UPDATED: So you're interested in the Glossier Phase I set...

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: 09/15/16: Despite my initial update last year claiming that I would be repurchasing the Glossier Skin Tint and the Moisturizer, I have to admit that I never did repurchase any of the Phase I set or the Phase II or anything else from Glossier. It all seemed a little too hastily launched and a little too vague for me to play around with my skin routine on unknown and virtually un-vetted formulations. Plus, I just don't think the Glossier Phase I set was doing anything for my face that was worth writing home (or here) about further.
 So what did I end up doing? I ended up going with my go-to makeup of choice since 2015, which is Armani Luminous Foundation. This is considerably more pricey than Glossier at $65 a bottle, but the packaging comes in glass and it feels more pigmented and premium when it blends into my face.  As for primer moisturizing? I use Armani's Maestro UV Skin Defence Primer, which gives my skin a smoothing effect and a really nice dewy effect. This is honestly the effect I wanted with Glossier — the youthful dewy skin, no glitter involved, and a light coverage. I only apply the Armani Foundation in trouble spot areas and try to let the rest of my skin shine through, even if it isn't perfect. I find that this gives me the more natural look i've wanted, without the caked on feeling with other products, including Glossier. If you're looking for something with less coverage, and lighter in general, I'd recommend the Armani Fusion Meastro Makeup. WARNING: A little goes a very long way with this liquid, and I recommend applying it with a brush instead of on your face, since it tends to build easily and applying directly to your face will mean uneven application.

So there you have it. After a couple years I figured I'd return to this post, which still is pretty popular according to my analytics and give you all an update. Once again, none of this is sponsored.

Another caveat, however, is that I am very militant about my skincare routine. I wash my face every night with Tatcha's One-Step Camellia Oil Cleanser and then follow it with the Indigo Rice Enzyme Powder to eliminate the greasy feel. Trust me, this is the most brilliant combination that gently removes makeup (even waterproof mascara) and doesn't strip my skin of moisture. After this, I like to add Creme de La Mer, which is unfortunately very fucking expensive, but holy hell it is the best moisturizer I've used in a while.  A little goes a really long way with La Mer, and that's why I feel like the cost per use is worth it based on the results I'm seeing on my skin. When I'm in super budget mode or looking for lighter moisture at night I use Clarins Multi Active Night Cream after washing my face, and this does a lovely job as well .

Every 3-4 days I use Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion Exfoliator in the shower and gently scrub it in for about 3 minutes. And finally, every morning I use good ol' St. Ive's Green Tea Acne Exfoliator.

There you have it. I've explained this on my new blog, but this post still gets too many hits to not cross post it here!

Feel free to email me with questions!


UPDATE 3/4/15 : It's been a couple months since I've purchased my Glossier Phase I set (4 months to be exact) and I figured it's time to give this post an update. The photo below is a picture I had taken recently and features "my problem areas" — that is, my chin and capillary showy nose area. I haven't edited the photo above, so you can see how Glossier is good at making the skin dewy but not perfect. The effect isn't obliterating your features, which is awesome and over time has become my favorite feature. 

In my review below I was pretty adamant about the only two pieces of the Glossier Phase I set being the Skin Tint and the moisturizer, and months later, I'm still 100% behind this statement. The moisturizer is definitely not replaceable, despite by braggadocio attitude at the end of my review that I can just replace it willy nilly with something else. It turns out the moisturizer truly acts (as advertised) as a primer for the Skin Tint. Further research on the Glossier site to find a reason behind this claim's efficacy finds that the moisturizer has a sort of skin plumping action and some alleged "diamond powder" that helps your skin glow. Listen, this may just be marketing speak but I'm on board because it does follow through on the promise to prime, therefore helping your skin be a little smoother before even applying the Skin Tint.

The takeaway is that I will be repurchasing the Skin Tint and the Priming Moisturizer together because I like the simplicity of the two products and how well it works into my makeup routine. I do have to reiterate though that beyond the occasional pimple on my chin my skin is not much of a hassle (#blessed, #notahumblebrag, #factsonly, etc.) When I do get more than the occasional blemish (which I do thanks to my woman hormones) I do supplement the Skin Tint with some more heavy duty concealer that I simply dot on top of the entire process.

