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Glossier Priming Moisturiser Balance Review

I Tried Glossier's New Priming Moisturiser, and It's 100% Add-to-Basket Worthy

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Glossier just dropped a brand-new product, and I can finally talk about it. I scored a sample that I've been testing over the last few weeks, so when my girlfriends commented on how good my skin was looking over Zoom, I just had to smile and nod like I had no idea why. The truth was Glossier's new Priming Moisturiser Balance (£23) was doing most of the heavy lifting. This primer/moisturiser hybrid is an oil-control gel cream that was designed to "moisturise, control shine, and improve the look of pores," according to its press release. This product is formulated with a few key ingredients: bamboo extract, which has a skin-smoothing effect, and niacinamide and willow-bark extract, which work together to hydrate and improve skin's texture.

Despite the fact that I love Glossier products and the brand in general, I have sensitive skin, so I wanted to make sure this product would work for me. My sensitive, acne-prone skin means I have to be picky about the products I choose to use, especially when they're going on my face. A few hours of wearing the wrong product could mean weeks' worth of breakouts. When I saw that the ingredients included niacinamide, I was pretty much sold. My skin loves the stuff, but I recently had to stop using my favourite niacinamide serum because it made my makeup pill. I had been searching for a replacement, but combining one of my skin's favourite ingredients (niacinamide) plus one of my most-needed skin-care products (moisturiser) meant I may have just hit the product lottery. Little did I know that my favourite part of the product would end up being something I was never expecting.

My delivery arrived in Glossier's signature pink pouch early one Friday morning, and I was stoked that it landed at my front door before I had already completed my morning skin-care routine. I had a few video meetings that day and a couple of after-work Zoom happy hours with my friends, so I decided I would test the product under makeup. After washing my face and applying my favourite serums, I squeezed two pumps of the product onto my fingers and applied it to my face.

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The texture was extremely lightweight and airy, and it absorbed into my skin almost immediately. It offered a light hydration, while smoothing my skin into the perfect canvas for makeup. I immediately loved how well it worked with my other products; no pilling whatsoever.

I continued testing it over the next couple of weeks, opting to try it under my foundation and tinted moisturiser. When that went well and there were no breakouts in sight, I decided to try it on its own. I have to admit, I've never purchased anything whose purpose included blurring pores. It isn't something I have ever given much thought to, but it's definitely an effect I noticed with this product. Glossier's Priming Moisturiser Balance is like Facetune in moisturiser form. Let me repeat that: Facetune in moisturiser form. Yep, OK, I'm sold.

The takeaway: This product is great for under makeup — it turns your skin into a smooth baby's bottom. It's also great for moisturising and blurring pores on its own, sans makeup. Who doesn't want smoother-looking skin for all of those back-to-back Zoom calls we're on daily? This product has made it to my repurchase list, and for all of you newbies — it's definitely add-to-basket worthy.

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Glossier's new Priming Moisturiser Balance
Glossier's new Priming Moisturiser Balance
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