Well, it’s been a little while and I think the Glossier hype is dying down a little. Sure the pop-up store seems to be doing very well in London, but I’m not seeing Glossier’s name *everywhere* anymore. Maybe we’re all just growing immune. Too many courses of Glossier antibiotics that we didn’t need. We’ve become resistant.
Do you remember my first two Glossier bits? Well, about a week later I picked up two more little bits. So that gives me a total of four: the cloud paint, super pure serum, skin tint and haloscope highlighter.
So now I’m broke and have these four gorgeous pieces of makeup/skincare that look fabulous in blog photos and instagram posts, but are they worth the hype?
Well, yes and no. It’s a hard one to explain, because at first I hated all but one. Not hated hated, but just didn’t understand the fuss – and then they grew on me, and I changed to fit them. Hence my posts recently have tended to focus around minimal makeup, and keeping things simple for uni etc. I’m a new woman.
So as I said, I really wasn’t fussed about them when they arrived. The super pure serum actually really annoyed me for the first week or two, as I’m 99% sure it caused the worst break out I’ve had in a long time. I kept experimenting with how to wear it: straight before moisturiser, after moisturiser as a spot treatments, etc. Finally I settled on a method that I liked (using it before moisturising and then leaving it to sink in entirely before continuing my skincare routine) and BAM all of a sudden I’m in love. My skin has never been clearer and I’ve even had people tell me how great my skin is looking at the moment. As I say, I grew to love it and work with it, and the results have been fabulous.
Similarly, it took me ages to work out how to wear the skin tint and haloscope highlighter. The tint is really low coverage, like REALLY low. Like so much so that unless you knew you were wearing it, you wouldn’t know you were wearing it… y’know? But, actually, the more you play around with how to wear it, the more it grows on you. Lately I’ve even stopped using foundation so it’s really influenced the way I wear makeup. It just corrects pigment issues without being sticky or heavy and, with my new amazing skin, I really respect that minimalism.
The highlighter, too, was a little less than I expected. For a start, my room is so cold that to get anything from it I have to warm it up in my electric blanket for a bit to use it, but that’s not its fault. It actually, when warm, glides on like a treat, and leaves skin with a dewy finish rather than a sparkly streak of highlight. It’s genuinely gorgeous, and the highlighter I now reach for on my minimal days. It’s the perfect glow.
The only piece that I didn’t struggle to use at the start was the cloud paint – sure I used a little too much on first try (a little goes a looooong way) but actually it thrilled me immediately. I’m really glad that I went for the shade ‘beam’. It’s a lovely bright orange tone and really warms up my cheeks and gives me an almost tanned glow. I’ve even bought a similar orange blush from Stila because apparently orange blush is now very much my thing.
So do I regret making my Glossier purchase? Yes and no.
Glossier isn’t cheap – the serum alone was greeted with a sharp intake of breath when I hit purchase – but I can see why the prices are a little higher than you’d expect. I don’t think I’ll be making another oder in a hurry. Gal doesn’t have that kind of money lying around. As I say, my room is freezing so maybe heating takes priority, budget wise?
That said, once I’d got used to a *new* way of doing things, I really grew to love my purchases.
I think the trick with Glossier is not to take it too seriously. It’s the kind of makeup that actually works so much better when applied with your fingers, using the warmth from your hands to soften and blend. It’s a very relaxed way of applying makeup, with lots of smearing and dabbing, and it’s actually quite nice not to have to go at my skin with a load of brushes.
I’ve calmed down on the makeup front and I’m really happy about that. I feel like I’m glowing with natural beauty most of the time, rather than caked with foundation and brow pomade.
And that’s just really nice, and is something I’ll be thinking about when topping up my makeup collection in the future.
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