If I had written this post when I wanted to - two days into Glossier use - it wouldn't be the glowing report you're about to read. Why?
Well, because switching to Glossier wasn't like any of the dozen or so regimen changes I've been through before. Instead it felt like a big moment. A mental shift. Pre-Glossier me was science before Copernicus.
Let me explain. For one thing, I've always leaned towards a fuller coverage, so Glossier's super-duper-sheer approach was a situation.
Like, all of a sudden my actual skin was peaking out from under the makeup!?? My beauty spots, redness, and scars weren't gone - just less noticeable. 'Y THO?!!!', I begged.
It was like Glossier's prods possessed an impotent super power that aimed to make your skin only a tiny, little bit better. I was pissed.
A quick Google search let me know I wasn't alone, but possibly the sting was worse in this instance 'cause I'd dished out for Glossier from a shared bank account, which probs would have been better spent towards the rental of mine and G's shiny, new London apartment.
And it was all 'cause I bought into the Glossier this-is-sheer-AF-but-you'll-look-like-an-actual-angel-just-trust pitch? I rolled up my sleeves, sat down at my desk, plotting beauty blogger revenge.
But in the way of freelancers everywhere, something came up, and I had to hold up on my bitchy review. It was in the following few days, while trying to make the most out of a loss, that I learnt Glossier was about to change my makeup routine forever.
Because OMG, when you get in the thick of it, when you've spent a good couple of hours in a true no-makeup-makeup look, you won't get enough of it.
It started when, after the fourth or so time I was using the Perfecting Skin Tint in combo with the Stretch Concealer, I began to take a closer look at the makeup on the people around me. It looked good from afar, but closer to home you could see the thick, powdery layer of foundation sitting uncomfortably over someone's face.
It dawned on me after a minute that this was my look before Glossier. That's what I was calling good makeup. Layers and layers of foundation and contour that only made my skin worse in the long run, starting the vicious cycle over again as the need for more makeup became apparent.
On Glossier my skin wasn't completely covered up, nor was it uniform in colour (some of my classic redness peeked through for sure) But it was glowing, and looked a lot like I had just arrived fresh from a month-long yoga retreat in Bali.
Loving Glossier is like loving a way of living that makes good skin inevitable. It's a year of green juices. Months on months with Kayla Itsines. Salad jars on cheat days just 'cause you love them. Skating over walking. Partying, though never so much that you couldn't beach, work, or hike for the whole of the following day. It's saying 'not ever again, no' to cakey makeup that only looks good in certain light.
After bouts of bad skin since I was fourteen, my face has recently cleared up thanks to a massage technique, some benzoyl peroxide, London's dry weather, and a progesterone-limiting pill. Sheer coverage grew as an option at a convenient time, then. One that coincided with G's trip to Miami (Glossier currently only deliver to the United States).
This is probs the luckiest thing that's ever happened to me ( that is, after being born light-skinned and middle-class in a world that heavily punishes the poor, and people of colour).
For others, getting to a point where you can use and get Glossier is a little more difficult. Keep in mind that if you're not more or less comfortable with the way your skin looks as it is, Glossier's foundation and concealer aren't for you right now.
If you're good to roll almost bare-faced, these are hands-down the best products you can buy. You can check out Glossier's makeup range here. They are cruelty-free, made in New York City, and the Perfecting Skin Tint and Stretch Concealers are vegan-friendly (with beeswax).
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