Glossier just launched an eye and lip cream hybrid

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Glossier: We need to create a lip and eye cream duo

…Or so you’d say initially while perusing through Glossier’s latest offering, Bubblewrap. It’s an eye cream that fans have been requesting since the brand launched years ago and it’s available today for $26. But if you thought it was just for your under eyes, you’d be surprised – it’s also for plumping your lips. You read that correctly.

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This might sound a little well, extra, but it makes sense after the brand interviewed a handful of makeup artists in Hollywood who use eye creams for lips as a clever hack. After all, the under eyes and lips are the thinnest areas of skin. Voila! To address both areas, Glossier launched Bubblewrap for a 2-in-1 product offering that claims to hydrate and plump with its formulation that offers an added “layer of protective cushion.” Just like the brand’s iconic bubblewrap that protects its products, this product protects your eyes and lips.

For $26, you get a small .74-ounce metal can that looks a bit like an Evian spray bottle. The cream inside pumps out with a luxurious buttery texture that consists of avocado oil, squalene, antioxidants like blueberry, peptides and of course, hyaluronic acid for moisturizing. The brand says the product starts as a cream and then breaks down into an oil-like texture.

I tested Bubblewrap for the past week and here are my ~real~ thoughts. Firstly, the application is pretty straightforward. You pump product onto your ring finger (that’s the weakest among your five) and dab under your eyes. This prevents you from creating wrinkles are creasing your sensitive, paper-thin under eye area. As an eye cream, I felt it was super hydrating and was perfect as a primer. Put too much and the product unfortunately pills. Is it the best eye cream I’ve ever used (so far, my favorite is AMORE PACIFIC’s!)? No. But is it a product that does what it’s supposed to do? Surely.

(Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

Now onto the lips.

It’s interesting how a product can actually transform your thin, crusty lips (I’m talking about mine), into a pursed, pillowy form. Yes, this actually had a really interesting instantaneous plumping effect. My lips definitely felt if there was a cushion-y layer on top, almost as if I had a minor Kylie Jenner-like injection. Obviously not as extreme, but Bubblewrap did make my lips a little more lift. The texture is non-sticky, is less heavy than say, a balm, but instantly hydrates as well. It’s also flavorless and perfect for using as a primer before applying lip gloss or a lip tint. It definitely absorbs quickly – and beautifully – and I’m pretty impressed.

(Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

Do you absolutely need this new product from Glossier? If you’re in need of a new eye cream, feel free to try it out. As an eye cream alone it’s fine – but as a lip plumping product, I thought it was really awesome. But for a 2-in-1 type of situation, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.

Buy Glossier’s Bubblewrap here ($26)

Glossier Play is finally here to take over your bank account.

Weeks ago, Glossier quietly launched a new Instagram account called @glossierplay.

In a matter of hours, it had over 30,000 followers with users demanding answers. What was Glossier Play? A few guesses: It was a new line of sex-positive products; A brand just for the boys; A brand that focuses on color.

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For those of you who’ve been refreshing for weeks since that Instagram post, you’re in luck. Starting today, Glossier just announced Play, a new makeup brand that is so pigmented – and millennial – that it’s demanding your entire savings account.

The collection just launched on its website and comes with four new makeup products in 28 products. These include: Niteshine ($20), a pearly highlighter with a doe-foot applicator in 4 shades; Colorslide ($15), a long-lasting gel eyeliner pencil that comes in 14 shades; Vinylic Lip ($16), a shiny lip lacquer that comes in a fun, clicky-pen applicator in 6 shades, and Glitter Gelée ($14), a “one-step” glitter gel that gives you a “jeweled” effect in 4 shades.

“Our team has been working on Glossier Play for over two years, obsessively nerding out over formulas, searching the world (literally) for the best materials, and finessing shades until they were just right,” Glossier said in a release. “With Glossier Play, you’ll find colors you’ve never seen before, luxurious textures that move with you, and products that breath excitement back into your makeup routine. Glossier Play isn’t about a certain look, it’s about having fun in whatever moment you’re in.”

There’s also two new makeup tools in the mix. Blade, a high tech sharpener, and The Detailer, a precise applicator designed for Glitter Gelée.

Can’t decide what you want? Create your own “Playground” for $60. Each set includes: Get Vinylic Lip, Glitter Gelée, Colorslide, Niteshine, plus Blade and The Detailer, all at once. Choose your shades and save $15—all at the same time!

