Cruelty-free beauty just got a little bit shinier.

By: Amber x Dani

First of all, obsessed with the whole Glossier philosophy — skincare as makeup. Nothing could exemplify our view on skincare more than that. We’re like French girls that way. According to their site, their beauty products are made to look good IRL for real girls. Accurate. Not an exaggeration, Glossier is a revolutionary company. It’s beyond obvious that it was created by beauty editors because from the products to the customer service to the packaging to the website (which shows videos of every product in action on three diverse skin tones, like amaze!). You can also schedule a repeat delivery on anything you order, which is beyond cool. Basically, if you’re afraid it’s all hype, it’s not.



Amber: Glossier products are pretty in a fresh, modern, almost whimsical sort of way. They’re sweet looking, but I do tend to go for more high-end vibes when it comes to packaging. It’s obvious that Emily Weiss wanted to make her brand very everyday girl and I do think the packaging appeals to a broad spectrum of girls. I would just love them more aesthetically speaking if they had a more sophisticated design to them.

Dani: Based on the minimal design of this site and our previous review, there should be no surprise that I love Glossier’s packaging. I love every part of the brand’s marketing, actually. From the product descriptions to the paired back aesthetic, it’s totally me. And that’s the point; the team did a great job of making the brand super relatable, but still a bit glamorous, in the way that when you use these products you feel like you are treating yourself, in a healthy, cruelty-free way.


First Impressions:

Amber: I was most excited to try out the detoxifying mask. I’m perpetually on the hunt for a treatment that will get deep into my pores and drag out all the impurities, you know, the gunk that builds up all day long — all that. I don’t know what it is, but I never feel like my skin is clean enough. Plus, I have a major whitehead problem going on in my nose region, it’s so gross. Anyways, the full name — Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22) — had me thinking it would be tantamount to juicing for breakfast.

As soon as the clay settled into my skin, I felt it working. The intensity of the tingling was a little  scary at first, but it could have been because I’ve been heavy on the retinol lately. I’m not sold on a mask, especially not one that I have to let sit for twenty minutes, unless I see instant results. The avocado oil, spinach, and orange peel slayed my pores. I did mine before bed, but I actually think this is a great go-to mask for special occasions/events. It does flush your skin red for a couple minutes after you wash it off, but it leaves your pores visibly tighter, which will make your makeup look even smoother.

I’m not a highlighter girl (I have oily skin and a perpetually shiny forehead), but have been obsessing over strobing lately and am currently in pursuit of a go-to highlighter so I can master the technique. After hearing the rave reviews on Haloscope ($22), I knew it would be the first one I tried. The name Topaz lured me into trying the darker shade, but it turns out it’s too much of a perfect match for my skin. It blend in with my complexion in every area except the highest point of my cheekbones. I definitely think this would look super gorge on someone with a bit lighter or much darker skin than mine, especially an olive or chocolate complexion, but I’ve still been using this one every day because I’m addicted to using this balm-esque stick applicator. It’s the first thing I grab after I powder my face. Literally get a high after stroking it across my cheekbones.

I used the Balm Dotcom ($12) on my lips before bed, but honestly I didn’t see much of a difference between the Glossier formula than say, Aquaphor, which has been my go-to for years. It did last all night, but it comes in a very small tube and since I like to slather salve on the corners of my eyes, eyelids, and the corners of my mouth when I’m using retinol daily, I’d need to order a few tubes per month. But because Eucerin (the company that makes Aquaphor ointment) does test on animals, this balm was looking like the strongest contender to becoming my new go-to multi-use salve…until I read online that the formula is made with beeswax. Ugh, I was gutted and sorely wished I’d read the ingredients online before ordering. I do not support eating or wearing animals in any way/shape/form, so I the pursuit for a cruelty-free and animal product-free salve continues.

Boy Brow ($16), I won’t lie, I was skeptical about trying because I have been loyal to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz since I tried it months ago. I’ve never even thought about swapping it out for another brow pencil because my needs are met and the brand is 100% cruelty-free. But I was having a demanding episode of FOMO after reading about how the is a filler, shaper, and fluffer all in one. My M.O. is to shape with the ABH pencil and use a dark brown shadow to fill. But I thought, what if I could eliminate a step from my (granted minimal, but still) morning routine? Turns out alone, the gel did not adequately fill my brows. Mine are extremely scarce towards the outer edges from chronically waxing them in my teens/early twenties. But I applied it again after penciling in my brows with ABH and they looked so much more naturally full than when I used the brown shadow.


