Glossier Review: Is It Worth It?

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while then you’ll know that I’ve been a long-time supporter of Glossier. Like most beauty lovers I was enticed by the fact that it was simple, dewy makeup that can be worn every day without looking too done up. While I love the artistry of makeup and can appreciate the formulations of products, I’m not the biggest makeup wearer. So, when this brand came out and offered this image of a “natural”, summery look with cute packaging I was eager to try out a few of their most popular products, which I did.

At this point, I’ve tried:

  • Skin Tint

  • Bounce Serum

  • Priming Moisturizer

  • Invisible Shield SPF

  • Stretch Concealer

  • Lidstar

  • Boy Brow

  • Lash Slick

  • Cloud Paint

  • Generation G Lipsticks

  • You Perfume

  • Haloscope

Seeing as I’ve bought a lot of Glossier’s most popular products, I thought it would be useful for anyone else interested in the brand if I did a general review. I won’t be discussing the products in depth all that much, since I’ve put up a few posts doing that already. I’ll mostly be discussing what I love and hate about the brand as a whole and give my final verdict as to whether it’s worth the splurge (spoiler: it’s definitely not cheap).

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What I Love

First, I want to get into what I love about this brand. I am obsessed with the fact that the products aren’t meant to change the way you look, but rather enhance your natural beauty. You can add a pop of colour on the lids, cheeks, or lips and head out the door looking like yourself, but fresher. I also love that the packaging is kept simple and not to difficult to handle (except for the cloud paint), so it’s perfect for travelling when you don’t want to carry too much with you. All the products and formulas work well with each other, so you can just bring your collection of Glossier with you on a trip and not worry about whether or not you have to prep too much to get the products to blend. The entire goal of the brand is simplicity, and they’ve definitely achieved that.

Their motto is also ‘skin first’ so, naturally, they would also have a fair amount of skin care to offer. While I’ve only tried two skin care products, I can say that they have invested energy in making those just as effective yet simple as the makeup so anyone can use them. Not to mention the fact that you can do one big shop on their website, get a discount and some samples, and receive them all at your front step in about a week. As someone who works from home, it does make things much easier when I want to stock up on my favourite products.

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What I Hate

On the other hand, the fact that you can only buy Glossier online is one of the main things I hate about the brand. I am very picky about the products I use and so I always want to test them out before I invest money in them. Unfortunately, there have been a few instances where I learned a bit too late that the formulas or shades weren’t right for me after having already spent my money. Since their shade range is fairly small in the concealers and skin tints, I was never able to find a colour that was right for me. Either it was too dark or too pink—I fall into the yellow/golden category, so I didn’t have any luck with the base products. Furthermore, their priming moisturizer that was pleasantly unscented gave me a bit of a rash on my chin, and that’s something that’s never happened to me before with moisturizers.

Now, let’s talk about the price. I’m not going to lie—Glossier is pricey, and that’s only exacerbated by shipping costs if you aren’t willing to buy a load of products in one go. Considering the simplicity of the packaging I would expect the brand to be cheaper, much like The Ordinary. They offer great products at half the price of Glossier because their packaging isn’t anything elaborate. However, there are a few formulations in their products that I’ve never experienced before, so that can justify the price for some of them. Boy Brow, Haloscope, You Perfume, Cloud Paint, Lidstar are all revolutionary products that I will definitely be buying again—the others, not so much.

Final Verdict

So, after all is said and done, do I think Glossier is worth it? Simply put—yes. I have incorporated their products in my daily makeup routine for years now and will continue to do so. They work well with the aesthetic I like and, when you know what you want and how the product performs on you, it’s easy to make a quick order and have your refill for the year.

My only words of caution would be that this makeup is not at all for a full beat face. A lot of your natural skin will be showing and you will look greasy throughout the day (that’s kind of the look). If you aren’t comfortable with that, then I would suggest incorporating only a few simple products like the lipsticks or eyeshadows into your makeup bag and going from there.