Glossier: Detoxifying and Soothing Masks [REVIEW]

Glossier Phase 2 Showroom (courtesy of Glossier)

I was fully stocked on my skincare inventory.  Or at least that’s what I thought until I caught a glimpse of the Glossier Showroom on Instagram.

The showroom looked gorgeous enough for me to consider calling in sick to work and go check it out.  Sadly, my conscience made a rare appearance and I missed the showroom completely during its limited run.  But I was intrigued, so of course, I had to order a few products.

Moisturing Moon Mask (left) and Mega Green Galaxy Pack (right)
Moisturizing Moon Mask (left) and Mega Green Galaxy Pack (right)

I ordered 4 items: the two masks pictured above along with Priming Moisturizer and Stretch Concealer.  They arrived in an unmarked box and 2 pouches, each containing two products.  I only mention the pouches because they are AWESOME.  They were reusable zippered pouches lined with bubble wrap and in sheer, transparent pink.  I was instantly in love.

Packaging for Glossier products are very simple, classic but with a touch of whimsy.  In contrast to many Korean beauty products that skew a little too much toward whimsy and cuteness sometimes, it was refreshing to see packaging so basic.

Before I get to Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and Moisturizing Moon Mask, I need to mention the moisturizer and concealer.  I loved the texture and coverage of Stretch Concealer, but the ‘medium’ shade I ordered turned out to be too dark for me.  Exchange for the lighter shade is currently in progress.  I haven’t used the Priming Moisturizer much so far but it seems promising – it is as light weight as promised, and perfect for mixing or layering with foundation or BB cream.

Speaking of which, if there was one common theme across all the Glossier products I’ve tried, it’s ‘butter’. These products went on my skin smoothly and felt as if they were melting as I was applying them.  I found this smooth texture to be especially impressive for the clay-based Mega Greens Galaxy Pack.

Might as well called this mask ‘Green Butter Mask’

Clay masks can be tricky.  Some masks contain too much clay and make the texture very thick, which can make it difficult to apply on the skin.  I’ve had experiences where I ended up putting too much pressure to spread the mask and ended up with irritated skin.  I had no such problems with Mega Greens Galaxy Pack.  Once I had the mask on my face, it had a gentle sting at first but quickly dissipated.  Stinging is something that happens to me with all clay masks so this was nothing new and nothing that made me concerned.  I had no issues keeping it on for more than 20 minutes.  My face felt velvety and supple afterwards.

I followed up the green mask with Moisturizing Moon Mask as advised by Glossier.  The two masks work like complements – clay mask draws out impurities, cream mask replenishes moisture.  I’ve long adopted the dual mask system so I was glad to see my approach validated.  However, it is important to note these masks do not have to be used as two-step treatments; each can be used on its own for its respective benefits.

Let’s call this one ‘Cream Mask’

It’s hard to describe the texture of Moisturizing Moon Mask.  It’s definitely cream-like.  It reminded me a lot of About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream in that there is a slightly abrasive texture to the cream I can’t quite place.  And similar to About Me Cream, Moisturizing Moon Mask started to ‘melt’ on my face, becoming smoother and more cream-like, eventually becoming clear (it is initially white) as it was absorbed into the skin.

About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream
About Me Skin Tone Up Massage Cream

To be honest, I didn’t love the post-rinse feel of the Moon mask on my face.  It felt hydrated, for sure.  But there was also a slight residual stickiness.  I quickly found a solution for that – instead of using these masks at night, I tried using them in the morning and loved it.  I now use the green butter mask and follow up with the cream mask, after rinsing my sleeping pack off, of course.  As my final step in the morning skincare routine, I top off my face with some pore tightening, mattifying cream or primer and my face is ready for makeup.

Overall, Glossier products are high quality options at very reasonable prices.  I enjoy using them and will continue to use them until they are gone.  But I don’t think I will be reordering or subscribing them – not because I don’t like them but because I already have my go-to clay masks and cream-based masks, and I didn’t love Glossier masks to usurp those perennial favorites.  Having said that, I will likely order other products from Glossier – did I mention the awesome bubble wrap pouches?

Bottom line: The two companion masks from Glossier are the rare breed of products that live up to the hype.

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