I picked up this beauty of a kit at Ulta. It’s the Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Nudes collection, and comes with a foundation, a cheek trio (contour/blush/highlight), an eye duo, lipstick, full size mascara, and a double ended brush. I love most of the parts of this kit! I’ve turned into a huge fan of Laura Geller Balance N Brighten foundation – I think that it really does what it says it will… balance and brighten! Unfortunately, the kit available at Ulta only comes with the Regular shade, which is just a touch too dark for me. I prefer the Fair shade, but as long as I don’t cake on the Regular too much, it looks fine.
The cheek trio was really nice. The contour shade is a little bit on the orange side for my skin tone to use as a contour color, but mixed with the blush, I thought it gave me a nice healthy glow. My first thought with the highlighter was that it was fine. Just fine, not “wow.” It came across a little chalky and didn’t give a very noticeable highlight as I was applying, but I did notice it throughout the day as I caught my reflection – between the healthy glow of the blush/contour, and the subtle highlight, I was lovin’ my cheekbones yesterday!
The eye duo is very, very pretty. It applied smoothly and blended nicely. It stayed in place all day long. Unfortunately, I have to give two thumbs down to the mascara. It applied very wet (which is not good for someone with long lashes – it gets everywhere), did not give my lashes very good definition (although the length it gave was decent), but the worst part was that it was next to impossible to remove. I love my Bare Escentuals cleanser, which takes off all makeup – except, apparently, for Laura Geller mascara. Even my oil based makeup remover took some time to scrub it off.
Balance N Brighten Regular, Baked Cheek Dreams Vanilla Peach Cobbler, Vanilla Toffee/Black Cherry, Berry Vanilla lipstick
On the eyes:
- BE Prime Time Brightening Opal
- Vanilla Toffee swept all over lid, from lashes into crease
- Black Cherry along upper and lower lashes, then blended gently up into the crease
- Laura Geller At Long Lash mascara
On the lips:
- Laura Geller Berry Vanilla lipstick
On the face:
- Laura Geller Tinted Ethereal Spackle primer
- Laura Geller Balance n Brighten in Regular
- Laura Geller baked Cheek Dreams in Vanilla Peach Cobbler