Returning to Chicagoland in early January from a vacation back home in California isn’t ideal. Your body braces for that first blast of windchill once you’re off the plane, and your style goes from something that once resembled femininity to survival gear in a communist gulag. Fashion in a Chicago winter is more “Wookie” than fashion. Which isn’t the worst thing, but you get me.
But knowing that a certain Glossier press sample was waiting for me in the mailroom upon return made things a whole lot more bearable! And to make this latest launch even more perfect, it’s made specifically for meeting the needs of very dry, winter-worn skin. Um, living in a climate that’s allegedly been colder than Mars lately? I’m in. And so, I’m honored to once again be asked by Glossier to try and share about their latest baby, Priming Moisturizer Rich (PMR).
There she is, sitting next to my good ole’ friend Super Bounce!
For an introduction, here’s some verbiage from the press release and an email or two: Meet Priming Moisturizer Rich- the sumptuous and dense sister cream to our best-selling original Priming Moisturizer. Think of this as the answer to your dry skin woes. Rich in ceramides and fatty acids, it reinforces the skin’s barrier and locks in moisture over time, while an anti-redness complex and oxygenating agents prime skin for makeup (or not!).
I had less time to use this new product before its launch date today, so I’ve had to be very intentional about looking for its strengths and weaknesses. We’ll start with the obvious- the packaging of PMR is adorable and lovely. The pretty jar with a clear, lucite body and pink lid is undoubtedly meant to be shown off on your #topshelf. The open post where IntoTheGloss asked readers to describe their ideal heavy-duty moisturizer turned up lots of requests for no jar (potential bacterial growth and contamination with one’s fingers are a complaint), but the gTeam was pretty good about providing a detailed explanation as to why they went with a jar anyhow. I get it. My only request would’ve been a cute little pink spatula, mais c’est la vie.
Didn’t brush up my eyebrows because it was bedtime. Sorry guys.
So when I first opened the jar, this moisturizer looked like the most luscious, buttercream-y frosting. I might’ve drooled. I showed my husband and he went ‘Ooohh’, as we’re both now intrigued by luxuriant moisturizers thanks to our current residence on Hoth. The fragrance is a mild rosy lavender scent, but nothing overpowering. I’ve used Korres’ Wild Rose Intense Sleeping Facial and while it’s a product that works, you absolutely cannot use it if you don’t care for the scent of rose and it’s made my eyes water once or twice. I think PMR, on the other hand, will work for most sensitive noses. But beware- if you’re sensitive to lavender, you might proceed with caution.
As for the effectiveness of PMR, I’ve done some quick evaluating based on three situations I find myself in these days in Chicagoland: inside in a dry, often-overheated apartment, outside in the dry, brutal cold, and in the process of layering multiple skincare products together at night (such as toner, serum, moisturizer, etc).
I’ll discuss layering PMR and how it handles dry indoor heaters first. For one thing, PMR absorbs quite nicely while still leaving your skin pliable and soft to the touch. I first used it after washing and just applying toner. Three hours later in my hot apartment and my skin still felt comfortable. I assume its effects would last even longer if my apartment weren’t so dry to begin with. I then used it a second time at night after washing and toning, but this time after applying a vitamin C serum too. PMR did not cooperate as well this time, and it would sort of roll and rub off if I touched my face. However, when I used Glossier’s vitamin C serum instead- Super Glow- the PMR did not rub off. I think the culprit might actually be the first vitamin C serum I used (which shall remain nameless here), as it hasn’t layered well with other products before. So, just be sure you use serums that absorb fully before applying PMR and you’ll be fine. If you’d like to know which vitamin C serum I’m referring to that doesn’t absorb well, you can message me.
My highest hopes for PMR, however, boiled down to how it would withstand single-digit temperatures and windchill temperatures of even less than that, especially regarding its anti-redness promise. Most moisturizers are gone like a vapor misted on to my face after four minutes outside in this weather and my complexion quickly turns pinkish thereafter, so I knew this would be a tall order. However, I also didn’t want a moisturizer that would just sit on top of my face like a thick layer of Vaseline- barf.
I applied a moderate amount at 8:30am on Sunday and felt immediate relief from the dryness of sleeping indoors with the heat on. I stepped outside in 3-degree weather and got into the car. I checked the mirror one minute later after being blasted by windchill on the way out- zero redness, zero stiffness or tightness, and a mild sheen to my skin. My face felt soft, but the PMR had also fully absorbed. Not bad! My skin felt comfortable and without irritation until about 1:30pm, after I’d been back in the apartment for an hour or so. That’s about five hours of comfort there. Pretty good I’d say, especially when your environment is doing everything to work against your skin. I applied one more time, for fun. The next day, my skin felt comfortable enough to possibly go without any moisturizer, but I knew better that considering the windchill so I applied PMR anyhow. My face felt protected and hydrated all day at work, without any irritation in a dry, heated office.
So, all this to say (and if you’ve stuck with all this- wow, you’re committed), if you’ve got dry, itchy, possibly reddish skin and you’re stuck in a climate or indoor environment that’s perpetuating that, Priming Moisturizer Rich may be a new friend for you! Plus, it just feels so nice using it. There’s nothing better than a quick minute of luxury to go with your morning coffee or your wind-down time at night. And at thirty-five bucks, that’s a better price point than most quality skincare items you’ll find out there. Tell me if you try it; otherwise, tell me your favorite yummy winter moisturizer! xo, MR