The popularity of the Laura Geller brand really has soared over the last twelve months, especially as their products are now a lot more accessible within the UK and their most popular product is most definitely their Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator £21 which is almost always completely sold out within the UK. Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator which is the sister of Gilded Honey, and it’s safe to say it was love at first sight so I’ve been eager to try Gilded Honey ever since.
The Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator has an innovative hybrid texture which applies like a sheer powder but feels like a cream, creating a translucent wash of luminous colour that can be swept all over the face for a lit-from-within glow. The pan features a 3D design which captures the look of Laura Geller’s favourite Italian dessert, and lasts until the very last application. The Illuminator is packaged within a circular, plastic compact with a clear lid and it contains 4.5 grams of product. The packaging is very simple, but I really like how compact it is without any unnecessary packaging bulking it out although I imagine it might divide people as I know some like to have a mirror within a compact whereas I don’t as I always use my own mirror when applying my makeup.
The swirl design of the Baked Gelato Illuminators is just stunning to look at, and I like that their Gelato Blushes feature the same dessert inspired pattern. When you use your finger on the powder, it genuinely does feel soft, and smooth like a cream but it applies like a powder although I’ve found that you get a much more intense highlight when using your fingertips to apply to the skin which I prefer to use when highlighting the inner corner of my eyes, but I like to use a fan brush for my cheek and brow bones.
Shade wise, the Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is described as being an ‘effervescent caramel honey shade’ which I think describes the shade perfectly. It is possibly the most intense highlighter I’ve ever tried, and I have to be honest, there’s no way I could ever get away with applying Gilded Honey liberally to my skin as I’m so pale, it’d end up looking like gold streaks on my face. However when applied with a fan brush, Gilded Honey still looks beautiful, but it looks a lot more natural so I like that you can choose how intense you’d like your highlight to be.
I was worried that Gilded Honey might have been too dark for my skintone from the reviews I’d seen online, especially as it had been described as being a dupe of the MAC Whisper of Gilt highlighter which sold out in record time. As long as I use a light hand, I can make Gilded Honey work for my pale skintone but I love how it looks when worn as an eyeshadow as it’s so beautiful and warm in tone. Even though the Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is like gold dust right now, I really do think it’s worth the hassle to try and track down as it’s one of the prettiest highlighters I’ve ever seen.