I think it's more than fair to say that when Emily Weiss, a co-founder of Into the Gloss (arguably the most popular beauty-blog out there) launched her own line of beauty products, Glossier, in October expectations were more than high. I mean, the girl's spent the last 4 years digging through the beauty goldmines of some of the most influential, glamorous, and badass women out there. The brand is a result of endless time spent experimenting with and figuring out what turns beauty basics into can't live with out essentials.
I was skeptical when I first ordered the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and its recommended companion, the Moisturizing Moon Mask. I had no doubt that I would receive a respectably good product, these people do know beauty after all. However, I wasn't 100% sold on the idea that these masks were so stellar that they'd instantly become a cult favorite, but I've always been more of an I'll see for myself person than I have been one to buy into published hype and over enthusiastic magazine reviews.
So you want to know the truth about the raved about new Glossier masks? They f#cking rock. Being that I'm not a part of any famous beauty/fashion publication and my Instagram following is nowhere near Danielle Bernstein's of We Wore What , I had to spend my own money on the duo, so you can be rest assured I have no motive to sell these masks as anything other than what they really are. Which also means you can trust me when I tell you that these extremely reasonably priced masks (only $22 a piece) lived up to every bit of the hype.
I started off with the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, which to my delight didn't have the sometimes overwhelming fragrance a lot of clay masks have. I left the detoxifying mask on for 20 minutes as recommended, letting the orange peel, avocado oil, and various other pleasantly natural ingredients work their voodoo on my pores. The texture was surprisingly creamy for a clay mask and lacked in the borderline suffocating thickness your face finds itself subject to with other masks. While it clearly feels like clay, even as the mask dries you feel like your face can still breathe. After the 20 minutes was up I washed off the mask and after a couple minutes of subtle pinkness I could see a visibly positive difference in my skin, which is something I don't think I've ever experienced after one use of any other mask. Now, I was blessed with pretty good skin only experiencing the occasional blemish, so I wasn't sure my face could really get that much smoother with just one use of a product. Not only did it completely prove me wrong and make my face almost unrealistically smooth, it gave my skin a glow I thought nature reserved strictly for the genetically blessed.
After a minute or two of admiring my not new, but enhanced skin in all its natural glory I swiped a thin layer of the Moisturizing Moon Mask onto my face, convinced there was no more magic for Glossier to work. It was time to see if the brightening dream-cream was really a worthy follow-up to the already too good to be true clay mask. Although I'd like to act surprised that once again I saw a visible difference in my skin, I wasn't. Glossier has proven why it deserves to be the secret weapon in every girl's beauty drawer. My skin, which just like most people's, is naturally slightly discolored in places was almost completely evened out with the exception of a couple virtually unnoticeable areas. It's a face mask not a foundation, there is no way to completely wipe out all imperfections. Your skin is still your skin, this mask just makes it the 2.0 version. I'd also like to add that it was even brighter now than after the first of the duo.
Next on my list? The Perfecting Skin Tint. Trust me, after these masks work their wonders on you you won't want to hide behind a full coverage foundation. While I never was into caking on the make-up I was an avid supporter of foundations, bronzer, and the whole nine-yards. After only my first experience with the brand, Glossier brought me on board with the more low maintenance and natural look. If my skin looks this good on it's own, who needs all the goop?
Oh and PS. I almost forgot the most important part, your purchase comes with a sleeve of stickers to decorate your new goodies, as if receiving a package wasn't already fun enough.