The formula is supposed to “[apply] like a sheer powder but [feel] like a cream” with a “translucent wash of luminous color.” The coverage is buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque, though it seems to apply with medium coverage unless you use a very feathery brush. If you’re a fan of formulas like MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estee Lauder Gelees, or NARS Dual-Intensity Blush, I think you’ll like this one, too. It has a similar feel: smooth with a dryness that’s not truly dry or powdery, but it’s very smooth and silky when applied to the skin. This is just shimmery enough to give a noticeable sheen on the skin, but it is a step or two below a true frost, so it is hard to overdo and doesn’t emphasize pores. It is blendable on the skin, and this one can work as a blush or a highlighter, depending on your skin tone (I use it as a blush/highlighter hybrid on my skin tone). On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.
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Laura Geller goes bold, bright, and light this summer with eye-popping makeup shades that will definitely steal the show. “I love switching up makeup colors as we enter a new season,” remarks NYC Makeup Artist, Laura Geller. “It’s a great way to inexpensively transform one’s entire look and experiment with shades that take you out of your safety zone.” Available at QVC.
Bright Lids, Big City Baked Collection ($39.00)
A collection of three Sugared Baked Pearl Eye Shadows in megawatt shades. Day or night, big-city shindig or impromptu brunch, light up your looks instantly with just a few sweeps of show-stopping color. Transforming your lids into light-catching, dazzling eyes has never been this electrifying.
Tribeca Blue Satiny electric cobalt
Upper East Side Purple Luxe metallic grape
Soho Pink Glimmering magenta
Bright Lips, Big City Collection ($36.00)
This collection captures the vibrant hues of the brightly lit New York City skyline at night in three luminous Lip Pops Waterproof Lip Glosses. Each show-stopping shade goes on creamy and leaves a natural-looking tint on lips.
Each shimmery shade in this compact trio glides on effortlessly, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. Each shade was specifically chosen to complement the others in creating a smoldering eye look: Black Magic (black with silver micro glitter), Silver Screen (smoky silver shimmer), and White Hot (icy white shimmer). Housed in a chic and stylish compact, a double-ended applicator is also included—so you can create a striking sculpted eye on the go!
Eye Rimz ($26.00)
Bewitching Bronze Swirled dark brown/bronze/gold
Crystal Cobalt Swirled dark blue/light blue/white pearl
Sugar Free Blush-N-Brighten ($29.50)
The new Sugar Free baked products give your cheeks a natural glow—sans the shimmer. The smooth, silky color glides on, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. It’s all due to the unique baking process where creamy pigment is poured onto terracotta pans and baked slowly for 24 hours. The result is an extremely fine powder that is silky smooth to the touch; delivers a dewy, fresh complexion; and has the ability to adapt to any skintone.
Retractable Baked Kabuki Brush ($28.50)
This brush picks up just the right amount of powder for a smooth, flawless finish. Each bristle has a gentle wave that allows it to readily pick up powder and cleanly deposit it on the skin for a flawless finish. Also, the retractable slider allows you to narrow the bristles and focus on areas that need a little extra coverage. The synthetic taklon hair keeps your blush clean by not absorbing makeup or oils from your face.
Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten Blushes ($29.50 each) are AMAZING. These are baked, marbleized pigments swirled together. They’re placed into terracotta pans, baked 24 hours, and the result is a soft, shimmery powder. If you love MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes, I think you’ll love these. Possibly even more. Why more? With the two I’ve tried, they give me a lot more color than many of the ones from MAC. I’ve always ended up using MAC’s MSFs as highlighters or complements to other blushes, rather than as a straight up blush. Besides, some of the real gems from MAC’s MSF releases are discontinued/were limited edition, so these provide you with an opportunity not to get sucked in by insane eBay prices, too!
The range currently includes six shades:
Berry Pink, berry, cream, gold
Golden Apricot Bronze, gold, rose
Honey Dipped Bronze, gold, copper
Pink Grapefruit Beige, mauve, pink shmmer
Roseberry Rose, copper, pink
Sunswept Bronze, coral, rose
The first shade I tried was Golden Apricot, which is a swirl/composition of coppery-peachy-orange, raspberry pink, apricot pink, and paler peach/apricot shades. It’s really pretty, has micro-fine shimmer, and the color goes on well. So despite the pretty look the blush has, it will kind of all swirl together and end up in one final shade — which is very much true to the name — golden apricot. You might call it a peachy-apricot, perhaps a peachy coral in a sense. It’s definitely a blush color that’s right up my alley, though. It would most definitely be a flattering shade on warmer skin tones, but I don’t think it is so warm as to make it difficult for cooler skin tones to wear it well.
The second shade I tried was Roseberry, which is a swirl/composition of rosy pink, a touch of raspberry, and a coppery-toned raspberry shimmer. This one looks less interesting at first glance, but it swatches beautifully. It’s a soft, rosy pink that’s not cool at all. It’s neutral-to-slightly-warm. It’s not overly intense, nor is it sheer. I find that the Blush-N-Brighten blushes are buildable in color/intensity. The shimmer is almost a soft gold sheen, but it doesn’t feel chunky at all.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed by Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten blushes. The shimmer is extremely fine and soft–no chunky glitter here–and the color pigmentation is perfect. The ones I tried out included Laura Geller’s retractable brush for application, too ($35.00 each instead of $29.50), but the included brush is worth the extra $5.50. It’s ridiculously soft and dense. You won’t find one of those tossed in brushes that you’ll never use in these. Kudos to Laura Geller for that! (I’d say pick up one blush with the brush, and then you can just buy the blushes alone, since one is probably enough!)