Marne and Megan's Glossier Makeup Review
Is this makeup line worth the hype?
Glossier has been on my radar for quite some time. I have reviewed their skincare kit but never really tried the Glossier makeup line. Marne and I are both spending lots of time in Zoom meetings these days, but to be honest, putting on a full face of makeup just feels like A LOT right now. It got me to thinking about how the Glossier products are designed to be light and effortless, and easy to wear without a lot of work. Luckily, Glossier sells a kit that includes the Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, Balm Dotcom, and Haloscope stick. Each of these items is available in different shades, so you can make your set custom to exactly what fits your look and routine.
Since Glossier is all about "the new beauty essentials: easy-to-use skincare and makeup that form the backbone to your routine" Marne and I decided to put these products to the test! We both ordered a kit each with different shades of each product. I can confidently say we both felt more "put together" using these products. Instead of making us look like we were wearing loads of makeup, they simply made us look like softly enhanced versions of ourselves.
What Is Glossier?
The Brand: Glossier
The Cost: You can purchase any of the Glossier products a la carte but they also have many different customizable sets to choose from that generally save you a little bit of money. For this review, Marne and I both ordered the Makeup Set 2 which has 4 Glossier favorites and is $54.00. This is a savings of 20% ($14.00) versus purchasing them individually.
The Products: The Makeup Set 2 includes Glossier Boy Brow grooming pomade, Glossier Cloud Paint seamless cheek color, Glossier Balm Dotcom universal salve, and a Glossier Haloscope hydrating highlighter, each in the shade of your choice!
Ships to: The US for FREE on all orders over $30.00
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Why Try Glossier?
These are odd times, and as much as we both love makeup, it feels weird to put on a whole face and stay home. When you find yourself on loads of video calls though, the desire to be comfortable (aka makeup-free) is conflicted by our desire to also look totally radiant and thriving over the internet. There is also something to be said for makeup as self-care, and Glossier seemed to be a gentle way to enhance our features without putting too much work into the process. What we were hoping for was that automatically empowering feeling of your favorite red lipstick, but lighter, and while wearing our more comfortable loungewear.
I'll be honest, I've been stubbornly avoiding Glossier for a while now just because it's so popular. That's how I've always been: if everyone loves it, I will resist it. Megan asked me to get on board and give "The Makeup Set 2" a whirl. I do love minimal makeup, so I finally gave in since being at home right now is the perfect time to test this soft-hued beauty out.
I got to choose the color variants of four different products in my set. Boy Brow comes in four colors, Haloscope comes in three, and Cloud Paint and Balm Dotcom come in a wider six and eight colors, respectively.
Glossier The Makeup Set 2 - Retail Value $54.00
I couldn't help but get excited about my fun new makeup products that every "cool girl" is raving about when they arrived in a cute pink reusable bubble pouch. It even came with a holographic sticker as well.
Let's have a look at what I chose...
Glossier Balm Dotcom in 'Berry', 0.5 fl oz - Retail Value $12.00
The first choice I made was getting the pretty purple 'Berry' color in their cult-fave lip balm, Balm Dotcom. It comes in a tube that's more generous than a travel toothpaste and is recognizable by a purple band around the top. I have to admit, the scent of this balm is really fruity and smells more natural than fake. It kind reminds me of my childhood as well since I loved flavored and scented balms, but in more grown-up packaging. I squeeze a bit of the purple balm onto my fingertip and proceed to glide it across my lips for a quote lovely layer of moisture. My lips feel hydrated without being sticky, and the tint is super subtle.
Glossier Boy Brow in 'Brown', 0.11 oz - Retail Value $16.00
My brows have always been quite thick and can be a bit unruly. After years of waxing, I'm taking this time to grow my natural brows back as best I can which means I'll need something to harness their growing power. Tints like this come with a wand similar to mascara, but a lot smaller. I think it's a quick and easy way to define any fine brow hairs I have without going full powder to fill in. In addition, the Boy Brow gel will hold my wild eyebrow hairs in place, giving me a more effortless look. I think I hit the mark with the color brown since I do have darker brows but it isn't overdone.
Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Storm', 0.33 fl oz - Retail Value $18.00
I am already a big fan of cream blush, but then we get into a pigment like this gel-cream and it's a whole new world to explore. I ended up going choosing 'Storm' in my makeup kit because I loved the deep rose color and thought it'd be a great hue to wear year-round. The tube it comes in is a little smaller than the balm, but the "paint" is SO pigmented that I need the TINIEST bit to start getting a rosy glow to my cheeks. Less is more here, and it's best to barely get any of the product out of the tube and onto my fingertip to start dabbing onto my skin and blending out. It's buildable, so that I can start slow and graduate to a bolder look if desired. I love the way this color shows on my skin and think it gives me a great flushed look.
