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Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow and Liner Duo Review and Swatches

Laura Geller Marble Cakes Baked Eyeshadow and Liner Duo makes it so easy to shade, line, and define my eyes with a great little kit that even includes a dual ended brush. Likey!

The Muse enjoys simplicity packaged in one box don’t you?


Jump for it!

Although Laura Geller Baked Eyeshadow and Liner Duos are readily available on Sephora for $23 bucks, the Muse highly recs checking ‘em out on QVC (Item Number A86595) as they contain not only a baked shadow/liner duo but also come prepackaged with a dual ended brush for application.

After my foray into the world of Laura Geller’s Baked products with a kit I recently purchased I’m kinda lusting all things from the line. These duos are super as they are affordable and have great color payoff. The shadow comes housed in a chic black compact with mirror. They are split down the middle with the shadow on one side and the liner on the other. Honestly, if you’re wanting to you can easily use the liner side as a contrasting shade of shadow as well. The shadow side has a slightly sparkle finish where as the liner is more matte but not difficult to work with as it blends rather beautifully. Both shades are super smooth, silky, and very easy to work with. Could be the baked formula but they sport a beautiful formula. The basic idea is to use the shadow side as a color wash all over lid and crease and follow up with the liner to define eyes. Lining with the enclosed color proves a little difficult since the shadow shade is so similar in color however it does end up working very well when used wet as you’ll get a bolder more dramatic finish. Color payoff on the shades I tried were very good.

The kit also includes a dual ended brush which has a fluffy shadow shader on one side and a flat angled liner brush on the other. Both brushes are good quality with super soft bristles and no shedding.


The colors I tried were SugarSky/BlueBerry and Unearthed/Dark Chocolate. Sugarsky is a shimmering sky blue and Blueberry is a deep navy blue. Unearthed is a sparkling golden brown and Dark Chocolate as per it’s name is a velvety dark chocolate.


For my look below I used Unearthed all over my lid and followed up by lining my lower and bottom lash line with Dark Chocolate. I didn’t wet Dark Chocolate so the results aren’t as dramatic as they could be.


Overall, these are great little shadows and quite a super deal if you purchase the set for $26. Sephora has a total of four shades including a green combo that I’m wanting to indulge in where a the QVC sets are only available in the shades I have reviewed and swatched for you here. I liked these very much and deem them worthy of a Muse Approval.

Loves ‘em! Great deal, beautiful pigmentation, and superb formula to work with.

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Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner Review

Ok, let me tell you a story. A hundred years ago or so I purchased my first MAC Technakohl and promptly fell in love. To this day I still adore Technakohl but I also hate it. Dontcha just love having a love hate relationship with makeup? That so means you’re totally a psychotic product junkie like me, yay us!

So let me explain. Technakohl…omg awesome liner. This is such a dreamy, creamy formula that lines my eyes so perfectly but don’t let it wear down. I swear it’s probably good for three uses tops before the pencil quickly loses it’s sharp edge. Now what? Well nothing. You can’t do anything. There isn’t anyway you can sharpener a dull Technakohl liner. How can something so great be so incredibly crummy.

Sigh.

Someone suggested to be that I can roll the liner between a napkin or paper to sharpen it…yea well people…I am so not that coordinated…I tried and ended up with a mess of black swirls on a piece of paper.

Forget all this though.

MAC I am so sorry but you’ve been replaced by the joys of Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner, damn straight she cares. She cares so much she included a sharpener and a smudger! My god I heard the angels just sing (in my head that is).

Jump ahead to learn more about the brand new Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner and why the Muse thinks it’s the best thing since peanut butter on toast.


What is it?

It’s a super, smooth, long wearing, water resistant eye liner that applies like a dream. No skipping, no going back to re-line, just simple one line perfection. This is what love is. The formula is so dreamy and creamy and manages to glide across my lash line in a quick, flawless stroke so I don’t have to go back and reline or deal with skippage.


But let’s forget the formula for a minute and concentrate on the fact that it has a built in sharpener tucked inside the end cap. Laura you’re a master mind! You’ve solved world peace in my makeup world. I can’t believe a soft kohl liner housed in a plastic pencil has a sharpener, it’s a gift…from the gods above! The sharpener is really tiny but it manages to create a perfect point each and every single time. It’s like getting a new liner every time you sharpener! I admit I purposely squashed the end of my pencil so I could try it out and it created a perfect sharp point for me. I swear my makeup life is complete thanks to this handy, dandy sharpener.


Squashed!

Brand new again!


Ok, enough raving about that.

