Glossier Launches In The UK (FINALLY!): My Top Picks

Here’s what *really* deserves a spot in your basket


Guys and gals – it’s here. Glossier have finally commenced shipping to the U.K and it took me all of about 10 seconds to spot it on Monday and checkout with a basket full of Balm Dot Coms which I  needed to repurchase as I annoyingly appear to have lost my old stash down the back of various different sofas. There are three AWESOME points to this launch. Firstly, they appear to be shipping from a U.K-based warehouse which means there are no taxes or customs duties to pay, just £4 standard shipping (which is free if you spend over £25) and £6 express shipping. Secondly, the prices have been converted to GBP without a massive hike – that means you can snap up the Milky Jelly Cleanser for £15 – BARGAIN. Finally, upon checkout you’re given a 10% off link to share with your mates – here’s mine if you fancy snagging a discount.

There’s hype, it’s absolutely everywhere and I’m sure you’ve seen about 26 of these posts on your Twitter feed already this morning, but to go with today’s video (scroll down to the bottom of the post if you want to see everything in action), I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring. I’ve somehow managed to give every single SKU a test, thanks to multiple trips over to NYC this year. So most of the bits I’ve been able to road test for a solid six months and amongst the line-up there are some ‘OMG YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT’ products and there are others which don’t wow me as much. So here’s what I’d recommend buying and saying ‘bye’ to…



WHAT TO BUY: Skincare is the cornerstone of the range and overall it specialises in glow-inducing formulas that leave your skin feeling so plump, you can dial down the base slightly. Obviously their Milky Jelly Cleanser falls into this category. I don’t use it for makeup removal, but it’s a great gentle formula that leaves my skin feels soft, not squeaky. The Super Pure and Super Bounce serums have become part of my daily routine and I often use both at the same time; applying Pure on my chin and any red areas and Bounce on parts of my face that feel parched. On the website the Balm Dot Coms are part of their skincare category and you need to try the Coconut version (I have already purchased another two to live in different handbags), it hydrates, but has a pretty matte finish on the lips and is great for cuticles too. I’ve already been through a whole tub of the Priming Moisturiser Rich because it makes me feel like I’ve got a real, hardy moisturiser on my skin but it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. The Mask Duo perform well and I often use them both on a Sunday; firstly using the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack to detox and then the Moisturising Moon Mask to amp up hydration. These are slightly redness-inducing on my sensitive skin however, so I like to use them in the evenings only – something to note.

WHAT TO LEAVE: Personally I’m not crazy about the Priming Moisturiser, the original version, although I feel like greasy complexions will favour this one over it’s thicker consistency sister. The Original Shield is ground-breaking in it’s clear gel-like SPF formula, but I feel that my skin doesn’t agree with it too well and it makes my cheeks flush for a solid 30 minutes after application. The Super Glow serum is so watery that it’s impossible to apply and when I did manage to somehow pat it on I just didn’t feel like it did too much and the same goes for the Soothing Face Mist, which also made my eyes sting.



WHAT TO BUY: If ‘no makeup, makeup’ is your daily beauty brief then this collection is going to sing to you REALLY, REALLY loudly. The reviews for the Perfecting Skin Tint are a mixed bag, but personally I like the minimal-coverage, maximum-glow formula and find it great for weekends where I can’t be arsed to wear much more than this and some mascara. I use Light in the winter and Medium in the summer. People overlook it all the time, but the Stretch Concealer is one of the highlights from the whole range in my eyes. I use Light and dip into it so much that I’ve almost used up a whole pot. It gives such a gorgeously glowy finish and because of that it never looks dry, whether you’re fading circles or spots. I have the Cloud Paints in Dusk and Beam and although I’m not crazy about blush, I like that these give a subtle finish that can easily be applied with fingers – personally a mix of both shades is the perfect peachy pink for me. The Generation G’s come in a shade range that’s six colours strong, but Cake and Leo are my most used two and I love them for their chapstick feel and matte, but not moisture-sucking finish on the lips. Daily I take the Haloscope in Quartz on my fingers and over my cheekbones because it’s the most natural highlight I’ve found, and do I really need to mention Boy Brow? It’s Glossier’s hero product and for good reason. I’d recommend picking up the Clear for days when your brows just need sticking down, then I use Brown when I need a touch more definition.

