Glossier Solution Review

I know, it's been a while since the Glossier Solution ($24, 4.4 fl oz) came out. But there was so much hype around its release that I thought it would deserve its own review post, even if I'm almost four months late to the party. To be fair, as this is a skincare product, it does take a longer time to determine whether it actually works for me, and with four months of consistent usage, I think I've gathered enough data to give a comprehensive review :)


Upon receiving the package, I thought the silver packaging with drug information type labeling in pink and white was quite cute and clever. The bottle itself was in the typical millennial pink and aesthetic of many Glossier products, with minimal text and decoration on the bottle's body, but still something very pretty to display in your bathroom. While initially I was confused as to how the dispenser worked (I tried to pull out the white thing in the middle - I know, extremely stupid of me), once I realized you pressed down on the dispenser with a cotton pad to saturate it with product, I fell in love. I wish more companies had dispensers like this one for their toner products - it's so hygienic, and you don't have to worry about accidentally using too much product.

I had mixed feelings upon first application of Solution to my face. I wasn't the biggest fan of the overly medicinal scent, but it wasn't so bad that it turned me away from the product. It didn't sting at all, unless I applied it on a freshly popped pimple by accident, which makes sense, considering the toner only has a total of 10% blend of PHA/AHA/BHA acids.

For the first month of use, I made sure to use this every night as part of my skincare routine, so I could be sure of its effects on my face. I had thought that it was keeping my skin nice and clear, but as I continued using it daily through the rest of that first month, I felt that it was losing its potency on me. By then, I started alternating this every few days with other toners in my skincare collection.

Then, starting last month, I started getting the feeling that the toner was breaking me out. Granted, I was more stressed than I'd been in a while, but the Solution didn't seem to be helping - if anything, it seemed to worsen any bumps that I seemed to develop consistently on my forehead. I'd apply Solution, concentrating it in my trouble spots, and rather than see a reduction in redness the next day, I'd see that the spot would be the same, or even worse than before.

I still continued to use it, wanting to give Solution all the opportunities to prove its worth, but as of last week, I decided that it wasn't worth the condition of my face to continue on using Solution. I'm now back to using The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (no link, because due to recent occurrences with Deciem's upper management, I've decided to cut The Ordinary out of my routine after I use up what I own).


As an additional note, the Glossier cotton pads were pretty nice. However, I definitely do not think that they are better than some other more affordable cotton pads that I have used. It's $4 for 60 of them, whereas my usual cotton pads are only $1.50 at Daiso for 100 or more.

Overall, I'd say the Glossier Solution (and cotton pads) is a pass. Despite having a 10% acid blend, there's no clarification as to how much exactly of each acid the Solution contains, which feels pretty questionable to me, though I could've overlooked that had it actually worked on my face.

Nothing personal, as there are other Glossier products that I enjoy plenty, but for a few more dollars, you could get something like Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($29, 4 oz), which I've found to have been much more effective. If you'd rather use something more affordable, the much-loved Pixi Glow Tonic ($15, 3.4 oz) is so, so good. It only has 5% glycolic acid, but I found it to be much more effective for me than the Glossier Solution. Of course, you could also go for The Ordinary's glycolic acid toner.

Have you tried Glossier Solution before? How did it work for you?

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reviews, beautyCathy Liu