After all, the world is your oyster and your face? Your playground. Time to play.

Get Glossier Play here

Wait, is Glossier’s Balm Dotcom actually moisturizing my lips?

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The other day I was casually perusing a subreddit discussing Glossier’s Balm Dotcom.

In it, were skincare addicts who were fiercely debating the pros and cons of the now cult lip salve. While some swore that it left their lips super baby-soft, others said it did the opposite: dried it out and left it feeling worse than before. The culprit? Petrolatum, an ingredient that composes most of Glossier’s formula. While some said it was dangerous for your lips, others scoffed at the very suggestion.

So what is the real deal on Balm Dotcom and other petrolatum-based products? We get to the bottom of this sticky situation. Read on!

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Petrolatum vs. Petroleum

First off, Glossier isn’t alone in using petrolatum in its product. The ingredient has been used for years to treat chapped areas of the body and protecting it from outside harm. It’s super common and mostly every other brand utilizes petrolatum in its lip formulas including: Kiehl’s, Carmax, Burt’s Bees, Farmacy, Le Labo, Jack Black. Then, there are brands that use 100% petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, a brand that’s been around for decades. So what’s the difference?

Simply, petrolatum is a byproduct of petroleum and is cosmetic-grade. Meaning, it’s a product created to be more suited for skincare. And if you were wondering if petrolatum is safe, it is. According to Future Derm, the only concern that should come with petrolatum is if it’s used with irritating ingredients like lanolin, squalene, isopropyl myristate and mineral oil.

Petrolatum is also refined petroleum. Meaning, that it melts close to body temperature, allowing it to soften on application and to also turn into a water-repellent film to create a barrier against moisture loss. It’s also odorless, virtually clear, and goes on smoothly.

“Petroleum jelly plays an important function in locking in moisture to your lips and preventing further water loss,” says Dr. Y. Claire Chang, cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC. “It also sits on the surface of the lips to form a barrier against infections. Although petroleum jelly does not bind and attract water like humectants, it does play an important role in your lip skincare.”

But why TF are my lips so crusty and dry?

Unless you’ve been depleted of water for some reason, your lips shouldn’t be cracking. But if there’s general dryness, it’s completely normal. “Your lips generally do not have sebaceous glands, which are the oil glands associated with hair follicles that keep the skin moisturized and protected,” Dr. Chang explains to Very Good Light.  The lips, she says, stay moisturized on their own without our natural body oil. Because of that, it can get chapped compared to other areas of the body. And so, the lips get moisture through external sources: Our saliva, water we drink and moisturizers we apply. 

But for those licking their lips like they’re thirsty (figuratively and literally) remember this: “Excess saliva or lip licking can actually dry out the lips further; as the saliva evaporates, it takes moisture away from the lips,” says Dr. Chang. “Therefore, staying hydrated and applying frequent lip moisturizers are the best way to prevent and treat dry lips.”

If your lips are still excessively dry, Dr. Chang says to talk to a doctor. “If you lips continue to be severely dry with treatments, consider seeing a dermatologist to rule out other causes. Dry, chapped lips can sometimes be a sign of vitamin deficiencies, inflammatory bowel disease, fungal infections, contact dermatitis, excessive sun damage, ill-fitting dentures, or medication side effects.”

So what makes a good lip moisturizer?

To get to the bottom of what makes a good lip product, Dr. Chang broke it down in an easy manner. According to her, there are three elements needed to make a lip balm work. They include: humectants, emollients and occlusives.

Humectants – “Attract and bind water into the skin to moisturize the skin,” she says. These commonly found ingredients include glycerin, hyaluronic acid.

Emollients – “Spread across the surface of the skin to smooth the skin and form a layer of protection,” she tells us. Commonly found emollients are ceramides, shea butter, lineolic acid and stearic acid.

Occlusives – “These include mineral oil, silicones and petroleum jelly,” and provide a barrier to protect your lips from water loss. It also improves the skin barrier to also fend off infection.

Tell me, is Glossier’s Balm Dotcom actually good then?

To investigate, let’s look into its ingredient list, shall we?

First, and foremost, Balm Dotcom lists petrolatum on its ingredient list, meaning it composes of most of the formula. We have our occlusive already in there.

Then, we have castor seed oil, from the castor bean. Its a vegetable oil with fatty acids like ricinoleic acid. It’s used as an emollient and forms a solid film that has water-binding properties. So there, we have our emollient.

