Glossier Impressions: One Year On

One year ago today as I write this, those pretty pink packages started landing on our doorsteps. Glossier launched in the UK on October 9th 2017 and the beauty world went NUTS for it. Cute branding, affordable products, millennial pink packaging, they had it all, and to say there was a hype would be an understatement. I was certainly not the only one to fall victim to it, going from being adamant I wasn’t that bothered, to placing a ginormous order by midday, the power of Glossier was unavoidable. And I, like others, found myself singing the praises of their products. You can see my first impressions in this post here.

But now, one year on, where do I stand with Glossier? Do I still love their products? What made my daily rotation, what have I repurchased, and what’s ended up neglected in the beauty drawers? Time to find out!

The loves.

Glossier Super Pure Serum: If I could only ever order one product from Glossier again, it would be this. Of all the Niacinamide serums I’ve tried, this is the one my skin just adores. I use it every night before bed and if I miss a night I notice a difference immediately. This keeps my skin clear and happy, and although it probably only lasts me around 3 months, it’s worth every penny.

Glossier Boy BrowSince making the switch to getting HD brows, I find my brows don’t need filling in day to day, they just need ‘organising’ if you will. Rather than faffing with a time consuming pencil, powder or pomade problem, I simply brush them through with Boy Brow, and go on my way. Boy Brow just adds a touch more thickness and definition, whilst holding them in place. I’m on my third or fourth tube of this and whilst it was a slow burn to start with, I wouldn’t be without it now.

Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake: I wasn’t a big fan of the Generation G Lipsticks when I first tried them (and generally, I’m still not) but Cake is the exception that proves the rule. I actually have two of these now, one in my makeup drawers and one that lives permanently in my handbag. It’s the perfect everyday, swipe on the go without a mirror shade. It’s comfortable on the lips and goes with basically every makeup look, and I wouldn’t be without this now, it’s my most worn lipstick shade.

The likes. 

Glossier Milky Jelly CleanserI’m on my second bottle of this (and I even have the cute dinky travel size too) and whilst I do like it, it’s not a total game changer for me. It makes a great second cleanse, the texture is soothing and nourishing on the skin, but there are other cleansers I like just as much, so this one, whilst nice, it just that. Nice.

Glossier Balm DotcomI have three of these now, Mint, Rose and Birthday Cake, which would probably suggest I love them. The reality is though, as much as I like the flavours and the practical packaging, it’s still a fairly average lip balm, and at £10 a pop there are better, more affordable ones out there. The packaging is great for on the go and the scents are lovely, but do you need it? No.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm: A more recent release from Glossier, but worth a mention nonetheless. I’m not a massive cream blush user, but I reach for this on minimal makeup days, or when I’m after a more natural look. It’s a really natural shade on the cheeks that is easy to build up, and if you’re a cream blush user, you’ll probably love this, but I generally just find myself reaching for powder blushes over this.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser: I just finished this up and will I repurchase? Probably not. There’s nothing wrong with it, I just think I have more hydrating moisturisers, and better primers, this does both just quite averagely. I found myself reaching for it more in the summer, but the rest of the year I like something that packs a little more punch.

The leaves.

Glossier Moisturising Moon MaskI feel bad about including this in the leaves section, because it’s not a bad product. My main gripes with this come from the fact I HATE the scent, it’s super chemically, and I just prefer the Origins one. To me this acts more like a moisturiser than a ‘moisturising mask’, unless you want to put so much on it’ll only last three or four gos. I know the Origins one is more expensive, but it smells nicer, works better and lasts longer, so I’ll be sticking with that.

Glossier Mega Galaxy Greens MaskAgain, I feel a bit bad including this in the leaves, because there’s not really much wrong with it. I quite like using it, it feels cooling and soothing on the skin, it just doesn’t really *do* anything. It claims to be ‘like a juice cleanse for your face’ but honestly I don’t find it does anything at all. I’ll continue to use it up because it feels nice, but for £18, I want to feel like the product is doing something!

Glossier Generation G LipsticksNow whilst I like Cake, the three other Gen G lipsticks I’ve tried (Jam, Crush and Like) I don’t like at all. I find them drying, the colour drags on the lips and applies streaky, and the shades just don’t really work with my skin tone. I also really hate the packaging for these, they break and crack all the time, and for £14 a pop, I would prefer something that looks and feels less cheap.

Glossier Solution: I know there’s been a lot of controversy with this one, so I’m going to keep this brief. I certainly haven’t experienced breakouts with it like some people have, but I also haven’t seen a difference in my skin using it. I think it smells terrible, and I find it a bit of an unnecessary extra step, it doesn’t do anything to my skin but it leaves it feeling sticky, so it’s a pass for me.

Glossier Cloud Paints in Dusk and Beam: Whilst I like the Cloud Paint in Storm, it all comes down to colour for me. Storm looks natural and pretty on my skin, which means I can get passed the faff it is to apply, but with Dusk and Beam, I find they just look a bit off. They’re almost pastel shades, and they look just a bit strange on the skin. They’re also lighter shades than Storm, so I find they tend to disappear and not last on the skin like Storm does. I occasionally reach for them, but they never seem worth the faff.

Glossier Stretch Concealer: This one is a real miss for me, and I can’t understand the hype around it. I find this offers next to no coverage, looks wet on the skin and moves around, creasing throughout the day. I’m not really sure why so many people love this because it’s a real fail for me. There’s also a really restrictive shade range, so even after swatching in store I couldn’t find a good match, since there’s only 5 shades.

A real mixed bag it seems, there are some real gems in the Glossier line up, but equally a few misses. Now that the hype has died down, it’s easier to see what products people genuinely love and continue to use, and which ones aren’t worth the splurge.

Have you tried much from Glossier? What are your favourite products?

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