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My love for food is well documented on this blog, but did you know that this gets triggered by food related makeup? No joking, if something is called Gelato Swirl, Honey Bronze or just Baked Whatever, I start salivating.
And yes, I am well aware that I am so not selling the Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Brighten Color Correcting Foundation to you here, linking it to mental images of saliva and me stuffing my face.
Maybe I can make it better if I tell you that it contains White Tea Extract for added antioxidant benefits? And that tea goes perfectly with any baked goods? No?
Okay, let´s leave the food and focus on the review instead.
Let us balance your skin tone and brighten your day! Our beloved Balance-n-Brighten foundation makes shade matching your skin tone a breeze. Color correcting swirls of multicolored liquid pigments are baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles, then hand-finished in Italy. The result is weightless, creamy coverage that self-adjusts to leave skin looking even, flawless and beautifully radiant. Baked products are made without additional fillers, so they cover with less product than traditional powders. Infused with antioxidants Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts, Balance-n-Brighten gives you luminous perfecting coverage you’ll love!
One compact contains 9 g of product and retails for 34 $ on the website here. Inside the lid is half a mirror, not very convenient to use, but enough for quick touch ups on the go.
The product comes in 9 different shades. I own the lightest one, Porcelain, which is too light and too pink in undertone for my skin tone.
As with most baked products, this foundation has a lot of kickback when used with a denser brush. My Kabuki, usually what I opt for when applying powder, creates a cloud of dust when lightly swirled inside, so I opted for a softer version: The Real Techniques Contour brush. A soft swipe with this one picks up enough product with minimal kickback.
Beautifully radiant is the perfect description, it leaves my skin with a glow similar to the Guerlain Meteorites. If you apply several layers, you can achieve an almost metallic finish similar to a more intense highlighter.
My biggest issue with the powder is that I find it to accentuate my pores when used all over the face.
Although I have read some people claim it is buildable up to a medium coverage, I disagree. The coverage is light, evening out the skin tone in a beautiful way, but not covering up even the lightest freckle.
You can´t feel it on your skin at all, it is a lovely, lightweight product.
With that light a coverage it is hard to tell, but I reckon I get a solid 4 hours wear out of it.
If your skin is normal to dry and you don´t have a lot of imperfections you want to cover, this might work as a foundation for you. If your skin is oily and you have larger pores, proceed with caution.
The Final Verdict
The strength of this product lies in its brightening and color correcting properties, so I love to use it as setting powder underneath my eyes.
As foundation though it doesn´t work for my skin type at all. In fact, the Bare Minerals Original Foundation comes to mind (Review), which had similar little coverage and a tendency to accentuate my pores, but compared to the Laure Geller Balance and Brighten one did not provide the color correcting benefits. I just don’t seem to get on with baked foundations at all.