Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty Review & Swatches

I couldn’t resist, I purchased the Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty Set.

*hangs head in shame*

It’s just too cute, it comes in a little coffee bean bag, how could I resist?

Is it worth your buck?

Take a look and find out!

This set will be premiering shortly on QVC as a Today Special Value however, you should be able to order it now if you’re a QVC Insider as that’s how I got my hands on it.

The set is $49.95 and $6.22 for shipping. It’s available for a one time shipment or you can order it on auto delivery which includes new seasonal shades in the upcoming months ahead of the colors in the kit.

You get:

  • Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla
  • Baked imPRESSions Blush in Mauve Mocha Latte (terracotta pink)
  • Baked imPRESSions Eye Palette in Creamy Latte (light brown), Warm Mocha (medium brown), and Dark Roast (dark brown)
  • Balance-n-Brighten Foundation (choice of shades)
  • Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Cafe au Lait (creamy caramel with coffee aroma and flavor)
  • Double Applicator Brush

Even after adding shipping in this is an excellent value as all the items are full size.

Laura went with something a little different here as she typically favors traditional baked domed products and the blush and eye palette are actually flat powder compacts.

I really like the overall look this creates and don’t regret the purchase at all however, I think both the shadow trio and blush were a little dry. I’m surprised since I get fairly good pigment from Laura Geller products but in this case the shadow formula was a little weak with a drier, harder texture that proves difficult to pick up with a brush which resulted in sheer pigmentation. I also felt the shades were hard to contrast with since all three are very close in color. The blush suffered a drier texture as well but had better pigmentation than the trio. I gotta admit I had hopes these products would smell like coffee, that would be rather wicked right?

Also included is a Baked Highlighter which is fairly easy to use. Considering I’m a fool with highlighting I was quite delighted how easy it was to work with this. The cool French Vanilla shade doesn’t have sparkle, shimmer but just a lovely pearlish glow.

Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Cafe au Lait (it has a creamy toffee taste) seems difficult to pull off at first since it’s a nude peachy tan but after application of the other product it does come across quite nicely on lips. This is a full coverage, glossy lip color. It’s quite lightweight with a nice wear time.

And finally you get Balance-n-Brighten Foundation in your choice of shades. I absolutely love this product since it does indeed brighten face up, eases dullness, and provides smooth, weightless coverage that enhances the look of skin and gives it a flawless finish.

Highlighter and Balance-n-Brighten in Medium

Overall, I think the Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty Collection is a fabulous little set but not without a few flaws. I think the kit doesn’t showcase Laura’s great makeup particularly if this is your first Laura Geller purchase. Both the trio and blush had mediocre, uneventful formulas that surprised me as I expect so much better from Laura than this. But facts is facts, the set does create a nice, natural nude look for pennies.

Hopefully the upcoming colors in this set prove nicer.

I liked it well enough but can’t rightfully recommend it due to the formula inconsistencies.

If you tried it, I’d love to hear about it.

Available at QVC.com

Disclosure:

This product was purchased
by the Muse for review purposes.
Read my full disclosure statement here.

  • 8/29/12 11:48 K.B.:

    Thank God you ended this post with the review! I talked myself out of buying it after your first post because I had just placed a big order with Sephora. Then I clicked on this post, saw your swatches and thought “darnit! Now I HAVE to buy it!” But after your review, I’m back to not wanting to buy it.

    Could you review the new Tom Ford Emerald Lust palette so I can talk myself out of buying it? I keep staring wistfully at a picture of it, but it’s SEVENTY-FIVE FREAKING DOLLARS and even I know I shouldn’t spend that on a 4 eye shadow palette, I don’t care how hot Tom Ford is. lol

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    • 8/29/12 11:54 the Muse:

      lol man I can lick him from the top of his head to his toes. he’s stunning. I gotta say, as crazy as I am about makeup, you prob won’t catch me indulging, $75 for a single palette is way above my head πŸ˜€ although I overindulge in just about everything beauty, I can’t see myself dishing out on a single palette that much ouch!

      lol…! well at least the post helped a little…the shades are a little uneventful to be honest! BUT the overall look they create is nice ;D you can always return it if you hate it but you do loose $10 or so dollars in doing so due to shipping πŸ˜€

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  • 8/29/12 11:49 melanie:

    Shamefully I have yet to try her products….. there is the want of course. I love this set and so adorable. Love the neutral color pallet. How do you like the Balance-n-Brighten Foundation??? Do you find in to be a nice “power” foundation ??

