Beauty Review: Glossier Generation G Lipstick vs. Colourpop Blotted Lip

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Last month, I posted on my Instagram about receiving two different lip products that are often compared to one another. I did a little unboxing and first impressions, and even shared some swatches. You see, I’ve been curious about the “blotted lip” idea for a while. The basic idea is that it’s a sheer lipcolor, but it has a matte finish instead of being creamy or glossy like most tinted balms. It’s an interesting idea, particularly for someone who always feels the need to have some color on her lips, but doesn’t necessarily want to deal with the upkeep of a full-on saturated lipcolor every day. So when I splurged on Glossier’s Birthday Balm, I also got one of their Generation G lipsticks. Then, I decided, hey, why not do a little comparison, so I hopped on over to Colourpop’s website and got two of their Blotted Lip lipsticks.

I got the Glossier lipstick in the color Zip, which is a warm red color, and the Colourpop lipsticks in Lolly, which is a berry-wine color, and Lexi, which is a neutral-cool red. They’re not color dupes, although Lexi and Zip are quite similar. Lolly seems like it might be similar to the Glossier Jam color. In terms of value, I got the Glossier lipstick for $18, and got free shipping because I bought it with the Birthday Balm. The Colourpop lipsticks were $5 each, but I had to pay shipping, so both Colourpop lipsticks cost $15 with shipping. Still, I got two Colourpop lipsticks for less than the cost of one Glossier. If you find friends to go in on a Colourpop order, you could probably get free shipping without buying ridiculous amounts of makeup. Even though the Glossier lipstick is 2g of product to the Colourpop 1g, the Colourpop is still the clear winner in terms of amount-for-the-money.

So, are they formula dupes? I had high hopes. I love to hate on Glossier, despite the fact that they make the only cleanser that I love. And the Generation G lipstick is so easy to rag on. I mean, it looks so cheap. When I first opened them, I already thought the Colourpop tube felt heavier and more expensive than the Glossier. And they’re basically the same product, in concept. How hard could it be to make a cheap, low-pigment lipstick?

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Pretty hard, apparently. Despite my high hopes, I have to say, I definitively prefer the Glossier formula to the Colourpop. Actually, one of the reasons this review has taken so long to write is because I really didn’t want that to be true. But I took the two Colourpop lipsticks to a conference and wore them every day for a week. I found them difficult, patchy, and dry to apply, not great-feeling on the lips, and patchy when they wore off. There’s just enough pigment to highlight dry lip areas, but not enough to cover any lip variations. It’s like the worst of both worlds. Add in that the formula itself dries your lips out, and I actually went bare-lipped on evening rather than try to reapply. You can’t apply them if you have too much lip balm on already, but if you haven’t moisturized your lips, they drag and catch. It’s not fun and it’s really fussy for what is supposed to be a low-maintenance product.

Irritatingly, the Glossier formula lives up to their cool girl, effortless beauty aesthetic. Like the Colourpop, it doesn’t give much color if you apply it directly on top of lip balm, but it goes onto dry lips with a satisfying glide. It doesn’t add moisture of its own, but it doesn’t steal it from your lips. I never tested it out over a consistent week like the Colourpop ones, but it’s the lip product I find myself reaching for when I’m going out somewhere and don’t want to look too “done,” but want to look nice. I wore it to a baby shower this weekend. I threw it in my purse to wear after the gym. I actually felt a little bit like a cool-girl Glossier model when I finished my barre class, washed my face, threw my hair into a messy braid, and applied just sunscreen, concealer, mascara, and Zip before going to work. I mean, I’m about 10 years too old, and wasn’t wearing a minimalist-chic outfit, but you get the idea.

So the bottom line is that in a battle of Colourpop vs. Glossier in blotted lip products, I found Glossier to be the winner. That said, I probably wouldn’t rebuy the Glossier lipstick if only because I would rather take a little extra time and sheer out an existing lipstick of mine than spend $18 on unpigmented lipstick again.

