Glossier In Review: Phase 1 Set


It goes without question; Glossier is one of the coolest beauty brands around. From their products to their message to their aesthetic, the brand possesses the singular ability to appeal to millennial and Gen Z consumers alike. And, since branching out to Canada, the UK, and France, their fan base continues to flourish. Yet, to the mass majority of everyday people (like those in my hometown), Glossier is still relatively unknown. I’ve had the pleasure of being a Glossier rep for several months now, and have fallen in love with nearly all of their products. In this series, I am going to give you all an in-depth (and completely honest) review of each of their products. If any happen to tickle your fancy, and you just have to try, then you are more than welcome to shop them through my rep link - which I’ll provide at the end of each review.


Today, I am going to break down the OG Phase 1 set - the three essentials to Glossier’s skincare routine. Now, this set has had many incarnations over the years, but its current form consists of the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, and Balm Dotcom. The set as a whole is $40, which is quite reasonable considering you’re getting full-size versions of each with a $12 savings.


The first step to Phase 1 is the Milky Jelly Cleanser. This is honestly one of my favourite products in Glossier’s entire catalogue. It’s incredibly gentle on the skin, smells delicately delightful (thanks to the added rosewater), yet dissolves the heaviest makeup and grime with ease. One to two pumps of the jelly can be applied to wet or dry skin. I go for the wet method in the morning (to really give my face a proper wake up) and the dry method at night (to allow it to dissolve my day’s foundation), rinsing with lukewarm water either way. I follow the rinsing up with a white towel test - if I wipe my face and the towel comes back white, then I’m good as gold. If not, then I go back in for another rinse. The Milky Jelly Cleanser is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, dermatologist tested, as well as soap, paraben, and sulfate free. The only downside, it doesn’t remove waterproof makeup. Yeah, kind of a bummer, but I’ve found that using a bit of micellar water before using the Milky Jelly Cleanser gets around that problem.


Second to Phase 1 is the Priming Moisturizer, yet another one of my favourites. I apply a few dollops of this all over my face after cleansing in upward outward strokes, like you’re Michael Phelps in the lap pool, and build it up where I need more hydration. Sometimes it will burn my eyes, usually, though this only happens when I’m rushing and cut it a little closer to the sockets, it’s just something to be aware of. Also, I have heard from a few people that the Priming Moisturizer has caused them to break out; however, I haven’t experienced that myself. I find this to be a great base for foundation, because not only does it reduce redness but it has an almost mattefying effect (thanks to a soothing blend of tea and honey extracts and an oxygenating agent). Also, it’s totally non-greasy, which for oily skinned gals like myself is a major plus. Pluses: hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, long-lasting moisture, along with paraben, fragrance, and cruelty-free.


Last, but - oh, no - certainly NOT least, is the iconic Balm Dotcom. The amazing thing about ordering the complete Phase 1 set is that you have the flexibility of choosing any of the six flavours to complete your set. What are the flavours, you ask? Well, there’s Original, Rose, Cherry, Mint, Coconut, and - the latest edition - Birthday Balm Dotcom. Each has their own special qualities and magical properties, but I’ll discuss each of them in greater detail soon. Right now, I’ll focus on the OG, the true American, the Real One, the Original Balm Dotcom. It is selling this product short to simply call it “a lip balm”, because - while okay, yeah, it is - it does so much more. I see it more like a Swiss Army knife. Using castor seed oil, beeswax, and cupuacu fruit extract, it will moisturize your thirsty lips with its thick-but-not-icky texture while also moisturizing any dry patches of skin on top of soothing sad cuticles.. Also mending anything else in need of moisture. A little will go a long way; my first tube of Original BDC lasted me 11 months. Overall, I literally have zero negatives to this product. If you only buy on Glossier product - ever - make it a Balm Dotcom.


To say the least, the Phase 1 set is absolutely something to try. I’ve never regretted purchasing it. Using the three products in succession make my skin feel fresh, clean, healthy, and beautiful all the same. For $40, they’re essentials worth investing in.


If you are interested in purchasing any of the products mentioned, or just want to browse Glossier’s full range of skincare and beauty products, shop them with me through my link:, for 10% off your first order and free shipping for orders with $30+!