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Say what you will about
Glossier, and its shiny, happy ad campaigns featuring smiley, fresh-faced young women who have never experienced the existential dread of finding your first gray hair or, presumably, any sort of social anxiety whatsoever. What makes the company truly compelling isn't just the millennial-pink packaging (anyone can do that) or the celebrity fan base (significantly harder to land, but still manageable), or even the hordes of cool girls who espouse the virtues of Solution at such length that you wonder if they're getting a cut of the proceeds.
Glossier apart is the fact that it isn't just a beauty brand — it's a lifestyle. It's a Petra Collins dreamscape, the promise of a more beautiful world, a world that's wallpapered in Baker-Miller pink and where no matter which way you turn there's a Byredo Burning Rose candle flickering out of the corner of your eye. It's joining a cool, unconditionally supportive sisterhood every time you stock up on a $12 lip balm, getting one step closer to owning the purposely disheveled air of an off-duty model with every spritz of your perfume.
And there's also the fact that some of the products are really, really good — like, buy them because they
work good, not just "I saw five girls with messy bangs post this on their feeds so it must be great" good. So we tried them all, in the name of nailing down the very best of Glossier, the just-okay, and what you're better off skipping. Give in to the part of you that wants to buy into the pastel-tinged packaging and pop-up shops in stylish cafés — these Glossier products are worth adding to your Top Shelf. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Priming Moisturizer Balance
Oily-skinned folks, this one's for you. If the original Priming Moisturizer and Priming Moisturizer Rich were a little
for your skin, then this
should be just right. Featuring ingredients like willow bark extract, bamboo, and niacinamide to help soothe and prevent breakouts, this lightweight hydrator is perfect for mattifying moisture.
Priming Moisturizer Balance, $25.00
Buy Hand Cream
Glossier debuted its inaugural
during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and took things a step further by donating the first 10,000 units to healthcare workers. "We’ve been working on Glossier Hand Cream for nearly two years, and have been so excited to bring it into the world this spring," founder Emily Weiss said in a statement. "We designed Hand Cream with connection and community in mind — over the years, we’ve heard so many stories about strangers talking, even becoming friends, because they spotted someone using Balm Dotcom in the wild, and we had hoped that Hand Cream might also inspire connection through beauty." Intensely hydrating yet passing the keyboard test (i.e., it's not too greasy that it oils up your laptop), it's a total winner in our book.
Hand Cream, $18.00
Buy Futuredew Think of this product as strobed skin in a bottle. It's not an oil, not a serum, but rather — both at once. If you're on the oily side, you may want to press pause (or proceed with caution), since the stuff can feel a tad intense. That said, it truly does deliver a gleaming complexion that will make you feel like you're starring in your very own Glossier campaign. Glossier
Buy Lash Slick You know how MLBB ("my lips but better") is beauty speak for a bespoke nude lipstick that looks like it's all yours? That's what Lash Slick is, but for your lashes. It won't deliver falsie-like volume and thickness, but instead, creates the prettiest, flutteriest, longest lashes in a matter of strokes. Glossier
Lash Slick, $16.00
Meet Glossier's take on
. The liquid-to-powder formula goes on sheer with a doe-foot applicator, but can be built up to create a diffused, soft wash of color on your lids.
Buy Bubblewrap Guess we're not the only ones who dot a bit of eye cream on lips for an instant plumping and softening effect. Bubblewrap is chock full of hyaluronic acid, squalane, and avocado oil and is the real MVP to hydrate and soothe the most delicate areas of the face — and at $26, is more affordable than many fancy eye creams on the market. Glossier
Buy Pro Tip
Executing a flawless
ranks high on the list of intimidating makeup looks, but this brush-tip pen makes it pretty easy. The fibers have a good deal of flexibility so you can wield it with control — slow and steady wins the race!) — and the inky black pigment is virtually budgeproof once it sets.
