Glossier: In-Depth Brand Review (featuring Milky Jelly Cleanser, Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, Boy Brow, Haloscope and Balm Dot Com)

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An all-Glossier look featuring Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer in Light, Haloscope in Quartz, Boy Brow in Blonde, and Balm Dot Com in Cherry

When one of my favorite beauty blogs, Into the Gloss, started a makeup brand two years ago, I felt twin, ambivalent feelings – lust for the perfectly-branded products, and worry that it was all hype. So I waited, read reviews, used up other products, thought it over, and finally placed a large order this summer. The products arrived with stickers and a baby pink bubble-wrap pouch that works as a dopp kit for a weekend-long trip. Over the last few months I’ve been road-testing the products, and to my delight, they’re really great.

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My full stash: Milky Jelly cleanser, Skin Tint and Concealer in Light, Haloscope in Quartz, Boy Brow in Blonde, and Balm Dot Com in Coconut, Rose, and Cherry

Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18 for 6 fl oz)

Milky Jelly Cleanser is a rose-scented gentle cleanser with a very pleasant, squishy texture. Think micellar water in a jelly texture. I enjoy the cleanser, but this is the one item I don’t plan on re-purchasing. Instead, I’ll refill the well-designed bottle with a cheaper alternative, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser ($7 for 12 oz).

Perfecting Skin Tint in Light ($26)

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light, unblended on the left, blended on the right

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base makeup for years (seriously – I wrote about the “Foundation Quest” three years ago). After I wrote that post, I took a couple years off foundation entirely, sticking to sunscreen only and focusing on skincare. I still like the no-foundation look, but Glossier’s skin tint is great option if you want to subtly cover redness while letting freckles peek through.

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No makeup on the left, Skin Tint in Light on the right

Skin tint is lighter than every foundation, BB cream and tinted moisturizer I’ve tried. It is very sheer, with a dewy finish. If you are looking for a light-coverage base, it’s a wonderful option. I find that it’s best applied with fingers.

Stretch Concealer in Light ($18)

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Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light, unblended swatch on the left, blended out on the right

Stretch Concealer comes in a small screw-off jar, similar to RMS Un-Cover. It has a creamy texture and light coverage.

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Skin Tint in Light on the left, Skin Tint plus Stretch Concealer in Light on the right

Some people might dislike a sheer concealer, but I find it works well under the eyes. It doesn’t entirely erase dark circles, which looks more natural to me than opaque coverage.

Boy Brow in Blonde ($16)

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No makeup on top, Boy Brow in Blonde on bottom

I’ve tried a lot of brow products over the years – brow powder (fades quickly), brow pomade (fussy application, a brush that requires cleaning), brow pencil (hard to make it look natural), and brow gel (the shade I got, Anastasia Beverly Hills in Caramel, was oddly glittery). Boy Brow is a brow gel with a waxy, pomade texture. This shade, blonde, is a nice neutral taupe. It is by far the simplest and fastest way I’ve found to tidy up and define my eyebrows.

Haloscope in Quartz ($22)

Glossier Skin Tint and Concealer in Light, Haloscope in Quartz, Boy Brow in Blonde, and Balm Dot Com in Cherry
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz on cheekbone

Haloscope is Glossier’s highlighter, and it comes in three shades, Quartz (champagne), Topaz (light bronze), and Moonstone (white/blue opal). I have Quartz, which I like for a very natural glow. It comes in a chubby twist-up stick, with a shimmery outer ring and a solid oil core. The stick allows for easy application, blended out with finger tips. This is not an over-the-top metallic highlighter, but rather imparts a dewy glow with very fine shimmer. If your skin is sensitive to coconut oil, you may want to find another product, but it hasn’t bothered or clogged my skin.

Balm Dot Com in Coconut, Rose, and Cherry ($12)

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Balm Dot Com in Coconut, Rose, and Cherry

Balm Dot Com is a petroleum-based lip balm with lanolin, similar to Aquaphor. They work as great lip balms, but I also like them as cuticle creams. The balm comes in an unscented version as well as four flavors (Mint, Rose, Coconut, Cherry). Coconut and Mint are clear, Rose is slightly pink-tinted, and Cherry has a subtle rosy tint, similar to Benetint.

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Before and After: no makeup on the left, Skin Tint and Concealer in Light, Boy Brow in Blonde, Haloscope in Quartz, and Balm in Cherry on the right

If you are interested in trying Glossier, you can use this link for 20% off:

http://bff.glossier.com/eMpxV

Update: I’ve since purchased and reviewed the Glossier Cloud Paint blushes and the Generation G lip colors. If you’d like to read that, check it out here: https://nathattack.com/2017/04/14/glossier-cloud-paint-generation-g-review-and-swatches-in-depth-brand-review-pt-2/ 

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