Worth The Hype? | The Glossier Haloscopes Review

Are the Glossier Haloscopes worth the hype?
Are the Glossier Haloscopes worth the hype?
Are the Glossier Haloscopes worth the hype?

Are the Glossier Haloscopes worth the hype?

Glossier Quartz, Topaz and Moonstone Haloscopes

Glossier Quartz, Topaz and Moonstone Haloscopes

The Glossier Haloscopes were probably one of the most hyped highlighters of 2016 (at least in the states).

I may be late to the Glossier party, but I’m finally here. I’ve been buying their products (non stop, I might add) since my first purchase a few months ago. And being the highlighter loving fiend that I am, I had to join the crowd and see for myself how these highlighting sticks fared.

The Glossier Haloscopes Review | Worth The Hype?

They currently offer two shades: Topaz and Quartz. I also have Moonstone, which was limited edition during the holiday season. Highlighters are something I have a hard time passing up in general, but slap the words “limited edition” on it and I will spend days hours going back and forth in my mind if I need it or not. My brain usually tells me I need it. My wallet is begging me to stop.

The outer ring of these highlighters contain the extracts of the crystal they’re named after, and the inner ring is made up of coconut oil, castor seed oil, and sweet almond oil so they’re nourishing and moisturizing, but never glittery. I like to apply this with my fingers just because I hate getting foundation on the packaging, but I find that warming it up with your fingers and then patting on a bit (but, like, actually, a lot) gives the most beautiful glow because it really melts into the skin. I can get a good 7-8 hours wear out of these before they start to fade, but even when it fades, it leaves behind a bit of a dew so your skin still looks vibrant and fresh. On the days I want to go the extra mile, I use this as a base and then apply a powder on top to really amp it up.

Topaz is a golden bronze shade that gives you a sunkissed glow. I knew this shade would be too dark on my skin, and it is darker, but once blended out, it looks very beautiful and bronzey. It gives a golden sheen that isn’t sparkly or glittery. I personally like to bronze with this one instead of highlighting with it since it makes you look sunkissed. I also like to apply this one all over the lids for a bronzey topaz sheen so it’s a nice 2-in-1 for me that I reach for a lot when I oversleep.

Quartz is a super pale pink/ pearlescent shade that still works for my medium skin tone. It really brightens up the skin and doesn’t look ashy, which is a huge thing for me when it comes to lighter highlight shades. I want to glow, not look like I haven’t moisturized in a decade. Again, this offers a beautiful sheen sans the sparkle and glitter.

Moonstone needs to be made permanent because it’s such a gorgeous opalescent highlight. This doesn’t make me look ashy either, and just gives my skin a dewy glow. It’s actually my favorite out of the three because I think it looks the most natural and more dewy on me.

So, are they worth the hype? Certainly. If you like something that looks wet (without being wet) and dewy and natural, but is still something you can build up to intensify, give them a go. They’re not greasy even though they have an oil core in the center. The crystal extracts and the oils work together to give your skin a nourished, healthy dew that looks like your skin is naturally glowing and juicy. Luv it. 

Even Glossier noticed that I couldn’t stop talking about their products so I’m really excited to announce that I’m now a rep, and you guys now have a Glossier coupon code. You can get 20% off of your first order, and you can watch my hella awkward video to learn more about my favorites so happy shopping!

Also, I just want to let you all know that I’d never work with a brand that I didn’t believe in, and I’m not being paid to talk highly of their products at all. I even made sure to email them and explicitly ask if I would have to talk about how good a product is even if it didn’t work for me because then I’d have to politely decline. Luckily, the answer was no so I went ahead and happily accepted. This way I can share with you all some new launches and talk more about my favorites so you can find some of your own too.

Glossier Haloscopes swatches top to bottom Moonstone, Topaz, and Quartz

Glossier Haloscopes swatches top to bottom Moonstone, Topaz, and Quartz

Have you tried Glossier? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Claire Cavanagh

    I don’t think these are in the UK yet (or have passed me by if they are!) but they look and sound gorgeous, so I definitely hope they pop up soon!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

    • They’re not yet, but they’ve been hinting at international shipping for a while now. Hopefully soon!

  • These sound nice! I really hope they start shipping worldwide soon because there are so many products I want to try from them! And hopefully by then they bring back Moonstone..sounds like my type of shade :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Yes! I really hope they start worldwide shipping soon because so many people are wanting their goodies.

  • Congratulations on being a rep, well deserved, Nida! This brand is in my list to try for this year but it’ll have to wait until April when my spending ban is over.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thanks hun! Hopefully by then they offer international shipping, at least to Canada!