Pro Tip, $16.00
Buy Milky Oil Oil-based makeup removers
have a reputation for being greasy, but
Glossier's milky iteration
takes a different approach: The texture is definitely slick, but because it includes a
additive that draws dirt and makeup like a magnet, it takes it all off without leaving residue behind. The combination creates a soft and silky makeup remover, meant to be squeezed onto a cotton pad or swab and gently pressed over skin to remove away stuck-on makeup (even waterproof mascara) without any rubbing, tugging, or irritation.
Milky Oil, $12.00
This liquid eyeshadow piqued public interest after
debuting on the Oscars red carpet
, because if it's good enough for Salma Hayek and Tiffany Haddish, it's good enough for us, right? If you're looking for serious pigment, you won't find it here; rather, it's an "enhancer" of sorts that makes eyes look subtly prettier and more alive. That said, all of the shades are soft, sheer, and flattering, and the silky formula stays put — but it can be a bit chalky and difficult to apply without blending extensively.
Nobody solves a problem like the
— provided, of course, that problem involves dullness, clogged pores, dark spots, or any combination thereof. This gentle exfoliating liquid is the brand's most ambitious skin-care formulation yet, a wonder product that promises brighter, smoother, more balanced skin with regular use. The combination of AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs, totaling a 10% concentration, isn't as potent as some other similar products on the market, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's a solid choice for sensitive skin, a pretty pink gateway drug into the world of acids.
Buy You Eau de Parfum Some people swear that there's nothing to You but soap and cucumber; for others, it's a complex, woodsy fragrance that smells different on everyone and settles into a dreamy skin-like musk that'll linger in your sweater for days. We're in the latter camp — You is a hazy, sweet blanket of a scent that even a total perfume snob could love. Cloud Paint The name almost makes it sound as if you won't get much pigment out of this tiny tube, just a vague cloud of color. That couldn't be further from the truth: The tiniest dot of Cloud Paint goes a long way, so be careful when squeezing. We like to use our fingers to buff the liquid onto the apples of our cheeks — pre-powder, post-foundation — for a youthful flush (in an I'm 16 and ride horses on the snow-capped mountains surrounding my elite boarding school in Switzerland kind of way). Glossier
Cloud Paint, $18.00
Buy Wowder This tinted powder delivers exactly what it says it will: a blurry, soft-focus finish that cuts down on shine and just makes skin look perfect, not chalky or visibly powdered. It's worth springing for the brush, too — it's soft and ideal for tossing in your bag for touch-ups. The real downfall is that the lineup could stand to grow several more shades. Glossier
Buy Body Hero The launches that gave us the buzzy Body Hero campaign are divisive. On the one hand, the oil cleanser-and-lightweight lotion duo is basically the fastest route to sexy skin in a bottle; on the other, the strong powdery scent doesn't do it for everyone. But it fades fast, so if you can bear to smell like a full-on bouquet from the shoulders down for a few minutes, the lotion is worth it for scoring soft, dewy limbs. Glossier
Body Hero Duo, $35.00
Buy Boy Brow Boy Brow is consistently one of the brand's top-selling products, and for good reason: It's got the perfect waxy, matte consistency to bulk up brows and keep them in place all day long. It really makes brows look thicker, and the teeny-tiny brush makes easy work of taming errant hairs. Glossier
Boy Brow, $16.00
Buy Balm Dot Com These (barely) grown-up lip balms are simple: a standard moisture-locking blend of petrolatum, castor-seed oil, beeswax, and lanolin. They're thick, long-lasting, and work great on dry cuticles, flyaways, and anywhere else you could use a little hydrating boost, and off-label as an eye gloss. They are significantly more expensive than your average Vaseline, but they're also way cuter (and come in different flavors!), so it is what it is. Glossier
Balm Dotcom, $12.00
Buy Stretch Concealer This soft, creamy concealer is medium coverage at best, but even so, something about the wax in its formula makes it highly adept at enhancing and brightening skin without looking caked-on or emphasizing pores. It leaves skin feeling hydrated and looking a hell of a lot fresher, and though the shade range leaves something to be desired, we've seen the five choices work for a surprisingly wide variety of complexions. Unless you're down with some shine, you'll want to set this one with powder — it has a dewy, almost sweaty finish, which isn't for everyone. Glossier
Stretch Concealer, $18.00
Buy Skin Perfecting Tint If your skin is less than perfect as it is, you'll most likely want to eschew the Skin Perfecting Tint in favor of something that, you know, actually covers up whatever it is you're trying to hide. But if you already have genetically lovely skin that you're just looking to enhance, this sheer, satiny tint seems like just the thing to smooth and even out an already borderline-flawless complexion. Glossier
Perfecting Skin Tint, $26.00
Buy Generation G
Haters will say that Generation G is just a glorified (and
) tinted lip balm — but have
ever found another tinted lip balm that imparts just the right amount of soft matte color, that looks deliberately layered and blotted to just-bitten perfection with a single swipe? We certainly haven't.