Moving along, we see beeswax (a good binding agent, like glue to ingredients), lanolin (which, again, could be irritating), flavor, theobroma grandiflorum seed butter, another emollient for your skin and hair,  Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline a long name but one that actually help with collagen production, rosemary leaf extract, oryza sativa bran extract (helps with improving skin’s barrier), helianthus annuus (sunflower extract), another emollient that keeps the skin hydrated.

Looks as if the only ingredient missing from the three ingredients would be a humectant, like glycerin. While a humectant is powerful for hydration, it isn’t a dealbreaker when it comes to your lips.

So is Balm Dotcom good? Bro, just tell me.

Shop Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12, HERE!

If you don’t need a humectant in your balm, then totally! It won’t dry out your lips and has many emollient and occlusive properties that will at least hydrate it. The only thing missing is a humectant, which will bind water to your lips. But if you’re looking for a home run product, find one that has at least two or all three.

Dr. Chang’s favorites? CeraVe Healing Ointment ($9.99), CeraVe Healing Lip Balm (discontinued), First Aid Ultra Repair Lip Therapy ($12), Clarins Paris Moisture Replenshing Lip Balm ($24) “all of which contain a combination of two or three types of moisturizers.”

What to avoid? “Camphor, phenol, or menthol. While they can create a short-term ‘cool’ sensation, they can further irritate the lips,” the doctor says. 

Well, there you have it! Glossier’s Balm Dotcom is a perfectly good product for your lips – but is there better? Sure. But if Glossier is making your lips super smooth, and giving you that good social media cache – stick with it.

Shop Dr. Chang’s Favorites!

CeraVe Healing Ointment, $9.99, HERE!

First Aid Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, $12, HERE!

Clarina Maris Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, $24, HERE!

Glossier’s Zit Stick is like a Tide Stick for your face

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Our favorite online-only brand, Glossier, really has it all when it comes to skincare. The brand launched in 2014 with just a Milky Jelly cleanser and since, has introduced serums, a sunscreen, moisturizers, night creams, among others.

The one thing that it was missing? Acne products.

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Which makes sense, since anything over-the-counter needs FDA approval – and that takes years to clear. And so, it was to my excitement when I heard Glossier was launching a Zit Stick to help in fighting any and all blemishes. Think of it as a Tide Stick but instead of getting out stains in your clothing, this clears out breakouts in your face. The curious product comes in a really cute portable pen and is said to “clear zits at high speed.”

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(Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

The brand wanted to reimagine blemish care. For spot treatments there’s only a really thick paste or pimple patches, both which are only used in the privacy of your own home. With the Zit Stick, you can treat your blemishes during the day time.

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(Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

Glossier’s Zit Stick contains acne fighting ingredients including 5% benzoyl peroxide (that’s exactly twice as much as Neutrogena’s own On-the-Spot Acne Treatment spot cream), salicylic acid and tea tree oil. All three is said to shrink zits, heal the area, as well as reduce redness. Glossier claims that in a clinical trial 83% of users saw a reduction in their pimples after 3 hours. Four out of five found that redness and swelling reduced and there was no more pain. After a day, 4/5 said pimples healed faster than normal: some saw the pimple reduced or erased completely.

Now I only received this product yesterday and tested it on my own cystic acne. I can’t say if it particularly works or not but did roll this on my one blemish. The consistency is super absorbable and I feel the roll on pen allowed the product to seep into my pores. After three hours I didn’t see ~too~ much of a difference, but then again, I need to give it a little more time.  I find that these types of products usually work because benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulfur are ingredients that are clinically shown to fight acne.

Though I’m not sure if this works or not – because Glossier only sent this a day ago – I am positive it will most certainly work. I think. Well, I hope. For the rest of you, you can grab your own Zit Stick Thursday for $14 on Glossier’s site. Tell us what you think!

Glossier’s Lash Slick is Boy Brow for your lashes

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(Can Glossier’s first mascara, the Lash Slick actually make an imprint in beauty? Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

Could Boy Brow’s success translate to … lashes?

That’s the question our favorite millennial pink brand, Glossier, wanted to answer when it thought about mascara. Around 248 formulations, 18 months, and multiple trips to Japan later, the brand finally found a product that they claim works. It’s called the Lash Slick, which launches today for $16 –  and we’ve been testing it for an entire week.

