Bad or Rad: Glossier

Glossier is one of the trendiest, indie brands on the market right now. The US-based, indie darling is well known for its trendy, minimalist packaging and no-makeup makeup look and holy grail skin care. I’ve been testing out some of their most beloved makeup must-haves (and one skincare item) since October. But are they worth the hype? Please keep reading to find out.

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Brand Ethos

Founded by CEO, Emily Weiss, Glossier aims to democratize beauty by offering products that people actually want rather than products they are told they should want. The brand aims to celebrate and enhance everyone’s unique beauty, rather than promising a “quick fix” to rely solely upon makeup to cover any perceived imperfections.

For Glossier, it is “skin first. makeup second.” To read more about the brand’s values, please click here.

Product Reviews

Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 25
Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35

Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35

Claims: The Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen promises to shield the skin against UVA/UVB rays and free radicals that could cause sun damage or early signs of aging. The water-gel formula is meant to be lightweight and absorb into the skin without leaving a white cast or a greasy sheen.

Ingredients & CF Status: Formulated with Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf extracts, the Invisible Shield sunscreen is vegan and cruelty-free. Also, this is formulated without parabens.

Application: Pat 1-2 pumps onto the face as the last step in your skincare routine, but before applying any makeup. Apply at least 15 minutes before going into the sun and do not use if you are intending to swim or will be performing any activity that will cause you to sweat heavily.

Reality: The Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen is proving to be a great daily sunscreen because it protects my skin from the sun without clogging my pores or causing me to break out. Furthermore, the lightweight formula doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy or sticky.

When I used this sunscreen on no-makeup days, it gave my skin a fresh-faced, dewy finish. The sunscreen can be mattified once foundation or powder is applied. Despite the slight glow provided by the sunscreen, I didn’t experience any white cast or flashback.

I wish this product were water resistant because I don’t like needing to keep multiple face sunscreen on-hand. I’d rather just have one sunscreen that I can use no matter the activity or occasion.

Finally, I quite enjoyed the light citrus fragrance because it reminded me of summer.

Price: $25.00 USD

Bad or Rad? While this sunscreen is rad, I’m not 100% sold on this yet because I have yet to try the Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Sunscreen deluxe mini. While the Glossier Sunscreen is great for daily use, my holy grail Sublime Defense Sunscreen from Algenist holds up better when planning for the beach or planning to be active in the sun.

If you struggle to find sunscreens that won’t cause a breakout or leave the skin looking greasy, then this may be for you!

Glossier Lidstar Duo
L-R: Lidstar Duo in Lily and Slip

Lidstar Duo (in Slip & Lily)

Claims: The Glossier Lidstar cream shadows promise to provide a sheer wash of pearlescent color to the eyes in a formula that won’t crease, fade, or smudge for 12 hours (even without a primer).

Ingredients & CF Status: Each Lidstar is formulated without parabens or fragrance and is cruelty-free. Also, the shadows promise to be eye-safe and non-irritating.

Application: Dab the shadow onto the lid using the applicator wand and blend out with the fingers. Layer the product for a more intense color payoff.

Reality: The Lidstar cream shadows provide the sheerest wash of color when blended onto the eye and are perfect for enhancing your glowiest, no-makeup makeup look. The colors can be easily blended on the eye. For a slightly more pigmentation. However, no amount of layering will make these intense shadows.

Furthermore, the shadows need to be applied overtop of an eye primer for those with oily lids. Without a primer, both Slip and Lily creased, faded and smudged within a matter of five or six hours of wear. Individuals with dry lids may not experience the same issue.

Blended Lidstar Duo Swatches in Slip and Lily
Blended Lidstars L-R: Lily x Slip, Lily, Slip

Price: $30.00 USD / $18.00 individually

Bad or Rad? These products are rad, but I’m not sure if I would purchase more of these or recommend these shadows unless you enjoy a barely-there twinkle of color. However, I will continue to use these to enhance my glowy, no-makeup makeup days.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn and Dusk (L:R)
Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn and Dusk (L:R)

Cloud Paint Duo (in Dawn & Dusk)

Claims: Inspired by the colors of NYC sunsets, the Cloud Paints promise to be “the most user-friendly” cream blush available. Each shade is meant to provide a buildable, natural-looking flush without streakiness. Skin is meant to look hydrated and plump after application.