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    • 8/29/12 11:50 melanie:

      suppose to be “powder” foundation.

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    • 8/29/12 11:52 the Muse:

      i love it, I’ve reviewed it a few times on here Melanie that’s why I didn’t go into any detail on the post ;-D but it’s fabulous. I have dry skin and it sits very comfortably. It creates a nice flawless finish, lightweight, and isn’t too drying for me. It’s good for a fresher more natural look versus fuller coverage bb cream and/or foundation! :)

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      • 8/29/12 12:49 melanie:

        Thank you….I am new to your site….found you by accident and now addicted your posts LOL !!!!

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        • 8/29/12 12:54 the Muse:

          my pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay! so happy to have a new reader πŸ˜€ it’s a pleasure to meet you and thanks for actually commenting. most new readers lurk hehe!

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  • 8/29/12 11:52 Laura:

    So I was right – the BnB is NOT the SPF one? I think I’ll just Ebay it – but the blush color rally has my eye.

    I noticed that everything seems matte – did you see any shimmer in the eyeshadows or blush?

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    • 8/29/12 11:58 the Muse:

      nope no spf here hun. none, all semi matte formula, I wouldn’t even say satin since they are a little drier.

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      • 8/29/12 12:23 Laura:

        Did you use the darkest brown as liner like the instructions say? Seems really light too – how are the pigments

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        • 8/29/12 12:35 the Muse:

          hi laura mentioned pigmentation and the drier formula in the post and also addressed how the colors seem to be very similiar so it’s hard to contrast with them :) I did use the liner as instructed.

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  • 8/29/12 11:53 TLE:

    Ooo I think this is the first set that I actually like everything in it!!! I think it shall be a purchase!

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  • 8/29/12 12:19 Sara Elisabeth:

    Oh man, your review has me saddened. I bought this, and I was hoping it would make me addicted to Laura Geller products. This is my first LG purchase.

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    • 8/29/12 12:36 the Muse:

      sara, I’m hoping to hear your thoughts perhaps you’ll like it more than me? the overall look is gorgeous but it’s not a great showcase for Laura Geller makeup which is far better quality than this. update me when it arrives, curious what you think!

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      • 8/29/12 15:26 Sara Elisabeth:

        Hi, Muse,

        Mine came, and I am pleasantly surprised. I see what you mean about the texture being a little stiff, but the pigmentation is there. Seriously! The highlighter is to die for!!! And I am happy with the color of the blush, as I have so many shimmery brights in my stash. This, at least, gives me some variety.

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        • 8/29/12 15:37 the Muse:

          I AM happy to hear it sara ;-D I’m quite happy with it overall, it creates a really pretty look! You’re new to LG though you said, I do suggest trying some of her other baked products, as she does amazing stuff and this isn’t half as good as it gets ;D!

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  • 8/29/12 12:36 OrangeLipstickBlog:

    Haha, I somehow knew you’d end up with this! Thanks for the review!

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    • 8/29/12 12:48 the Muse:

      my pleasure ;-D couldn’t resist!!!!!!

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  • 8/29/12 12:56 Jessica:

    I love your reviews, Muse!!! I was sketchy about this set but now that I know more about it I own plenty of products that are similar and now I won’t feel bad for splurging! The eye shadows in particular, had me think of WnW Vanity palette, or any other basic brow/neutral palette. Thanks!

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    • 8/29/12 13:13 the Muse:

      thanks miss jessica ;-D <3! my pleasure! I’m so glad you found it helpful!

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  • 8/29/12 13:29 isabella:

    The coffee bean motif is too adorable. Sadly i think the colors are too nude for me

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  • 8/29/12 14:12 Lisa Marie:

    I am a HUGE fan of balance-n-brighten, I can only pull off the medium in the summer while tan. I have veered away from purchasing any of the eyeshadows from this line as they always seem Sooooooo shimmery. I like shimmer, but as I get nearer 40, I have started to use less of it. I think I would highly consider this one, since there are products that appeal much to my tastes. I think that highlighter is one I can handle, as well.

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    • 8/29/12 14:14 the Muse:

      same here lisa that’s one I went with medium myself ;-D no shimmer here for ya!

