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
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
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).

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01/07

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator

Gilded Honey

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Liquid Gelato Pillow Top Illuminator ($26.00 for 0.85 oz.) is a soft, medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and fine, gold pearl. It had sheer coverage, as expected, and blended out really easily, both over bare skin as well as over foundation. The consistency was watery but dried down (if blended out) and lasted for seven and a half hours on my cheeks. I had the best luck applying this with fingertips or a stippling brush, which yielded a dewy glow to the skin that wasn’t noticeably shimmery, just dewy.

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).

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Rue Allent Eyeshadow Duo
  • NARS Old Church Street Duo
  • NARS Cours du Soir Kohliner
On lips:
  • NARS London Clinic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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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The two are very different – the powder actually has a lot of pigmentation and a lot of shimmer. The effects and appearance on the skin are completely different and going to be very preference-based.

Kind of disappointed –too sheer, fussy formula, inconvenient packaging. A real missed opportunity here, as their baked versions are so awesome

Hmm, a bit too sheer and subtle for my taste, I think. But probably an excellent option for office appropriate highlighting or for those whose preference is for something less than glowing from outer space!

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