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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator & Illuminating Stick

01/10

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Diamond Dust

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a grayish-white base with strong shift to pink-violet paired with a luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff, which was easily blended and diffused for sheerer coverage, if desired. The consistency was smooth, blendable but not so soft that it was powdery in the pan. The brand actually described the formula as a “translucent wash of luminous color,” and while with a very, very light touch and barely-there application, that effect was achievable, the reality was this was a pigmented highlighter–which may not be a deal-breaker for many. On my warmer skin tone, the cooler base made it easier for me to wear layered on top of blush, but the shift was noticeable on its own or layered. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

Ingredients

MICA, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHRONDRUS CRISPUS, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POLYSORBATE 20, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SILICA, XANTHAN GUM, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

9
Product
6
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Laura Geller Ballerina & Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminators Reviews, Photos, Swaatches

01/07

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Ballerina

Laura Geller Ballerina Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.85 oz.) is a soft, medium rose gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which was only opaque just-squeezed out of the applicator, but the watery texture made it impossible for it to actually stay that way once I started to blend the product out. I tried applying a second layer on top with minimal success. As long as the product was blended on the skin, it dried down for the most part. I don’t recommend applying with the sponge applicator, especially if you use any base products, as it will absolutely pick up foundations and concealers, which then muddies the highlighter a bit. It had a subtle sheen that was more noticeable in person than in photos (almost looked like nothing was on my cheeks in photos) with little color (against my skin tone). The faint glow lasted for seven hours on me.

It’s supposed to be “sheer” liquid version of the brand’s powder highlighters. There’s a sponge applicator on the end, and you squeeze the product out onto it, which was the aspect of this product I liked least. I think a simple squeeze tube would have made more sense and been just as practical–it would have worked well for getting product out for highlighting key areas of the face as well as for mixing with base products. It’s much harder to mix with base products that way it is packaged. It was fairly sheer on the skin (as marketed), but it might have been in that range of “too sheer” for some. It also worked well as a base for powder highlighters or mixed with base/foundation products.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Talc, Mica, IPDI/Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate/Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Synthetic Beeswax, Isododecane, Squalane, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Propylene Carbonate, Di-C12-13 Alkyl Tartrate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

Ballerina
Ballerina
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Laura Geller Diamond Dust Illuminators for Spring/Summer 2017

Laura Geller Diamond Dust Illuminators for Spring/Summer 2017
Laura Geller Diamond Dust Illuminators for Spring/Summer 2017

New, limited edition highlighters from Laura Geller.

Now online

The Details

Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, $26.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Diamond Dust Multi-dimensional holographic powder

Easy Illuminating Stick, $26.00 (Limited Edition)

Let your best features glow! Long-wearing and oil-free, this skin-conditioning, moisturizing formula can be worn on bare skin or over foundation to illuminate with light-reflecting optics.

  • Diamond Dust Multi-dimensional holographic cream

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Laura Geller Holiday 2016 Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Trio

01/07

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

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). LORAC Caribbean (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Enamored (Blush) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, 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). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Mauve Mystique (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Rose (LE, $23.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Scene to Be Seen (Outer) (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is darker, brighter (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.” 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.

Roseberry
Roseberry
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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