Glossier Haloscope in 'Quartz', 0.19 oz - Retail Value $22.00
The final product in my set is Glossier's highlighter stick, Haloscope. I am always going back and forth on liking cream vs powder highlighters and it changes with my mood. I've personally found that a stick like this works better on a close-to-clean face rather than trying to put it over heavy foundation or especially powder. The stick has a clear balmy center with the delicate quartz color I chose surrounding it. I tend to swipe the stick directly onto my cheekbones and then use my ring finger to blend it upwards and outwards. For smaller places, I tend to rub the stick onto my finger, then dab it on the tip of my nose and onto my cupid's bow. I do the same with my brow bones, only because the stick is quite chubby and is harder to get right. This highlighter leaves a dewy look to my face literally ALL DAY and although it doesn't really dry down at all, I love it.
Luckily, the shades I wanted were different than Marne's so we are both trying out different colors for this review.
Glossier The Makeup Set 2 - Retail Value $54.00
How cute is this set? Just like Marne's, it arrived in the traditional pink bubble pouch (which is reusable for anything your heart desires!) and also included a sticker.
Let's peek inside:
Glossier Balm Dotcom in 'Cherry', 0.5 fl oz - Retail Value $12.00
I selected the 'Cherry' flavor because I already knew I loved a sheer red balm look on my lips. This stuff does have a super strong cherry scent, but more in a sweet way than a medicinal one. Applying with fingertips is a little messy (and perhaps not the best idea right now anyway) and I found applying with a Q-tip is ideal for me personally. I also found that I could squeeze a little out and then pat it on my lips without either hands or Q-tip to use on the go. I can see why people buy multiples of this product to stash in their purse, desk, vanity, and everywhere. It is effortless and feels great on. This cherry shade gives my pout the most natural red flush and it is really moisturizing.
Glossier Boy Brow in 'Blond', 0.11 oz - Retail Value $16.00
My normal go-to for my brows is Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel which is also a spoolie + gel sort of combo. They actually work very similarly but the main difference is that this product is about the same size for $8 less and the Glossier formula stays much more natural feeling in terms of finish. Simply comb the spoolie upwards against your eyebrows and shape them. BAM! Perfectly natural brows that don't look too groomed, but still look polished. I have to admit that this is the product I will buy next time (Sorry Benefit!). The blonde shade worked well for my brows but I also think I might invest in the 'brown' shade next time for a little more drama, especially for those days where I have a more dramatic lip.
Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Puff', 0.33 fl oz - Retail Value $18.00
I used to be quite anti-cream blush. Happily, I have finally out how to apply it on top of my face makeup without smearing my foundation. Gently patting is the way to go with a formula like this! I put a little on my fingertips then tap it onto the apples of my cheeks. Voila! Instant natural flush. These days I find myself wearing even less makeup on my whole face but still wanting a cute flush of color. The texture of this product is very light and sheer, meaning you can build the pink up to be as natural or dramatic as you want. I love blush of all shades but since I am very fair, I thought the palest pink 'Puff' shade might be the best choice for me, and I am happy to report that I love this cool baby pink! This might be the most addictive of the products in my kit because now I want to try out all of the Cloud Paint shades.
Glossier Haloscope in 'Moonstone', 0.19 oz - Retail Value $22.00
I selected the cooler ice shade of the Haloscope because I often gravitate towards cooler highlighters since I have a cooler skin tone. This is a very subtle highlighter stick that also works better when you dab it on rather than stroke it across your face. The effect is quite lovely and very natural. You don't really see it until your face catches the light and it glows softly. It is also an ideal product if you love a dewy or glassy finish. As Marne mentioned, it does stay balmy on the skin, which is actually what I would prefer because it stays dewy and feels moisturizing.
Before and After Photos
My before and after photos are SO subtle that it's almost a "spot the difference" game. Strangely enough, I think I look definitively more polished in the second photo. It's almost hard for me to understand how a simple change in cheek color, lip color, fuller brows, and some highlighter makes such a difference. I am kind of in awe. I find that it's always hard to capture highlighter in photos, but you can really see it on my cupid's bow here. The lip tint gives my pout a little push in pigment, my cheeks look healthy and flushed, and my brows are just a hint more defined. This look took me under 5 minutes to do and although it's not dramatic, I think my face has an undeniable "healthier" look to it. Welp, I'm climbing aboard the bandwagon.
Also, not a huge difference here, but I certainly look much more awake and peppy after a little help from Glossier. My skin just looks a lot more radiant and healthy with some strategically placed blush and highlighter. My wild brows are always a little out of control (and totally uneven in terms of thickness) but Boy Brow helps define them in a perfectly tousled sort of way. I still could use a little mascara here, but hey, sometimes we always want a little more!
So, what’s the verdict?
It is easy to say that we both really loved how these Glossier products helped us look more put together and polished with very little time or effort. This feels especially important in a time when our faces are traveling over the internet via Zoom calls with everyone from friends, to family, and coworkers. Add to that everything together still felt "makeup-free"? That is winning in my book! These products are totally worth your time and money if you want a routine that is easy, natural, and very light. If you are into heavier makeup and full coverage? You might be disappointed with Glossier's makeup. Marne and I both like to keep a more natural fresh-faced look so I see Glossier living on in our makeup bags for a long time, even beyond work video calls and digital happy hours.
What do you think of Glossier? What is your makeup routine like these days?