Anyone that knows me is aware I’ve been a Glossier girl since day one. When the brand launched in the UK (after many an hour spent longingly browsing its US website), I put my student loan to great use and ordered my first Glossier haul. FYI, if Student Finance England is looking at this, it was all research for my degree… or a future article on the best Glossier products at the very least.
Since then, my commitment to Glossier has only grown stronger. I’ve tried every new launch, made my brother queue for the Canal Street store when I visited New York, and fulfilled my dream when I was invited to the London store opening as a beauty journalist. Basically, I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of the brands that contributed to me getting on the path I am now.
Recently, I’ve even treated myself endless Glossier merch (including the new limited edition cream hoodie) so I can even rep the brand on no-makeup days.
Obviously, it’s not just me who has caught the Glossier bug. The cult brand has many a fan on the Eliza team alone, with members having written dedicated love letters to Glossier You and the natural Deodorant, which impressed even our seasoned Beauty Editor.
I’ve tried every product that Glossier has to offer, from hero products such as Cloud Paint to the discontinued Vinylic Lip *sob*, so I thought I’d set myself the task of choosing my six absolute ride-or-die products from the brand. It was certainly a challenge, that’s for sure.
The best Glossier products to buy
Whether you’ve never tried Glossier before and want to know where to start or are looking for an honest review of its best products, read on for a Glossier girl’s guide.
Glossier Generation G, £14
One of the first ever products I tried from Glossier was its Generation G lipstick in Zip and Cake. I wasn’t wholly wowed with the first version, but the brand has since reformulated them and extended the shade range to create one of my favourite lipsticks of all time.
The best way I can explain the texture of this lipstick is like a balmy matte with a diffused, just-kissed finish. I normally veer away from mattes but this one is genuinely like nothing else I’ve ever tried; the colour payoff is soft so you can swipe it on without having to look into a mirror, but you can intensify the colour with a few extra swipes.
I’ve got at least three of these in the bottom of each of my bags; Malt and Fuzz are brown and rosy nudes, which are my favourite for everyday wear.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, £20
If the ‘no makeup makeup’ look could be distilled into one product, it would be Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint. I’ve waxed lyrical about this to practically anyone that will listen and will continue to do so as it’s remained in my constant top three base-products rotation for the past five years.
This is most definitely not a product that everyone will love; if you want coverage, look for something else. It’s instead for those who want the most lightweight base product possible: it evens out the skin tone and gives you a healthy glow and colour, with a water-like consistency that feels like you are wearing nothing at all.
It’s all I need in the summer, and in the winter, I’ll just add a dab of concealer where required. Also, don’t be fooled by the bottle size; this small bottle has packed enough product to last me more than a year with everyday use.
Glossier Cloud Paint, £17
One of the first liquid-cream blushers on the mainstream market and the one that set the bar high, Glossier’s Cloud Paint turned me from a blusher-avoidant to flushed fanatic.
The tiniest dab of this blush will impart a sheer, natural-looking flush that melts into the skin, leaving behind no trace aside from a healthy glow. You can easily blend it out with your fingers, a brush or sponge without worrying about disturbing the base below, and it comes in a plethora of gorgeous shades, from Eve, a rich mulberry that leaves a merlot-like tint, to Dawn, a red-hued coral.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich, £29
Calling all dry skin girlies: this is one for you. I love a thicker face cream, especially in the winter months where, much like me at the end of attempting dry Jan, my skin will drink up anything.
I love this and the Priming Moisturiser equally, but this one just pips the latter to the post due to the extra hydration it harnesses. I adore the feel of rich face creams as they remind me of the ones my mum used to use when I was younger, and the rich formula has that same luxurious, almost cold-cream-like texture to it.
It’s recently been reformulated with more hydrating ingredients as well as being made vegan and fragrance-free, although I’ll admit I’m a bit miffed at that, because I found the old lavender fragrance to be delightful.
All in all, if you’re of the drier skin type and want a super moisturising cream that gives a glowy finish and sits brilliantly under makeup, get yourself a pot of this. At under £30, it’s a great rival for high-end (and expensive) day and night creams.
Glossier Brow Flick, £15
One of the products I picked up on my pilgrimage to Glossier’s New York store back in 2019, I kid you not when I say this still has product left in it. I’m picky when it comes to brow products (blame my years of teenage brow trauma) but when I saw the brand was releasing a felt-tip brow pen, I knew it’d be love at first swipe.
I find brow products normally fall into being good for thick brows or thin brows, but there are usually not many that appeal to both camps. This one caters for all. The nib is fine enough for super detailed, precise brushstrokes that mimic individual brow hairs, while the ink-like formula deposits an even amount of pigment with each line.
Glossier Lid Star, £15
When it comes to wearing eyeshadow during the day, I’m a one-swipe kind of girl: I’m talking products that allow you to swipe on and go, which means crayons and easily blendable liquid eyeshadows are my product of choice.
Lid Star is ideal for this, with a cream formula and doe-foot applicator that allows you to apply straight to the lid and blend out with your finger.
Lid star might be simple to apply, but the finish is anything but plain. Each shade has a crystal-like finish in a range of hues that pop on all skin tones; my favourites are Herb, a golden-moss green, and Lily, a sparkling lilac which never fails to get people asking what I’m wearing.
For a glitter eyeshadow, these are also surprisingly good at staying put and not creasing throughout the day. Lid Star, I love you.