Beauty Review: Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser

NB: I purchased the product reviewed here with my own money and was not given any incentive to review them. That said, if you’d like to support my Glossier habit by using my referral link, you get 10% off your first order by clicking here.

Last week, I talked about my complicated feelings towards Glossier. And then I gave a rave review of a product of theirs that most people consider overpriced Vaseline. This week, I’m going to talk about a product of theirs that I consider a staple of their line, despite not being offered originally: Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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Glossier apparently developed this cleanser based on a massive comment thread from a post on their sister site Into the Gloss. People wanted a gentle, non-foaming, oil-free, low-pH cleanser that was easy to use and removed makeup. They came up with this. Milky Jelly Cleanser is another of their products that is recommended for all skin types (remember, your mileage may vary with any and all skin care products). It is described as being like a jellied micellar water: a gentle, water-based cleanser to remove eye makeup and cleanse your skin without stripping it.

And, honestly, it really delivers on this. I’ve been using the product for over a month now, so I thought I’d offer my thoughts. Spoilers: I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.

When I first bought the cleanser, it was after a review from Tracy at Fanserviced-B, and I thought I would use it like she does: as a gentle morning cleanse. It was a splurge, especially for a cleanser I would only use once a day and not for removing makeup, but it sounded nice. Then, Caroline Hirons reviewed it and I was all the more intrigued.

I think first, I should discuss the texture. It does rather have the texture of a slightly more jelly school glue. I find it very soothing, and have no problem using it on wet or dry skin, but others have found it easier to spread on dry skin. Second, the scent: Tracy likened it to rose-scented school glue, which I can kind of see. It has a light rosewater scent to it, but it’s not entirely enough to mask the smell of the other ingredients. But I agree more with Mrs. Hirons’ assessment: it smells like old-fashioned, floral-scented lipstick. Personally, I love it. I actually look forward to cleansing in the morning. I will be the first to admit that I’m weird, but if you like old-fashion rose scents, you may in fact love this. It doesn’t hurt, though, that I’ve always used unscented surfactant cleansers in the past, so I’m pretty used to the slightly plasticky smell they tend to have.

Now, the cleanse. As I said, I started out using it only in the mornings. It’s a lovely quick cleanse that leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped. It gets off my layer off nighttime occlusive and any sweat. It’s also amazingly gentle on the eyes. I have an old eye injury that acts up in the mornings sometimes, and generally the only thing that helps is letting the warm water stream over it in the shower. But I can wash my face at the sink with Milky Jelly and it seems to feel fine. Since I’ve started using it in the evenings as my second cleanse, I’ve also found that I get more of my eye makeup off because I do not hesitate to really work it into my eye area, unlike my foaming cleansers.

About three weeks ago, I decided that I didn’t like the second cleanser I was using in the evening (it was lovely, but smelled of vanilla, a scent that I hate in cosmetic contexts), so I went ahead and started using Milky Jelly as my evening second cleanse as well. I was fully expecting it to be insufficient and lead to loads of clogged pores. Well, sometimes I like being wrong. I’m rather pleased that I can use this admitted-not-cheap cleanser for both morning and evening, and need only my homemade balm cleanser otherwise. Lovely.

One final note: A lot of people have compared this to a more expensive version of Cetaphil or Cerave Hydrating Cleanser or Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. It is not. Period. End of discussion. The one place where this cleanser is head and shoulders above those is the pH. It is a low pH — advertised as 4.5 and measured as such by several bloggers who I trust. I have only used the Neutrogena cleanser, which has been measure at pH 6.2. Now this may not seem like a big deal, but when I was using it, I found it was giving me moisture-barrier-damage symptoms. Now that my skin is a bit healthier (that was back when I was coming off of using¬†soap to cleanse my skin), I might try it again, but at the very least, I would use a pH-adjusting toner afterwards. Milky Jelly leaves my skin perfectly balanced and in no need of a toner. So if you’re worried that you’re buying something with a super-cheap dupe, please keep in mind that Milky Jelly is a lower pH than the supposed dupes, which does make a difference.

