Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a softened, medium rosy copper with warm, golden frost and a luminous sheen. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is a cream. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is pinker. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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 Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Palette
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Palette
  • Sephora Girls Night Out Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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See, this is one of those brands I see (mainly at Utla) that I don’t know much about but doesn’t pull me in. This illuminator is beautiful though. I’d get it if I needed one! Haha. Christine, do you review much from Laura Geller?

Hi Christine! I’m not sure where else to post this…I went to twitter and tried clicking on your link to the new MUFE Artist Palette and when it takes me to your website, the screen goes white and there is an ad for Rotel Rockin Guac and there is no way to get out of that. There is no X to click off of it and it forces you to click on that, opens a new window, and still won’t take me to the temptalia site. I read that you have strict rules in regards to ads, and I just wanted to let you know. I am clicking on the links with a pc, btw. Thank you for everything you do!! 🙂

Hi Julie!

Thank you for letting me know! I am seeing a banner ad for this, but the whole site loaded (it behaved properly). Did you try refreshing? (possibly just a one-off) I’ll keep an eye on it and see if I can replicate it, though! By chance, did the ad look like the entire site’s size or was it more like a banner?

I’ve had this happen as well, and haven’t found a way around it. It isn’t just your site though, I’ve had it happen to me on Nouveau Cheap as well so it seems to be an issue with the advertisers and not your website.

That’s usually the problem (the ad code, not the publisher’s website) – I’ve loaded about 50 pages on Temptalia and haven’t had any issues – it just loads as a 970×60 banner (right under the navigation), but it doesn’t pop up/slide out/takeover or prevent the site from loading for me. I’ve reported it to the network, but without being able to replicate it, the process is longer.

What browser/device are you using? I’ve checked on PC + Firefox/Chrome/IE and iPhone + Safari, but maybe it’s on a specific device or browser combo.

Yeah it’s strange…the entire page turns white with a two inch square ad at the top. It only happened to me when I clicked a link from your Twitter. I was on my of with internet explorer. I did refresh, didn’t help, and I tried in another window too and got the same thing. It’s fine on my iPhone though.

This is really pretty. I had seen this on QVC a while back spattered in between an IT Cosmetics program and I kinda was..ehh,,don’t know much about it. A lot of the older lades were calling in and raving about it. So, I somewhat dismissed it. Not a bad price either. I will have to stick my fingers in it next time I am in Ulta for sure now! lol

It’s super, super similar to MAC Extra Dimension/NARS Dual Intensity formulations (I think Laura Mercier has also done it), if you’re familiar with either of those! 🙂

Suprisingly, I have never used either of those formulas! I am stock full of highlighters and need a breither right now after the Sephora sale and Tom Ford coming in! I loved that Josie Maran comact so much and my highlighter addction got me. I rdered all 3 formulas before the sale ended! I can esily check out the Mac and Nars products you mentioned next time I am in Nordstroms. I am not sure if The Ulta near me carries a full stock of Laura Gellar or not. I know they have some things. I do remember seeing this in QVC for a petty good deal. I am not really please with buying things on QVC though unless I am sure I am keeping it. I paid almost $7 in shipping to send those IT cosmetics Illuminating CC kits back. Kinda peeved me off because they say it’s free returns..it’s not.

I’ve always been kinda meh about this brand. It doesn’t pull me in at all. Idk what it is about it that I find kinda off putting.

This looks nice. I still don’t have the desire to buy it though.

I can’t recall the last time I was interested in a Laura Geller product until I saw these highlighters, but I am a fiend for a good highlighter… and I do like that these are more affordable than a lot of the versions I’ve seen!

That packaging looks pretty cheap. I once saw her shut down a caller on QVC who tried to offer some constructive criticism. I have never bothered trying out her products (and don’t intend to).

In other news, my Make-up forever nude palette comes in today. I just wanted to thank you for putting out all those swatches side by side when you posted the press release for the palettes ont he last day of sale. That really helped inform my decision to purchase. 🙂

Oh! I’m sure I will. I’m gonna play with it today. I am actually surprised at how big the pan size is. I know you did the math for us but I am not that great at visualizing numbers. I need to see something in flesh to see it for what it is. you were so right about this palette being a good value! The nude palette looks very posh! It feels well curated and perfect for a fail safe polished look. 🙂

This is too warm and shimmery for me, but looks good on you. Glad it got a good rating, I tried some Laura Geller products in past and wasn’t too impressed -their baked foundation and baked blush looked too frosty on me, and a lip color turned orange on me, so I’ve been staying away

Ordered!

I am really happy with my other Laura Geller products, so I’m sure I’ll like this one. Great shade with the perfect amount of sheen!

