This is the second product Glossier developed by sourcing input from their readers and since I liked their cleanser ok, I wanted to give this a try. However, whereas with the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier was able to develop something innovative and stand-out in the oversaturated cleanser market, they’ve done the exact opposite with this moisturizer. What they seem to have produced is essentially the lowest-common-denominator moisturizing cream but with a trendy scent added. Pretty disappointing all things considered, but let’s take a look:
Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich / Soin Visage Préparateur Riche
Everyone needs a luxurious face cream in their lineup—for nighttime, for wintertime, for any time your face needs nourishing, comforting hydration. This dense, sumptuous cream is rich in ceramides and fatty acids, reinforcing the skin barrier and locking in moisture over time. Our Anti-Redness Complex and Oxygenating Agent are the priming ingredients, instantly making skin a smooth, dewy canvas for makeup (or not), just like our bestselling original Priming Moisturizer. Formulated with a balanced, non-greasy blend of shea and murumuru butters to melt perfectly into skin for a supremely lavish hydrating experience.
Where does it fit in your routine?
Good for use under makeup or as a night cream before bed. Apply after all of your essences/toners/serums/emulsions but before sunscreen (in the AM).
This cream is packaged in a white and translucent jar with a Glossier-pink lid. I love Glossier-pink and I love how this jar looks.
Heavy lavender fragrance. For the longest time, I thought I hated the scent of lavender because all of the lavender-scented dish soaps and hand washes gave me headaches, but over time I learned that lavender in the right hands can actually smell magical but it just so happens to smell like crap most of the time. The lavender scent here is super on-trend right now but not one I personally enjoy at all.
Color and texture
Pale, peachy color. Thick, creamy texture.
What’s in it?
Some interesting observations about the formulation to point out. The second ingredient is Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate. This is a compound of neopentyl glycol (film-forming agent and solvent) and heptanoic acid (fatty acid) that works as an emollient and texture enhancing agent. Most creams make use of texture enhancing agents (as you would want them to) but this cream seems to rely rather heavily on them considering this is the first ingredient listed after water. Beyond that, this cream seems to rely heavily on fatty acids (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol), Glycerin (humectant), various oils (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Shea butter, Kukui nut butter) for its moisturizing foundation.
Towards the end of the ingredients list (meaning they occur in much smaller concentrations) we do find some interesting ingredients:
- Extracts: Chondrus Crispus, Apple, Tropaeolum Majus, Honey, Boswellia Serrata, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Aspalathus Linearis
These extracts occur low in the list, which unfortunately means they aren’t doing much. That said, they probably help bring some general antioxidant properties to the cream.
- Ceramides: Ceramide NP, Ceramide NP
Ceramides are a natural components to your skin barrier and a great ingredient to use for their barrier-reinforcing abilities.
Tetrapeptide-14 is a peptide designed by Helix Biomedix to reduce inflammation.
Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies cetyl alcohol (2), stearyl alcohol (2), squalane (1), dimethicone (1), butylene glycol (1), and hexylene glycol (2) as acne triggers and cetyl alcohol (2), stearyl alcohol (2), tridecyl neopentanoate (3), and hexylene glycol (1) as potential irritants.
Full Ingredients – Aqua/Water/Eau, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Cocoglycerides, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Sodium Benzoate, Mel/Honey Extract/Extrait de Miel, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-14, Linalool
Most of the time I review products, I use them for at least a month (but more frequently many, many months) before I review them. With this cream, I’ve only used this 4 times and I don’t really plan to use it again because I have too many other moisturizers in my stash I like a lot, so I’m reviewing this now and then either destashing or tossing it.
To use this cream, I take a dime sized dollop and spread it on my skin. The texture is soft and creamy, although something about the way it feels and glides on my skin reminds me of Betty Crocker Frosting. Out of the jar it feels rich and substantial but after it’s sunk in, it’s only about as occlusive as a medium-weight cream. I have dry skin and would not be able to get away with this as my winter cream without layering a face oil or another cream over it. On the other hand, it does have a nice finish – my skin feels smooth and not sticky to the touch – and works well under makeup.
If you take away the scent, I guess I don’t hate this cream but I also wouldn’t rebuy it. It’s pretty much another iteration of the boring-white-cream, like Nivea Creme or it’s countless dupes (Creme De La Mer, Ducray Ictyane, Curel Intensive Healing, etc). However, this cream is a complete failure of the crowd-sourcing process, which implicitly promised something distinguishable from the sea of moisturizers already on the market.
If having a moisturizer in a chic looking jar and/or smelling like lavender is important to you, Glossier has made just the thing for you. If you need a reliable moisturizer, here are some excellent alternatives that I strongly urge you to try over the Glossier cream, listed in order of lightest to heaviest:
- CosRX Advanced 92 Snail Cream – the best of the snail creams on the market, IMO. Medium-weight but will leave your skin incredibly soft
- Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream – Texturally, if Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich is canned frosting, Aromatica Calendula Juicy Cream is fresh buttercream – airy, luxurious, soft and smooth. Also fragrance-free, versatile, and reliable. Overall a great cream to have on hand
- Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream – lives up to the hype. Melts into skin beautifully and keeps moisture in without being heavy
- Weleda Skin Food – thick cream to soften the roughest and driest patches on your skin
Overall Rating: 2/5
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