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Could the Lash Slick have the same effect as Boy Brow? After all, the product became an overnight success thanks to its ability to fill in brows in a natural, subtle manner.

Lash Slick Glossier

(Millennial pink is the theme in this chic packaging. Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

The mascara comes at a time when rival brands like Milk Makeup have been touting its own revolutionary formula. Just a few weeks ago, Milk Makeup made a huge social media splash with its CBD oil-infused Kush Mascar

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t use mascara on the daily but after the brand assured me I’d never ignore my lashes again, I was intrigued. “Expect to hear a lot more ‘your lashes look good’ and less ‘what mascara are you wearing?'” they specifically emailed me.

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(The packaging fits with all of your other favorite pink products from Glossier. Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

According to Glossier, the Lash Slick has a formula for natural, glossy looking lashes that look longer, are fanned and defined. The product uses a combination of Japanese fiber technology with lifting film formers to coat the lashes from root to tip. In turn, it’s supposed to create extensions that curl and hold all day without clumping, smudging or flaking. It also includes vegan biotin condition, something that the brand claims strengthens lashes so they get softer and healthier over time.

For me, what I hate about traditional mascaras is that it sticks your eyelashes together, while also feeling extremely heavy. Not to mention the end result: chunky, furry tarantula legs for lashes. The Lash Slick – which comes in the chicest pastel pink packaging btw – was super light – almost too light. It was to the point that I didn’t think there was any product on them. I continued layering until I realized I’d applied way too much and had to start over.

(Before Lash Slick and after Lash Slick. Can you spot the difference? Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

On my second try, I curled my lashes with one wiggle wiggle movement on top and just a single wiggle on the bottom. Instantly, my eyelashes separated, curled and had a beautiful sheen to them. Truthfully, I hadn’t even known I had actual eyelashes until this very moment, lol. As an Asian male, I feel my eyelashes are usually thick but sparse and shorter than most others. Hence, I don’t even think about them. But after using this product once, I realized that I, too, had eyelashes that weren’t only there but actually … really, dare I say, beautiful?

Lash Slick Glossier

(The tip of the mascara has small pricks to lift your lashes. Photo by David Yi/Very Good Light)

I’m never one to believe in any hype, but this one made my eyes pop without eyeliner and put some depth to my entire face. And after testing this for the day, I realized it really does last. One gripe I did have: I didn’t like is how my eyelashes still stuck together – when blinking. It was almost as if I could feel the formula congeal my top and bottom lashes together in one glop. I mean, it could have been that I used too much product though, but sometimes you want more definition? But I also must tell you this isn’t waterproof. After an afternoon at Crossfit, I found the black product smudging and my under eyes looked like Billie Armstrong from Green Day. It does easily wipe off though – but there will be smudge!

All in all, the product’s good, but you have to use sparingly. And also, only for mascara masters. I actually POKED my eye when testing this and it HURTS LIKE A MOTHER. So is it Boy Brow for your lashes? I’d argue that indeed, it is. It goes on light, is discreet AF, and makes you seem as if you naturally look that good. And for a guy like me who always does makeup incognito, what better product for me than that?

Get Lash Slick today, $16 here.

Millennial Pink is dead. You’ll be surprised to know what’s next.

Whether you like it, love it, or want to leave it completely in the past, millennial pink has proved its staying power.

Whether it’s filling up our #shelfie or taking over our Instagram feed, we can’t seem to get away from the massively popular pastel, powder pink, a phenomenon that’s proven its staying power. So big, some brands have capitalized on the color to sell. Some like Glossier, the social first brand that’s made an entire business around the color. Others, like Saturday Skin, Herbivore, and Glow Recipe have followed suit. It’s obvious millennial pink has reached fever pitch, but is it here to stay?

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To get to the bottom of this, one must first go back to millennial pink’s origins. Of course, the pastel hue is nothing new. The color obviously has been around from the beginning of time. Dubbed “Tumblr Pink” or “Barbie Pink,” the shade is one that, as NY Mag once noted, is  “a range of shades from beige with just a touch of blush to a peach-salmon hybrid.” The color really got its momentum around 2013 thanks to Wes Anderson and his films which had a beautiful, alluring blush filter. It also got a boost thanks to cultural icons like Drake and Kanye West, who started allowing men to also be okay with the traditional “girl’s color.”