WHAT TO LEAVE: These products aren’t necessarily bad, but just don’t really vibe with my makeup preferences. For example their newly released Wowder, does exactly what it says on the tin, but I just prefer a pressed powder for ease of application as I find it difficult to get just the right amount on my brush. The Lipgloss is a thick, high-gloss finish which is just something that I never wear. Finally Haloscope in Moonlight and Topaz, are just a tad glittery for me, but that’s because they don’t work well with my pinky skintone; as a rule of thumb Moonlight will look great on paler skins and Topaz on deeper complexions.



This is the newest offering in their line-up and although I’m so behind the marketing and imagery on this one (SWIT SWOO LADIES!), I can’t say that I’m crazy about the products. I find both to be quite heavily fragranced and as someone with psoriasis on my body and sensitive skin, I can’t help but feel a tad irritated after using them; so bear in mind that I’m not the ideal candidate here. The Body Hero Daily Oil wash does make a great in-shower shaving product because the razor just flies down your shins when you’ve lathered it up. The Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream has its plus points too. It moisturises without feeling greasy and there’s a hint of iridescence to it as well which isn’t noticeable on the skin, but makes your limbs catch the light in a movie star kinda way. So they’re not bad, I just feel like there are better items to drop your dollar GBP on…

Photos by Lauren Shipley

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  • Emma Newburn

    Hi Anna – Fantastic blog (and Vlog) I am about to indulge. Not sure if the link is working – mine says i am shopping with Rohini and no code if the box? any ideas? thanks xx Emma xx

    • Katie

      How did I only find out about this today! The 10% off for me only showed up at the final payment stage, there was also no code in the box. But I’m not actually sure if the discount was Anna’s code or the 10% off for all first time customers.

      • Emma Newburn


  • Great post! I ordered the Milky Jelly Cleanser, one of the Cloud Paints, and Boy Brow on Monday and I’m so excited to give them a try!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  • I am so excited to finally get my paws on some of their products! Birthday Balm Dotcom has been on my wish list for what feels like forever…

  • Anna I can’t even express how helpful this post was! It’s so great to hear hits and misses from someone who has tried it all ! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel

  • I mean I’m really glad they ship to the UK but wish I could go in store and see it!

    Dena | The Dena Edit | Bloglovin xo

  • Isobel Young

    Anna – I’ve literally been following your blog for years and didn’t know you had sensitive skin/psoriasis! As someone who gets terrible eczema, I totally relate – I find self-tan is usually the worst in terms of irritation. I know you’ve mentioned St. Tropez and Vita Liberata in the past, do you ever have issues with them? Would love a recommendation – thank you!

  • It’s exciting they are finally here. I can’t wait to try a few bits for myself!

    James /

  • Lisa Autumn

    Ah I wish they would ship to germany.. their products look so promising!

    xx Lisa |

  • I ordered the Phase 1 Set and I can’t wait for it to arrive!

    Sara – Flemingo

  • I am so jealous that you can get them in teh UK. Germany is still waiting!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Giovanna Lovison

      Here is’s where mail forward services comes in really handy…

      • Yes, it probably does. But I still feel a little unsure about that.

    • I think we might be waiting for quite some time. In an interview with Caroline Hirons, Emily Weiss said France is next and then they’ll see…

      • Oh well. I guess we have learned to wait over the years. At least we have Sephora now!

  • I have to try these products, do you know if they ship also in Italy?
    miki x

  • Jennifer Swanson Kavu

    After watching your YouTube video this morning, I thought, “She’s finally twisted my arm!” So, when I got to work I placed my first Glossier order…Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, and Generation G in Like and Crush. I’m really hoping they are worth the hype and am excited to try everything!

