Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

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lavlilacs Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review

Would it be difficult to believe that the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is the first thing I tried from this ever so trendy brand? From their millennial pink to their esthetic packaging and showroom, beauty lovers everywhere can't get enough of their emphasis on natural, barely-there looks and great skin. I was surprisingly more interested in their colored makeup items (i.e. cloud paints and haloscope) but couldn't miss trying what seems like their most popular skincare item at least once.

lavlilacs Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser bottle back and front

Glossier's description:

This is the ultimate daily face wash: use on dry skin to dissolve away makeup and grime, or on wet skin as you start your day. The pH-balanced, creamy gel formula is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is left feeling healthy and soft, never tight. 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. You’ll see.

Good to know: hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, safe for the eye area, ophthalmologist tested, appropriate for all skin types, soap free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, non-comedogenic, vegan

Poloxamer: A strong yet mild cleansing agent used in contact lens solution.

Rosewater: We replaced 1/4 of the H2O content with soothing rosewater (bonus: smells great!).

Comfrey Root Extract: Contains allantoin, which heals dry, stressed skin.

Aquaxyl: Refills skin’s water reserves and improves its barrier to prevent dehydration.

Pro-Vitamin B5: Powerful, natural moisturizer found in mushrooms and cheese.

To start your day—massage 1-2 pumps onto wet skin (keep it in the shower!) and rinse.
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.

*unless it’s waterproof, in which case you should first remove with Milky Oil, and follow with Milky Jelly Cleanser for complete clean.


Cleanser 177 ml / 6 fl oz

Glossier: USD $18.00

Cleanser 60 ml / 2 fl oz

Glossier: USD $9.00

lavlilacs Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser bottle details


A translucent plastic white bottle with a pump dispenser. The cleanser did not come inside another box packaging nor were there any extra security seals. However, it is easy to tell if the bottle is new since the first several pumps will provide no product.

I am not sure this is the right packaging choice for the consistency of the cleanser (in the long run). Even though I can see very clearly how much product remains in the bottle, I don't think the tube inside is long enough to dispense every last bit of the gel. It would be hard to shake out or liquify the cleanser with some water since it is such a thick consistency to begin with.

(Perhaps I stand to be corrected when I actually reach the end myself. This is just the thoughts I have right now.)

My biggest gripe is probably with the short pump design. Not much cleanser is dispensed each pump. Since the gel is so thick I cannot easily spread just one or two pumps across my entire face and neck. It forces me to use more product than I would like to at once.

lavlilacs Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser swatch

Color, Texture, Finish, & Scent

The gel comes straight out of the bottle a cloudy/milky white but is clear and colorless once spread around. It feels very thick, heavy, and requires a little too much effort to spread for my comfort; it is not watery like one typically associates with gels. The product doesn't foam or lather yet it also doesn't sink into the skin. Adding water doesn't emulsify it either. My skin doesn't feel dry or tight afterward, just soft. There is a very strong rose scent as long as the cleanser is on the skin.

How I Apply

After a cleansing oil or balm. Pump 3-5 times (depending on if I only want to cleanse my face or face + neck). Massage thoroughly. Rinse off with water.

Thoughts & Recommendations

Maybe I am too biased toward cleansers that foam? I was not very impressed with the Milky Jelly Cleanser.

My feelings for the Glossier cleanser would probably be a world's difference had it been easier to spread and wash off (unlike the CeraVe cleanser in that sense). Tugging and wrongly massaging the skin supposedly contributes to or at the very least encourages wrinkling; I feel like the consistency of this particular cleanser encourages me to rub too much to clean my face AND clean the product off. It just loves to stick to the skin unless it is practically powered washed away with water. The choices I am left with are to spend what feels like an eternity at the sink rinsing my face or cleansing in the shower with a water stream that is typically too strong and hot—neither of which are appealing.

While I am not the biggest fan of the rose scent in beauty products, it also doesn't bother me that much either. The most important point is the smell isn't strong or lingering enough to give me a headache. I know there are people out there who love this kind of scent.

I am most thankful for the product not breaking me out. I did enjoy that my skin never felt tight or parched after use. If it is rinsed well enough, there is no residue left behind either. While I didn't trust the cleanser completely to use for removing a full face of makeup, it does work to wash off sunscreens.

Overall, this was worth one try. I can't always be so single-minded about the cleanser types I use. I would probably recommend the CeraVe cleanser over Glossier's purely because it is larger, cheaper, and easier to use. Keep your monies to try some of Glossier's other products.