A Glossier Haul
Glossier is the "it" brand you just can't seem to escape right now. I'm not complaining; I love seeing those pretty-in-pink packaged products all over my social media feeds, so much so, that I couldn't resist placing my second order with them last month (you can read about my first order here). I'm excited to share with you today the contents of my latest Glossier haul, though think of this is more as a first impressions post than actual reviews since I'm still using up older products before I begin using most of these. As Glossier still don't ship internationally, at the end, I also share my experience using a US parcel forwarding service to get the sought-after brand shipped to Australia.
I wasn't initially all that keen on Glossier's makeup line, but the more I kept seeing the Haloscope in Quartz everywhere, the more intrigued I became until it eventually found its way upon my wishlist. I'm not normally a fan of cream products as I find them more of an effort to apply, but I do make exceptions for highlighters and eyeshadows when I find exceptional formulas, which Haloscope definitely is. Its outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts, while the centre is a solid core of vitamin-rich moisturisers, creating together the most ethereal, dewy, lit-from-within glow. It's not the most "out there" highlighter (none of Glossier's makeup range is though), but if you like something subtle like I do, you'll definitely appreciate Haloscope.
I was initially put off by the reviews of Stretch Concealer that said it wasn't high coverage enough, but it actually ended up being the selling point for me in the end. My skin is pretty clear these days and as I'm lucky that don't have to deal with constant breakouts anymore (touch wood!), I was finding that my current concealer stash (MAC Studio Finish Concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer) was just a bit too much at times and I wanted something a little more lightweight and skin-like. Formulated with elastic micro waxes that move with the face, I first tested out Stretch Concealer on my bare skin (I wasn't wearing makeup on this particular day) and I was absolutely blown away by how seamlessly the product blended and disappeared into it. My dark circles vanished, as did my hyperpigmentation, yet never had my skin looked more like... skin! I was certainly impressed and one of the things I've come to love about Glossier makeup is how effortless and undone it is in both application and in the way it looks. I can't imagine this staying put on pesky blemishes, but when I have a breakout, I'll be sure to put it to the test!
I'm actually surprised that I chose to buy the Coconut Balm Dotcom over the Rose one when I placed my first Glossier order. I think I was just so taken by my newfound love for all things coconut-scented, but you know me, I'm a sucker for anything rose too. In the same beautifully balmy and moisturising consistency as my beloved original and coconut, the Rose Balm Dotcom has a barely-there pink tint and its rose scent is quite similar to that of their Milky Jelly Cleanser, though a touch sweeter. A part of me is so curious to try the cult By Terry Baume de Rose, but at $81 (WHY?!) and with me already owning Dior Crème de Rose and now the Rose Balm Dotcom, I really cannot justify another rose-scented lip balm!
When Glossier released The Supers, their lineup of serums comprising of Super Bounce (for dry skin), Super Glow (for dull skin) and Super Pure (for stressed skin), I couldn't have been more excited. In fact, I even began working on using up my current serum stash so I could justify purchasing them. I'm still working my way through using up my serums and I think it'll still be a good few months until I begin using my Glossier ones, but I hate having product overload and using too much on my face all at once. When I start using them though, I'll be sure to give you my proper review. Plus, it's exciting enough just to have them in my possession! As I really wanted to try all three, I decided to buy them all in The Super Pack as you save money this way and I'm definitely looking the most forward to trying Super Bounce as it seems to be the most raved about Super. My two qualms with The Supers, however, is that first of all, the bottles are pretty tiny at 15ml each (I know you can't complain when you're getting three serums for less than the price of one, but still. These aren't going to last long!) and secondly, their ambiguity when asked about the percentage of the ingredients. For a brand that wouldn't exist without Into the Gloss' online community, it's quite disappointing that they aren't being open with their consumers. Did it stop me from buying them? Obviously not, but even when I get sucked into the hype and the pretty packaging, I'll be always be completely honest and transparent in my thoughts and opinions with you all.
The final item I bought is the recently released, Priming Moisturiser Rich. As I've been working my way through using up my Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream and feeling quite bored of it now, I'd been on the hunt for a new nighttime moisturiser for some time. I was contemplating between the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream and the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, but when Glossier announced Priming Moisturiser Rich would be coming soon, I knew this was the one and I waited to place my entire order until its release (it just so happened to align with pay day too!). With a subtle herbal scent, it's full of good stuff such as ceramides (plumps the skin and retains moisture) and fatty acids (provides a protective skin barrier), as well as shea and murumuru butters for ultimate nourishment. I'm going to wait until my Aesop moisturiser is finished up before I begin using it, but I'll pop a review of it here all in good time!
The additional few things in my order are for my sister who's pretty into Glossier like myself and my mum really liked the way the Perfecting Skin Tint (my sister's bottle, I don't own it) looked on her when I did her makeup for my nanna's 80th birthday, so I decided to order her a bottle too. I tried out my sister's Generation Gs in Leo and Zip and though I like the idea behind them (a sheer matte look), I'm really not a fan of the colour range, nor the packaging (both old and new). Leo looked like nothing on my already pigmented lips and Zip is an orange-toned red, which isn't my thing (I prefer blue-toned reds). Having said, the new formula is really moisturising and smooth, as the old one definitely didn't glide as easily on the lips. I also gave my sister's Boy Brow in Brown a shot, which was nice, but nothing groundbreaking to me. I wouldn't wear this on its own like all the Glossier models do as I prefer a slightly more filled in brow myself and you really don't get much product in the tiny tube, but I do enjoy the non-crispy formula and perhaps I'll consider it for a future purchase.
In my last post all about Glossier, I mentioned that I used the US mail forwarding service, HopShopGo, to get my order shipped to Australia, though this time around I decided to try ShopMate, which is a part of Australia Post. Being an Australian company, I was curious to see if it was any faster or cheaper, but it was actually a little bit slower (winter storms and the inauguration held it up, which is understandably out of their control) and only slightly cheaper. Something that might be considered a slight negative point is that they don't consolidate your packages like HopShopGo does, so if you're placing more than one order in the US, you'll have to pay for each package instead of one big package. Having said that, ShopMate does give you a $10 discount on each additional package when you pay for the shipping all at once, so it does still work out to be roughly the same, if not a little bit cheaper than HopShopGo. The best thing about ShopMate being affiliated with Australia Post, however, is that you get instant notifications through both the app and email of when your package has been shipped, when it's in transit and what day it'll be arriving. In my experience, courier services can be unreliable, plus if you're not home, the local post office is usually a lot more nearby than a selected courier pickup agent. Who knows, maybe by the time I'm ready to place my next Glossier order, they'll finally have international shipping available, but at this rate, I'm really not holding my breath! As a brand that was essentially built online, a space where people come together from all around the world, it's quite appalling, I think.
I know this post is quite long and thorough, especially for only a haul and first impressions post, but I can't help but share the little details. I also get asked quite a lot about how I ship Glossier internationally, so I hope this was helpful to my fellow Aussies, and if you're located anywhere else in the world outside of the US, I'd definitely recommend HopShopGo.
Have you tried Glossier before... or are you still impatiently waiting for international shipping?