Ingredients & CF Status: The Cloud Paints are formulated with parabens or fragrance. These are cruelty-free.

Application: For best application, dab and blend with your fingers before applying any powder products. Mix multiple shades to create custom colors.

Reality: THESE ARE THE BEST CREAM BLUSHES I EVER USED. When I use these blushes (Dawn & Dusk), my skin has a beautiful, radiant flush that makes my skin look incredibly healthy and youthful. Additionally, I found myself reaching for these even on the days I wasn’t wearing foundation because of how much I loved them. These didn’t crease, fade, or slip off my face throughout the day, nor did they make my oily skin look shiny or overly matte. My skin looked fresh.

However, I do want to call out that these blushes are much more pigmented than I expected. When using these start out with a smaller amount than you think you’ll need. Add more color if you need to after blending the shadow on the cheeks.

Finally, while I find the tube packaging to be aesthetically pleasing, hygienic, and great for travel, the packaging makes it easy to waste product. Be very careful when squeezing out product.

Price: $30.00 USD / $18.00 individually

Bad or Rad? Out of everything I tried from Glossier, these are the raddest products of the bunch. I recommend these to everyone, even the biggest cream blush cynic. I fully intend to pick up more colors from this line.

Glossier Lip Gloss
Glossier Lip Gloss

Lip Gloss

Claims: The Glossier Lip Gloss promises to provide cushiony, crystal clear shine without glitter. Unlike other sticky or gritty lip gloss, the Glossier Lip Gloss promises to hydrate and enhance your lips without feeling icky. The formula is promised to be long-lasting so you can rock that glassy shine for more than an hour.

Ingredients & CF Status: The Glossier Lip Gloss is free of parabens and fragrance. Also, this gloss is cruelty-free and vegan.

Application: Use the fuzzy applicator or dab with your finger for an even application.

Reality: This is the highest shine gloss that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Every time I wore this gloss, my lips liked glass. The gloss did a great job of enhancing the appearance of my lips by making them appear more plump and full.

Also, the gloss layers well overtop bare lips and other lip products. Because the gloss has a fuzzy applicator, I chose to apply the gloss by dabbing with my fingers on the days I was layering this over another pigmented lip pencil or lipstick.

Lip Gloss Swatch
Lip Gloss Swatch

In terms of staying power, the gloss will stay high-shine for a few hours, but it will wear away immediately after consuming a large meal. I don’t have any issues with this, but I do want to point it out.

Finally, the claim that the gloss isn’t sticky isn’t entirely accurate. Does it leave a sticky feeling on your lips? No. Will your hair get stuck in it if the wind blows? Oh yes. The gloss is less sticky than other formulas I’ve used, but if you live in a windy climate, be aware that your hair may stick to your lips.

Price: $14.00 USD

Bad or Rad? This gloss is totally rad. I cannot imagine any gloss fan disliking this product, so I wholeheartedly recommend this if you’re looking for a new gloss to enhance the appearance of your lips.

Final Thoughts on Glossier

Glossier is a trendy brand that lives up to its well-deserved hype. Not only did these products perform well, but they came in beautiful packaging. After trying out the above products, I’m eager to try more from the brand. Current products on my radar include The Skin Perfector Tint, Priming Moisturizer, Balm DotCalm, Boy Brow, and the Lash Slick Mascara.

Price-wise, Glossier is actually quite affordable. Their prices are in-line with what you’d see from “higher-end” products at the drugstore from brands such as L’OREAL and Physician’s Formula. Furthermore, there are so many influencers and affiliates with discount codes that you can take advantage of for your first purchase.

Additionally, I am a fan of the brand’s overall ethos. As a woman, we are often bombarded with brand messaging that tells us to fix ourselves or to conform to a popular trend or norm. I love the fact that Glossier’s message and product offerings revolve around enhancing natural beauty rather than using cosmetics as a “quick fix.” This brand celebrates the individuality of all its customers.

However, for all the above praise, I want to call out that this brand is not for everyone because not everyone likes a barely-there makeup look. And that is okay.

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Have you tried Glossier before or do you want to try them? I’d love to know your experiences, favorite products, or wishlist products in the comments below.