I have mixed feelings about this “oil-serum hybrid” from Glossier.
The basic premise behind Futuredew is that it gives you super-dewy, super-glowy, glass skin in an instant. There’s a lot of radiance packed into the bottle: Oils for instant dewiness, minerals for a reflective flow and fruit extracts to boost skin’s brightness over time.
Given my love for dewy skin, I couldn’t try it out fast enough. Two pumps is what the instructions say, and two pumps is what my face got.
Which. Did. Not. Work. So. Well.
Why? Firstly, and this may seem strange, but there’s something like too much glow and that’s what Futuredew gave me. Skin that was unnaturally shiny. I like a more natural looking face and this definitely wasn’t it. Too much glow may work for a 19-year-old with hyper-perfect skin. On me, it just looked sweaty and greasy (you can see exactly what it looked like here!).
Secondly, it felt like my skin was suffocating.
The pretty dense blend of two kinds of castor oils, along with olive and grape seed oils, may be hydrating for super-dry skin but it felt like my pores were getting clogged by the second. I could not scrub it off fast enough. Definitely would not recommend this for skin that’s already acne-prone.
It felt uncomfortably heavy – which is something the texture should have clued me on as well. It’s thicker than an oil, more jelly-like, I would say, though it spreads easily.
But it’s Glossier, so something’s got to give – right? Next time ‘round, I tried just one pump and that felt more comfortable. It also looked a bit more natural. Definitely a better experience but not one that would make me purchase another bottle.
Finally, I tried it as a primer. And this is where Glossier’s Futuredew really shone!
One pump over my slightly flaky winter skin gave just the right kind of slip for foundation to glide over without settling into the dry patches. There was no pilling and my foundation did not slide off all night, which is always my main concern with primers. But most importantly, it all ended in a subtle radiance that made my skin look like it was glowing naturally from its very core.
Will I buy it again? Yes – though as a primer and not a standalone glow-giver.
Is it a holy grail product that I can’t do without? No. I can well live without the Futuredew. There are several primers that do the job just as well. I have had some brilliant cult products from Glossier in the past – the Cloud Paint blushes and Generation G lipsticks are my absolute favorites – but this one fails to hit the mark.
And also, before you ask, I won’t substitute it for any of my skincare, given that there are no actives and the combination of oils is way too heavy for my skin.