Item number five in my last Friday Five was Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask, which I received in the mail last week. It’s my first purchase from Glossier, a brand I’ve been kind of stalking for awhile.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask
How cute is the lid design?

Glossier is pretty young but has garnered a cult-like following, with new product launches that sell out super quickly. The brand, started by the brains behind beauty blog Into the Gloss, began with a small line of skin care products and expanded into the makeup category this year. In my mind, Glossier is Cool Girl Beauty personified (makeup-ified?).

Glossier’s packaging is super cute (which really does matter!) and beauty fiends love their products. The brand even crowd-sourced their Milky Jelly Cleanser formula by asking customers what they wanted most in a facial cleanser. Once I use up the two cleansers I currently have, I’ll be ordering myself a bottle of the stuff so I can try it out for myself.

Seriously, Glossier is killing it in the packaging arena. When you open the box you’re greeted with a cheerful emoji-laden message: “Skin First. Makeup Second. Smile Always.” The actual products are housed within a pink zippered bubble wrap pouch which you can reuse for travel. The package also included a sheet of fun Glossier stickers. A+ for fun, thoughtful packaging!


So…the Moisturizing Moon Mask! I picked this product out as my first foray into the Glossier world because my skin has been feeling dry lately. I’ve noticed that when I wear tinted moisturizer or BB cream, dry flakes are visible on my cheeks and forehead. Not cute! So I figured the MMM would be a good product for me to try out. The mask costs $22 for a 3 oz tub, and with tax and shipping the total was $28.85. Not cheap, but not cost prohibitive either.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

The mask contains sweet almond oil, hyaluronic acid, and plant-based squalane for hydration; licorice root and lemon fruit extract for brightening; and honey and aloe for soothing.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

The MMM formula is very creamy and has a mild, inoffensive smell. Below is a little swatch on my hand.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask swatch

The instructions on the tub say to smooth a thick layer onto moist skin and let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse the excess off with lukewarm water. However, the website says to apply a thin layer of the mask. Whenever I see product directions that say to apply a thick layer I assume it’s a ploy to get customers to use more product so they repurchase more frequently—so I usually go with a thinner layer than recommended.

I applied this mask after washing my face in the shower:

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask on my face

I did some cleaning around the house while I let the mask hang out on my face and do its thing, and when it came time to rinse I found that my skin had absorbed some of the product (though there was still plenty to rinse off). I purposely did not apply moisturizer after rinsing because I wanted to see how moisturized my skin felt post-mask. And you know what? My skin did not feel tight and dry like it usually does after I wash a mask off! That’s a solid testament to the Moisturizing Moon Mask’s claim of delivering intense moisture.

All in all, I’m very happy that I bought the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, and using it got me excited to try out more of their products. Glossier is just affordable enough for me to feel like I’m treating myself without majorly splurging on a luxury item. I’m not even kidding when I say I’m interested in trying every single one of their skin care products. I’ve also got my eye on the Generation G matte lipstick in Cake and the newly-released Haloscope highlighter in Quartz. Do I actually need either of those makeup items? No. Will I end up purchasing them someday? Signs point to yes. (The lipsticks are currently out of stock and the highlighter is on backorder…so that’s a good thing for my wallet.)

Have you been inducted into the cult of GLossier? If so, what are your favorite products from the brand?