It also has a flexible, soft spongy smudger that’s ideal for smudging out the liner and creating an air of mystery to eyes.


If all this isn’t enough let me tell you that Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner is sold in a pair for $22 bucks!

Have I sold it to you yet?

Get it. Now.

You’ll be all the happier that you aren’t stuck with a dull pointed liner that you can’t sharpener!

Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner total loves it moment for the Muse and of course a mega Muse Approval for purchase.

Incredible.

Thank you Laura you’ve heard my prays.

Available now on QVC, Item Number A84597.

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Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection Review and Swatches

When I scored the Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection recently on QVC with free shipping I swear I felt like I won the lotto! When does QVC ever do free shipping right? The kit was $55 bucks plus no shipping? STEAL!


Loves it!

Click your heels ahead for the review!

Here’s the deets, the kit includes all these fabulous shades of yummy color that will go down so beautifully in the Fall! I was sporting this all weekend and got tons of comments about it. If you wear warm colors well you’ll want to get this kit.


The kit includes:
  • Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Apricot Berry
  • Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze
  • Laura Geller Spackle Cream
  • Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze
  • Laura Geller Dream Creams in Apricot Berry
  • Retractable lip brush, Eye Rimz Brush, and Double Ended Face and Blush Brush

The kit contains everything you need for a complete face look and of course you can spice things up to create a few looks since the Dream Creams palette has a few color selections to use. All the color cosmetics in the kit are richly pigmented, silky smooth, and blend beautifully. The completed look is very warm and rich, elegant even and ideal for Fall in my opinion. Although it’s Summer I’m already counting the ways I’ll make use of this when the cooler weather sets in.

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Blush is an incredible product and I’m the pride owner of a few shades. This is a silky smooth blush that works much the same as a MAC MSF but minus the heavy shimmer, glittery finish. The color that comes with this kit is a swirled peach, berry, golden beige combination. Brightens up cheeks with a flush of peach!


I’m not a fan of Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze as the bronze side is a tad too sheer and a bit chalky however the product is split so it houses the bronzer on one and the brighten powder on the other. Laura’s Balance-n-Brighten is a fabulous product that brightens the face and erases dullness for a flawless look. This part of the split pan I like but I could take or leave the bronzer side.


Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze is a rich, deep chocolate brown. This is an incredible color that works fantastic on my doe brown eyes. The shade has a tiny twinkle of gold that’s very subtle and pretty.


And finally the Laura Geller Dream Creams Palette (my favorite item) is a quad of four creamy lip colors that apply beautifully well. These are pigmented little gems of lip color and can be used together or separately to create a full, luscious pout!


Also included with the kit is Laura’s Speckle Cream for prepping and priming prior to applying makeup and three brushes. All the brushes in the kit are quite good quality for the price.


All in all I think the kit is an absolute steal and a rather great item for Fall. Even with shipping it still ends up a really great deal. I highly suggest picking one up if you like warmer shades. The kit is undeniably gorgeous and Muse Approved for purchase! If you’re interested the kit is under item number A90709 on QVC.

Here’s the completed look using the kit:


Loves it, simply loves it!

Anyone indulge in this?

Tell the Muse!

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Laura Geller Baked Bites Lush Lip Color Palette Review and Swatches

Does anyone remember a long time ago in a land far, far away when Revlon (I think it was Revlon) had these uber cool powder lipsticks? I remember I had two shades and one was called Saddle….it came in a small compact kinda like eye shadow with a sponge applicator. You’d smooth it on using the sponge applicator and it would give lips a pigmented, matte powder finish. It was interesting to say the least and unique. I must have been 13 or so when I had it? Maybe a bit more? Bueller, Bueller Anyone?

Well ok if you’re too young to recall these let me share with you the Laura Geller Baked Bites Lush Lip Color and Olive Oil Infushed Gloss Palette. Same concept here but a little different!


Check it out after the jump!

I’m sorta kinda on the fence about this one so bear with me here.

Here’s the deets. Laura Geller Baked Bites Palette has two powder lipsticks or lip creams or lip powders or whatever is you want to call ‘em. Basically they are a baked lip powder that are smoothed on using a sponge applicator and in their wake they leave behind a pigmented burst of color. Also included in the palette is an Olive Oil Infused Lip Gloss for placing on top of the powder after application so you have a shiny, glossy pigmented pout. The palette contains two shades which are a metallic bronzy peach and a deeper bronze berry. The gloss included has a reddish tint but is transparent after application.


