Sunday, October 30, 2016

Glossier The Supers Serums Review (Pure, Bounce, Glow)

(vs. Paula’s Choice Boosters)


Glossier recently launched a line of serums. Upon first glance I noticed the three serums had similar themes, for a lack of a better word, as Paula’s Choice. I think Glossier might of taken some inspiration from Paula when creating their line of serums. I saw a lot of people on intothegloss (Emily’s website, creator of Glossier) asking how they compare to Paula, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who saw the correlation. 
The biggest difference between the two lines, besides ingredients, is Paula can be mixed with serums and moisturizers or used alone. 
Glossier has: Pure (Niacinamide + Zinc PCA), Bounce (Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5), and Glow (Vitamin C).
Paula’s Choice has a larger line including: Resist Niacinamide 10% Booster, Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster, Resist C15 Super Booster, Resist Moisture Renewal Oil, and Resist Retinol 1% Booster.

Ingredient Breakdown

***i tried to do my best putting the function next to the glossier ingredients, paula already supplies the function on her website***
Glossier Pure vs. Paula’s Choice Resist Niacinamide 10% Booster
  • G: Water (Aqua), Niacinamide (vitamin B3, skin-restoring), Glycereth-26 (emollient, thickener), Propanediol (hydrating, helps absorption), Zinc PCA (anti-aging), Citric Acid (pH balancing), Lonicera Caprifolium Extract (skin-soothing), Peg-12 Dimethicone (emollient, texture-enhancing) Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant based texture-enhancing) 
  • P: Water (Aqua), Niacinamide (vitamin B3, skin-restoring), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin replenishing/antioxidant), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Phospholipids (skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Ubiquinone (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Panthenol (vitamin B5, skin replenishing), Carnosine (antioxidant), Genistein (antioxidant), Citric Acid (pH balancing), Sodium Citrate (pH balancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH balancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
Glossier Bounce vs. Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster
  • G: Water (Aqua), Biosaccharide Gum-2 (skin conditioning), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Dimethicone (hydration), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Panthenol (vitamin B5, skin replenishing), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emollient), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Octyldodecanol (texture-enhancing, emollient), Isohexadecane (texture-enhancing, emulsifier), Hexylene Glycol (slip agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate (stabilizer) 
  • P: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Yeast Extract (skin replenishing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide NP (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide AP (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide EOP (hydration/skin replenishing), Phytosphingosine (hydration/skin replenishing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Cholesterol (skin replenishing), Panthenol (vitaminB5, skin replenishing), Silanetriol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (hydration), Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative)
Glossier Glow vs. Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster
  • G: Water (Aqua), Glycereth-26 (emollient, thickener), Propanediol (hydrating, helps absorption), Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant) , Magnesium PCA (skin conditioning, humectant), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
  • P: Water (Aqua), Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ethoxydiglycol (hydration), PPG-26 Buteth-26 (texture-enhancing), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (texture-enhancing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Acetyl Octapeptide-3 (skin-restoring), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Panthenol (vitamin B5, skin replenishing), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer/antioxidant), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)


  • Pure: To calm breakout-prone skin and redness
  • Bounce: To ease and soften tight, rough skin
  • Glow: To brighten and energize dull, tired skin
Paula’s Choice
  • 10% Niacinamide: Dramatically improves uneven skin tone and refines the appearance of pore size, skin texture, and fine lines
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Replenishes moisture content in skin for a plump, supple, and noticeably smoother appearance
  • C15 Super: Dramatically brightens uneven skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines


Paula give the percentages of “main” ingredient which I like. Glossier doesn’t release that information (many have asked). I understand most brands don’t like releasing that info because it’s their formula.
Between the Pure and 10% Niacinamide I prefer the Glossier Pure! It’s very lightweight and is perfect to wear under makeup. The Paula one is great as well. I don’t like using that one alone, I mix it with a different serum. The glossier serums in general are very lightweight, similar to an essence.
Bounce by Glossier is my least favorite of all six. I much prefer the Paula Hyaluronic Acid Booster. I mix it with my moisturizer regularly. It gives a boost of hydration. I usually use it at night because I have oily skin. Bounce has silicone very high on the ingredients list too. I really try and not use any skin care with silicone. I feel like the Bounce sits on my skin locking in moisture while the Glossier gives my skin moisture from the inside out.
Lastly the Glow and C15 Super were very different types of vitamin c serums! As I said before the Glossier ones are very very lightweight. If you had oily skin, or were looking to wear a serum during the day, Glow would be a great choice. While I do have oily skin I prefer the Paula C15 Super. I see better and faster results. My biggest con with the Paula is that it is a heavier serum. I can only wear it at night. So I do opt for the Glow during the day. (Vitamin C serums are my fav).
Glossier did an amazing job of creating affordable serums. I thought they were breaking me out at first, hence the ultra late review. But it was my new hair care products and stress! If you were debating getting the Glossier ones I would get them. I really enjoy them. Bounce is the only one I don’t recommend. I will reorder all but Bounce.
Pure: 5/5, Bounce: 2/5 Glow: 4/5
Niacinamide: 4/5, Hyaluronic Acid: 4.8/5 (bc the packaging makes it hard to get out, bounce has the same problem), C15 Super: 4.8/5 (wish it was more lightweight)
Save $$$: Glossier // Paula’s Choice

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