Tuesday, April 26, 2016

...Makeup Second

glossier, boy brow, phase 2, stretch concealer, generation g, like, review, into the gloss
glossier, emily weiss, phase 2, stretch concealer, review, into the gloss
glossier, boy brow, phase 2, stretch concealer, generation g, like, review, into the gloss

makeup: Glossier - Stretch Concealer in Rich, Boy Brow in Black and Generation G in Like

The long awaited Glossier Phase 2 has arrived and though I was a little disappointed in the small number of products, I was more than happy with the results of each one. Quality over quality, right? Glossier technically only released two new products for the Phase 2 kit since the Boy Brow became available in October. I wrote a review of all of Glossier's products in January and Boy Brow was most definitely my favorite product. Now I'm going to add to the mayhem and give a little insight into my experiences with the Stretch Concealer and Generation G. Though this can undoubtedly be considered Glossier's makeup line, the Stretch Concealer and Generation G are not quite what one would consider makeup. In true Glossier fashion, they perform more like an extra skin rather than a thick layer and feel more like skin enhancers than cover-ups. Phase 2 comfortably straddles the line between makeup and skincare; the perfect thing for the no-makeup makeup that so many of us seem to enjoy.

Stretch Concealer $18 (4 out of 5 stars): After reading about the disappointment so many people faced when using the ultra-sheer Perfecting Skin Tint for the first time, I was worried that I would have the same issue with the Stretch Concealer. Not the case. The coverage is on par for a concealer and it is extremely buildable, and once you put it on it feels practically invisible. The one thing that docked it from five stars to four is the color matching (or lack thereof) between the Stretch Concealer and the Perfecting Skin Tint. Both products share the Light/Medium/Dark/Deep/Rich naming system for each shade to make pairing your skin tint with your concealer a breeze, yet my tube of Perfecting Skin Tint is a completely different shade than my Stretch Concealer despite them both being in the same shade (Rich). The concealer is noticeable lighter and has to be thoroughly blended to create a no-makeup makeup look which is a minor inconvenience when you're trying to do your entire face of makeup in five minutes or less. 

Generation G $18 (2 1/2 out of 5 stars): As a light pink lipstick fanatic I was sooo excited when I saw that Glossier came out with a lipstick in a beautiful, sheer, pale pink color. However, after using it not once, not twice, but seven different times without a noticeable difference in the color of my lips I deemed the Generation G lipstick in Like a complete rip off. Luckily, I didn't completely give up (why would I, though?? Its $18 lipstick!) and alas, I realized the mistake I had been making. Generation G is a typical Glossier product in that it's ultra sheer... like Skin Tint level sheer. And with my naturally dark lips to see any pigment from Generation G I had to properly prime my lips and apply several layers before even an ounce of product became noticeable. Now that I can actually see it, the color is really nice and demure. However, the ridiculous amount of extra effort I have to put in because I'm not the stereotypical, light-lipped (aka white) Glossier customer puts Gen G in Like at a solid two and a half stars out of five.