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Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

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Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

Holiday 2016

Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio ($30.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a trio of highlighters (which may be more like highlighting blushes on some skin tones). All three shades are available in the permanent range, should you only be interested in one of them. I love that Laura Geller put out a trio of these–as I love the formula–but wish the packaging was more substantial and thinner; it is flimsier cardboard (I don’t mind cardboard usually) and is much thicker and larger to accommodate the brush. The formula of the three shades is fairly consistent with the standalone versions; the only difference was the ones in the palette were a touch softer and easier to pick up in the pan. The “problem” with the formula is that it’s supposed to be sheerer, and they’re more pigmented than sheer.

Value

  • Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator: $26.00 for 0.16 oz. or $162.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.13

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio Holiday 2016
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this palette, along with individual photos and swatches.

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Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Highlighters | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing highlighters useful 🙂

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. There are only three shades at the moment, and the one I use the most is Starlight, which works as a highlighting blush on my skin tone.

Availability

Sephora, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus,

Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Roseberry Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is medium, muted, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $28.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” This was another one of the less-shimmery shades–not quite matte but a true satin–that has a natural finish on the skin but doesn’t have a high-shine look. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was a bit dusty but only in the pan. When I tested it, the blush lasted for seven and a half hours before fading.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Roseberry
Roseberry
Roseberry
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Tropic Hues Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Isadora (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC All Aflush (LE) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is darker (90% similar). NYX Intuition (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a fairly smooth, blendable texture–it ran a little dusty–that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. The finish had a soft, luminous sheen that didn’t look overly shimmery. The blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Tropic Hues
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Sunswept Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is dark, bronzy brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a golden sheen. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Glow (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). NARS Craving (Right) (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had mostly opaque coverage, which was easily built-up to true-to-pan color with another layer of product. The texture of this one was smooth but firmer in the pan than other shades, which made it less blendable than the other shades, though I wouldn’t say it was difficult to blend, just not as effortless as the other shades. It has a stronger finish and more obvious shimmer, and at more opaque coverage, it emphasized pores slightly. On me, it wore well for eight hours.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Sunswept
Sunswept
Sunswept
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten
Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is slightly muted, medium-dark rosy copper with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic finish. MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Honeysuckle (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Ciao (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Taffy (LE) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Highly Illogical (LE, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Baked Blush-n-Brighten formula is supposed to be “smooth” and “long-wearing” with “a blend of rich, marbleized color.” It had semi-opaque coverage, which was somewhat buildable, but it wasn’t quite as pigmented as some shades. The texture was smooth, slightly dusty, but it was blendable and forgiving on the skin–I didn’t notice the dustiness in practice, as it didn’t sheer out too easily nor did it look dry or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It had a more pronounced sheen on the skin, but it still didn’t emphasize pores for me; it is a more obvious highlighter, though, so if you tend to opt for subtler finishes, this one might not be for you. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten Pink Grapefruit
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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