Glossier is one of those brands literally everyone seems to be talking about. And I’ve wanted to give their beauty bits a try ever since they started making the rounds in the beauty blogs. With sweet blush pink packaging and a minimalist approach to makeup, the brand just couldn’t be more my cup of tea. I also love their (dare I say French) philosophy of skincare before makeup. Unfortunately the products are notoriously difficult to get in Europe. But after a bit of research, I finally managed to get my hands on some Glossier goodies and here are my thoughts.
HOW TO GET GLOSSIER IN EUROPE
Since Glossier doesn’t currently ship outside of US (although there are rumours about it coming to UK soon), the only way to get it in Europe is with a mail forwarding service. Unfortunately most mail forwarding services tend to be ridiculously pricey or tricky to use. I was just about ready to give up on my Glossier dreams, when I stumbled upon myMallBox.
The account was super easy to set up, it gives you an American address that you just fill in on the Glossier website. The package was at my doorstep in less than two weeks, and the best part was that the shipping costs came to about 18 euros.
I’m pretty settled into my skincare routine right now, so I decided to skip the skincare this time around. (Yay for minimalism!). But since I’m all about the natural minimalist makeup look, I knew that the Phase 2 Set would be right up my street.
Glossier Boy Brow | Blond
I never really got the point of brow setting gels, that is, before trying Boy Brow. The ones I’ve had before made my brows look crusty or overly done, and the brush was always a bit too big for a neat application. But Boy Brow makes my brows look polished and put together, while still keeping them soft and natural. And the brush is just the perfect size!
Glossier Stretch Concealer | Light
If I had to pick a favourite product in the set, it would probably be this one. It’s the lightest, most skin-like concealer I’ve ever come across. The product just glides onto the skin and melts in seamlessly, while still covering everything you need it to. It does crease on me a bit, but then again, what doesn’t crease on me.
Since I’ve never used a pot concealer before, I was quite worried that I’d find it too much of a faff to apply without the ease of a wand. But I’ve actually found it so easy to apply by just dipping my beauty blender straight into the pot. Definitely a winner!
The Gen G lipsticks were something I was so intrigued by. Since they promise to combine two of my favourite things; matte & sheer. They apply like a sheer balm and then dry down to a light matte finish. The best way I can describe it is they’re like wearing lipstick without wearing lipstick. I also love the slim packaging, since it makes me feel like I might actually finish this lipstick one day. The only minus comes from the really weird smell, that’s luckily only detectable in the tube.
The shade Cake is a barely there peachy nude that’s one of those “your lips but better” shades.
Despite my decision to skip the skincare this time around, there was one thing I just had to try. The original Balm Dotcom is perhaps one of the best known Glossier products, and everyone seems to rave about the miraculousness of this little tube.
While I can’t deny that the packaging stole my heart. I did have some reservations about the ingredients of this balm, since I tend to prefer natural lip balms. That said, I have found myself loving this not only on the lips, but on other parts of my body as well. It’s a great all-rounder balm that works just as great under lipstick as it does on your cuticles.
So what’s my verdict? The products are definitely brilliant, but maybe not quite worth all the hype they’re getting.
Have you tried anything by Glossier?