Am I late to the party? Probably, but this summer I am really feeling minimal beauty, I mean I got my acrylics taken off which is a HUGE deal for me, long long nails have been my thing since like 2014.
I want to strip everything back to basics and get used to seeing myself without makeup again, and liking what I see. The nails were a great start, and I’ve always tried to keep up a good skin routine but honestly I’m not 100% comfortable going totally barefaced because I feel like I look tired and grey.
I’ve always had dark circles and though I don’t need a full face-beat every day to feel comfortable, it helps to see a well moisturised face, rosy cheeks and a warm veil of colour on my reflection looking back at me throughout the day. It boosts morale.
When I first started the blog I did a little feature on Glossier’s Cloud Paint Blush that all of the celebrities wore to the Oscars. It wasn’t available in the UK at the time and would you believe this was the first time I finally got to try it? Just the natural blush look of the product was really appealing to me.
The other product I was really excited to try was the Haloscope highlighter, it looks so beautiful, natural and glossy not overdone at all. People call it the ‘sweat’ look which is more appealing than it sounds, it’s supposed to look like a naturally-occurring highlight rather than the megawatt glow that has been in fashion for so long.
There isn’t actually a Glossier store in the UK so ordering the colours took a bit of guesswork. I’ve heard that a lot of people actually need to mix two shades of the skin-tint to get the desired effect, but also that the sheeresque cover of the formula means that the shade is more forgiving.
These are the products I went for:
Cloud Paint Blush in Beam
This liquid/gel blush contains collagen and blurring ingredients for a beautifully healthy flushed look.
I absolutely adore this product, I’d score it 7/10. It blends on like a dream over the Skin Tint or other tinted moisturiser, but doesn’t blend well on a bareface. I love the consistency, the natural sheer look and the range of colours but a potential weakness is the size as I don’t think my little tube is going to last long. It is pretty pricey, £15 a pop but I think it’s worth a try as it’s such a unique product and really does do what it says when it comes to a seamless non-shimmery, non-cakey natural blush effect.
Haloscope highlighter in Quartz
Okay this was the product I was most excited to try but honestly has disappointed me the most, I’d say 3/10. I was sooo ready to have my mind blown but this totally missed the mark for me. Maybe I chose the wrong colour and I should have gone with the bronze tone Topaz? But it seemed more like a bronzer than a highlighter to me based on the pictures on the website. The Quartz highlight promises dewy highlight enhanced with actual crystal and I was expecting to GLOW like the models on the website or instagram but honestly I found the colour one-dimensional and the application a little greasy and unbuildable. BIG disappointment. I tried applying it in different ways, straight from the container, with my fingers, with a brush and I still wasn’t getting that glowy, dewy look that I was hoping for. Maybe I’m just not applying it right and someone can give me some tips, I’m not going to give up on the Haloscope just yet but from my experience so far I would say that there are much better highlighters on the market, especially for £18.
Perfecting Skin Tint in G6
For me this product was easily the best of the bunch, I’d give it a definite 9/10. I was a bit worried based on reviews I read of this product but for me it did exactly what I expected and it did it well. The skin tint is moisturising, blendable and gives a warm even tone to my face with just a veil of glowy colour. It rescues my tired looking face but feels great and looks virtually undetectable. It’s literally just my skin but better.
Stretch Concealer in G7
Honestly, I do like this product, probably give it 6.5/10. It goes on well and has a light, creamy texture but it’s not the best concealer I’ve tried by any means. To be honest, I’ve never tried it with a full face so I’m not sure how easy it is to build the coverage but as a few light layers for a natural look, it does a decent job.
Overall, I’m pleased with the Glossier products, I think they work harmoniously together and I like the philosophy of the brand. The Perfecting Skin Tint is the hero for me, a dream product, worth the money and something I’ll definitely restock when it’s done. The concealer is nice an creamy, the Cloud Paint is a unique product but works really nicely on a good foundation. Biggest letdown for me was the Haloscope highlighter which is ironic because it’s one of Glossier’s cult products and just goes to show you that what works for others might not work for you.
If you’re curious to try some of Glossier’s products I would say to go for it and you might find something that really works for you, the products are purposefully sheer so if that’s not your thing then they might miss the mark. I’ve also heard from reviews online that they’re better suited for dry/normal skin and not so good on oily skin types, it could be that the thinner formulas slide on oilier skin. Again, I would say give it a go and try for yourself, of course be extra careful if you have acne-prone skin, very sensitive skin or allergies.
Thanks for reading x