I got myself a little birthday treat! Yes, today is my 27th birthday, and I can’t think of a better way to treat myself than to buy some skincare and makeup (and to eat pizza and cake all day) that I’ve been coveting for a while. I went back and forth for a long time about which Glossier items I wanted. Let’s be real, I want all of them, but I decided the Phase 1 set would be the best bet for getting an overall feeling for the brand’s products. I’ve used everything a couple of times now, so I thought I’d share some first/second impressions.
First, the set ($80) comes in a sturdy white box embossed with the Glossier “G”. I’ll definitely be keeping it to store bits and bobs. It also comes with a black tote, cute stickers, and two reusable zip pouches. The four items in the set are the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, Balm Dotcom, and Perfecting Skin Tint. If you were to buy each item individually, it would come to $81, so it’s worth getting the Phase 1 Set for the box, the stickers, the pouches, and the tote. There are also a couple coupon codes for the site floating around the internet, which will give you $5-$10 off.
Milky Jelly Cleanser | This is my favorite product in the set so far. It’s the gentlest cleanser I’ve ever used, hands down. I’ve used it on wet skin like you would a normal cleanser, but since it doesn’t foam up at all, it’s a slightly weird sensation, like literally rubbing jelly on your face. The best part is that afterward, my skin didn’t feel tight at all. Even with Cerave Foaming Cleanser, which I’ve used for years and consider to be pretty gentle, I experience a slight tightness. I think I prefer using the Milky Jelly on dry skin as a first cleanse/makeup removing step. I was skeptical that it would actually work to remove mascara, but it did a surprisingly good job.
Balm Dotcom | I really like this stuff. I’ve only used it as a lip balm so far, and it works well. I’ve been looking for alternatives to Aquaphor, and so far, I think this is the best contender. While they do have similar ingredients, Balm Dotcom contains beeswax, and I can definitely tell that it feels waxier than Aquaphor.
Priming Moisturizer | I’ve only used this once, and while it was good, I’m a little scared to use it regularly as it contains an ingredient I suspect to be irritating to my skin. I know, I should have done better research before buying the set, but I figure if my skin didn’t freak out after one use, it’s safe to use maybe once or twice a week on non-consecutive days. I can say that it seems to be a pretty average moisturizer – not amazing, not horrible.
Perfecting Skin Tint | I’ve been all about lighter-coverage base makeup this winter. That being said, this is really light coverage, and it’s probably not enough for the average person who likes to cover dark circles and other skin concerns. I did know that beforehand thanks to other reviews, and I do like it. It’s a light, watery consistency that melts into the skin nicely. It’s not completely invisible though. Thanks to the flaky war zone that is my face right now, I can see it on my forehead and around my mouth if I look closely, so it is still makeup, and not a moisturizing product.
I’ve totally fallen for the “Skincare as makeup” approach that Glossier takes with its products, and their branding and marketing are some of the best out there right now. I’m a huge sucker for that kind of stuff, but I’m glad that the products are living up to the hype so far!