Monday, August 14, 2017

Worth the Hype? | Glossier Generation G Lipstick & Balm Dotcom: Review and Swatches

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Glossier Generation G Lipstick & Rose Balm Dotcom: Review and Swatches
If you've been browsing your Instagram feed lately, I'm sure you have stumbled upon images of the minimalist white and pink packagings of Glossier products. Aptly referred to as the beauty brand for the millennials, Glossier was founded in 2014 by the editors behind the Into the Gloss website and the online store has recently started shipping to Canada. So, does Glossier live up to its hype? Find out with my review and swatches of the Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve and the Generation G Lipstick......
Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom: Review and Swatches
Glossier | Rose Balm Dotcom
Glossier Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve in "Rose" ($15 CAD):
The Glossier Balm Dotcom is a multi-purpose, petrolatum-based skin salve that's formulated with castor seed oil, beeswax, lanolin, and cupuaçu butter with a dash of various herbal extracts (rosemary, rice, sunflower). The product is available in several flavors and I have here the "Rose" version, which has a barely there pink tint that's virtually non-detectable once blended out. Packaged in a plastic squeeze tube with a simple flat nozzle dispenser, Rose Balm Dotcom supposedly has a "sugary sweet" rose fragrance but I can honestly detect only a weak herbal scent.
Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom: Review and Swatches
Glossier | Rose Balm Dotcom
In terms of formulation, Balm Dotcom is almost identical to the Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balms, which have consistently been my favorite lip balms for the past few years. The thick and emollient texture is super nourishing and long-lasting on the lips but I personally find it a bit too thick and heavy to use on any other part of the body or face (with the exception of the cuticles or a very dry patch of skin, if I'm in a hurry). In terms of pricing, these are a lot better than the Jack Black lip balms ($15 for 15ml vs $9 for 7ml) but I do wish the dispenser had a smooth slanted design for easy application on the lips. Overall, though, this is an excellent product if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Jack Black lip balm that's a little fancier than just Vaseline.
Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in "Crush": Review and Swatches
Glossier | Generation G Lipstick in "Crush"
Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in "Crush" ($20 CAD):
A six-shade sheer matte lipstick range, the Generation G Lipsticks feature a lightweight formulation with a natural matte finish. I have here the pinky red color called "Crush", packaged in a simple and slim white plastic tube. The shade is definitely super fresh and pretty but the formulation is disappointing. The color is incredibly patchy and clingy. The sheer pigmentation immediately settles into the fine lines of the lips, highlighting any and every dry patch in the way. The finish is visibly uneven as you can clearly see in my lip swatches below and this is after I prepped my lips thoroughly before hand. The wear isn't drying per se but the obvious silicon-y finish feels a bit uncomfortable on the lips. Overall, I like the idea of a sheer matte lipstick but the execution of the Generation G Lipstick is not great.
Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in "Crush": Review and Swatches
Glossier | Generation G Lipstick in "Crush"
So what are your thoughts? Have you tried anything from Glossier yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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