The color became “okay” for men with the introduction of Apple’s rose gold aka “bros gold” iPhone. Unintentionally, Apple’s new product color allowed its customers to explore “uncharted territory. It was an opportunity for men to go outside their safe boxes – that is, sport smartphones that weren’t your typical black or white.

When it comes to translating into the beautysphere, Stephan Alain Ko, a cosmetic chemist and blogger, says it’s due to the surge of social media promoting the shade. “It’s possible that filters applied to mood boards on Tumblr and by VSCO had an influence [to the popularity of the color], he says to Very Good Light. “I first noticed it and associate it with singer Troye Sivan, so for me, it’s always represented a new generation of men who are very confident in their sexuality and who they are.”

A year after iPhone’s rose gold, Pantone named it “Color of the Year” in 2016. Two years later, there are no signs that it’s slowing down soon. That, of course, doesn’t mean that it’s not dying out.

“Millennial pink is a toned down version of the traditional Barbie pink we’re used to seeing. With a touch of beige, it becomes less girly, more mature, more sophisticated, and more gender neutral. With the evolvment of gender fluidity over the last few years, millennial pink has become a non-offensive and safe color for everyone.”

Why is it so appealing? Color psychologist, Judy Scott-Kemmis explains how colors like millennial pink have a subconscious effect on consumers. “Millennial pink is a toned down version of the traditional Barbie pink we’re used to seeing,” she says. “With a touch of beige, it becomes less girly, more mature, more sophisticated, and more gender neutral. With the evolvement of gender fluidity over the last few years, millennial pink has become a non-offensive and safe color for everyone.”

Judy points out that our current political and societal climate may have something to do with the trend as well. “With so much anxiety and stress in the world today, people are subconsciously drawn to this color because it feels calming, soft, nurturing and safe,” she says. “Until this stressful energy changes or shifts, people will be drawn to the shade for the comfort it provides on a subliminal level.”

(Illustration by Hannah Morrison/Very Good Light)

“I embrace the post-gender idea of the whole thing and am happy that pink is being used in a lot of different ways that aren’t exactly feminine,” says GQ Senior Fashion Editor and Grooming Director, Garrett Munce. “I think people latched on to it because it signifies an embrace of modernity. The color has become synonymous with an idea of gender fluidity, a kind of post-gender color that is feminine and masculine at the same time – or sometimes neither. It’s become a sort of updated neutral,” he says.

“I do think it’s a little overdone in the sense that if someone is trying to target millennials or younger consumers, it’s their go-to color,” finishes Garrett.

I mean, we get it. The public adores it, and we do too. We even wrote about our favorite pink products here. However, we can’t help but wonder what’s next, and frankly if we’ll ever even get around to finding out.

“I can’t predict what the next trend will be or when,” says Judy. “Although, I believe a move towards a greater use of green would be healing for everyone, helping to restore positive energy in the world.”

While that may be her one desire, is the beauty industry actually shifting out of millennial pink into new waters?Theresa Yee, WGSN’s senior beauty editor, thinks so. “We’re starting to see lilacs replacing pinks as a key color – one of the shades we highlighted in our Youth Tonic S/S18 trend forecast,” she says. Named 2018 Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet may be here to save the day.

We’ve sure seen the color green be embraced by brands like Tata Harper and Origins, aligning with their mission of providing clean, all-natural, organic products. When it comes to purple, the first thing that comes to mind is Tarte. All things ultra violet, Tarte has the bases covered. Brands like Drunk Elephant with its Lala Retro Whipped Creme and MAC with it own in-house packaging are staying on track with the year’s new “it” color.

In the end, the use of millennial pink has become overused and consumers are now feeling a bit overexposed to the color. This is one of the main reasons Judy believes the color is meeting its slow demise. “I do believe millennial pink has been overdone, as have other trendy colors over the past few years,” she tells us. “I believe many in the advertising and marketing field take the easy way out and use millennial pink because it has been such a successful color, instead of being more creative in their choice of colors. We all need balance in the use of color in our lives and the predominant use of one color can throw this balance out.”

While we love millennial pink and are a sucker for anything from that shade, it’s easy to see how and why the color is coming to an end. With marketers, advertisers and brands all using the color, consumer fatigue is high. When even Starbucks gets onto the trend, you know it’s nearing its end. As with all things, we’ve had fun with you, millennial pink, but we’re not sad to really let you go.

Whatever’s next, we just hope it’s Insta friendly.