"If you have real skin issues, this is not the brand for you," YouTuber Susan Yara said in her review of Glossier’s skincare line, naming concerns like aging, acne, and excessively oily or dry skin.
One user ran every Glossier product’s ingredients through Skincharisma, a site that breaks down cosmetic ingredients and explains potential side effects, and found that only two Glossier skincare products didn’t contain fungal acne triggers.
Bottom line: Glossier products probably won’t cause any issues if the user already has Cool Girl Skin.
One Twitter user complained that it’s "for people who wash their face with water and have picture perfect skin". glossier: our products enhance features not hide! natural! customers: can u show us someone w skin problems using ur products?
Reddit users gripe about Glossier’s product pricing, its use of fragrances — a sensitive skin no-no, since it can further irritate already sensitive skin — and the fact that the company isn’t clear about the concentration of each active ingredient in its serums.
For those of us who have been plagued with problematic skin, Glossier products will either do nothing to clear up pores, or, worse, irritate our accursed outer organs even more.
The skincare industry as a whole is largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which means companies’ claims that products can clear skin, de-age fine lines, and prevent wrinkles don’t have to be proven.
Not everyone feels as vehemently opposed to using Glossier’s skincare products as I do, as the brand does have its share of rave reviews.
In an Instagram video from October 2019, models with glowing complexions described what "Glossier skin" is: Healthy. Natural. Dewy. ???? sound up . @aminazaria @hanlarsenn @enga.
Self editor Anna Borges accurately tweeted, "step one for using any Glossier product is already have perfect skin, right?
Because Glossier doesn’t reveal the strength of each chemical in its skincare products, reviews vary.
Their account’s cohesive color palette and glimmering products became the foundation of "Cool Girl Makeup," developing a cult following of people who want to wear a natural face and dedicate as little time as possible to achieve it.
Other trendy skincare products, like Kylie Jenner’s controversial walnut face scrub and Millie Bobby Brown’s questionable Florence by Mills line are sold by stars who have the resources and access to more than the $34 under eye gel pads they’re selling.
To its credit, Glossier does listen to its customers and reformulate its products; in May 2019, the company released updated versions of its serum trio that were double the volume of its original line.
The skincare industry — Glossier included — sells an aesthetic, not just acne-fighting products.
To base a whole brand around "no makeup makeup" and "skin first" while selling products that are just, as Twitter calls it, overpriced Vaseline, sucks.
Glossier’s skincare line feels like it’s designed by and for forest nymphs whose genetic makeup consists of morning dew and golden hour.
I don’t want to hear praise from people who already have Cool Girl Skin, though — if a product really works, I want to hear about it from someone with skin like mine.
After some careful self-reflection (and a dive into the skincare enthusiast subreddit r/SkincareAddiction) I concluded that no, it’s because Glossier’s skincare line really does suck.
Glossier skincare is Instagram-worthy, but it sucks https://t.co/UgVOcmKPuW— Mashable (@mashable) September 3, 2020
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