This is gonna be a long post. But if you’re looking for the tl;dr version:
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Anyway, onto the review!
So nice that I visited twice
I actually made two visits to the Glossier pop up in San Francisco, but this review is dragging on so long that I’m going to save my thoughts on the pop up for its own post. My first visit was pretty rushed because I needed to get back to San Jose, so I only really got to soak in the fantasy on my second trip. But here’s a sneak peek for now.
The Original Haul
Did I go a little crazy? Maaaaaaybe. In my defense, I was in full on treat-yo-self-my-birthday-is-coming mode. But on the other hand, I’d had my eye on some of these things for a while. I’d just hesitated on ordering them because buying something you’ve only seen online is always a crapshoot.
Cloud Paint: Dusk and Beam ($30 for a set of two, or $18 each)
Fresh out of the tube, swatched, and mixed together.
Lidstar: Lily and Fawn ($30 for a set of two, or $18 each)
Fresh out of the tube, blended in, and mixed together.
Balm Dot Com: Rose, Birthday Cake, Coconut ($30 for a pack of 3, or $12 each)
Me being a sucker for gorgeous packaging, fresh out of the tube, blended in.
Wowder ($35 for the set with the brush, $22 by itself)
I told myself I was only getting photos on my second visit. I lied.
Two more duos: Cloud Paint in Puff and Beam, Lidstar in Cub and Herb.
My Glossier Haul, Ranked
#1 Cloud Paint
Absolutely dreamy. My new fave. An everyday staple right next to my Boy Brow and Stretch Concealer. This stuff absolutely lived up to the hype.
Dusk: I came into San Francisco gunning for this. I was very intimidated by the idea of cream blush, but this neutral shade made it approachable for me. It’s definitely the most subtle of the four. It’s not so much a blush as it is a way to add life to my face, if that makes sense. If you don’t want to look made up but still want to add some color to your face, you’ll like this. It’s also a great mixer with the other three.
Beam: I waffled on what to get for my second blush before opting for this, thinking that if orange was too garish, I could tone it down with Dusk. But I couldn’t help thinking, “Ugh, you just impulse bought an orange blush, Barcelos,” when I left the store to get back to the South Bay. Instead, I loved this. It gave me the lit from within glow that I get after spending some time in the sun regularly. This feels like it’s going to be a summer staple.
Puff: I avoided this the first time—in spite of the recommendation from one of the Glossier girls in those pink jumpsuits—because I thought cool tones would look bad on me. Nope! It gives me that subtle pinched cheek pink instead of the Barbie pink I was dreading. Puff and Beam are my favorite two to mix, too.
Haze: By far the most intense of the four. I was originally thinking of getting this before I got Beam instead. I worried that it would be too much for me. On the second visit, I felt confident getting this after seeing how sheer my first two choices were. It’s definitely the most obvious “I’m wearing makeup!” of the four, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. Wear this with a subtle face everywhere else and you’re good to go.
Worth the price?
Yes. I’ve been using it every damn day not just to test it, but because I’m excited to play with it. Mixing and matching colors are really fun, too. I mixed Beam and Baze for Easter:
If you were looking for something bold and pigmented, you’re in the wrong place. That’s not really Glossier’s shtick anyway. Even the dark colors provide subtle, everyday shimmer.
Lily: My AIM screen name in high school was xlavenderlizziex, so this color cried out to me. However, I don’t really wear pastels much, so this felt like an impulse buy. I had some buyer’s remorse when it came home with me… only for this to turn out to be my favorite shade. Funny how that works. I love how this brightened up my whole face. In direct light, it’s definitely pastel, but in more natural light it’s not as bold.
Fawn: In a world full of warm eyeshadows, a taupe is a nice change of pace. This shade is far more my speed than Lily is, but it also mixes well with its pastel sibling. Seeing how sheer this could be was the tipping point that led me to get the two darker shades on my second visit.
Cub: This bronzey-reddish-orange shade is super on trend. You can’t walk into an Ulta without tripping over three or four warm-toned eyeshadow palettes these days. This share is so popular that I couldn’t find samples of it first visit. Apparently, it’s now sold out online, so I’m definitely glad I snapped it up in San Francisco the second time around.
Herb: The darkest of the bunch, the most intensely pigmented, and hardest for me to work with. Sheering it out was harder than Fawn or Cub. It transferred way more than them. It was harder to sheer out than the other darker colors, but it did look nice once I got the hang of it. My least favorite of the bunch.
Worth the price?
Am I cringing a little at the fact that I paid sixty bucks for four relatively subtle eyeshadows? Absolutely. I would have never done that if I hadn’t seen them in person. Herb is a bit of a dud, but Lily, Cub, and Fawn are really great additions to my collection.
#3 Balm Dot Com
Mmmmm, tasty Vaseline. I knew that seeing Glossier’s line in person would inform some of my purchases. But I didn’t think that smelling them would move me so much. I was thinking of getting mint, coconut, and birthday cake when I arrived.
But after smelling mint, I knew it wasn’t for me. My surprise favorite? Rose. Though I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. I love floral flavored deserts.
Coconut was a typical clear balm, but birthday cake was subtly glittery (two words I never expected to use together so much) while rose added a slight pink tint to my lips.
Worth the price?
Okay, let’s be real. These are pretty packages of what amounts to lanolin and petroleum jelly. I may be a sucker for nice packaging, but the ingredients themselves aren’t exactly expensive. Birthday cake and rose are special enough to pay 10-12 dollars for. Coconut is great, but I don’t reach for it as much as the other two. If I repurchase, it would likely be another three pack with two rose and one birthday cake.
I wasn’t planning on getting this. I was cursed with a lot of awkwardness in my teens and beyond, but I managed to avoid the stigma of acne and bad skin. I don’t wear foundation and only rarely wear something like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.
But if my recommendations have any impact on you, just know that I’m just as easily influenced.
Worth the price?
I got it, I don’t hate it, and I use it whenever I feel like I need to powder myself down. But the problem with subtle makeup is that sometimes it’s so subtle that you end up wondering if you’re not suffering from a case of the Emperor’s New Makeup. If you’re oilier than me and you rely on a good powder, then you will probably like this. Wowder isn’t bad, but I wasn’t wowed by it.
Between my purchases and these samples, I got to try the Phase 1 set! Considering that I was thinking about buying it, it feels like I dodged a bullet.
I was interested in buying Phase 1 after enjoying Phase 2 so much, but I’m glad I got this sample first. Now? Hard pass. Nothing exciting for the price.
Milky Jelly Cleanser
Loved the soft rose smell. (Quelle surprise.) It felt good on my skin. But $16 for only 6 ounces amount of product that’s only a first cleanse and not a makeup remover? I’m on the fence leaning towards a pass.
It’s supposed to smell like you, only better. Whatever that means. It reminded me of the perfume I got in last month’s Birchbox, which I liked. But Jim says it smells like his old babysitter. Not exactly the sensory memory I want to evoke in my boyfriend. This one’s another likely pass.
I guess I should add a conclusion here…
I think I’ll save my thoughts on Glossier as a brand for my next post about the pop up itself. For now, I have a few pink bags full of makeup that I feel like will satisfy my need for new beauty things. For now.