First Glossier Order: Super Pure Serum & Cloud Paint in Dusk – Review & Swatches

Hi everyone! Today’s post is going over my first ever order from Glossier (if you would like to place an order and save 20%, use my referral link here, otherwise here is a non-referral link). I have heard so much about this brand–just about every makeup enthusiast is familiar with Boy Brow, and the Cloud Paints made a pretty big debut at the Oscars this year–yet I waited until this year to finally take the plunge.

I actually watch Serein Wu’s YouTube channel pretty regularly (she has a blog here as well) and it was thanks to her Makeup Bag Monday series (installment #37) where she used Glossier’s Cloud Paints and mentioned some other products of theirs. I also believe in another video she talked about the Super Pure serum. It was those two products specifically that jumped out at me and led to my first purchase.

The Basics

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So first of all, let me just say how impressed I was by the packaging. It’s evident that Glossier put a lot of thought into their presentation, and the aesthetic overall has a very… “cool kid” feel to it. It is clean, fun, modern, minimalistic–all which are terms that fit the brand very well. The products themselves weren’t even covered in tissue paper or surrounded by bubble wrap or foam, as most brands tend to use. The products came in a translucent zip pouch that had bubble wrap built into it. You can see this in the picture above, and you better believe I kept the bag… how perfect for travel is that??

 

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As stated earlier, I ordered two products from Glossier:

  • Cloud Paint in “Dusk”
    • Retails for: $18 USD
    • Amount of product: 0.33 fl oz / 10 ml
  • Super Pure Niacinamide Serum
    • Retails for: $28 USD
    • Amount of product: 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml

I received a sample satchet of their Priming Moisturizing along with my order, and since my order was over $30, I received free shipping.

Glossier states they are cruelty-free. Along with that, the above products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, and fragrance free. The Super Pure serum has the additional claim of being appropriate for all skin types. Only a few of their products are vegan (Super Pure is one of them).

 

Cloud Paint in “Dusk”

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Glossier describes the Cloud Paints as a “pillowy, gel-cream formula is designed to be the most user-friendly cheek color in existence.” These are intended to be applied with your fingertips, and contain “blurring powder pigments” for a soft and non-streaky finish.

Ingredients (for Dusk): Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Trimethicone, Mica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Soluble Collagen, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Tin Oxide. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 7 (CI 15850).

So, they are basically a liquid-cream blush, and let me just say that I am the last person to go out and willingly purchase cream anything. I have combination-oily skin and powder is my best friend. But, after seeing Serein use these in her Makeup Bag Monday video and hearing her speak so highly of them (even though she and I have different skin types), I felt motivated to go ahead and give them a try.

This product comes in four shades, and I selected the shade “Dusk”, which seemed to be the most neutral of them all after having watched all the videos on the product page, where models of different skin tones put on each shade of Cloud Paint. (Very cool feature, actually.)

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The packaging is great. I honestly can’t get enough of it. I love the tube because it will allow myself and other consumers to get as much of the product out as we can… when we have squeezed as much as we can squeeze, then we can cut it open and scrape out the remainder to put into a tiny dram jar. I’ve seen some people comment that too much comes out, so I do think there is a bit of a learning curve–you need to squeeze very, very gently to control how much is coming out of the tube because one it is out, it’s not going back in.

But, a little goes a long way. I just squeeze the smallest amount out, a dot about the size of what you see in the swatch photo below, dab that dot equally on both cheeks, and then blend out with my fingers like the website suggests. Its super quick and extremely easy, which is convenient if you are in a rush but need a bit of color to bring some life to your cheeks.

 

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I had hoped the color would be more brown-toned than peachy, but I find that the initial color isn’t anything to be worried about. Once blended into the cheeks, it gives them sort of a natural ruddiness, which really comes across as a healthy flush to the cheeks. I have wore it every day since I got it, both alone and as a base under other blush. When I wear it alone, I will use a damp Beauty Blender with some loose translucent powder to set it and it wears really well throughout the day for me. I didn’t expect to like a cream cheek product so much.

 

Super Pure Serum

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The Super Pure serum is just one product in a group called “The Supers”, which are three serums all with a different purpose. I often struggle with redness and I am prone to acne, so the Super Pure jumped out at me as being the best one for my skin type.

Glossier states that the “niacinamide and zinc in Super Pure soothe redness and help calm blemishes” and that it “gets troubled skin in check and flushes out impurities, including excess sebum that builds up inside pores.” All of that sounds awesome to me. I don’t know the science behind how it all works, but Glossier provides the following statement about the two key ingredients, followed by the full ingredients list:

Niacinamide
Also known as Vitamin B3, it has a powerful soothing action at the source of redness.

Zinc PCA
Penetrates pores to help clear out impurities and minimize sebum overproduction that can cause blemishes. Adding zinc is like giving your skin a calming massage to help it rest, recharge, and let go of built-up agitation.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Propanediol, Zinc PCA, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose

 

So there’s that. But how does it apply and, more importantly, does it even work?

 

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I don’t use this during the daytime since I use a vitamin C serum in the morning, so I use this in my nighttime routine. So, every night since I received this in the mail, I have used the dropper to get three drops onto my fingers and gently apply to my entire face, right after using my Thayer’s Witch Hazel & Rose toner (alcohol-free). It’s clear and very wet, like a slightly-more-viscous water, and of course it feels wet when you first begin to massage it into the skin. But, it then starts to dry down and gets slightly tacky (so you no longer can just keep massaging it in without kind of tugging at the skin), eventually drying down to not being able to really feel it at all.

As with all skincare, it can take time to see results. So far, I have noticed the overall redness of my skin being reduced, as well as the breakouts I was getting have been smaller, healing faster, and not as angry-looking (when cystic). I wish more than anything I had taken a “before” photo prior to starting to use this product, so I could do a “current/after” photo. What I can say is I really do like this and it has become a regular part of my routine and I feel it does make a difference.

 

Final Thoughts

I know that this is a fairly small first order for a brand, so I can’t make a blanket statement about what Glossier offers at this time. I can, however, say that I am entirely happy with the first two products I have bought from them. If you have a similar skin type and similar concerns as me, then you very well may like these products as well. I know for a fact that I will definitely be buying from Glossier again.

I will absolutely repurchase the Super Pure serum when I finish my current bottle, and I am a skincare junkie, so when I repurchase skincare that’s when you know I really like it. I do plan on picking up another Cloud Paint or two (the shade “Puff” definitely). As for new products on my radar I am also considering their Perfecting Skin Tint and potentially their Stretch Concealer. If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know!

Like I said at the beginning of the post, if you want to place an order and save 20% on your purchase, feel free to use my referral link. If you don’t want to use my referral link, that’s okay, because I still recommend you checking the brand out if my review caught your interest! Here is a non-referral link you can use.

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