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    • 8/29/12 15:12 Sara Elisabeth:

      Everything in this set is matte except the highlighter. I just got mine this morning, and I would almost pay $50 just for the highlighter. It is the prettiest highlighter ever. It’s like M.A.C. Lightscaped but better.

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  • 8/29/12 17:08 Winni:

    COFFEE BEAN design?! Where do I swipe my credit care? Love it! If only they had coffee extract in the lipgloss for an afternoon pick up!

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  • 8/29/12 22:11 Kae:

    I have a ton of LG items and liked this kit so much I ordered two! The middle eye shadow shade is a matte camel and I love it with my hazel eyes. I believe the reason she included a sponge applicator rather than a brush is that this new formula will go on better with a sponge. I use the darkest shade wet as a liner with her liner brush and it is a perfect eyebrow color for dark brows! LOVE the blush!! I keep reaching for it over and over. And it appears that the BnB is back to the non-SPF formula. I compared the brochure to the Vanilla Nudes past TSV kit and it appeared to be the same – so I am happy about that!

    Packaging beyond cute!!! Great value as well! Nice to see her returning to that $50 price point. I had to hand it to Laura’s team and QVC for having the product to ship as soon as it appeared in the Insider — about a month before the actual TSV date. But that should give her plenty of testimonials from folks who have used the kit. I am very anxious to hear her presentation and the thinking behind this new formula! thanks all and enjoy!

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  • 8/30/12 0:33 Phyrra:

    I love the BnB foundation in Porcelain. Kinda sad that the shadows were dry, but otherwise a nice neutral set.

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  • 8/30/12 6:14 Kiss & Make-up:

    I won’t be buying this, but I have to say this: how cute is that coffee been pattern?! :-)

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  • 8/30/12 11:50 Isis:

    we should get this as christmas but really… who wants a nuetral palette for that season and I already a ton of brown/neautral shadows anyway. but I know I’ll probably cave…. of the shame!
    I do Love Laura but I really she’s do a red/blackberry dream creams lip palette.

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    • 8/30/12 14:25 the Muse:

      aw totally know what you mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that would be lovely….! great for holiday as well ;-D did you see the new set she as at Ulta?

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  • 8/30/12 12:42 Majick:

    I think this is a really cute set. i already have the highlighter and it’s the BOMB – you CAN NOT GO WRONG with this one. NO sparkle, just glo, I use it a LOT and I’m 52, so if any of you may be frightened DON’T.

    I already have B&B new an unused from other kits so I won’t be ordering this but still think it’s a great deal for those who don’t have soem of the products.

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    • 8/30/12 12:43 Majick:

      I meant to say “DON’T be frightened” you’ll love it.

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  • 9/1/12 16:25 Isis:

    Thanks muse I will hop over and look. Totally agree with Majick on the highlighter, I wet it and use it in lue of her body frosting have even smashed it and B+B together, wet them and mixed with body balm for leg make up… clearly too much time on my hands :-)

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    • 9/4/12 16:12 the Muse:

      my pleasure! πŸ˜€ that’s actually interesting….using the two together on my face, smooshed together, hmmm ideas!

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  • 9/26/12 23:24 coco:

    I ordered the TSV Monday night I think? Can’t wait to try out the balance n brighten for the first time. I already have the highlighter and love it. I hope I find the rest of the kit usable….otherwise Mom will be happy to receive practically new products that I test and don’t love.

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    • 9/27/12 10:15 the Muse:

      yay coco! enjoy! I think you’ll love the BnB it’s fantastic!

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  • 11/30/12 18:50 Biloxi:

    I like this set, but I’m wondering about the next shipment in early January. Anyone know what will be in it? As of this moment, I’m really wanting Laura’s 12/28 TSV called Off the Vine. Sure would love to know about the AD for the coffee kit though.

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  • 1/2/13 16:48 RJ:

    Just wondering when and if you’ll be posting about the 2nd AD shipment. I delayed mine to see what the reviews where on the new colors. (That and the BnB lasts me forever.)

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    • 1/2/13 16:50 the Muse:

      unfortunately I don’t have it yet RJ, I think it ships next month? as soon as I have it, will def post!

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  • 1/25/13 21:43 S D:

    Do you know of a lipstick dupe of cafe au lair Color drenched gloss? I love that colour and need to find a comparable lipstick shade to match. Please help if you can? Thank you! :)

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    • 1/28/13 12:10 the Muse:

      I’m not really sure sd sorry :(

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