Heard of Glossier? It’s the new “it” skincare line created by Into the Gloss founder, Emily Weiss. I’ve been dying to try it for three reasons. One, it was created by Ms. Weiss, someone who breathes the beauty industry day in, day out. She reportedly interviewed all kinds of models and makeup artists about their favorite skincare products and set out to develop a line that encompasses the best of the best, and nothing more. No frills, no fragrances, etc.
Secondly, the brand touts that it places skincare before makeup, meaning the emphasis is on nourishing the skin – making it glowy and luminous rather than just slathering makeup on top of skin issues. The only “makeup” element is a tint rather than a full-on foundation. I was a little scared to tread into the light, sheer territory since I have some big pores that need covering, but I liked the philosophy that you shouldn’t “hide” behind makeup so I thought it was worth a try.
The last reason is because I love the packaging and the whole vibe! The Instagram is a dream – all pale pink, *swoon* – and the products come with a set of cute stickers. The whole thing is light hearted and conveys the attitude that beauty should be fun. Hell yeah.Here I am after using the skincare line and applying the tint! Step-by-step review/instructions below.
Here’s what I ordered: 1) Soothing Face Mist 2) Milky Jelly Cleanser 3) Priming Moisturizer 4) Perfecting Skin Tint. Plus, adorable stickers! They sell a “Phase One Set”, but it comes with a product called Balm Dotcom, which sounded too heavy for my oily skin, so I opted to cherry pick my own selection. The Milky Jelly Cleanser feels really gentle. It’s a PH-balanced gel . I really like that it’s a soap free, paraben free, fragrance free formula that feels silky to the touch. Because of the absence of sulfates, it doesn’t lather, so it can sort of feel like it’s not getting the job done. Because of this, I like to use my Clarisonic face brush (pictured in the first photo) with it a couple times a week to get a deeper clean and exfoliation. And sometimes, if I’m taking off makeup after a night out, I find myself reaching for my trusty Neutrogena Acne Wash for a stronger, more stripping type of clean.
This is my favorite part of the skincare routine. I spray the Soothing Face Mist on my face right after washing to prep my skin before the moisturizer, and sometimes after work to freshen up before I go out again. It feels as good as it smells, like you’re treating yourself each time you use it. The effect is moisturizing and dewi-fying.
The Priming Moisturizer is a great product. It’s light and leaves your skin with a dewy finish without being greasy. It has an antioxidant complex, an anti-redness complex, and a healthy dose of Hyaluronic Acid to plump your skin up with hydration. I sort of wish it had an SPF, but as it is, it’s a great canvas for the tint that comes next. The Perfecting Skin Tint is a sheer color with a thin consistency. I used their Shade Finder to find my color, Dark, which matches perfectly. The website states that the tint has a “blurring” effect, which I found difficult to picture when reading up about it, but not that I’ve used it, I totally get it. The formula glides over large pores and creates an even, glowy look, very different from some matte formulas that may fill pores, but still somehow call attention to them. So here we go. Here I am, fresh-faced, with no makeup! I woke up like this – uneven skintone, some discoloration, and a few recent acne scars. Yaayy.After the Rosewater Spray and Priming Moisturizer, this is the gorgeous way I apply the Perfecting Skin Tint! As you can see, I apply it liberally to every segment of my face. Then I rub it upward and out with my ring finger, which is the gentlest, and pat it in until it’s even. Aaand here’s the after – the Skin Tint evens me out, matches my skin tone really well, and has a pretty, natural look. Though you can still see some dark spots shine through!
That’s where my back-up concealer comes in! I dot on some Cover Girl concealer to some of the spots that need more coverage – any blemishes or scars, around my nose, and a little coverage for my under-eye circles. Lastly, I apply bronzer below my cheekbones (Bare Minerals “Faux Tan”) and blush (Buxom by Bare Escentuals “Euphoria”) to the apples of my cheeks, and swipe on some shimmery brown eyeliner (Urban Decay “Bourbon”). I’m also wearing my favorite clear balm, the Rose Salve from C.O. Bigelow.
And there you have it! This is the natural, basic look I go for on most days. Thanks for joining me for this review! By the way, this was not a sponsored post, I was just really interested in trying this line since it’s gotten so much attention lately, and because I really like it! I’d love to know what you thought and if you’d like to see any other kinds of reviews or tutorials!