Glossier has been all the rage among YouTubers and bloggers alike for the last year or so. Their headlining product, Boy Brow, has made us all swoon and their edgy approach towards natural, minimalistic beauty and makeup has been a welcome change from the heavy, colorful “Instagrammable” makeup that was more prominent in the years prior. So, I placed an order for a trio kit that included my selection of a Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, and Generation G Lipstick shade, and I decided to put them all to the test!
First up, Boy Brow! Glossier’s Boy Brow is their answer to the brow tints and mascaras trend that has been popularized by Benefit’s Gimme Brow, and they offer the shades clear, blonde, brown, and black. Now, I should note that my hair is a deep violet-toned red shade that is still relatively natural, but it’s not brown. Unfortunately, Glossier didn’t have any red-toned shade options, and I was forced to settle on brown. To be honest, Boy Brow — with a somewhat hefty price tag of $18 for 0.11 ounces (ridiculously small) — wasn’t really my cup of tea. My main issue was the product didn’t spread well through my brow hairs. The product clumps a lot on the small brush and doesn’t even out, even brushing it through again with a clean spooly. The color isn’t bad — a little lighter and warmer than I would have preferred — and goes decently with my hair, but patchy application just isn’t great. I much prefer the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara that sells for a significantly cheaper $6! I’m really disappointed, but in the twenty or so uses of Boy Brow, I’ve disliked it and been unhappy with my brows every time.
Second, Stretch Concealer! This is not a product I thought I would love. But wow, I adore this stuff! Stretch Concealer is a balmy concealer that has light coverage and is buildable and flexible rather than heavy, thick coverage. I was concerned that it would be oily and not enough coverage, but I’ve had very little issue with either. Granted, this is not the concealer to reach for on a bad skin day with lots of redness and breakouts. But, for day to day, I think this stuff looks amazing on the skin! It’s dewy and smooth, and it blends like butter. It’s not really visible on the skin and it provides enough coverage over dark circles and acne scars for me to feel pretty comfortable stepping out of the house. I really like it for my pretty-much-but-no-quite-no-makeup days! It isn’t, truthfully, that buildable. Light to light-medium coverage is all you’re going to get out of this puppy, but I really love the texture of the product and am super happy with how it applies. The staying power is pretty decent without powder and a solid 10 hours with powder, which is another point in my book. If you like the minimalist look and don’t have too much to cover — blemishes are really tough to hide with this — this concealer is a wonderful choice and $18 isn’t a bad price tag for the amount of product!
Third, Generation G Lipstick! I wasn’t too sure what to anticipate with these lipsticks, but I got crush, a hot raspberry pink color that I thought would brighten up my complexion. They are described as sheer, matte lipsticks that have the “just-blotted” look to them without actually blotting them or wearing them down. I have to say, I like the concept and the product! I’m not big on a thick, heavy lip product. I’m all about stains, lasting power, and flattering fading throughout the day rather than ghastly outlines and patchiness. This lipstick was really smooth to apply and a very pretty color that is buildable and changeable. One or two swipes will give me a light, sheer wash of fresh pink, but a few more and I’m rocking a bright raspberry lip! It’s multipurpose and pretty no matter how you apply it! Two things though: You don’t get a lot of product, and it’s a little drying. These lipsticks are pretty small and the bullet is unimpressive. You only get 0.07 ounces of product for $18, which is underwhelming to say the least. And it can dehydrate your lips, but it’s a matte product and to some extent, that’s to be expected. The second time I ordered this (yes, I’ve ordered this twice — my car got broken into and my bag with all my Glossier goodies was taken), my bullet came broken in the lid of the lipstick. The Glossier team was great to work with and immediately replaced it free of charge, so that was a definite plus!
Overall, I really dig the aesthetics, vibe, and products of the Glossier brand. The packaging is gorgeous, chic, and simplistic, and the products themselves are all on the natural beauty trend I tend to lean towards! Besides Boy Brow, which wasn’t terrible but wasn’t great, the brand has really impressed me so far! I’m excited to try more from Glossier in the near future!