Beauty Brand Review: Glossier Lip Products
If you haven't lusted over one of Glossier's overpriced albeit nicely packaged beauty or skincare products by now, I applaud you. I've been debating purchasing their products since the brand launched several years ago and finally caved earlier this month. I've received some of their skincare products in the past as gifts, but I've always wanted to try out their beauty options and lip products are usually pretty fool proof!
I decided on the Cherry Balm Dotcom (which reportedly smells like "fun tangy cherry candies, the perfect playlist, and three-day weekends") because I figured if I was going to spend $12 on a lip balm, it might as well be tinted in order to double as a lip tint or lipgloss. The Balm Dotcom comes in five versions: rose (which is also slightly tinted according to the website), mint, cherry, coconut and the original flavorless and scentless balm.
The site claims that this universal skin salve is a cult favorite "packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin." The product is advertised as providing a hydrating, dewy sheen packed with ingredients like beeswax, castor seed oil, rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts, and something called Cupuaçu fruit extract (for "an organic, long-lasting moisturizer with Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids that melts into skin on contact").
The packaging of this product is potentially it's biggest selling point. I was a little put off by how overwhelming the cherry smell is. It's not entirely unpleasant, but I would definitely recommend putting on as little as you need so the sickly sweet smell doesn't give you a headache. The formula itself is pretty waxy and doesn't dissolve or wipe off immediately like other balms do. I would probably recommend this as more of a moisturizing mask you wear on your lips before bed rather than a day-to-day lip product. It gave my lips a slight tint and glossy sheen. If I could select a different balm I would probably go for the mint flavor or the scentless/flavorless version.
I bought the Generation G matte lipstick in Crush because I wanted a shade that would be buildable off my lip's natural color. There are a ton of shades to choose from, however, whether you want something bright and cheery like Zip (a flirty red shade), a range of more subdued pink options like Jam, Crush or Like, or something more suited for day-to-day wear, such as the warm toned Leo and Cake. Regardless of the color you choose, the pigments are intended to be fairly strong and result in a buildable, matte-like effect.
According to the website, these lip tints are also hypoallergenic and made with a range of cool sounding ingredients like triple coated mica, a "finely-milled mineral that gives matte finish and silky glide," or blue agave, which "binds water inside lips for comfortable wear".
Crush really is a nice, pinky neutral color and overall I am very pleased with the shade. I was definitely expecting more product for $18 since the tube itself is pretty small and I'm not sure how long it will last. The Glossier site definitely stresses how buildable the product is because you can't really tell the difference between your normal lip color and the actual product with only one or two swipes. I blend my Generation G with my favorite Burt's Bees chapstick, which makes application easier and seems to hold the pigment better.
If you're interested in trying out a Generation G for yourself, definitely pick one of the darker or more vibrant colors. Neutral shades such as Like, Leo or Cake will barely register. It achieves a certain matte/natural finish as advertised, but definitely doesn't glide on as silkily as the site claims. Overall, I would have appreciated a more pigmented product that requires less layering.
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