Glossier Comes To The UK: First Impressions & My Wishlist

Ahhh, Glossier! You’re finally here! Much to the delight of British beauty fanatics and bloggers alike.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking – ‘Glossier started shipping to the UK in OCTOBER, KatieSo why are you only just getting round to writing this post?!’ Here’s an pithy explanation:

I am so late to the party with this post, I know. It’s mainly because I’ve been having major problems with my skin, with horrendous flare ups of ezcema and acne, and it started not long after I started introducing Glossier products into my routine. I wanted to hold off raving about it, just in case they were the root cause. So, after phasing them out for a couple of months, and phasing them back in over the past few weeks, it seems Glossier products aren’t to blame! Phew! Now, let’s get on with the nitty gritty, shall we?


Here’s What I Bought:

I bought the Phase One set, which saved me a few pounds compared to buying these three products individually. It contains the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser, and Balm Dot Com, for about £8 cheaper than if you’d bought them individually. (£35, instead of £43!) So, it’s well worth investing in the P1 set as a gentle introduction to Glossier. It enables you to see if you like a small selection of their products, so you don’t have to waste more money than necessary on a brand you might not even like.

The three products come in the iconic Glossier pink bubblewrap makeup bag, which I’m definitely going to reuse at some point in the future. They also sent some Glossier stickers, plus two free samples: one of the Milky Jelly Cleanser, and also a little vial of the Glossier You perfume, which smells AMAZING.

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Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This is probably my favourite of the three products in the Phase One set. It’s a really lovely cleanser. The title’s pretty self-explanatory too: It’s a milky, jelly-like cleanser that glides onto your skin quite easily.

Having discovered Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish earlier in 2017, I was a bit reluctant to switch cleansers. I needn’t have worried, because Milky Jelly Cleanser makes my skin feel SO soft. I’ve not tried it for removing makeup yet, but I’m pretty impressed so far.

The thing that I initially disliked, and am still not that keen on, is the smell. It’s quite hard to describe, and while it’s not heavily perfumed, it reminds me of more traditional skincare products. I haven’t encountered a modern-day cleanser that smells quite like this. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the closest thing that springs to mind is cold cream.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser

This cult favourite has slid easily into my daily skincare routine, without much fuss or fanfare. I’d heard nothing but amazing things about Priming Moisturiser, and while I like it – I’ve not fallen in love with it, and I could live without it in my skincare set. I might repurchase, but I don’t think it’s something that I quite get the hype about.

My main issue with the Priming Moisturiser is that it often irritates my eyes, even though I don’t actually apply it anywhere near the eye area. It’s enough to make my eyes sting and start watering, which is such a shame. Other than that, I do like it! In all fairness, the eye issues haven’t really stopped me using it. And, I have been using it most days too!

Glossier also claim that the Priming Moisturiser ‘visibly minimises’ skin redness, but I’m genuinely not sure it has for me. I have a beetroot-esque complexion at the best of times, so I doubt that it’d make much of a noticeable difference for someone with such red skin, especially during the colder months.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com

While this lovely little balm smells incredible, it’s probably the product I’ve reached for the least so far. It’s a really nice formula, don’t get me wrong, but it’s quite a greasy lip balm, compared to the ones I normally opt for. So, I’ve mainly been using it before bed, as it acts like a rich lip mask.

I’ve even used Balm Dot Com on my face, for moisturising bits of super dry skin. It’s almost on a par with an emollient like E45.

I’m probably being a bit harsh and not giving it as much credit as it truly deserves, because it seems to be one of those products that’s an understated multitasking wonder.


A Glossier Wish List

Seeing as I’ve only sampled some of their skincare offerings, I’m really keen to try some of their makeup too. I’ve heard great things about Haloscope (in the shade ‘Moonstone’) and I’m itching to try the stretch concealer too! (You know how much an insomniac like me digs a decent concealer to banish those dark circles!) Oh, and a full size bottle of Glossier You makes it onto the list because it smells so darned good!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be hopping back over to the Glossier website to make another order…

Have you tried Glossier yet? What do you think? And what products would you recommend?

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