Hey all! Here’s the in-depth Glossier Phase 1 Set review I promised about a month ago, when I posted this unboxing and first impressions post.
The Phase 1 Set ($80) comes with four products, with a concentration on perfecting your base. All the products are available individually.
I usually use the Soothing Face Mist ($18) first, followed by the Priming Moisturizer ($25), and then the Perfecting Skin Tint ($26). I reserve the Balm Dotcom ($12), a “universal skin salve,” for my lips, since I find it a bit too rich for anywhere else on my face. I decided to document how my face looked after each step… sorry in advance, haha.
So, first up is the Soothing Face Mist, which I quite dumbly bought knowing full well that I am sensitive to rosewater. Thankfully, it hasn’t broken me out just yet. I followed this up with the Priming Moisturizer, a “buildable hydrating cream.” I find that I only need one thin layer and that it reduces redness and calms down minor inflammations.
And the moment of truth: the Perfecting Skin Tint! It only comes in 3 shades, so I went for Medium, but I think I could easily match with Dark. The thing is, this formula is so sheer that it almost doesn’t even matter.
The PST is very runny with the tiniest amount of coverage. Like bare minimum. It evens out the skin really, really well, but if you’re not comfortable with showing dark circles, hyper-pigmentation, or blemishes, then this won’t be enough. It provides a “my skin but better” look, brightening my complexion and blurring some pores and minor imperfections.
I dispensed it twice on the back of my hand (once wasn’t enough) and blended it in with my fingers. It’s not very buildable. Here’s a .gif comparison I received in my email from Glossier, just to give you a better idea of the texture and coverage:
Here’s a full face, without concealing or powdering. It actually makes a good skin base, on a “good skin day.” 🙂
Here’s the Priming Moisturizer and the Perfecting Skin Tint over sunscreen and under an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light). Still no concealer, but I powdered down because the sunscreen made it a little bit shinier.
Things to Note
— None of these products have SPF.
— These don’t need to be set with a powder, but there is zero oil control.
— They have weird ingredients for a brand that pushes for skin care first over makeup.
— The stickers peel off of the tubes, particularly the Balm Dotcom, and it is annoying.
— I got suckered into this one, I’ll admit.
— I still can’t believe it’s pronounced “glossy-yay.” Shoot me.
See? So annoying. I don’t expect it to stay on forever, but the stickers are too big for the little tube.
The Glossier Phase 1 Set is great if you have pretty decent skin already. It is light enough for the tropics and I truthfully enjoy using it on lazy days if I can’t be bothered with blending foundation or concealer. That said, I don’t think it’s particularly nourishing for the skin, so I’m not sure why they keep saying things along the line of “Skin First, Makeup Later.”
I didn’t want to like this release (I have issues), but I ended up really liking 2 out of the 4 products, so in a way, I’m glad I went ahead and tried them. I reach for the Priming Moisturizer and the Perfecting Skin Tint on days when I just want to perk up my skin but don’t want to have to deal with foundation. If I have a night event to go to and I don’t need SPF, I spring for this combination, too.
However: I don’t think the set is worth $80. There are other, better options out there at the same price point that offer more like SPF and a tiny bit more coverage. I like the idea behind it, but it sometimes feels eh to me.
You know how in 10 Things I Hate About You, they differentiate like and love using Skechers and a Prada backpack. I feel like I’d love this set if I didn’t have a Prada backpack, which in this stupid analogy equals options that I like better and cherish more.
I’ll use these up, but I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase them, if only for the fact that I think they’re a tiny bit too expensive for what they do.
… Or maybe I’ll spring for the moisturizer and the skin tint. Maybe.
Glossier is cruelty-free.