Glossier Review: Rose Balm DotCom

The appeal of the balm is its simplicity: it’s a very classic, traditional petrolatum-and-lanolin formula that many lip balms are based on. Glossier is a fairly minimalist brand, so this formula fits with their philosophy. I know there’s some controversy around petrolatum and other mineral oils, but I have no quarrel with it in my lip products. It comes in a metal tube with a plastic coating, which feels classic and simple and looks very dainty. The balm is extremely thick and comes out like a waxy pink noodle. A little goes a long way so don’t squeeze the tube too hard! I made that mistake and ended up with way more product than I needed.

Glossier suggests using the balm for chapped heels or cuticles too, and I’m sure that would be fine as well, but I don’t see the point of putting the rose scented, pink-tinted version on anything other than lips. Maybe the original without scent or tint. As such, I’ve only used this on my lips and it’s worked just fine. It’s not a revolutionary product by any means – and why reinvent the wheel? It’s cute, it smells like Turkish delight and it’s pink (though the tint doesn’t actually show on lips or skin once you rub it in).

I like it, I like the packaging, I like the smell. It didn’t wow me or surprise me. Overall a solid product that really can’t upset anyone. Unless you look at the price, because that might upset you. For the 15ml you pay $12, which comes down to 80c/ml, which may seem expensive considering the far-from-exclusive ingredients. What you’re paying for is the brand, and you can get a dupe anywhere for far less, like the Smith’s Rosebud Salve. But for me? I don’t really mind the price.

THE RUNDOWN
Price: $12
Size: 15ml / .5 fl oz
Pros: Really cute packaging, smells nice, classic tried-and-true formula, it’s pink
Cons: You’re really paying for the brand and packaging, contains “unpopular” ingredients, barely-there tint
Repurchase? Maybe. I’m unfaithful to lip balms.

10 months ago

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