Trying out Glossier for the First Time

I knew Emily Weiss (aka “Super Intern” – throwback to The Hills) was going to do awesome things, but I really had no idea what a powerhouse she would become. I’m actually completely jealous (in a good, inspirational way!) of how she’s turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business with Into the Gloss and Glossier, and so many women are finding it relatable.

I have to admit, I’ve been hesitant about buying Glossier items because I feel like they are a bit too pricey, and that it just might not work with my skin tone or dry/oily complexion. However, after reading reviews and digging the marketing of it (it’s done really well!), I thought I’d just give them a go. I went ahead and ordered a few items—Boy Brown (in Black), Cloud Paint (in Haze), Wowder (in Dark/Deep), and Lidstar (in Fawn). I had meant to order a Balm Dotcom, but forgot to add it to my shopping basket (whoops).

I’m wearing it all here (in combination with a few other items), and I have to admit, I’m actually really, really liking it. For work and even casual/everyday wear, I like my look to be as natural as possible, with out being actually natural. I like wearing makeup and think it’s fun; plus, it helps boost my mood a bit, but I hate looking too done-up (unless it’s actually for something special). Glossier products are definitely for that no makeup, makeup look! Here are my thoughts on each thing I got:

Boy Brow: This works so good! I fill the gaps in my eyebrows almost every day, and always “set” them with a brow gel. This one has worked really well, with or without the pencil. The only downside is that its way too small, and since I use a brow tamer everyday, this product may run out pretty quickly.

Cloud Paint: I love blushes (it’s my second favorite thing next to mascara), so being a blush-enthusiast, I wanted to try it out. It did not disappoint. A little goes a long way and just gives a nice, sheer, natural tint to your cheeks, which lasts for a good amount of the day. Plus, it’s buildable. The only thing about it is, that it can stain your fingers, so you may need to use a makeup wipe after.

Wowder: I have a hard time matching foundation, concealer, and powder to my skin tone—with this coming in only three colors, I was hesitant about buying it. I feel like my skin tone changes quite a bit throughout the year, and I can’t stick to one shade all year-round. (It took like 20 attempts the other day at Sephora to finally find me a good full coverage foundation!) This is also why I stayed away from Glossier skin tint and concealer—there’s no way any of those would work with my color.

I’m actually surprised how Wowder is working on me. With the humidity and heat that starts to roll in in March, my skin becomes much oilier. For the past few weeks, this has actually helped to tame it without feeling too cake-y or matte, so I’m kind of into it. It’s easy to apply it, and the color actually suited my skin tone. I didn’t buy the Glossier brush that is recommended with it because I didn’t hear too many good reviews about it. Instead, I’ve been using an E.L.F. Blurring Brush that I picked up for a few dollars, and it’s been working great.

Lidstar (it looks like a test tube!): This was an impulse purchase, and Glossier had just come out with it. I love easy eye make up, and this is as easy as it gets. I applied a little bit onto my lid using the applicator, and used my finger to blend it out. It has a nice subtle shimmer to it, and would be good for every day wear. I don’t wear it every day, but maybe like once a week, just to give me a bit of bounce. I’m not 100% sure if I’d get another color, but this one will last me quite awhile anyways.

In a nutshell, I’ve been pretty happy with my Glossier purchases. If you’re wondering whether or not to get something, I’d go with some simpler items—Balm Dotcom, Cloud Paint, Boy Brow, etc. and see if you like those first. They also have skincare products, but my skin is way too sensitive, so I have to be careful with things.

The other makeup items I’m wearing are Bobbi Brown foundation, a little Urban Decay concealer, Cover Girl Total Tease mascara, RMS Magic Luminizer (highlighter), and Charlotte Tilbury lip liner (in Pillow Talk).

Outfit: Dress/tunic – Target (old); also styled here (as a dress) and here (with faux leather pants), jeans and cardigan – Old Navy, sandals – Charlotte Russe

This outfit is something I threw on last week for a casual Friday. I love wearing tunic-like dresses with jeans and heels. I also do this with some of my dresses that have gotten a little short (eeek!), so I can keep them around in my closet. Plus, it’s a different way to style your dresses in the colder months, if you don’t want to wear leggings, yet again.

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