Glossier Beauty: A Mini Review

 Image - Looks & Merit

Image - Looks & Merit

Yep, I've hopped on the bandwagon - come join me up here!

After months of enviously watching unboxings on Insta Stories, and ferociously reading review after review online, my own little baby Glossier order finally made its way to me last month, and I've spent the last couple of weeks testing out my selections in order to feed back to you.

I was lucky enough to be given two full-size samples of two of Glossier's most in-demand makeup products: Boy Brow, and Cloud Paint. And now, a few weeks later, the feedback is in...

First up, Boy Brow...

Depending on how you look at it, I've been blessed/cursed (literally since birth) with very defined, arched eyebrows that have never really struggled in terms of fullness. Personally, I love my statement brows and I love even more that they take little to no maintenance at all - no threading, no waxing, no crazy reshaping, just a simple pluck every week or so and they're done. But I do like to fill and define them, just to ensure that they always look perfectly finished, and for years now, I've been an avid fan of Maybelline's Brow Satin pencil and powder duo. So I was a little wary of trying a product that promised to create fluffy, natural-looking brows - but I'm very glad I did.

Boy Brow is a liquid brow mascara in a flexible, almost waxy, formula, which tints, positions, fixes and tames brows all in one sweep. It fills in sparse gaps, and the tiny wand allows you to cover any areas or fluff up hairs at the front - whatever you want. Honestly, for me, it's a game changer. It makes doing my brows happen in a flash, and it takes barely any attention to detail; one quick sweep through, a few flicks and tweaks and you're done, with brows tinted and fixed in place all day.

My one bugbear is that I was given a shade that is slightly too dark for me (Black, instead of Brown), but the formula isn't too densely pigmented, so it still works for me as long as I'm not too heavy-handed. It's also pretty pricey for a very small amount (£14 for a 3g tube) but I'll wait to see how long it lasts before I judge too far on that. In any case, I'll probably be too deep in love by the time this runs out to worry about the price on repurchasing - Glossier will probably have my money for life thanks to this.

And now, Cloud Paint!

I love blusher. A quick splash of colour just lifts my whole face and takes me from flat to full of life every morning. Peach, pink, coral or dusky nude - whatever it is, I'll usually love it. In terms of peachy blushers, I've been using Revlon's PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched for years and years now, and the shade of Cloud Paint I was sent, Beam, isn't too dissimilar. A warm, bright peachy-coral, this looks incredibly bright on swatching, but takes seconds to blend out into a barely-there, healthy flush of colour. I'd love to try Puff too, which is described as a cool pink. 

It's described as a pillowy, gel-cream formula and to be honest I don't think I could describe it better. It's really quite liquid, but not enough to feel dangerously drippy, and it's perfect for creating a sheer wash of seamless colour. I would say that it's very pigmented, so be careful to only use the tiniest amount, but if you play it safe and apply gradually, you can create a gorgeous healthy glow.

Again, it's not the cheapest - £15 for 10ml of product - but you really do only need a tiny, tiny amount on the fingertip to apply satisfactorily. Plus, the tube is super Instagrammable...

My verdict? Despite bigger beauty bloggers claiming that Glossier isn't expensive, I do think that it is - considering the sizes of the products, the price points are, for me, a little steep. For me, it wouldn't be plausible to head online and purchase the entire range, and from the two products I've tried, I think there's always going to be hits and misses for everyone. Would I spend my money on Boy Brow? I'd wince at the checkout, clear in the knowledge that it's three times the price of my usual brow product and lasts probably half as long - but yes, I probably would. Would I spend my money on Cloud Paint? In all honesty - no, probably not, although I'd happily use it given the option. For me, the formula is lovely but at the end of the day, I do think that blusher is one of those products that you can scrimp on a little. Beam gives me the exact same result as my trusty Revlon cream blush, but at more than twice the price, so as much as I am enjoying using it, I wouldn't feel short-changed about heading back to my usual blusher once this tube is all out.

I think that when there's been so much hype around a brand, like there undoubtedly has been with Glossier, with its gorgeous imagery, relentless rave reviews and dreamy packaging, it's really easy to get swept up in it and imagine that every product is going to change your life - but really, it's the same as with any other beauty brand, there will be items that you will love, items that you like and items that don't work for you at all. It's just about finding what they are, and feeling confident in the way you look, whichever products you choose to use.