Beauty Review: Glossier’s Rose Balm Dotcom

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So I teased a photo a month ago of some recent purchases from Deciem and Glossier. Now, I still have yet to finish testing all the products thoroughly, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on the one with the easiest testing process: Glossier’s Rose Balm Dotcom. I threw this rose-scented balm into my Glossier order to get free shipping and also because I love anything scented with rose (at least if it really smells like a rose). And it delivers on that.

Okay, now I really feel like I should share my reservations on the Glossier brand. Tracy at Fanserviced-B has commented on it in the past, and Caroline Hirons makes a hilarious analogy to Mean Girls in a recent review. And I have to say, I’m kind of on board with that. I definitely don’t feel cool enough to be a Glossier girl. First of all, I’m probably too old at 33, which irks me. Then, of course, I don’t live in New York City, in a spacious, minimalist apartment filled with luxury beauty products and scented candles. I basically never worry about what products will help me get over a hangover. In fact, I generally get a hangover from staying up past 10:30 p.m. more often than I get one from actually drinking too much alcohol (which for me is more than two drinks). I am not a cool girl. I am neither cool, nor a girl (I am a woman. Roar.).

And, frankly, I can’t or won’t use plenty of Glossier’s products. Their moisturizer “for all skin types?” Yeah, it contains an ingredient that breaks me out 100% of the time I’ve tried it. Same with their moisturizing mask. And I don’t need to pay over $20 for a jar of mud mask when I can get a French pharmacy brand mud mask for less money. Nor do I need to pay what they charge for a serum when I can get something really similar for much, much less money from Deciem’s The Ordinary brand (a brand that takes minimalist cool and actually charges a minimalist price for it).

Okay, that’s my rant. And I have to say, that aside, the two things I’ve tried from Glossier, I actually kind of love. My full review of the Milky Jelly Cleanser will come soon, once I’ve really put it through its paces as a cleanser, but for now: The Balm Dotcom.

Okay, so first of all, this is strictly a lip balm for me. It contains shea butter, which is that 100% will break me out ingredient. I find that I’m fine if it stays on my lips. But of course, I keep an eye on things to make sure I’m not letting it stray past the lip line. But as a lip balm, it’s top-notch. I mean, it gets a lot of hate for basically being fancied-up Vaseline, but that’s not really true. First of all, there is nothing wrong with Vaseline. It’s a lovely occlusive. Petrolatum is my best friend in dry weather for sealing in my evening skin care before I go to bed. Aside from that, The Balm Dotcom contains plenty of things besides petrolatum. Most excitingly for me, it contains lanolin, which is what my standard bedtime lip balm is: pure lanolin. But it also contains other goodies that manage to give the balm a thick texture, good slip, but not be shiny on my lips. It doesn’t look like a gloss. It just looks like moisturized lips. It’s much less sticky than either my go-to Lansinoh or the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (which has some similar ingredients). And it’s actually less expensive than the Bite Beauty.

And, oh my, the scent. This is a really old-fashioned true rose scent. This smells like rose-scented powder or rosewater. And it’s very lightly pink, which shows up a shade on a hand swatch, but doesn’t show up as any tint whatsoever on my lips. This excels in my mind as a purse balm. It makes me feel like a fancy cool girl when I pull out that little iconically-pink tube, it smells lovely, and I just use a dab to prep my lips if I need to reapply lipstick mid-day, or if it’s the weekend and I’m wearing yoga pants and a sweatshirt and want to make it look like that’s actually style and not just laziness. I wouldn’t use this as an every-night lip mask. I’ll save it and use my $6 mega-tube of lanolin nipple balm for that. But as a high-end lip balm? It’s wonderful. I almost wish they made a rose-scented version of the cherry-red balm because that looks like it would leave more of a tint, but I’m not a big cherry lip balm person.

So if you have the budget for it and you like scented lip balm (and especially if you like roses), give it a try.

Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself with my own money and was not given any incentive to review this product positively or negatively. Links are not affiliate links, but if you’d like to support my Glossier habit, you can use my affiliate link here.