October was the month that everyone lost their sh*t about Glossier. All I saw on my Twitter feed was Glossier-this and Glossier-that. So, of course, I bought into the hype and made an order. I’ve had these bits a few weeks and definitely have discovered which work for me and which don’t – so here is a little haul & mini-review of each product!
The Quartz Haloscope Highlighter was the item that I was most excited for because I am such a fan of a dewey, wet looking, golden highlighter. However, for me, it was the biggest disappointment. The first time I tried it, it just took my foundation straight off and looked disgusting and clumpy on my cheeks. I was completely gutted, because it swatches so beautifully (see pictures below) but I can’t wear it with foundation because it just doesn’t sit right – and I never wear highlighter without foundation so it’s a bit useless to me now really. With my Benefit Watts Up, which I have the same kind of issues with) I use that as an eye shadow instead because it’s so pigmented. However, with Quartz, it’s just not as pigmented so doesn’t really show up on my eyes at all. I think it would be completely stunning on my face but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work with my foundation. And, I suppose, the idea of Glossier is a brand focused on looking natural so you probably shouldn’t pair this with full-coverage foundation and maybe that’s why it sits funny. However, I will definitely play around with this some more to attempt to get it to work for me!
As you all know, I’m a big fan of a moisturising primer and this one is no exception. As soon as I put it on my face, I was instantly impressed. It creates such a fantastic, hydrating, plumping base for your make up and sometimes I put this on even if I’m not wearing make up, just because it makes your skin feel so supple and soft – like a baby’s bottom. I have really dry and dehydrated skin and so I usually opt for moisturising primers, my favourite being the Laura Geller Spackle Primer. This primer is just as good as that one. Your face doesn’t feel sticky or tacky after applying and it sinks in really quickly. When I do my make up in the morning I usually apply this first, then make a cup of tea and some breakfast while it sinks in and does its thing, and then go back to my dresser (with my tea and breakfast) and apply the rest of my make up. It provides such a fantastic base and it’s a little cheaper than the Laura Geller one that I love so much, so it’s a fantastic alternative. Also, the packaging is so cute. I 100% recommend.
The Cloud Paints are probably one of the most famous items that Glossier do and they were something that I was honestly sceptical about trying. On a normal day, I don’t use a really heavy blush (my everyday blushes are Nars ‘Hot Sand’ and ‘MAC Melba’) and I was worried that these were going to be too intense for me. I mean, they’re called “Cloud Paints” and paint isn’t really a word that suggests light to me. However, these are incredibly sheer but buildable and look honestly gorgeous on the cheek. I do wish I’d gone for a different shade to Puff as I don’t often opt for pink blushes and I think Beam would’ve been a better colour for me for everyday as it’s more similar to my favourites. However, I do really adore the formula. It’s so easy to blend out to a natural flush on the cheeks with a damp Beauty Blender. I think when I do my next order – cos we all know I have 0 self control – I will pick up Beam and hopefully have a more everyday shade with that one, as Puff is a little intense for me for everyday. I still think it’s fantastic, though.
I really struggle with my brows. I can’t do ‘insta-brows’ and I’m way too lazy to carve them out every morning with my ABH Pomade, as much as I’d like to. Benefit Gimme Brow has been one of my staples in my make-up collection for so long and I was about to repurchase, but when Glossier launched in the UK and I realised I could try Boy Brow, I decided to leave my Gimme Brow and try something new. And I’m so glad I did. Boy Brow is so pigmented, with a small brush applicator which makes it incredibly easy to be precise. It takes me approximately 2 minutes to do my brows in the morning now with this pomade. I just quickly brush it through my brows after using a pencil to create a basic shape and then I’m done. It’s amazing and I’m so pleased that I picked it up because it’s such an easy solution to flawless brows err’day. If you’re like me and can’t do your eyebrows to save your life then you need this little baby. It’s a real winner.
|Swatches of Quartz & Puff
If you want to try out some of these babies then you can shop Glossier UK with 10% off using this link! If you use this link, then I will get a little bit of store credit in exchange for you guys getting 10% off. Well worth it in my opinion!