Dani: So yes, these products are all beautifully packaged and don’t test on animals, but are they actually good? Let’s start with the product that I was most excited about because of all of the hype on YouTube. Ahem, drum roll please…Haloscope. In case you don’t know — and in which case, what rock have you been sleeping under — Glossier has two shades of highlighters to choose from: Quartz and Topaz.

As an oily skinned girl, I must say I don’t really need highlighter to get my skin looking glowy. Nevertheless, I bought this hoping that it would be my new go-to, for nights out when I want that little extra lit-from-within, J-Lo glow. Another thing, I really appreciate that the highlighter is a cream formula and not a powder. It makes it so much easier to apply, especially on the go, and it blends into the skin with practically no effort at all. It’s so lightweight you can’t feel it on your skin. The color I can tell is universally flattering.

TBH, I have never really been a believer in masks, or in any magical, life-altering power(s) they claim to have. I’ve just never used one that I could actually see a difference after using it. After I used the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, at the most, my face felt very clean after rinsing, without that chemical, stripped feeling. And yeah, in the morning my face pretty much looked the same way it always does when I first wake up: fresh, even and a little dewy, which I’m sure the latter was a result of me a.) having oily (as hell) skin and b.) dousing my face in an overly generous amount of vitamin E oil, as I do every night.

Last but not least, let’s talk about the also infamous, Boy Brow. It’s the perfect product if you want your brows to look healthy and groomed, but not too done up. It’s gives the right amount of fullness without looking fake. Even closeup, the formula gives a finish that mimics hair. It’s definitely designed for a more natural looking brow, which is of course, how they market Boy Brow. You’re not going to get hardly any definition with this product, but you will give buildable volume. And it passed my 8-hour test.


Is Glossier worth the money?

Amber: At just over twenty bucks, I think the mask is a steal. It is recommended to apply a thick layer, the texture is really creamy and supple so you don’t actually use up that much product per treatment. And like all good masks, you can use this mask twice a week, once as a full facial and once as a spot treatment on any problem areas. I also think this would be the perfect mask to do before a big event/special occasion or after traveling because of the instant results.

Boy Brow, Balm Dotcom, and Haloscope are priced like high-end drugstore products, which I love because not only are they easy on your bank account, but you feel like you’re getting something more luxe, more exclusive than a drugstore brand.

The Green Galaxy Pack is a keeper. It’s so nice that I’m have the Moon Mask next on my list and I plan to do them back-to-back as recommended. If the moisturizing mask is as good as the green mask, these two definitely have the potential to become a couple products that I set up for auto re-delivery via Glossier’s site. Boy brow is also being added to my everyday routine. The bonus is that it’s also a gel, a step I haven’t been incorporating. Won’t be buying the highlighter again, though, because it doesn’t suit my complexion and the balm is out because of the animal product it contains.

Dani: I like the Balm Dotcom, especially the thicker texture, but to pay $12 for a tiny tube that does the same thing as Vaseline or Aquaphor, eh. I already kinda have a thing with my trusty (and cheap) Vaseline. At least, for now. As for the Green Galaxy Pack, like I said, I’m not a mask person, so to me, unless a product delivers instant results that you can see, I’m not convinced it’s worth my money.


Final rating…

Amber: Glossier gets a 4.5 out of 5 from me, mainly because the products while not all perfect matches for my skin/beauty needs, they do what they say. When it comes to brands, especially ones that only exist virtually, performing the way as promised is paramount. I’m also obsessed with the fact that all their ingredients are natural. It just goes to prove that you can go the more conscious way without sacrifice quality or effectiveness. More luxe-looking packaging is what would have gotten them up to a 5.

I’m excited to try a few more products from Glossier because I think they’ve nailed no-makeup makeup products, which is perfectly in line with their “more skin, less makeup” philosophy. They’re products are for girls who want the “I woke up like this” look.

P.S. I really wish they would find an ingredient to substitute the beeswax with because I really don’t see the point in not testing on animals but using animal product in their formula.

Dani: I’m going to give Glossier a 4.5 out of 5 as well. The branding is so fresh and creative. The products all do what they claim. If you haven’t tried anything from the brand then I definitely recommend trying out at least one thing, and then if you like that product you can always try more. Boy Brow would be a good start. It’s a realizable product that you can’t really go wrong with. 

Bonus points to Glossier’s customer service team. When I emailed Olivia about returning Haloscope, she was super sweet and issued the return almost right away, with no issues. She even let me keep all of the items from my order. Such a cool company.


Have you tried any Glossier products? What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to know what you think!

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