying to use your shade choice as an indicator as I have a similar colouring :-) thanku! xx

    • October 15, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Hi Cheranne,
      No the Chanel has a sort of gloss effect but I reckon the coverage is similar. I had press samples, my concealer shade was “light” but I’d say it was quite a good match for me! xx

      • Cheranne
        October 16, 2017 / 1:31 am

        Ah interesting, I found that with the Chanel cushion too – it was a bit too ‘juicy’ for summer what with all the sticky heat to top it off! Will give this one a try, thank u! Wasn’t sure on the stretch shade as The Anna Edit uses ‘light’ and she’s rather more pale, but can take a sigh of relief now you’re ‘light’ too, seeing as it’s already on route avec DPD! Hope your Bath move is going well (not in a stalkery way, had watched your YouTube vlog and I done a similar ‘London to Cotswold’ move last year so can relate..I find watching Jack Dee’s ‘Bad Move’ a little relatable if you’re in need of a laugh! xx

  7. October 15, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    The Cloud Paint is my favorite product as well and I agree that the skin tint is quite sheer. Your review is right on!

  8. Fatemeh
    October 16, 2017 / 7:28 am

    I really want to try the balm dotcom because of how much I’ve heard about it. I’m curious to know – what is the pricepoint like in your opinion?

  9. October 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I’ve seen so much about Glossier recently and I really want to get my hands on some of their products! x

  10. October 16, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I can’t wait to get ordering some of these products, it has been a long but seemingly worthwhile wait! It is great to hear you talk through so many of the products to help me decide what to get. Thanks so much.


  11. Cristina
    October 18, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Hi Ruth!
    Can you please tell me how different/similar is the Skin Tint from NARS Tinted Moisturizer (my favorite ever, in Alaska, thanks to you! )?
    Thanks, great video!

  12. DW
    May 27, 2018 / 2:21 am

    You must try the jelly cleanser! That’s been a life changing product for me. Its gentle, hydrating and cleared my acne. HG product.

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