Haloscope is a dewy highlighter that gives skin a gorgeous glow. Beyond that, the formula delivers some beneficial emollients and earns our praise for ease of use. It's a simple yet impressive product that we're happy to recommend.
Haloscope's twist-up stick features "a dual-delivery formula" with an outer ring that encompasses the shimmering pigments and a clear core that imparts a glossy finish. It's a cinch to blend without being so slick that it slides right off your face; rather, it melts into skin for a seamless glow.
We also appreciate that the fragrance-free formula is front-loaded with plant oils rich in beneficial fatty acids. Skin looks hydrated and gets skin-replenishing ingredients at the same time. However, the beeswax that keeps this highlighter in stick form aren't the best for breakout- or clog-prone skin.
The "Topaz" shade delivers a sheer, golden-bronze, sun-kissed glow. "Quartz" offers a pearlescent highlight with a pink undertone. "Moonstone" is the sheerest of the shades with an opalescent glaze finish.
All that, and Haloscope is the kind of highlighter that you can easily reapply on-the-go. Nice work, Glossier!
- Dewy highlight gives skin a gorgeous, translucent glow.
- Easy to blend stick design makes application a cinch.
- Melts into skin seamlessly.
- Attractive shades.
- Fragrance-free formula front-loaded with skin-beneficial plant oils.
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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