  • Ela

    Yay on you being a Glossier rep! These sound really nice. I like highlighters in general but I prefer powder formulations on my oily skin. I might have to check this out, though!
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

    • Thanks babe :). I’ve heard people with oily skin have loved these so hopefully they work for you!

  • Love these glossy looking Glossier stick things. I don’t think I would use them personally but have seen them look so gorgeous on everyone else. I wish we got Glossier on the UK, congrats on being a rep for them! How exciting, thank you for sharing. Love your reviews, have a lovely weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • These look so pretty! I just get nervous about using products with coconut oil in them since it’s an ingredient that’s not generally recommended for acne prone skin, although with something like a highlighter that just goes on the cheek bones I’d be a little more lenient in trying it. Moonstone looks especially beautiful, I agree they should make it a permanent shade! And congrats on becoming a rep for the brand :)


    • Thanks girly :). I was nervous too because of the coconut oil thing, but it hasn’t clogged my pores or anything. Hopefully you give them a try and love them!

  • I’m still eagerly waiting for Glossier to announce that they ship internationally so I can get my hands on this beauties!


    • Haha I’m eagerly waiting too so you can get your hands on their goodies!

  • I’ve always wanted to try Glossier! There are no stockists here in Australia that sell them, and the exchange rate is crazy! I’ll definitely have to use that coupon to make my purchases when I finally get to try out those highlighters.

    Stephii Mattea xx

  • Congratulations on being a rep! I’ve heard a lot about these highlighters and really want to give it a try.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  • Girl yasss so happy that you’re a Glossier rep ! I need to add Topaz in so that I can complete the family – fingers crossed one day blushes come in this dewy skin formula as well. I agree about using a finger to apply – I made the mistake of applying it straight on and dreadfully got foundation on my haloscope. Thankfully it came right off! And yas, layering a highlight powder over this is major glow power – love love love it. Gorgeous photos as always, girl!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • ‘Nourishing but never glittery’ sounds right up my street, I also like and prefer the shade Moonstone over the other ones! Great review and congratulations :)


    • Thanks hun :). They’re great if you don’t like a glittery highlight!

  • I wish Glossier came to the UK, it’s always a brand that I keep seeing positive reviews about and these highlighters sound lovely x

    Beauty with charm

    • They’ve been hinting at international shipping for a while so hopefully soon :)

  • I tell myself no more highlighters, but I always have room in my heart for more highlighters. Quartz will be mine! PS – congrats on becoming a rep!!

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

    • Hahah I’m the same way, girl! Your posts make me want some Dior highlighters *heart eyes*

      Thank you so much, babe!

  • I’m such a sucker for an amazing highlighter so these look like they would be right up my street. I am way behind when it comes to Glossier and have yet to try anything from the brand but these look like they would be a great place to start. Congrats on becoming a rep too, that’s so exciting :) x

  • Wow. Nice. Congratulations.

  • You’re not that late to the party…We don’t get Glossier here in UK and I’m desperate to try some. I love the look of these and even though I’m not usually a fan of cream highlighters, these sound amazing!!! Moonstone, I want!!! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  • I’ve not tried these and I don’t really need any more highlighters at the moment but after reading your review they sound really lovely! I’m not that into the super shimmery highlighter thing and prefer mine to look quite natural on the skin, so these sounds like they’re exactly what I’m into. My favourites are the Becca ones, in pressed powder and liquid form and these sound they’d be pretty comparable to the liquid ones which is definitely a good thing if you ask me.


  • Looks like an amazing product, love this type of highlighters! ♥


  • These highlighters sounds amazing and i loved all 3 shades.

  • I’m so excited to read your super honest review :) I’ve seen so much Glossier lately and like you said, l o t s of hype, but I haven’t paid much attention to the actual products. I really really like the idea of these since they have coconut oil built in them and I wonder how they would fair under hot weather?? They sound absolutely perfect for a low maintenance glow, something I always am looking for at the beach. I’ll make sure to keep these in mind for some upcoming trips! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  • Samileen

    Thanks for the honest review. I have been seeing these a lot and have been tempted to get one. Like you said highlighter are hard to resist so I’d probably get one of these soon.

    Saman || Beautydetour

  • I love the sound of these especially because they give that dewy glossy skin vibe! So wish we could get them in the UK. Congrats on becoming a rep, I’ve been reading all of your Glossier reviews so far and look forward to your thoughts on future products. :)

  • I’m absolutely obsessed with the way Moonstone looks! I need to find a good dupe for that asap!