And finally, don't forget the SPF! Just because it's not in the product (because it would likely change the texture of the moisturizer or tint) doesn't mean you should shy away from slathering some on your face after you moisturize. 

**This post has NOT been sponsored. These opinions are my own and unbiased. In other words, I'm just like you, tryin' to figure it all out.**

You're looking at the only two pieces worth having in the Glossier Phase I pack: The primer/moisturizer and the skin tint (mine is in Medium.)

The experience: I recently purchased the set in medium with zero expectations. I'm not expecting miracles, but I was excited by #skinisin approach and their impressive roster of bloggers and fashion people that seemed to speek wonders about Glossier. I researched the products for days after the initial launch trying find some concrete answers about what the skin tint was all about since it seemed to be the star of the lineup. The website is pretty vague, cute!, but vague. Admittedly, I was intrigued and ultimately compelled to purchase because of the promise that Glossier — how the hell do you even pronounce the name anyway? Glossy-eh? Glossy-ER?— will not cover up your skin. It doesn't hurt that Emily Weiss, the gorgeous founder with seemingly perfect "I'm not wearing makeup, this is just my face" skin, is a very pretty salesperson for her own brand. The free shipping on the entire pack was also a plus, and upon reading the fine print there was a return policy if you were unhappy. So there's that.

The packaging: The box the set comes in is pretty nice. I didn't care for the pink bubble zip baggies the products com in, or emojis all over the inside of the box for that matter. I chose not to use the stickers because I really just don't care to accessorize my makeup, and frankly they did not seem authentic to the brand Glossier is trying to be. I would have eaten it up if this was Tavi Gevinson venture, who made a name with the Rookie hand-drawn whimsical feel, but not for Glossier. A major downside right off the bat was for the moisturizer tube cap not being as secure as it should be. I traveled with the Phase 1 set recently and opened my make up bag after a flight to find moisturizer literally everywhere due to the cap buckling under the pressure of being in my carry on. Other than that, pretty nice. 


Rosewater spray: it's nice, but it's essentially just plain ol' rosewater spray.  There's nothing really new here. I will say that the spray itself is a little intense — big globlets of water all over your face in one giant generous burst — but otherwise the water itself is just...nice. I probably won't order this again since I prefer Aveda's toners and sprays over this.

Moisturizer Primer: This is a winner for me, but only because it seems to make the skin tint work better. The lotion absorbs quickly, which is a great relief since the consistency is so thin. It does seem buildable as advertised, but be warned that if you have dry skin in the winter skin like me, you'll need another moisturizer before you put this on your face to get through the day. Otherwise you'll be itchy and with each smile and wince you'll have that awful stretchy skin feeling. Also, WTF at the fact that there is NO SPF in this. Wrinkle prevention = SPF daily, even when it's cloudy, so it's kind of insane that it's not even mentioned where or when any SPF would be used with this system. I use Neutrogena's Dry Touch 100 SPF daily anyway, but it would have been nice for a moisturizer to have it built in so I don't have to layer so many things on.

Balm Dot Com: This is a tube of Vaseline. Real hard-to-get-out-of-the-tube Vaseline. Nothing to see here.

Skin Tint (medium): Let's start by saying that my face skin is pretty fair, so it was a huge surprise that my skin shade matched so well with the Medium tint. I'm usually on the fair spectrum in any brand of tinted moisturizer or foundation, so I'm really kind of shocked that this is called Medium. I'll be very curious to see what Glossier names their additional shades for people with actual dark or medium skin tones — More-Medium? Super-Medium? Initial shade shock aside, the skin tint is an anomaly: It's a liquid, so just know that. And the bottle is tiny. There aren't really directions for how to apply it, or even how much you have to use, so I just pretty much go for it each morning with about 8-10 drops (depending on my complexion that day) to get the full effect. What's the full effect? In a word it's kind of rad. I put drops directly on my face, kind of dotting out a grid pattern over my cheeks, chin, and forehead, then I gently pat and spread the tint around my face until it disappears. Be warned that it will look like it does absolutely nothing for about a minute, but then all of a sudden it just changes to make your skin look a little more even and dewy as advertised. The less you use, the less this effect is apparent. So I'd say you have to be generous with the skin tint to be able to achieve the illusive "I'm hardly wearing makeup" look. After waiting a bit my skin is noticeably smoother, but definitely not caked or even made up, which is what makes this worth posting about in the first place. Disclaimer: My skin is pretty nice to begin with and I'm not a huge fan of foundation or "covering up" my skin. This is not a humble brag, but rather just a fact that I don't have to do (or like doing, for that matter) much to my face other than cover up my crazy visible capillaries around my nose and cheeks and the occasional pimple and redness. The Glossier skin tint is pretty great at obscuring those little imperfections but not hiding my skin or caking on a new texture to get a more airbrushed look. My makeup routine in the morning is 5-10 minutes tops, including washing, moisturizing and makeup, so if you're used to spending more time on your face in the morning you may not be into this super light coverage.

