Glossier Play caught us by delightful surprise after two top-secret years in the making, with nothing but a tantalising teaser video posted on the brand's Instagram page. The short clip showed nothing but silky metallic swirls and close-ups of bright pigments, suggesting the new sub-brand was going to be, well, playful. A week later, Glossier Play landed on our desks - all 20 products of it, including four liquid highlighters, four jelly glitters, 14 eye pencils and 6 lip lacquers. Time to play...
Lottie Winter, beauty editor
I expect a lot from my makeup, even more so when it promises excellent pigment payoff. If I have to double dip the product to get a vibrant coverage, I'm disappointed. Let's see if Glossier Play can live up to the hype and standards of its skincare predecessors.
So many textures, so many shades, I couldn't wait to swatch, apply and try every single product from the range. Let's start with my personal favourite, the Niteshine Highlighters.
The four different shades promise to cater to all skin tones, which in itself is refreshing. I chose Pale Pearl - the lightest of the four shades - for my skin tone. The formula is silky and richly pigmented with a blendable metallic payoff that can also be built up to impressive levels of illumination. I applied it by itself, simply using the wand provided, and it effortlessly blended out into a subtle, non-glittery sheen that would be perfect for accent areas. I also mixed it with my foundation but wasn't crazy about the results - the highlighter overwhelmed my foundation formula and it was a little too tin man for my liking (although, in hindsight, this is probably more of a reflection on my foundation and actually only serves to show how powerful the highlighter is).
Next, I went in on the Glitter Gelée. Again, there's four shades, including two golden, one pearly white and one copper shade, all with varying particle sizes. Upon opening the little jar, I had two thoughts. The first, 'this smells very chemically', and the second, 'I wonder if this is biodegradable?'. A quick flicker over the ingredients list and the glitter particles are made of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and is not biodegradable - so don't wash this product off in the sink (to Glossier's credit, they do explicitly advise users about this, stating on the product description "Avoid washing off with water to prevent getting glitter into the waterways." The Gelée is easy to apply and comfortable to wear - there's no explosion of glitter particles that you get with loose pigments and each shade gives a lovely, light reflecting shimmer that's contained to the precise areas you choose to apply it to.
When it comes to colour options, it's hard to beat the Color Slide Technogel Eye Pencils, which come in 14 different colours ranging from muted cooper and metallic brown, to pastel green and royal blue. The pigment payoff is *fantastic*. It's so creamy and velvety, it glides across the skin leaving an effortless trail of vibrant pigment. And while the colours span the rainbow, they are surprisingly wearable - even the yellow shade appeals to the every day. The only set back as far as I'm concerned, it that there's no black shade - but then, that's not very playful, is it?
Finally, the Vinylic Lip High Shine Lacquers, which come in six shades ranging from an autumnal, burnt orange, to a powery pink, to a vibrant red. A few dabs and they give a gorgeous stain, whereas fully loaded, they become impossibly high-shine without being in the slightest bit sticky.
Ok, so it's not going to change your life, but the range really does beg to be played with and encourages expression through colour and texture that is as versatile as it is vibrant.