Monday, 13 November 2017

My First (Little) Glossier Haul

If you're reading this post, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that Glossier's UK launch finally happened last month, and British beauty lovers everywhere lost their shit. It took me very little time to jump right on that bandwagon and buy a few things I didn't need, but I was actually pretty darn restrained. I took a deep breath, I kept my cool, and I ordered the three products I was most keen to get my hands on. I actually made this order a good couple of weeks ago and this post is going up later than planned, so I have a few first impressions to share. Here we go...

Milky Jelly Cleanser (£15)
This is the Glossier product I've been dying to get my hands on for the longest time. Finding a cleanser (or any skincare product) that works well for me is difficult, because my skin is the worst kind of combination. It's very oily and blemish-prone, but also prone to dehydration and flakiness. Cream and balm cleansers tend to break me out, while most gel cleansers leave my face feeling a little tight. The Milky Jelly Cleanser sounds like just the middle ground my complexion has been craving. I've only tried it once - I'm very cautious about integrating new products into my core skincare routine for all of the reasons I've just mentioned - and I did enjoy the thickened gel texture. I'll update you on my thoughts when I've given it a proper go.

Cloud Paint in 'Dusk' (£15)
When it comes to cheek products, I'm usually all about the powders, but there's something about the Cloud Paints that drew me in. Maybe it was the cute packaging. Maybe it was the flood of rave reviews I read. Maybe it was the fresh-faced and artfully-flushed models on the Glossier website. Whatever prompted me to purchase, I'm glad I did because the Cloud Paint in 'Dusk' is one of the most beautifully natural-looking blushes I've ever tried. The shade is a soft rosy-brown nude - very subtle, very goes-with-anything - and the formula is so easy to work with. It's really lightweight, sitting somewhere between liquid and cream, and it blends effortlessly. It doesn't set to a powdery finish but it also doesn't stay wet and tacky on the cheeks; it has a very skin-like texture once applied.

Boy Brow in 'Brown' (£14)
My blog has barely gotten started, but I've already raved about Benefit Gimme Brow left, right and centre. Glossier's Boy Brow looked so similar, I couldn't resist picking it up to compare. And you know what... I might actually prefer Glossier's offering. Maybe. (I'm sorry Benefit; I feel traitorous even thinking it!) Like Gimme Brow, Boy Brow effortlessly bulks up the brows and evens out any sparse patches with just a few strokes of its teeny tiny brush. What gives it the edge, however, is that unlike its Benefit counterpart, it actually does a decent job of keeping the hairs in the position it brushes them into. And so it has swooped right in and stolen Gimme Brow's job as my go-to lazy morning brow product. For now at least.

Glossier You (Free sample - full size product is £45)
My order came with a little sample of Glossier's brand new perfume so I'm going to briefly mention my thoughts on the scent. I don't like it... It's very musky and woody, and a little floral. I've heard a lot of good things about it, but it's just not my kind of scent. I'm into fruity and citrusy fragrances, and You is nothing like that. (It's worth noting that there are very few perfumes I really like, and I dislike quite a lot of extremely popular ones. So I'm certainly no authority on fragrances.)

I'll admit it: before the UK launch, I had become just a little bored of hearing everyone and their mother gush about Glossier. But if all of their products are as fab as the few I've tried, I can maybe begin to understand the hype. I'm really impressed with my purchases and can't wait to try more from the brand.

What are your favourite Glossier products? I'm sure it won't take me long to cave and make a second order, so let me know what I should try next!
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