Full Glossier Makeup Review & Comparisons
I’ve been on a Glossier craze for the past month. When Glossier launched their Wowder, the powder that’s not a powder, I stalked all their social media accounts and watched all the reviews I could get my hands on. Being the most dedicated I’ve ever been for any brand, I couldn’t help but order a couple of things myself.
A common theme I’ve noticed while reviewing Glossier’s makeup line is that the small amount of product that comes in the packaging in relation to the price makes most of Glossier’s items cost A LOT per ounce. While Glossier’s minimalist, no-frills packaging makes us want to think that it is an affordable brand, unfortunately, that is not the case. At the end of each of the reviews, I’ve included a comparison of price per ounce to cult favourites from other brands.
So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the majority of the Glossier Makeup range.
If you’re interested in reading about Glossier’s Wowder, I did a separate full, in-depth review of the Wowder here.
Glossier Boy Brow
The Glossier Boy Brow (C$20) probably the most raved-about item in Glossier’s makeup line up. It is a brow gel that leaves messy eyebrow hairs in place where you want it to be without making them crunchy. It slightly volumizes each of your hairs making your brows look more pronounced and dimensional.
This product works best on individuals who have a lot of eyebrow hair. If you already have a fairly full eyebrow but want to darken, further define them, or keep in place, this will work fantastic for you. If you don’t have a lot of eyebrow hair, you may want to pair the Glossier Boy Brow with an eyebrow pencil or pomade because the boy brow doesn’t work without hair to grab onto.
The Glossier Boy Brow is available in four colours: Black, Brown, Blonde and Clear. It comes with only 0.11 oz. and while I’m not sure how long it will last, it is undeniable that C$20 is quite pricey for the little amount of product that comes in it. In comparison to the cult favourite Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel which is C$29 for 0.32oz, if both products contained 1oz, the Boy Brow would set you back C$181 and the Anastasia Brow gel would cost you roughly C$91. As you can see, the Glossier boy brow is MUCH more expensive.
Glossier Stretch Concealer
I decided to pick up the Glossier Stretch Concealer by the recommendation of Annaedit on Youtube. Glossier claims that this concealer contains elastic micro waxes that move with your face throughout the day instead of just sit on it, making it look natural.
I definitely recommend this concealer for those with dry skin because the moisturizing formula prevents it from clinging into dry patches and emphasizing them. For me, since I have oily skin, I can only use the Glossier Stretch concealer underneath my eyes because if I use it on my T-Zone, it’ll just slip off during the middle of the day.
While I do agree with the claim that it looks natural, the dewy finish will be mattified anyways due to setting powder. And unfortunately, this concealer creases and doesn’t last without powder on top.
Fortunately, Glossier’s Stretch concealer comes with quite a bit of product. Having 5ml of product for (C$22) is quite reasonable in comparison to other high-end concealers such as the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. The Nars concealer costs C$37 for 6.21ml. Theoretically, if each of the concealers contained 10ml of product, the Stretch Concealer would cost C$44, while the Soft Matte concealer could cost about $60. So the Glossier Stretch concealer gives you more bang for your buck compared to the Nars one.
Glossier Cloud Paint
The Glossier Cloud Paint is the most standout product for me in all of Glossier’s makeup collection. It is by far the most natural blush I have ever used. All of the shades come out as a milky liquid except for Haze, which is more pigmented and less milky. They only take fingers and a couple of committed seconds to create a beautiful, naturally blended out look on the cheeks.
The downfall of the Glossier Cloud Paints is their staying power. Unfortunately, the beautiful look they give only lasts about 2 hours on my cheeks before they are completely gone – even after setting it with a powder. Although these are best applied with the fingers in order to maximize the product, it doesn’t bother me because they do not stain the fingers.
These little guys cost (C$22) for only 0.33oz To put this into perspective, the Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain is also 0.33oz, but it costs C$40. So although the tiny packaging of the Glossier Cloud Paints lead you to believe that there is barely any product inside, it comes out to be just as much as the infamous Benetints.
Glossier Balm Dotcom
The Balm Dotcom is unarguably another one of Glossier’s best-selling products. It is made up of numerous beneficial ingredients such as Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cupuacu Fruit Extract, Rice Bran and Rosemary Leaf Extract, but the main ingredient is still Petrolatum. The bulk of the product is made out of Petrolatum, a common ingredient found in many skincare products. Nevertheless, there is something different about the Balm Dotcom that makes it different from just a tub of Vaseline.
Since the balm is marketed as a multipurpose salve, it does not have an applicator fit for application on the lips. I personally find that this is a huge con for this product because most of the times when I reach for this, I am looking to use it as a lip balm. The lack of applicator makes it impractical to put this product in the purse and use it on-the-go because then the user would need to use their fingers to apply it.
The Smith’s Rosebud Salve in a tube is also a petrolatum-based lip balm sold in Sephora for C$7.50 for 0.5 fl oz of product. Since the Glossier Balm Dotcom is (C$15) for the same amount of product, it costs exactly double the price as the Smith’s lip balm.
Glossier Generation G
The Generation Gs are basically just a sheer matte lip balm. Unlike lip balms, however, these are not very moisturizing and have a tendency to slightly accentuate dry flakes on the lips. Unfortunately, the Generation G lipsticks did not work out for me at all because of how little of a difference they make when applied. If I go through the motions of applying a lip product, I want it to make a difference.
The three shades I have are Cake, Like and Jam. ‘Like’ is the sheerest out of all of the shades and it takes more than 5 layers to get a decent amount of colour. Even then, anyone who sees my lips will barely be able to tell that I have anything on. ‘Cake’ is the second sheerest and with a couple of layers, it will give my lips a slight peachy neutral tint. Jam is my favourite shade out of all of them because it gives my lips a purple-y magenta tint with only one swipe across the lips.
I could not think of another lip product that gave a sheer matte finish on the lips, so I compared the price to a couple of popular lipsticks. First up is the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks which retail for C$30 for 0.15oz of product. Another popular lipstick we will compare the Glossier Generation G with are the Nars Audacious lipsticks. They retail for C$40 for 0.14oz of product. At first glance, it may seem like the Generation G lipsticks are the most affordable since they are only (C$20), but after doing the math, you can see that the Glossier lipsticks cost just as much as the Nars Audacious ones per oz.
If all of the lipsticks contained 0.10oz, the Amuse Bouche would cost $20, Nars Audacious would cost $28, and the Generation G would cost $28 as well. For that hefty price tag, I would rather splurge on the Nars Audacious Lipsticks.
All in all, I think that Glossier is a fantastic brand that could be integrated into anyone’s makeup bag – not only those who prefer a minimal makeup look. With that being said, it is definitely a brand I would only recommend to those who don’t mind splurging for a beauty product. After doing the math, I’ve found out that the bulk of the items in their makeup line comes with very little product. If you compare the price per oz to other high-end brands, it would be about the same price, if not more.
So before you purchase any of Glossier’s items, I recommend doing the math and seeing if you’re willing to pay the hefty price tag for the small amount of product that comes in it.