Why I dont love Glossier
My collection of Glossier products. Brianna Arps/INSIDER
The INSIDER Summary:
- Glossier is the ultimate millennial skin care and makeup brand.
- It was founded in 2014 and quickly amassed a cult-like following.
- To date, I've spent over 0 testing products only to conclude that practically nothing works on my skin.
- Rather than quit the brand completely, I still believe Glossier will eventually grow to become more inclusive.
Being an avid beauty product junkie, there are very few brands that receive 100% of my loyalty.
I'm constantly testing things from makeup to skin care in the hope of discovering the absolute best money can buy. Glossier is a rare exception in the fact that despite its products not working for me, I can't seem to shake my obsession with the lifestyle it sells.
Founded in 2014 by the same beauty experts behind Into the Gloss, Glossier (pronounced gloss-ee-ay) takes a "skin first" approach to cosmetics. Each product offered claims to improve your skin, making the need to wear makeup totally "optional."
Glossier's branding is genius.
Since launching, and even more — including myself — seek to become what I like to call "Glossier mavens." This group of select Glossier fans boasts flawless-looking skin and takes a minimalist approach to beauty, makeup, skin care, and perhaps life itself.
Who wouldn't want to wake up and not have to worry about acne, eczema, skin discoloration, rosacea, and scars, or how to cover it all up? I absolutely love makeup. I find it relaxing and empowering to apply and wear, yet if I could spend little to no time battling blemishes or making them appear less noticeable I might be more content.
Unfortunately, however, I have not reached Glossier maven status. My collection of half and barely-used Glossier products on my beauty vanity is proof.
The Milky Jelly Cleanser (), a conditioning face wash, doesn't take off my makeup as easily as Glossier claims. The Super Pack (), a trio of serums that the brand's website says will "bring your skin the boost it needs," left me highly disappointed; I couldn't see any enhancement in the luminosity of my skin. The Priming Moisturizer (), a lightweight face creme, didn't mesh well with my oily skin. The Stretch Concealer () oxidizes, turning a completely different shade when I wore it. And, although Ididfinish my jar of Glossier's detoxifying face mask Mega Greens Galaxy Pack (), it was only three ounces of product. I also had a mild allergic reaction to the mask the first time I used it, with a few itchy hives surfacing on my cheeks and temples.
Nevertheless, I'm anxious to find something that I'll love. I recently went back to the Glossier Showroom to see if the brand could redeem itself.
I just couldn't resist spending money while at the Glossier Showroom in Manhattan. Brianna Arps/INSIDER
My trip was semi-successful. I took home the darkest shade of Cloud Paint () liquid blush (it'snota "gel-cream," as Glossier calls it), among three other products that practically anyone with skin, eyebrows, and lips can wear.
Ultimately, though, I felt discouraged after testing the Perfecting Skin Tint (), which is basically Glossier's version of tinted moisturizer. It supposedly "evens out discoloration," yet it was too sheer to make a difference.
I wish Glossier's shade range did more to serve people of color. Brianna Arps/INSIDER
It's infuriating how the shade labeled "Dark" was extremely pale in comparison to my caramel-colored skin tone, making it impossible to wear. The "Deep" shade in both the Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer was a little better but has orange undertones that aren't flattering. I imagine that I'd look like an Oompa Loompa after only an hour of wearing it since Glossier's makeup tends to change shades. Lastly, the brand's "Rich" shade only complements skin with a naturally red undertone, leaving a vast majority of black women out of the equation — women who have vied for representation within the beauty industry for decades.
Despite my experiences, Glossier is becoming an influential leader in beauty. I have a hard time naming another brand that has seen the level of success Glossier has achieved in just three years. The brand's overall aesthetic — its fancy name, chic logo, pretty pink packaging, and approachable tone — promotes perfection. But its products do not deliver perfection to everyone.
Will I ever stop supporting the brand? If a few things change, I might stick around. I have hope that one day Glossier will grow to be truly inclusive — if not by skin type, then at least by skin color — and develop a product that I can take pride in, too.
Video: BUY OR BYE: GLOSSIER || What Worked & What DIDN'T
17 Life-Changing Makeup Hacks EVERY Woman Should Know
5 New Fitness Trends You Have To Try In 2014
The Right Way to Fight Rhinitis
Tetracaine Topical Reviews
3 Ways to Nap
How to Become a High School Teacher in Texas
MLS player announces he is gay and wants other athletes to come out too
How To Fill In Eyebrows So That You Look Younger
London Fashion Week, Fall 2012: Days 1-3
What If You Celebrated Your Stretch Marks Instead of Hiding Them
World Exclusive: Dolce And Gabbana Tell Us About Their World Cup Ball Design
How to Figure Out if Youre Hardwired to Be Single
Modern Relaxed Perms That Will Change Your Mind About Perms
How to Avoid Falling Too Hard for Someone