Glossier // Black Tie Set
This set from Glossier definitely wins for best packaging this holiday season. The Black Tie Set will show up on your doorstep with it's own black satin ribbon tied into a bow around a sturdy cardboard box adorned with the now-famous pink "G" for $50. As soon as I slid off the black ribbon and lifted off the top, a feeling of nostalgia swept over me. It was something I would have begged my parents for for Christmas in high school. Glossier has honed itself to be the "cool girl" go-to brand. The makeup is perfect for the girl who is already pretty with perfect skin.
While I'm far beyond high school these days, Glossier makes me feel young and makes me believe I don't need that much help in my beauty routine. This Black Tie Set is no different. The items in this set are understated, polished, utterly feminine and almost everything you need for a fresh, youthful look - the one Glossier is so famous for.
The set comes with four items (five if you count the black ribbon) which are all brand new to this limited edition set. The Glossier Site states that this set was made in limited quantities and will only be sold through the end of the year. But no mention as to whether or not the items will be sold individually in the future.
To me, the most exciting product in here is the new Haloscope in Moonstone. The color is a bit cooler and lighter than the existing two Haloscopes - Quartz and Topaz. I really love these Haloscopes. The cream formula is perfect for that youthful glow. The moisture core of the Haloscopes give such a nice gleam to the skin without looking too glittery or wet and shiny.
In the picture above, the Moonstone looks less pigmented, but that's not the case. It's just closer in tone to my skin so it doesn't show up as well in the photo. The Moonstone has a nice slighty frosty look - perfect for the holiday winter wonderland season. Apply it before ice skating, sledding or going to a holiday party.
The No. 1 Pencil in Graphite, to my eyes, has the exact same finish as a standard No. 2 graphite pencil. It has that slight silvery sheen which graphite pencils are known for.
And, there is also an "eraser" at the other end. Glossier's version is more of a smudger than an eraser. The pencil twists up and down, and the smudger lives under a cap.
Next up is the Lip gloss. This gloss is probably the most nostalgic looking for me. I can't quite place it, but it reminds me of a gloss I had as a child, either through some Little Twin Stars set, or one of those makeup kits from Mattel or other big brand.
There is a slight vanilla scent to the gloss. And upon first try I thought it was a little too sticky and tacky. But after it dried down a bit, the stickiness faded and I was left with a nice glowy sheen over my bare lips.
Last but not least is the nail polish in #glossierpink. Personally, I am not a fan of the color. It's too thick. For lighter pinks and lighter colors in general I prefer when they're a little bit more sheer. Otherwise I feel like I'm applying white-out on my nails.
The brush in the nail polish is a little big and flatter than the usual brush. I like how it's flat, but I thought it was a little too big - too wide.
(I did my nails, but immediately messed them up! But you can see the color on my thumb in the picture above and in the lip gloss picture.) The good thing is, the color you see in the bottle is exactly what you get - no surprises there.
I really love this set. I think it's perfect for the young girl, or better yet, the young girl in all of us.
Get your Glossier Black Tie Set here. (By using the links in this post, you'll get 20% off your first order, and I'll receive a $10 store credit to Glossier.)