Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Photo courtesy Glossier.com

Describe the brand in five words.
Into the Gloss. Trendy. Basic (not an insult!).


What type of cleanser is it?
Gel, non-foaming.


Who is it for?
Everyone.


What’s in it?
Water/Aqua/Eau, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propanediol, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 184, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xylitylglucoside, Betaine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Panthenol, Symphytum Officinale Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 80, Xylitol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Isopropyl Myristate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide


What’s not in it?
parabens, mineral oil, SLS


Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Not really.

Suitable for pregnancy?
Yes.


Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made.


Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No


How does it smell?
Like old lipsticks, and that’s not an insult. It’s the naturally-occurring fragrance, none has been added to the formula.


How do you use it?
Apply to either dry or damp skin, your preference, massage in, flannel off.
You can remove it by splashing off if you prefer, as demo’d in their videos, but I prefer a flannel.

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
Second or AM. Although it does remove makeup in the demo, I found I had to scrub a little too hard and the effect afterwards was a tad dry.

Best for winter or summer?
Summer or second cleanse in the winter, but not on really dry skins.

Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?
No.


How long did I test it for?
I’ve had it for three weeks.


How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
$18.00 for 6 fl oz/177ml. It’s a good size, should last a good couple of months.

Works well with?
Anything. No special treatment needed when using it.


What’s the website like?
Good. All the basic information, ingredients listed, and demo videos.
For those of you unaware, Glossier is a brand sprung from the hugely successful beauty website Into The Gloss. It’s a masterpiece of marketing, and manages to somehow sell Glossier sweatshirts logo’d up like the GAP and three pink plastic jiffy envelopes for $12, alongside the newer skincare and makeup lines. It’s only available in the US, so knowing I was headed to NY recently, I asked a girlfriend of mine to order everything in for me, and it was waiting for me on arrival. I also got my hands on Milk amongst other things, so more reviews will be coming.

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Only available through their website, glossier.com. No plans to bring it to the UK, and they only ship inland to the US and Puerto Rico.

What’s good about it?
This is a nice formula that definitely cleans the skin, but I don’t use it for makeup removal. In my personal use, I found I was instinctively avoiding it if my skin felt dry/dehydrated. It’s nice for a morning cleanse, and fine as a second cleanse after a good oily balm.
It’s nicely ph-balanced, not too alkaline, not too stripping. It feels nice when using it and is very comfortable on the skin.  I love the packaging, it does the job and isn’t faffy. If you want the money in your formula and not your packaging, you’ll like this entire range. They’ve managed to make some of the most generic, low-priced packaging available look aspirational. Clever work.


What’s not so good about it?
If your skin is on the dry side, I don’t think you’ll find this nourishing enough. It’s very ‘American’ in its formulation, i.e. designed as a gel, no whisper of oil content, the preference for splashing off and no mention of a face cloth/flannel.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes, but probably only for Ava, I prefer more oil content.

Do you need it?
If you’re under 30 with good skin, you’ll like it.
If you have oilier skin, you’ll like it.
If you’re really dry or eczema-prone, there are better options for you.

Similar products?

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser



Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser is $18.00 and available from Glossier.com

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