Glossier Reviews: The Sequel

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Glossier review and this one’s gonna be good. I know I’m not the only one who gets irrationally excited everytime Glossier drops something new. I gotta say, their aesthetics are on-freaking-point and their products are really birthed from actual community feedback and what we’ve been looking for in the market that other brands just aren’t doing. Since my last Glossier haul, I’ve picked up a couple of stuff that I’ve missed since I went there. I left England a second before Glossier started shipping there, so I’ve had to wait for my friend to come back to get my stuff. Shopping for Glossier in Indonesia is hard, but not impossible. I’ve found that several different online shops and marketplaces do carry Glossier but at price points ranging from reasonable to just downright crazy. Some even have, for example, Boy Brow quite cheap but a huge markup on the sunscreen. The best way is to look at different shops first to see which has the best deal for each product. Remember to verify the authenticity of the product as well from reviews and ratings. This time I’ll be reviewing the Wowder Duo in Light/Medium, Cloud Paint in Dusk, Milky Jelly Cleanser, and their new perfume Glossier You (which I got a sample of, finished, and am waiting for the item to be shipped at the moment so it’s not pictured).

Wowder Duo in Light/Medium

Since I got back to Jakarta, I remembered just how oily my skin could get (even though I have quite dehydrated skin) simply because of how humid it is here. I’ve since had to powder and set my otherwise quite dewy concealer (RMS Un-Cover Up in 33) and T-zone. I had the RMS Tinted Un-Powder, which worked really well for me, but me being the impulsive shopper I am decided to try out Glossier’s powder. They are both quite similar in that they provide virtually no coverage and is just a finishing powder that looks like skin. It isn’t your Hourglass Ambient Lighting though where it enhances the skin, this one just mattifies your skin without making it look like makeup, which I really like on a daily basis. Do I love it more than the RMS? I think they’re on the same level for me at the moment. The Glossier one feels less powdery than the silica-based RMS and is less finely milled, but on the skin, both look beautiful and looks very natural, which I love.

The elephant in the room has got to be the brush. Is it necessary? No. Is it nice to have? Only if you don’t have anything else you can pop in your purse. The shape of the brush is quite weird in that it’s a flatter powder brush.  You’d think that the shape of the brush would be made to fit the mesh circle of the powder packaging to get the most powder out right, similar to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation and Airbuki Brush. The brush isn’t that soft. In fact, if you use it to buff, it can be quite scratchy. The synthetic bristles feel very synthetic and aren’t as “natural-feeling” as something like Real Techniques or even Eco-Tools. I’d say you can pass on the brush and just get the powder. You’d be better off getting a nice retractable Kabuki brush to go with the powder.

Cloud Paint in Dusk

I gotta say, I’m not much of a blush person because I naturally flush very easily. I was quite wary of choosing blush shades, but I found that Dusk is really perfect because it is very muted and understated. It is a very pretty dusty rose–dusk is a very fitting name for it actually. It reminds me of those pink sunsets. The texture is described as a gel-cream that is quite sheer and can be easily built up without looking like you put too much. I would say the texture is definitely quite a runny liquid, similar to Benefit’s more milky tints like Cha Cha or Lollitint but has some silicone to it that helps it set to a more powdery feel. The look of the blush is very diffused and quite pretty, I must say. As someone naturally rosy, I can actually get away with using this blush, which is really nice. I like pairing this with my 3CE Velvet Lip Tints in New Nude and Going Right blended together. Longevity-wise, this blush isn’t a particularly long-wearing one, but considering its teeny size, having it in your purse to touch up isn’t so bad either.

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Before trying this out on my face, I was super sceptical. I tried it in the showroom, and I felt like it wasn’t anything to write home about. That said, I did try it out on my hand instead of my face. I received a sample of it in my latest haul and decided to try it out when I was in Bali. While I was there, I felt that my skin was less aggravated and was actually behaving for a change. It was the same feeling as when I use Simple’s Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash or LUSH’s Angels on Bare Skin (both of which I have run out of and had trouble finding in Jakarta). Before that, I was using Bioderma’s Sensibio Foaming Face Wash, which is nothing groundbreaking but I thought it did the job. When I came back from Bali, I went and used my regular face wash and found that my skin was lacking the glow and bounce that it had when I was at Bali. I knew it was the cleanser because it was the only thing I switched in my routine. This cleanser does what a cleanser should without stripping the skin. I don't find that it removes my waterproof makeup (also, I always double-cleanse) but it does leave my face clean after makeup removal. I really think this is the silent-carry of skincare that just supports from the sidelines but doesn't take the attention. Here is the CosDNA ingredient analysis for the cleanser.

Glossier 'you' fragrance

As I am writing this, my full-sized bottle is still awaiting shipment and they just dropped the solid version. I can't keep up Glossier, damn!

I received a sample of this much-hyped perfume along with my order and gave it a go. People have been saying this is a lot like the Escentric Molecule perfumes in that it is very minimal in notes and smells differently on everyone. When I first sprayed it, it did not smell like any of my other perfumes and not something I would wear. At the beginning it even came off as quite 'granny perfume'. However, as the day progresses, the scent becomes a very soft, non-obtrusive clean musk that smells like expensive skin. On me, there is a sweetness to it that is very warm, like amber. I wish it stayed longer, though. I felt that halfway through the day I would need a touch-up. I think this is where the solid would come along. I am absolutely surprised by the scent of Glossier You. It is something different for me but at the same time very comforting.