Review: Glossier Generation G in Cake

I’m a massive fan of Glossier. Some of their products have even made HG status for me. I was always hesitant to try their Generation G lipsticks because I had heard horrible reviews about the cheap packaging always breaking, but Glossier recently reformulated their whole product, including a sleek, sturdy new design. So naturally… I picked one up.

I’m fairly picky when it comes to lip products. I prefer pinky nudes, and don’t generally like mattes, but if you’re ordering online it’s not always easy to get to know a product. I knew that if I was going to try a Generation G I wanted it to be their most popular shade, so I popped a Cake in my cart and checked out.

Glossier describes their Generation G as a sheer matte that gives the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick. I would say that’s a pretty fair description of what I experienced. You can apply it to look more defused with just one swipe, or build it up for more of an opaque, matte look.

I prefer a more sheer application because of the fact that I’m not a huge fan of mattes. I also find that if you build it up too much, and if your lips aren’t properly exfoliated and moisturized, that it can look quite drying.


The shade Cake isn’t what I would typically choose for myself. It’s a warm-nude that has a tendency to look a little bit orangey with my skin tone. With a sheer application, however, it creates just a slightly more perfected natural-nude lip shade. I also think this lipstick looks really nice over a lip liner – it would compliment pretty much any colour, but my favourites are a more cool-toned pink.

Either way, I think that this is still a beautiful every-day lipstick. It’s like a literal no-lipstick lipstick (it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all!). I’m definitely interested in trying out other shades, so if you have a similar skin tone to me, let me know which colours you’ve been loving. I’ll give the Generation G a solid B+, with room to grow with the help of other shades.

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