Priming Moisturizer Balance Oil-Control Gel Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 25.00
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Priming Moisturizer Balance Oil-Control Gel Cream is a departure from Glossier’s normal glowy aesthetic. Instead of adding shine to your complexion, this primer is meant to minimize it without leaving skin feeling dried out. The verdict? It does its job well.

Priming Moisturizer Balance Oil-Control Gel Cream comes in a protective, opaque tube with a pump dispenser. True to its name, this has a lightweight gel cream texture. Initially it leaves skin looking slightly dewy, but after a couple minutes of drying down, the shine disappears, leaving a soft-matte finish that slightly blurs pores yet still looks like your natural complexion.

This primer’s secret sauce lies in its mix of absorbent ingredients, film-forming agents, and texture-enhancing silicones that work toward the oil control and pore-blurring goals. Replenishing ingredients such as glycerin and squalane boost hydration, ensuring skin doesn’t look or feel parched. We’re also happy to see niacinamide and antioxidants to round out the fragrance-free formula’s long-term benefits for healthier skin.

In terms of the makeup-priming function, this can help foundation hold up better by tempering the sebum (oil) that normally breaks through and shortens makeup wear time. This works equally well to inhibit oily shine when you’re going makeup free—all without making skin look parched or powdery.

In our experience, the shine control didn’t last for hours on end, but when you have oily skin, even just a couple hours of postponing it from breaking through can feel like a win. Kudos to Glossier for striking a nice balance with this primer for anyone prone to oily/combination skin.

  • Gel cream sets to a semi-matte finish that softly blurs pores and tempers oily shine.
  • Replenishing glycerin and squalane balance hydration.
  • Niacinamide and antioxidants round out the long-term benefits.
  • Doesn’t leave skin looking parched or powdery.
  • Opaque tube packaging keeps the ingredients stable.
  • Fragrance free.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A lightweight gel-cream moisturizer that balances oil without drying skin or leaving a flat, powdery finish. Pores appear minimized, shine is gone, and skin is hydrated and happy.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Niacinamide, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Dimethicone, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Squalane, Hydroxyacetophenone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Glossier At-A-Glance


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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