Test drive: Glossier milk jelly cleanser

Reviews, Test Drive


Guess who’s still posting from her visit to Glossier HQ in July? This girl.

While at the Glossier HQ, I picked up a couple of things (you can read about it here) as well as a sample of their incredibly hyped milk jelly Cleanser.

Quick tip: if you order from the Glossier website, you have the option to select either the priming moisturizer (see review here) or the milk jelly cleanser. I highly recommend you use pick a sample because the worst case scenario is that you found something that doesn’t work for you and you paid nothing from it. In the Glossier HQ, you have the same option to pick between those samples but no one will tell you unless you ask. So I’m telling you. If you visit Glossier HQ, ask them what samples they have to offer, because it’s a really great way to determine if something works.

Anyways, I was really excited to test this out, mostly because of the repeated claim that this will “save my white towels from mascara.” I don’t use white towels to remove makeup (because why tempt fate?), but my only issue with my current cleanser from Julep (review here) is that the oil dissolves my makeup perfectly, but does so by spreading it around my face, so the makeup still gets on my towel.

I hoped that the Glossier milk jelly cleanser would fix this minor issue. Otherwise, I was dubious that it’d beat my love your bare face oil from Julep. Keep reading to find out my results!

The first time I tried this, I squeezed out a small amount and rubbed it into my dry skin. And I was incredibly disappointed.

Here’s the thing. There are (generally speaking) two types of cleansers: oil based (like my one from Julep) that are meant to remove makeup and cream based (like my one from Pai– review here) that are meant to gently cleanse the skin. I thought the Milk Jelly would be closer to my Julep one, which I use for removing eye makeup. Instead, it was much closer to my one from Pai, which I use as either a second cleanser or for when I have a really minimal amount of makeup to remove.

I rarely wear heavy eye makeup, but I do wear mascara and I want whatever I’m using to clean my face to remove that.

The second day, I went on to the Glossier website and read how they suggested I use their product. The website suggested this:

“Use on dry skin to dissolve away makeup and grime, or on wet skin as you start your day. To remove makeup*—on dry skin, gently and thoroughly massage 2-3 pumps directly onto eye area to melt away mascara; add water, massage over the rest of your face, and rinse.”

The asterisk there is to tell you that this will not remove waterproof mascara. The mascara I was trying to remove was Benefit Roller Lash in brown– a mascara that isn’t waterproof or typically hard to remove.

So using it on dry skin didn’t really dissolve anything, it just stopped spreading after a couple of minutes. On wet skin, the product spread over my skin quicker and my face felt soft and smooth. Did it remove my mascara? Still a no. However, the rest of my face felt very clean.

The website also claimed “its cleansing power comes from the same gentle cleaning agents found in contact lens solution, so it’s tough on impurities and still safe to use on your eyes.”

As someone who wears contacts, I have to say I’ve never looked at my contacts and gone “I wish I could spread that on my face.” I’m happy to say that I did use this on my eyes and there was no irritation whatsoever!

It is scented (very slightly), and to me it smells like baby shampoo. I can’t figure out why!

Overall, this really is a good product. If I’m grading it on the grounds that it will remove makeup (like Glossier says it will) it’s bad.

So here’s my final opinion: if you are someone who…

a) already has an oil cleanser or makeup remover

b) doesn’t wear mascara

c) has sensitive skin

…you will like this. It’s a high quality product, that washes my skin gently and cleans my skin. Just keep in mind that it won’t remove makeup.

If you’re interesting in purchasing this, I have a discount link for 10% off on your first purchase here. I do receive an in store credit when you use it, but I get to put that towards buying new products!

Ciao bella!






*A note

All products discussed in this post were received with a purchase.

This post contains affiliate links.

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