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Glossier Makeup Review: Boy Brow, Perfecting Skin Tint, Balm Dotcom

I finally broke down and placed my first Glossier order when they launched boy brow a few weeks ago.



I've admired the brand from afar for months now, but the launch of an 'it does everything' brow product (my beauty achilles heel) was enough to make me place an order. I picked up the boy brow in blonde, as well as the perfecting skin tint and got a free balm dotcom (they're offering one with any order + free shipping with code 'fall promo') to boot. My thoughts?


Let me just get it out the way now - I am obsessed with their marketing. Like, I go into hard core zombie mode, hypnotized and drooling when I watch their YouTube videos or scroll through CEO Emily Weiss' instagram. Everything is cool marble, with flashes of gold flakes and perfect skin and rough-but-beautiful brows and of course, #glossierpink. Their models are the perfect combination of gorgeous and "real", and if photoshop is involved it's done subtly and beautifully. The same goes for Into the Gloss, the original blog, which I read daily. I've loved Annie Kreighbaum since her days at xojane (before it turned into a depressing wasteland), and think her editorial direction is brilliant.

Okay, ode over. How do the products perform? Read on.


#1: Boy Brow

Glossier Boy Brow Review

What it is: 

A creamy wax pomade that thickens, fills in and grooms brows into place. It's inspired by hair pomade (I think I also read mustache wax somewhere) and comes in 3 shades - blonde, brown and black.

What I love: 

#1 - the pricetag. Only $14! The tiny, precise applicator (a la Benefit Gimme Brow and the 10 other copycats that have launched since its release) delivers the perfect amount of product to the brow, and doesn't get gloppy. The packaging is sleeky and easily decoratable (word? maybe? no?) with the included stickers in your glossier order. As it claims, it doesn't leave brows feeling crunchy, which is great, but is anyone really touching your brows to make sure they're soft?

Glossier Boy Brow Before & After

On the left - boy brow. On the right, natural brow.

What I loathe: 

The formula is kind of...weird. Very waxy. It honestly reminds me of earwax, and I wish it had a little bit more pigment. I think this kind of product would be best for the girl they market it for - someone with big, lush brows that need "taming". For those of us with thin, sparse brows, I think more pigment is necessary.

Overall: 3.5/5

This is a fast, easy brow product that will deliver a little color and help keep unruly brows in place. The blonde color works great on my dark blonde, almost brown brows. It does not fill in brows as well as products like Benefit's Gimme Brow or Clinique's Just Browsing.


#2: Perfecting Skin Tint

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint Review

You gotta shake it!

What it is: 

An ultra-light dose of sheer, water-based pigment (I have nothing to compare it to, other than maybe a thinner, less pigmented version of MAC's Face & Body foundation) that gives hydration and a little bit of coverage all in one.

What I love: 

There's a video of Annie getting ready on a Saturday morning, using glossier that I've watched maybe 3424782 times. Honestly that's what convinced me to get this - I loved the way it applied, the sheer coverage and the slight dew that it left her skin with. And it does all of those things for me. This is the lowest amount of coverage I've ever seen in a tinted complexion product, but that's the beauty of it. You literally cannot screw this up, cake on too much, or put on too little. Sometimes tinted moisturizers can feel like too much, and that's what this is for.

What I loathe: 

You do have to build it. 3-4 drops will cover your face, but it won't look like you have anything on. I use at least 10-12, and then go back in with a few more drops for added "coverage".

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint Before & After

On the right I'm a skin tint virgin. On the left you can see it applied (backwards, I know.)


Here's a photo where you can see a quick before and after. I have yet to see anyone with problematic skin like mine (oily, enlarged pores, redness, hyperpigmentation and overall textural issues) use this skin tint and show a B&A. It works, just know that the effects are very subtle.

Overall: 4.5/5

I love this. It's natural and beautiful and so model-off-duty that it hurts. It does exactly what it says it does - it doesn't claim to be high coverage, and it's not. This is for days at the beach, quick trips to the grocery store, or walks with your dog (I'd imagine? I don't have a dog...). When you want something fast and easy that you don't have to blend. I've been using this every day since I got it, with concealer on any spots and a few swipes of my favorite powder foundation for a hint of added coverage.


Glossier Makeup Review

In the above photo I have on Becca's Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on spots/redness and Benefit Agent Zero Shine Powder to mattify.

#3: Balm Dotcom 

Glossier Balm Dotcom Review

What it is: 

A hydrating skin-salve that you can use anywhere (think lips, cuticles, elbows - similar to aquaphor). Petrolatum based, but with added conditioners like lanolin, castor seed oil and vitamin E.

What I like: 

The packaging and the texture. This is thicker than Vaseline or Aquaphor, and hydrates more quickly than either of those. Not necessarily better - just faster. It's also not as greasy or as slippery, which I love. I have used it on my cheekbones, glossier style, for a little bit of glow and hydration. I like it, but I like my true sparkley highlighters more :) It's also not overly shiny on lips, so it's a great guy buy.

What I loathe: 

This was free, and I don't know if I would pay $12 for it. Maybe $8. Ultimately, it is just a glorified vaseline - but I love the packaging, the texture and, lets be real, the name.

Overall: 4/5

I'm so happy I got this as a freebie - I really enjoy it. But I think $12 is a little steep for a balm that's petrolatum based. I may repurchase if I run out and I'm buying other glossier products at the same time. But I do think Aquaphor is just as good, and more accessible.

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Bottom line? I just want MOAR! I'm excited to try the masks next, and Emily has confirmed they're coming out with a cleanser in January. I'll probably also pick up a darker shade of the skin tint while I'm at it. And don't we all need rosewater spray in our lives?

Have you tried anything from Glossier? Any favorites or must haves?


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