It’s beautiful! Probably better for when my complexion has more color to it but I definitely like. I don’t buy much Laura Geller either but I was really impressed with her new liquid lipsticks which I recently reviewed. So lightweight! 🙂

I noted this one You on your Tom Ford look post and I thought hells yeah.. exactly, it makes a fantastic summery highlighter blush hybrid. Co-incidentally, I’m wearing it today and it puts me in mind of the Becca Beach Tints. Nice product!

This looks really pretty on you Christine! I think this is a touch too dark and warm for me to pull off on the face, but the finish is just lovely. I have to ask, what are you wearing on your eyes here? Your eyes are really popping!

Here you go!

On face: Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder, Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Palette. On eyes: Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Palette, Sephora Girls Night Out Eyeliner. On lips: Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer.

Oh, that is just beautiful! Too dark for me, though. I have a vanilla-colored baked highlighter from her that I like, though the sponge applicator that came with it was cheap, rough and useless. I don’t think I’ve tried anything else from her brand. It’s one of those ones I see and go, “Meh.”

It looks great on you. She makes it in a lighter shade “Gilded Honey” that I’ve been thinking of buying. I use one of her bronzers, which is soft and sheer. I love it 🙂

Really? That is too bad! I have Gilded Honey as well but didn’t have any issues with it being glittery or dry 🙁

Laura Geller cosmetics, especially the baked products, are one of my favorite lines, very underrated (or rather undiscovered in most cases). They were in Sephora briefly a few years ago, then were pulled from the store, I suspect because people just hadn’t used the products. I have many, many Laura Geller baked products from her website and love them all. The face primers are all very good as well, if you use a primer.

I have a few things from Laura Geller. I have a Blush-N-Brighten in Down to Earth that I really like. Luminous, not dry, and the color is beautiful. A few eyeshadow liners too and I like the quality. Sure, it markets to older women—the color lays down nicely but it is worth a trip to Ulta to check it out. Glad you did a review on this.

Christine, I really love the Eye Rimz Baked Wet/Dry Eye Accents in Hocus Pocus and Potion. On her website, Potion looks awful. It’s a nicely pigmented purplish color. Hocus Pocus is an awesome green. I also had the Sugar Free Matte Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Biscotti/Toast, which was a real basic neutral duo and again, the texture was nice and buttery and nicely pigmented. I liked it better than the my neutral Dior 5-pan. I’m glad you did a review. I need to revisit the line. I did have one of her powder foundations years ago, while I was still pretty oily and I loved the formulation. It doesn’t just sit on top of the skin but I wanted a better color match. I’m going to take myself to the store. There’s a lot more product now.

Gorgeous! I’ve never used anything by Laura Geller which isn’t saying much because there a lot of makeup brands I haven’t tried 🙂

Hi Christine,

Have you tired the new Laura Mercier indiscretion highlighter? I just picked it up today from sephora! 🙂
My question is how does it compare to this highlighter and the Laura Mercier highlighter in spellbound?

Thanks,

Vivi L.

That is gorgeous and if it doesn’t contain carmine, I can totally see me getting one and using it as an eye shadow. I have the gold one and I love the texture and shiny (but not frosty shine) finish. I would love it as an eye shadow!

I think she has the ingredients posted on her site, or else on ULTA. I just got the products this time (no boxes) or else I would try to help 🙂

Every Laura Geller product I have tried has been awesome! I would love to try this as most of the more shimmery highlighters just emphasize pores and fine lines. Hate to hear about the experience the other chicka had! That’s too bad! I buy all my LG products at Ulta. Looks gorgeous on you, Christine!

Why do these rose gold illuminators speak to me so?? They are so darn pretty, but then I’m not wearing my Becca Rose Gold. I don’t even know where it went, lol.

Not a brand that I ever really thought about….until now! This highlighter is really nice and I love the kind of copper-bronze sheen it has! Nice to have for summertime. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

My pleasure, Nancy! I’m such a highlighter fiend so when I saw these, I really wanted to try. Plus, $24 is really reasonable in the world of mid to high-end cosmetics.

Her blushes are the best! The ones I reach for the most are Pink Buttercream, Dreamsicle, and Tropic Hues. I have her 20 Shades of Baked eyeshadow palette from the holidays and I use every single of of the shades. The darker shades make great eyeliners when used wet. The Balance and Brighten foundation looks a little muddy on me, but the Bronze and Brighten is fab. I’m very pink and the bronzer has no orange in it at all. I do also love the Eye Rimz eyeliners. You have to get them wet and creamy to apply and they stay all day. My other rec is the Invisible Spackle Eye Primer. Very creamy and not cakey at all. Eye shadows will stay all day on my very oily lids with this primer.

Glad I found your reviews and pics!
Luv the illuminator color, your skin looks perfect and glowy w/o looking overdone,
Lit from within….
Very complimentary shade/tone on you.
My skin tone is much lighter with pink and yellow undertones, would luv a shade for my colouring too.

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