Here’s the deal. It would have been so much better if they simply stopped with two baked powders. Including the gloss killed it for me. The powders look incredible on my lips separate or mixed together. They really give an outrageous pop to my lips that I love. Very sexy looking and spicy. I have no idea if either sexy and spicy should be used in the same sentence when referring to me but just deal with it for a second while I tell you my tale. Now I loved the idea of having this glam pout but I admit a bit of gloss on top really sounded fab. Um not so good an idea. Adding the gloss on top does nothing. The gloss is infused with Olive Oil right? But it’s barely emollient and far from glossy. It just feels cheap and hard. What happened to gorgeous shine and gloss? Damn you don’t promise me things I can’t have! I decided that even though I couldn’t get glossy and fabulous from Miss Olive Oil Infused I’d go ahead and use some of my Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss on top of the baked lip powder. Bad idea. Very messy. Eep. I guess the powders are simply not meant to combine with a super moisturizing gloss.


So that’s the story….

I’m really loving the powder lip colors, hating the gloss, and just feeling like I’m missing something when I just use the powder by themselves. Hmmm see? On the fence here.

Not sure if I adore this or not. At this point I’m wondering if I should just ditch and return it rather than have it end up in the cosmetic graveyard, unused and lonely for attention. Hmmm could be this one is leaving on a jet plane and won’t be back again! Buh-bye!

Laura Geller Baked Bites Lush Lip Color Palette is available now from QVC for $29.50 USD, Item Number A87624. It’s sorta kinda worth checking out as it’s one of those things you might end up falling for!


For my look below I used the bronze peach shade with a bit of Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss on top. It took a fair bit of work to get it to look nice as during first application it was smeared and gunked up all over the place. Oh by the way that’s my Summer Warrior look hehe. I’m using MAC Eye Shadow in Soft Force and Tempting on my eyes, loves ‘em!


Anyone try?

What do you think of powder lip color?

Tell the Muse!

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Laura Geller Baby Cakes Complexion Palette Review

The Muse was loving all over the Laura Geller Baby Cakes Complexion Palette a few weeks ago. It’s cute size and it’s small price tag definitely made it appealing to say the least. With my great success with the Laura Geller Baked To Go Balance n Brighten I was about ready to venture deeper into the world of Laura Geller baked products so indeed I spilled out my $30 bucks to QVC on the double and waited patiently for the arrival of my little Baby Cakes palette.

And it finally arrived.


You can hear all about what I think after the jump!

No likey. That about sums it up.

Ok, uber cute packaging, loves it! Good job Laura. Love the cute flip top lid, love the idea of three cute little baked face powders available in one spot with a small brush for application. Love the inexpensive price tag of $29.99 too! All good things as far as the Muse is concerned. Who doesn’t think this thing is adorable? I admit I was worried about the kick up of dusty face powder ending up all over the black palette but I overlooked that and just concentrated on the fact that it was rather a nifty, neat little design. I liked the idea of toting around three little face powders with a handy, dandy brush for application. The powders are small, a little bigger than a quarter. This could be a deal breaker for some but for me it just added to it’s appeal and seemed to make it extra travel friendly.


However, all this doesn’t make up for one of the reasons I avoided Laura’s baked products for a long time. The chalky way they apply. Le sigh.

Ok, first off I’m pretty chuffed with the Balance n Brighten. This is the lightest shade in the palette and meant to create a nice, even finish to skin. It does just that and does the job very well. I generally love this product and was happy it was in the overall palette. It evens out my skin tone, brightens it, erases dull spots, and just makes me look flawless.


My beef lays with the Ethereal Rose Face Powder and the Bronze-n-Brighten. I guess Ethereal Rose isn’t really supposed to act as a blush but I suppose I was thinking it would be pigmented enough to work as one. It’s sheer, chalky, and applies a bit on the nasty side. It makes my dry skin look even drier which is not a good look in my humblest. This particular powder is one reason I’ve failed to purchase any of Laura Geller’s products in a long time. The Bronze-n-Brighten is just as bad. It’s chalky and sheer as well but at least it applies somewhat better however you’ll notice no real difference in your skin tone once applied as it’s not pigmented enough to make much of a difference. Disappointing to say the least.


We are purchasing this because it contains three great products but sadly only one of three actually works well so what’s the point? Count this Muse disappointed. This one just didn’t work out as well as I’d have liked and the cuteness and inexpensive price tag just aren’t enough to make me grin and bear it.

Skip.

Not worth it in my humblest opinion.

Anyone try?

Love it?

What are your experiences with Laura Geller Ethereal Rose Face Powder?

How about the Bronze-n-Brighten?

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