Generation G, $18.00
Buy Haloscope The highlighter that made us believe in highlighter again is a unique specimen, an easy, user-friendly twist-up stick of dewy, non-sparkly skin. You can thank the hydrating oils in the core for that — unlike other cream highlighters, this one incorporates vitamin-rich moisturizers that only add to the supernatural sheen. Glossier
Buy Invisible Shield With a clear, water-gel hybrid formula that absorbs into skin without greasiness or any chalky white cast, this inoffensive sunscreen might just be a game-changer for anyone who usually avoids sunscreen for whatever reason. It's serviceable in that sense, but because of the significant amount of sweet orange-peel oil, sensitive skin types might want to stick with something more gentle. It does, however, smell very good. Glossier
Invisible Shield, $25.00
Buy Milky Jelly Cleanser For any one cleanser to be fundamentally perfect, it must be three things: gentle, effective, and versatile. Milky Jelly is all of those things, a skin-coddling wash that can be used on wet or dry skin to remove even waterproof makeup without ever feeling harsh or irritating. Skin is left feeling healthy, soft, and cared for — and the subtle rose scent is downright dreamy. Glossier
Milky Jelly Cleanser, $9.00
Buy Mega Greens Galaxy Pack This traditional kaolin-clay face mask is boosted with nourishing ingredients like rosemary, pomegranate, spinach, and parsley — kind of like brunch at Urth Caffé, only for your face. It leaves our skin feeling soft and clear, but still well-hydrated, which is more than can be said for most pore-purifying clay masks. Glossier
Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, $22.00
Buy Moisturizing Moon Mask Like your thickest, most hydrating moisturizer on steroids, this creamy mask does what it says, soothing and quenching dry, dull skin. We suggest stashing it in the fridge once the weather warms up — its cooling, tall-drink-of-water effect is perfect for rehabbing skin post-sun exposure. Glossier
Moisturizing Moon Mask, $22.00
Buy Priming Moisturizer One of the very first Glossier launches, the Priming Moisturizer is essentially foolproof, a silky, lightweight moisturizer that absorbs instantly into skin to create a solid canvas for makeup. It's not too hydrating, so you'll want to layer it over a serum if you're on the dry side, but its plumping, brightening claims are not exaggerated: This stuff works. Glossier
Priming Moisturizer, $22.00
Buy Priming Moisturizer Rich A richer, more nourishing take on the original Priming Moisturizer, this one's a proper night treatment, and feels super luxe going on. Packed with ceramides and fatty acids, it's excellent for hydrating oily and combination skin types while balancing, too — though if you're sensitive to essential oils, you'll want to give this lavender-laced formula a hard pass. Glossier
Priming Moisturizer Rich, $35.00
Buy Soothing Face Mist Well, it's a face mist — and a very nice one, at that, comprised mostly of rosewater, glycerin, and honeysuckle extract. Glossier
Soothing Face Mist, $18.00
Buy Lip Gloss A perfectly nice clear, non-sticky gloss that leaves lips hydrated and adds just the right amount of sexy sheen. It's not the most innovative, or the most affordable — but it does look good, so if you're committed to that aesthetically-pleasing Glossier lifestyle, this is one tube you'll probably want to keep at your desk for any Instagram opportunities. Glossier
Lip Gloss, $14.00
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