Where do you get Glossier in Belgium? It’s a question I get asked by my Belgian followers almost every time I post something about the brand. Sadly, you can’t get Glossier in Belgium (yet). I got my Glossier bits through a friend who went to London and brought them for me.
Although I believe 80% of what makes us desire Glossier products is the brand’s image and the cult created around it, many of their products are also just really good. So in order to grant my Belgian readers (and anyone else living in a country to where Glossier doesn’t ship) a little bit of the Glossier magic, I’ve listed up the dupes I’ve found, aka some products that are very similar to what’s in Glossier’s collection. And that are, in fact, internationally available.
I wouldn’t state that Glossier’s skin care is super ground-breaking in terms of active ingredients or the results they give. However, the ones I have tried are simply products that bring you a lovely bathroom experience and mostly also have a very nice smell to them.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (€ 17) = Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly (€ 19,50)
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly are very similar in texture and the way they act on the skin. Both have a bouncy jelly texture that lathers into a soft milk when mixed with water. They’re equally good at removing dirt and sweat off your face. The Origins I’d say would be a bit better at taking makeup off than the Glossier cleanser, but I use both as a second cleanse and never as a first to be honest. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has more of a floral (but still very light and pleasant) smell to it whereas the Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly has as good as no scent.
Glossier Super Bounce Serum (€ 26) = Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum (€ 30,60)
I was super excited to try out the Glossier Super Bounce Serum and I really love it. But it actually delivers exactly the same results and the same pleasant, thirst-quenching experience as my beloved Caudalie Vinosource serum. Both have a milky texture yet sink into the skin like water, smell nice and simple and act well under other products – including makeup. The only difference would be the packaging. Both serums come in a nice sleek glass bottle, but the Glossier Super Bounce uses a dropper applicator while the Caudalie comes with a pump.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Detox Mask (€ 21) = Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque (€ 33)
Or, actually, any other clay mask that isn’t over-drying. The Glossier Detox Mask is a nice green-white clay just like the Aesop Primrose Masque, but has little exfoliating scrub particles which the Aesop doesn’t. Both feel very refreshing on the skin and are marketed towards city skin that is often exposed to pollution. As said they’re not super drying which some clay masks may be – I find both the Glossier and the Aesop would work well for drier or more sensitive skin types as well.
Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask (€ 21) = Skin Regimen Night Detox Mask (€ 81,60)
Oh, how I love both of these masks dearly. Even though the Skin Regimen Night Detox Mask is not really marketed as a moisturising mask but more as an anti-pollution, brightening night treatment, it’s very similar in texture to the Glossier Moon Mask. Both have a bouncy, milky yoghurt texture and feel super cooling when applied to the skin. They’re light enough to be suitable for spot-prone skin as well, but still so hydrating that they’d quench even the thirstiest among us. I like to keep these masks in the fridge to lather on in the morning to smooth out my puffy face. But you might as well use them in the evening and even leave them on overnight, because they sink into your skin completely. The only noticeable difference here – apart from the significantly higher price point of the Skin Regimen Night Detox – is the smell: the Glossier smells just like their cleanser, while the Skin Regimen Mask definitely has a more herbal scent.
Glossier Future Dew (€ 22)= Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator (€ 35,50)
Both of these are a bit in between skin care and makeup, but in my opinion they could definitely work as light moisturisers instead of just as makeup primers. I wouldn’t say these are 100% the same. The Kiehl’s Glow Formula Skin Hydrator is thicker and more creamy where the Glossier Future Dew is liquid, more lotion-like. Glossier Future Dew gives you a straight-on juicy wet look, where the Kiehl’s Glow Formula adds a more subtle glowy sheen. I also find that the Kiehl’s Glow Formula gives a bit of a healthy boost to your skin tone, whereas Future Dew has no coverage at all. However, the effect and feel of these is very similar and if you think you’d be into Glossier Future Dew or you’ve had it before, I suggest you try out the Kiehl’s Glow Formula as well.
Glossier Stretch Concealer (€ 17) = RMS “Un”Cover-Up Concealer (€ 40)
I love concealers that come in a practical pot and can easily be applied with your fingers under your eyes, on spots or all over the face as a light coverage foundation. And that’s exactly what both of these are. I would say the Glossier Stretch Concealer’s texture is a little bit more ‘wet’ where as the RMS “Un”Cover-Up is drier. But both give a really nice dewy finish, a light but noticeable coverage and melt into the skin upon application. The shade range is also very similar I’d say. For reference: I’m a G9 in the Glossier Stretch Concealer and use the RMS “Un”Cover-Up Concealer in the shade 11.
Glossier Cloud Paints (€ 17) = Ilia Color Haze (€ 33)
The Glossier Cloud Paints are definitely one of the most interesting blushers I’ve ever used. They’re completely liquid but have more longevity to them than most cream or liquid products. They look good with both a minimal amount of makeup or on a full-on glam face. I find them quite easy to blend in with a brush but also with your fingers. The Ilia Color Haze liquid pigments are quite similar: liquid, easy to blend and simply beautiful. You can use both products on the cheeks but also on the lids. And the Ilia Color Haze is even marketed as a lip product which the Glossier Cloud paints are actually not. The packaging of these products is equally tiny and squeezable, but the Ilia Color Haze has a metal tip which is aesthetically pleasing but honestly, not really necessary. The Cloud Paints also come in more shades, but I find that Ilia has some really similar colours that could match your preferred Glossier blush.
Glossier Haloscope (€ 21) = RMS Luminizers (€ 42)
At first you maybe wouldn’t link these products to each other because of their very different packaging, but in fact the result they give on the skin is pretty much alike. I have the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz and it resembles the RMS Magic Luminizer very well. The Haloscope in Moonstone would probably be more like my beloved RMS Living Luminizer and the Haloscope in Topaz looks quite like the RMS Peach Luminizer. However, the RMS highlighters are kind of twice as expensive as the Haloscopes.
I’ve also tried Glossier Boy Brow, but in fact I haven’t found an eyebrow gel that has a similar tiny and short brush like Glossier’s. Mainly because that’s also not something I look for, as I definitely prefer brow gels with a bigger and longer brush like the Jane Iredale PureBrow. I’ve yet to try many Glossier products and if I do, I’ll be adding them to this list with a mention of their internationally-available twin!
What’s on your Glossier wish list?