Super Glow features a relatively new form of vitamin C (aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate) that may be beneficial for skin, but at this point, it lacks solid research proving its brightening and anti-aging powers. The magnesium PCA is an interesting way to “carry” this mineral further into skin, where it plays a role in enhancing hydration channels in skin. In that sense, it’s energizing, but isn’t going to brighten.
Considering that there are well-researched forms of vitamin C and other anti-aging superstar ingredients, we wish Glossier had developed a more reliably established formula, but we also acknowledge that new can be exciting. As is, you're taking a gamble on whether these ingredients can brighten skin as claimed, and with such a simple formula, you're not left with much else to go on. (What we mean by simple is the lack of other skin important ingredients like skin-restoring ingredients, skin-replenishing ingredients, and antioxidants.)
If you do decide to try Super Glow, the fragrance-free, water-light liquid texture (suitable for all skin types) is dispended via a dropper enclosed in the frosted glass bottle. It's best to keep the bottle in a dark enclosed location (i.e. stored in the cabinet) to limit its exposure to light, which can break down the vitamin C. If you don't want to bother with that (and we don't blame you) check out the superior options on our list of Best Vitamin C Products.
- Potentially beneficial formula, with water-light liquid texture, suitable for any skin type.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- This vitamin C derivative hasn't been established to beneficial for skin.
- No established research to back up magnesium PCA as beneficial for "energizing" skin.
- Lacks other anti-aging ingredients to bolster the formula.
For that lit from within look. Vitamin C brightens and Magnesium energizes for days when you didnt get enough sleep or skin looks sallow. Over time, Super Glow evens skin tone, and creates a light-reflective complexion. The water-like texture immediately absorbs into skin without a trace.
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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