  • Aisling Jackson Cousin

    I’m interested to read that you have psoriasis. I’ve recently been diagnosed with it and am wondering what you do to control yours? I’m using prescribed steroids but they’re apparently not for long-term use. Any advice isn’t welcome!

  • Ah I want to try their products so bad! I can’t wait until they ship to more Europe countries 🙂

  • Get me some new skincare products any day!

  • Aaishah

    I’ve been waiting for this post 🙂 So helpful, thank youu!

  • Rachel Joy

    Fab! I’m quite tanned, well medium/light toned, and I love the moonlight haloscope on my skin. It’s such a natural highlight and gives the natural look. Sometimes I only wear that on my face, with some red lippie. Definitely held back with the purchases this time around, but will get some of the skincare range per your review.

    Have you tried the birthday balm dot com? I got that instead of the cononut one by mistake! Worried its going to be too sweet a scent! X

  • Lizzie

    The photo styling here is stunning, could sit and look at it for a good while! I now feel fully equipped to brave the Glossier site!

  • Emily (byemily)

    So far I’ve managed to resist placing an order but the ‘phase 1’ kit is just sitting in my basket ! Loved this post

  • Erin Russell

    Watching your review just made me more convinced I made the right choice by saying it wasn’t worth the hype. I really want the balm dot com, but im not placing an order just for lip balm!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • You should do a tutorial on the entire set-up for shooting this (colored paper(?) background and camera/lighting used). 🙂

  • Gilly1963

    Just wanted to let others know about my experience with placing an order on Glossier UK website. Placed my order yesterday and made a mistake in my details and received a reply to my email within 30 mins…very impressive. This afternoon have got an email explaining they have had so many more orders than anticipated they won’t be able to ship items as quickly as they’d like. Gave me a £5 discount on next order. Again I think that’s very fair and it’s good that they’re being honest and letting customers know what’s going on.

    Great video and post Anna, thanks for taking time to do it. I guess it’s got something to do with the fact so many people want to buy!

  • Get me on this website right now!! I need everything!

  • Lizzie

    It’s a nice article but please do declare that those referral links give you a £10 store credit each time they’re used.

    I’ve given my link to friends and benefited myself in the same way so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing it, but I do think it’s only right to declare it here, as the return is higher than on many other affiliate links.

    Many thanks

  • I LOVED this post Anna! Such a great read, super helpful and as always, I love your recommendations. I’m loving the Halo-scope and Milky Cleanser but after reading this, I must order some of the Balms and the concealer!


  • HarrisonBeach

    Just filmed my Glossier haul!!! Check out my blog & stay tuned, it’s coming soon!

  • Thanks for the 10% code, Anna! I’ve been interested in this brand for awhile now but never took the plunge. Decided to try out the Glossier Phase 2 Set since you seemed to love the Stretch Concealer and Boy Brow so much. 🙂 Anyway, I loved this very informative and aesthetic post!

  • Olivia

    Hi Anna, I tried the Glossier skin tint because I’m always up for a no fuss my-skin-but-better base that I can slap on in 2 seconds. Unfortunately, I found it too sheer for me. How would you compare the Glossier skin tint to Chantecaille Just skin? I recall that was one of your favourite tinted moisturisers back in the day and I am considering trying it out.

  • Hi Anna,

    Amazing blogpost as always. How was the perfume?

    love you !!!

  • elisha mae

    Typical Glossier would start UK shipping the week I fly out to the U.S to stock up! Haha – I loved these recommendations though and so happy they’re now shipping out of America so I can top up regularly on the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Boy Brow!!

    Elisha-Maé |

  • Sophie Bird

    I’m waiting for my first order. 10% off with this code.

  • Aditi Kochhar

    Here is a link if anyone wants 10% off!

  • I took so much of your advice into consideration when putting my first order through, I had no idea what to go for! Some of these products are really addictive, like the boy brow – can’t live without that thing! It was difficult to chose from so many good products but I put a post up with my fave picks 🙂 xx