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 same lack of beneficial research goes for the magnesium PCA called out in the product's name, another alleged "hero" ingredient called out for its energizing benefit. Just to be clear, skin doesn't need energy, though we recognize that is a great marketing story.
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.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skincare/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skincare and makeup products.
We consider Glossiers makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with younot 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 arent vast, were impressed by the flattering, attractive colors that theyve curated.
Glossiers skincare 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.
Were happy to report the majority of Glossiers skincare and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin. (There a few products featuring rosewatersee individual reviews for our thoughts on that.)
To sum it up: Skincare-wise theres room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. Were intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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