Friday, 21 October 2016

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

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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?

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?

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

Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that advocate testing?

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?

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, 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?

Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser is $18.00 and available from

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  1. I agree about drier skins. I have dry skin and it's not moisturizing enough for me. It's fine for the morning but it's not enough for me at night. The bounce serum also isn't enough for my skin.

    1. Me too. I feel bad, like if I write another post that isn't 'glowing' people will thinkI have a vendetta! LOL

  2. Excited to finally see a Glossier review here! They've been such a force here in the US as of late. I own the cleanser and only use it in the morning. I don't find it strong enough even for just a second cleanse. I do love the texture and smell though.

    1. Me too. I think it's designed for young skins, or oily skins. It's very 'American' in its formulation x

  3. I find the rose smell a bit off putting - kept having to remind myself at the beginning it was not synthetic. I use in the morning and find it just about okay for my dry skin - but will go back to something more oil based when the bottle is finished.

    1. Yeah I wouldn't add this to my list of 'all-time' must-haves.

  4. I was looking at Glossier just the other day and wondering "What would Caroline think of this?" so this post is a wonderful surprise today! Have you had a look at their "Supers" by chance? I'd love your thoughts on their Super Pure... Specifically looking for something for my stubborn acne :/ I cannot thank you enough for all of the knowledge you've shared--I've learned so much from you over the last year!

    1. Hi Lauren,

      I do have them - I'm not convinced yet. Need to test more. And thank you for reading! x

    2. I find that using this with the clairsonic is fabulous (much better then using it with fingers) , and then followed up by Super Glow, sealed in with Yuli Liquid courage oil, my skin has become super clear and even toned.

  5. I've been wanting to try this cleanser as I've been really pleased with the other Glossier items I've tried (moisturizing moon mask, skin tint and moisturizer). I have oily skin so this should work well for me, even in the drier months.

  6. This face wash broke me out but after reading this article I think it might have been that the facewash didn't really remove my makeup so my face wasn't clean. It was also pretty drying (more drying than the clay cleansers I typically use on my combo skin). For me this stuff is just trendy. Was a bust for my skin and I didn't finish the bottle

    1. I completely get where you're coming from. It's sold to all skins, but clearly not suitable for all skins. X

  7. So annoying that they don't ship to the UK. I love the smell of roses everything! :(

    1. And it won't be happening any time soon either.

  8. Can't wait to hear your thoughts about Milk Makeup! I'm quite intrigued by it and, as you said about Glossier, that's the kind of brands which are almost a little bit too trendy to be trusted, I always feel like, consciously or unconsciously, most people (not an insult, it could definitely be me) buy them/love them because of the packagings!

    1. Absolutely. They're definitely style over substance as a purchasing tool. Having said that, there HAS to be some good ones in the ranges or they wouldn't KEEP getting good press surely?

  9. Oh it is so good to see blog posts from you! You have been missed Mrs. Hirons. Thank you for allnof your hard work on this blog.

  10. My husband really likes this cleanser. Glossier has excellent customer service. I received the cleanser for free because I gave them feedback when they were trying to come up with formulations. I've used several of the products and my conclusion is that if you are in your twenties (which I am not), it's great and affordable. I like the concealer, skin tint and the Generation G lip products. However, for skincare, I'm with Caroline.

    1. Agreed. My husband likes it also. Those men and their lovely slightly oiler faces eh?

  11. Am I the only one that thinks "milky jelly" sounds like something I'd prefer to wash OFF my face? I know, I'm rude, but there you have it.

  12. I was hesitant to buy and I did and not pleased. It doesn't remove makeup as promised even cleansing woth 2x and my skin wasnt clean. Packaging is nice and marketing is on point bug not loving their cleanser. I think this is the cleanser for girls who don't wear a ton of makeup and have average skin. I found that it broke me out quite a bit, likely because it really doesn't clean well.

    Thanks for the review Caroline!

    Xx Danielle

  13. After seeing Glossier everywhere and seeing it highlighted by other bloggers, I was so curious to know #whatdoescarolinethink (should totally be a hashtag)! Thank you for the review! As I have dry skin, I'll be passing and sticking to other cleansers you've recommended.
    Also, since I've started following you and making changes to my skincare routine, I've seen a huge improvement in my skin, barely any cystic acne anymore. I can't thank you enough! Thank you for all your reviews. Looking forward to the return of more videos as well :)

    1. You're very welcome Em. And yes it sounds like this is not for you. x

  14. This is just to say dear Caroline, thank you, thank you for your cheat sheets and routines! Since I switched from my drying cleansers (foamijg *shudder*) to oils and milks and introduced oil to my face, it has improved so much I barely need to cover any redness and it is no longer dry!!

    1. That's amazing I am SO pleased for you. x

  15. When I tried this, I thought it was pretty similar to La Roche Posay's Gel Cleanser. Have you ever tried that one? They both have that "contact lens solution" as a cleaner concept going so I assumed Glossier might have based the Milky Jelly heavily around LRP's.