Glossier Play Glitter Gelée
If you’re on the hunt for glitter-spiked makeup, Glossier Play’s Glitter Gelée fits the bill—although it won’t be for everyone.
Housed in a small glass pot, the fragrance-fee, bouncy gel can be swept across eyelids or dabbed on to other areas, using either your fingertips or Glossier’s silicone “precision Detailer” tool (sold separately). Either way you choose to apply, it spreads easily, delivering a smattering of variably-sized glitter particles, ranging from large chunks to small flecks. The end result is intended to be a “multi-dimensional jeweled effect” rather than a uniform finely-milled sparkle look.
Shades range from clear to sheer colors, including metallic hues. We’re impressed with how well the gel formula sets to a stay-put finish that keeps the glittery specks in place—no fall out. That’s really important for this type of product since the particles could otherwise get into your eyes and cause irritation.
In response to customer reviews that have voiced concern over the nonbiodegradable glitter particles, Glossier’s website states: “Avoid washing off with water to prevent getting glitter into the waterways,” and they suggest using a cotton pad + their Milky Oil instead. That method of removal worked fine for us (you could use any makeup remover really), but not everyone will be happy with that solution. (Not to mention, the Milky Oil contains potentially irritating comfrey extract).
- Gel sets to a stay-put finish that locks the glitter in place.
- Delivers standout sparkle, as promised.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Difficult to remove in the manner suggested.
Add this one-step glitter gel anywhere you want a jeweled effect. The multi-dimensional paillettes mirror everything as you move, changing and reflecting color everywhere you look. Comfortable, wearable, and long-lasting, thanks to a transparent gel base, this is an instant mood boost that stays shiny and stays put for 12 hours. No fall out, no flaking. No matter how you choose to wear it—whether it’s a sweep all over the eyelids or a dab near the corners of the eye—Glitter Gelée gives you a look that stands alone.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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