Overall? I'd buy the skin tint again, but maybe not the moisturizer. I'm going to continue to experiment with the lotion and whether I even need the Glossier one. Honestly, right now some readily available drugstore Pond's night cream is the most comfortable thing for my face right now, so I've been using that more and more.

GLOSSIER Phase 1 Set


  1. Thanks for the honest reviews. I figured it was all hype and turns out it is. All other reviews out there have been way too positive.

    1. You're very welcome, Mel. I wrote it because there is so little information or detail about this set and it's getting so much hype. I just want highlight that the one rad thing in the arsenal of products they released is the skin tint if you're into super light coverage.

  2. i'm a big believer in investing in your face, and i'm all for skin treatment, but this is honestly one of the most honest, positive reviews i've ever seen on a product in a long time. i know i've written reviews, but nothing as amazing as this.

  3. Thank you so much for the honest review! I've read Into The Gloss since it began and was intrigued but $80 seemed like a bit much so I held off and I'm glad I did!

    1. Thanks, Dominique. The real stand out is the skin tint, so if you're into some light coverage tint I say go for it!

  4. Loved your review! Thanks for being so thorough and honest.

  5. Such a good review of Glossier moisturizer but i would like to know one more thing that is there any side effect of this product? otherwise i am going to buy this one for me.

  6. Just curious, what skin type are you?
    Also would you consider purchasing Glossier's new face masks?

    Thank you!

  7. Thanks for your honest review, been itching to get the Priming Moisturiser as I'm finishing up my current Dior Hydra Life, and since you've given me a heads up, I think I might go for something more substantial than the Glossier's PM. I was looking into buying Phase 1 and absolutely was excited to test it out - but dare I say that this brand is just a repackaged form of very standard skincare, ingredients you can find at the drugstore (cool, cute packaging tho)

  8. Hi Olga,

    Your skin looks great.
    Would you recommend someone who has major acne scars (me!) to even get this, or is the light cover reaaaaally light that it'd be a waste of money?

    p/s Where did you get that ok pin anyway? So cute!

    1. Hi Su!
      First off! Thank you for leaving me a comment on my old blog platform. You should check out my new blog at twelveofour.com, hosted by Squarespace :)

      Second! I have acne scars on my chin and the occasional ones around my cheeks. I think using this won't really help the appearance of them, since scars usually involve discoloration and your skin being deeper or shallower (like a pore, essentially). What I use to help my acne scars is various microdermabrasion wipes and cleansers that have really improved my acne scar appearance over time. That way, even when you use something super-light like Glossier it will be an improvement. I highly recommend Becca's luminous foundation over Skin Tint. It leaves your skin dewy, and it has a little more coverage you can build.

      Finally, the pin is by Casa Malaspina :)

      Let me know if you have anymore questions by commenting on my main blog, k?


  9. I'm kind of glad to
    Hear that you're on the fairer side and that it still worked for you. I ordered mine in medium and I was a little scared that it would be too dark. The light shade seemed too white.

  10. A debt of gratitude is in order for your fair survey, been tingling to get the Priming Moisturizer as I'm completing my present Dior Hydra Life, and since you've surrendered me a heads. I was investigating purchasing Phase 1 and totally was eager to test it out - however might I venture to state that this brand is only a repackaged type of exceptionally standard skincare, fixings you can discover at the drugstore

  11. Loved your review! Thanks for being so thorough and honest.

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