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Glossier Supers review super pure, super glow, super bounce
Glossier Supers review

The Glossier Supers. They’re supposed to be little superheroes for your face (sans the cape because not all superheroes wear capes, ya know). But, are they really?

I know affiliate links bother some people so I want to get something out of the way:

Yes, I am a Glossier rep. Yes, I make a small commission if you shop through my link. No, I am not going to love everything they ever create. And no, I don’t get paid to talk highly of their products. Just because I love a brand doesn’t mean all of their products are [super] heroes in my eyes. And I have never, and will never, make any money off of being fake and promoting stuff I don’t even use myself. Money is not why I blog. And, I didn’t accept Glossier’s offer of becoming a rep because I wanted to make money. I became a rep so I could share new launches and test out products so I could share my honest reviews with all of you who are fellow beauty lovers. Now that my serious little spiel is over, let’s talk Supers.

Glossier Supers review super pure, super glow, super bounce

Glossier Supers review

Hot or Not | The Glossier Supers

so you want to glow_

Super Glow is a vitamin c and magnesium based serum that is supposed to brighten and energize dull, tired skin. Literally what I need because I rarely go to sleep at a proper hour (it’s 2 am right now, oops). And, we all know that sleep is imperative for energized, bright, and youthful skin. Ascorbic acid, the most popular and widely used form of Vitamin C, is super unstable and oxidizes easily, especially if it’s not packaged properly– air tight and in a dark light-proof glass. Luckily, the form of Vitamin C used in this formulation is Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate. It’s a stable derivative of Vitamin C that is supposed to reduce melanin production– the reason we get dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Magnesium is a humectant so it attracts water to the skin to condition and moisturize. The thing I’ve learned about humectants is that it pulls moisture from the air. But, it can also pull from the dermis (the lower level of your skin) if there’s not enough moisture in the air. That’s why it’s important to seal in the moisture with an occlusive. Some occlusives are squalane, silicone derivatives like dimethicone, and even mineral oil and paraffins, but you know how I feel about the latter two.

I was really excited to use this one– who doesn’t want to glow? I sure as hell do. But, sadly, this one was really underwhelming for me. The consistency is essentially like water, and I was not expecting that when I piped some out. It literally just ran through my sealed fingers and into the sink because it was very liquidy. Personally, because of the consistency, this is more like an essence than a serum, and it feels like you’re tapping fancy water on your skin. I notice a slight glow after application, but nothing that makes me go, “super!” And it hasn’t helped lighten pigmentation from blemishes, which is what I need, and wanted from this.

It is nice because thanks to the Vitamin C you are getting antioxidant benefits at a pretty inexpensive price. But, I’d rather invest some more money and get something more potent that will give me better results. Right now, I’ve been using this under my SPF so I have some sort of antioxidant on in the morning to help protect against free radicals. So, I’m using it up, but as of right now I don’t plan on repurchasing it.

_when those breakouts come around

Super Pure is a niacinamide and zinc PCA serum that is supposed to calm blemish prone skin and ease redness. Niacinamide is an ingredient I really like. It’s a form of Vitamin B3 that is known to reduce acne/blemishes, reduce TEWL (transepidermal water loss where water from within our skin is being lost due to evaporation), and decrease premature skin aging caused by sun exposure. Zinc PCA (aka zinc salt) is a synthetic skin conditioning ingredient that protects collagen, reduces redness, and reduces excess oil. That’s why it’s great for acne and rosacea.

This one is one I like to use when my skin begins to feel that tingling irritation sensation I get before I start to break out. It’s not a miracle worker for me, but it does help speed up the healing process of any blemishes and calms them down a bit. Plus, the consistency of this is more like a typical serum that absorbs quickly, another reason why I’m a fan. I compared this to The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and Zinc serum if you’re interested in that.

I just want bouncy skin_

Super Bounce is for adding moisture back into the skin and to soften things out. It’s a hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 serum that has a smooth serum-like consistency, looks more cloudy and “milky,” and absorbs quickly. Hyaluronic Acid is an amazingly moisturizing ingredient that is also a humectant. So, again, apply a moisturizer on top to stop it from sucking moisture out of your skin. Vitamin B5 is a humectant as well, and as far as I have researched, it also helps your skin retain water. And, it’s a great ingredient to soften and improve the skin’s elasticity, which keeps your skin looking youthful.

I really like using this serum before I apply my face since it hydrates (but is never greasy) and smoothes the skin nicely before makeup application. And it’s a great one to add into your nighttime routine if your skin is looking a little crusty crust. If you have really dry skin, I think this would be a nice addition just to amp things up. I can use this with a lightweight moisturizer on top and it’s enough for my combo skin without being heavy or too much.

_ but which one?

Out of the 3, I really like Super Bounce and Super Pure so I would recommend those since these serums are more on the affordable side. As for Super Glow, I know a lot of people like it, but it just didn’t wow me. I had the highest expectations for that one, and it left me wanting. You do get the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C, which is a always nice, but ya girl needs some brightening and lightening-of-pimple scars action in her life. And this did not give it to me.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Thank you for your honest review, Nina! I think I will stick to The Ordinary even though I didn’t have the best results with some of the serums.

  • Thanks for the review, I’ve actually never came across this brand before – so really interesting.

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • I really want to try these, thank you for being so honest! x

  • I haven’t tried anything from Glossier, for some reason their makeup range doesn’t call me as much because I am all about bold makeup, but their skincare is something else. It really appeals me, I would definitely try the Super Pure one, I’m glad to know it was one of your favorites.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

  • I haven’t tried anything from Glossier! I think these sounds really promising – I just wished they were more readily accessible in Canada!

    Stephanie |

  • Super Bounce sounds like the one for me! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

  • These sound really great! x

    Millie |

  • Super Bounce sounds really good as I am always looking for products that hydrate my oily skin without feeling too heavy or greasy! All three of them sound like they would work really well in my routine tbh, love this post! I have a sale on my blog at the moment and it would be awesome if you would check it out when you have a minute. It’s free P&P even for international peeps like yourself, I hope you find something you like. Have a great day xxx

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  • I really appreciate your completely honest and transparent reviews as a Glossier rep! Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what’s genuine when you know they’re being sent products and making commission; I mean, not everything from one, singular brand can be amazing! I bought The Super pack a while ago, but haven’t started using it just yet as I’m working my way through some other serums first. I’m definitely the most excited to try Bounce (this one seems to get the best reviews) and Pure, though I’ve been a little skeptical with Glow mostly because the percentage of Vitamin C wasn’t disclosed. Given what I’ve read about it, it doesn’t seem to be a whole lot! If it doesn’t work out for me either, I’m also curious to try the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. This brand seems to be all the rage now too!

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

  • Yiotou_La

    I wish I could try these products!!! I read a couple of reviews on the Glossier products and everyone is so impressed by their performance. I need Super Bounce in my life :)


  • Rosy Ferry

    SuperBounce sounds really nice, I sometimes feel a little crusty crust haha (I loved your terminology)

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  • I appreciate that you’re always so honest about everything! I think Super Bounce will be my pick when I inevitably order even more Glossier. The Ordinary serum made my skin terrible and I just don’t want to risk it with something similar.

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jelly Bean

  • I’ve been intrigued about these serums ever since they were released, so this review was super helpful! The Super Glow actually reminds me a bit of the Kiehl’s Anti Dark Spot serum, from the ingredients to the texture to the lack of results :( I love Niacinamide as an ingredient as well, so I’ll be adding the Super Pure to my wishlist!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh