A couple of months ago, Glossier finally became available for Canadians to buy their products. If you’re not familiar with Glossier, it’s the epitome of minimalist beauty. All of their products cater to the “effortless but flawless” aesthetic, and they’re mostly very subtle – quite the opposite of the ubiquitous glam and glitz found on well-known Instagram beauty accounts. I’ve been really into the whole simple beauty routine lately, so I grabbed a few of Glossier’s fan favourites and tried them out for myself. Keep reading to learn more about my thoughts!
Glossier Stretch Concealer in Dark
This product is supposed to be a hydrating, buildable, and “flexible” in the sense that it is supposed to nourish the skin and make it look more supple and promote elasticity. This concealer is really great for the undereye area because that tends to be an area that gets dry and crepey easily. The coverage is quite light, and because it is so hydrating and light, it is undetectable on the skin. I’ve used this concealer to conceal some red spots on my face, and I found that it did a good job with neutralizing them but in a natural way. This is by no means a concealer that would coverage up any serious dark circles or blemishes, but on days where I just want to look a little more put together without looking like I’m wearing anything, this works great. I will say, however, that the shade range isn’t the best. I struggled between the shade Medium and Dark, but I went with Dark in the end because the shade Medium seemed too light. The jump between the shades is too great so Glossier should consider making some in-between shades. Luckily because it isn’t a very pigmented concealer, I can get away with using a darker shade, but sometimes I wish I had something a little more brightening for my undereyes.
Glossier Haloscope in Topaz
I was a little nervous when I picked this shade because I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark to use as a highlight. I didn’t go with Moonstone or Quartz because I felt like I already had some cream highlighters in my collection that were too similar to those. Luckily, Topaz worked perfectly for my skin tone. It appears to be pigmented when it’s first applied, however once it’s blended out it sheers out significantly. This highlight is very balmy and moisturizing. It has more of a sheen and wet-look rather than a shimmery, glittery highlight. Topaz in particular gives off more of a golden sheen that is very subtle. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who likes a very intense, blinding highlight. This would work best for those who prefer something more natural and dewy as this product delivers just that.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
I’ll be honest, the Cloud Paint really intimidated me when I first tried to use it. I picked the shade Dusk because I wanted something more neutral, therefore it would be less likely for me to screw it up noticeably on my face. Surprisingly, the Cloud Paint was really easy to work with. The shade is sheer but pigmented enough to show a hint of colour. It can also be spread out on the cheeks and blended without any effort. It’s slightly buildable but remains subtle no matter how much product you apply.
Glossier Boy Brow in Black
This was the product I was the most excited for. Boy Brow was the first product I heard about from Glossier, and because it was touted to be an affordable alternative to my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow, I wanted to see if it really was just as good. I picked up the shade Black and found that it suited my brows well. I think the Boy Brow gave my brows a thicker appearance and it did a good job keeping my brow hairs tamed, however I didn’t really like how much product was always on the brush. When I try to scrape off the globs of product, it makes the spout of the tube really messy and it doesn’t really get much off. In addition, for some reason I thought that the Boy Brow had some fibers in it to thicken the brows, however I don’t think that’s the case. I also wasn’t a fan of how easy it was to put a massive glob of product while combing through the brows. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with this product and I don’t think I’ll repurchase it.
Before and After
Left: Bare face. Right: Glossier Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, Cloud Paint, and Haloscope.
As you can see from the before and after pictures, I think my makeup looks very natural – almost as if I didn’t put anything on. But my face looks more polished, in my opinion! I applied the Stretch Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and a bit around my mouth then set it lightly with some loose powder. It’s hard to see where I applied the Haloscope (on my cheek bones, sides of forehead), but I found that it gave a very subtle golden sheen in person. The Cloud Paint gave me a beautiful faint flush of colour, which I adore, and the Boy Brow made my brows look more feathery and provided a slight tint. I did fill in my brows further with some brow powder but it’s not shown in the image above.
I really enjoy the products that I purchased, for the most part. My favourites are definitely the Cloud Paint and the Stretch concealer. My least favourite product out of the bunch is the Boy Brow, however I still like it – it just didn’t live up to my expectations.
I think Glossier as a brand would be perfect for those who prefer a more natural look and who don’t want to spend much time when applying makeup. These products can easily be applied with just your fingers, in fact they probably apply better with fingers! I usually go for these products on the days where I sleep in a little too much and I have to get to work in 15 minutes. It’s quick and easy and makes you look good enough. I’d say the hype is well deserved in this respect. However, if you’re the type of person who prefers makeup that is anything but subtle, Glossier makeup is not the brand you want to go for.
Have you tried anything my Glossier?
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