Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Plumberry Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “deep berry pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with cool undertones and subtle golden pearl. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Chanel Fantastic (66) (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more muted, warmer. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Plumberry was incredibly pigmented with full color coverage easily achieved if desired, which means it’s a good idea to use a lighter hand and/or feathery brush if you want sheerer coverage. The texture has a smooth, dense feel to it where the color applies and blends out easily while feeling lightweight. There’s a subtle sheen to the finish that doesn’t translate into overt shimmer, and it doesn’t emphasize pores. On my skin, the blush wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Papaya Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium coral with warm, pink and red undertones and a fine, white pearl that gives it a luminous sheen applied. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is more muted. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, cooler. NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Jelly Fish (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Papaya had good pigmentation with a soft, dense texture in the pan that made the product very blendable on the skin without skipping or becoming patchy, despite its brighter color. As the blush is blended and worked into the skin, the finish becomes a real sheen rather than detectable shimmer. This shade wore for just over eight hours before fading on me.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015

Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Guava Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a subtle, golden sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is warmer. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 (LE, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Guava was intensely pigmented with a soft, blendable consistency that was dense and almost cream-like but applied and blended exactly as a powder blush would. I felt like it almost melted into the skin and gave a more stained-like appearance, but it was very even (and stains can be tricky to work with for that reason, at least for me!). What’s nice about the formula is you can use less and blend out for a tint of color or apply normally and get a bold cheek look. The blush has a luminous sheen that gives it a dewy look without emphasizing pores. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading slightly.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, July 24th, 2015

Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush
Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush

Laura Geller Cantaloupe Baked Gelato Swirl Blush ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinted peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP The Surf (P, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is cooler. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Unimaginable (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler. Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as having vivid and “translucent, vibrant color” with a “flirty, natural-looking flush” that goes on “like a powder but feels like a cream.” They have a very similar texture as the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators I reviewed earlier this year, which I totally fell in love with. The texture has a smooth, denser feel to it that has good color payoff that’s incredibly easy to blend out on the skin. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade, but they are generally quite pigmented. Cantaloupe had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff with a luminous sheen; there was subtle shimmer but it wasn’t detectable on the skin. This particular shade is more suitable for fairer complexions, as the lighter color is too similar to my natural skin tone to be visible other than as more of a highlighter/sheen. It has a really smooth, blendable texture that sat well on the skin without emphasizing its natural texture. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio
Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon Trio ($25.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes three shades of jumbo-sized lip pencils that twist-up. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-hydrating” with “shiny color,” and it’s pretty much tinted lip balm. I believe this is the first time I’ve tried this formula, but I enjoyed them overall. They have sheer to semi-sheer that’s buildable, wears three to four hours, and is hydrating over time. I like that they twist-up, so you don’t have to worry about wasting product when sharpening. The texture is lightweight with moderate slip, so their biggest downfall is that they don’t always look perfectly even. The formula is vanilla-scented but the scent didn’t linger or translate into a taste for me. Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Mango Sorbet are both available as permanent singles, while I didn’t see Fig Prosecco on Laura Geller’s website, and they retail for $16 as a standalone formula (so the kit is worth $48).

Fig Prosecco is a softened, peachy-brown with warm undertones and very fine, golden peach pearl. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly while hydrating the lips over the three and a half hours it lasted. Guerlain Gracieuse (DC, $51.00) is darker. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. NARS Peloponnese (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter, less glossy. shu uemura OB Dream Orange (LE, $30.00) is glossier. Maybelline Stormy Sahara (945) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Caramel (P, $28.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Fall in Love (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Mango Sorbet is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had sheer coverage that gave lips more of a tinted/stained appearance, while the glossier finish made lips appear plumper. It wore well for three hours but was hydrating over time. MAC Play It Soft (LE, $20.00) is cooler. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is more pigmented. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dragon Fruit Sorbet is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that applied easily without dragging. There was a little extra slip to this one, so it seemed to show “lines” if you pressed your lips together (I’d recommend applying a little less and pressing lips together to check). It wore well for almost four hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Glamorized (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is more pigmented, less glossy. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is more shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE) is slightly darker, more shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and despite looking nearly metallic when swatched, the finish is really more of a luminous sheen or glow applied to the cheeks. The formula is supposed to be sheer, but my experience showed it to be more of a medium coverage product that could be applied more sheer if you used a feathery brush/light touch, but it tended to apply with semi-opaque or greater pigmentation with most brushes. It does an excellent job at illuminating and reflecting light on the high points of the face, and the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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Gilded Honey

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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9/10

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