Friday, November 21, 2014

Laura Geller Review Pt. 4: GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara.

I am a huge mascara fan. I love trying all kinds of new mascaras. It was kind of surprising to me that I had never tried any mascaras from Laura Geller. So of course, I was super excited to try the GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara.
Usually volumizing mascaras tend to have big fluffy brushes, so I was surprised to see this one used shorter bristles. But the cool thing about this brush is it has longer and shorter bristles. (but still not big and fluffy like Im used to seeing) The different lengths of the bristles are supposed to help separate, thicken and lengthen you lashes for "Starlet-worthy lashes."

This mascara is only available in black. Which I think is interesting, but kind of cool. Nothing is worse than going to the store to pick up a new mascara and getting home to find you grabbed blackened brown or just plain black rather than blackest black or jet black or whatever silly name they come up with for their black mascaras. I like the simple, no fuss black.

A lot of the time thickening or volumizing mascaras can kind of clump up and make you look like you have 5 thick Spongebob lashes rather than beautiful thick, full lashes. But this one really did separate and give me beautiful lashes. I did start to see more clumping once I got to 3 coats, however.
 1 Coat.
 2 Coats.
3 Coats plus eyeliner.

I never really put more than 2 coats of mascara on, but I know a lot of people do, so I wanted to show how it looks with 3. Personally, I think it looks amazing with even just one coat. Very natural but really beautiful. I was blessed with naturally pretty long lashes, so this mascara might look a little different on you, but I still think it will look great!
This mascara goes for around $24.00 for 0.28 fl oz/8 g (theres no ml on this tube)
Ive compared that to two of my favorite mascaras. Revlon Grow Luscious, which is $8.49 for 0.38 fl oz/8 ml and Too Faced Lash Gasm which is $21 for 0.4 fl oz/12 ml. The Revlon mascara has a very different brush, its much bigger and fluffier, but gives kind of similar results. It is a touch softer, but if you apply another layer or two you get much closer results. It is almost the same amount of product for over twice the price. The Too Faced mascara is just a little cheaper, and gives you a little more product. And again, the brush is different. This time the brush is smaller and stiffer. This mascara gives you long, beautiful, separated lashes. But it lacks in a little when it comes to volumizing.

The Laura Geller mascara to me is a really great product, but I hate to spend a lot of money on mascaras, especially because I tend to go through them so quickly. If it was a little cheaper I would definitely buy it..probably all the time, but because it is kind of pricey and I can achieve a similar look for much less I will probably only repurchase this product when I want to splurge and spoil myself a little.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other Laura Geller products you may have tried. So feel free to share in the comments below!

See also: Part 1: Blush-n-Brighten Baked Blush, Part 2: Color Enriched Anti-Aging Lipstick, Part. 3: Color Drenched Lip Gloss

Laura Geller Review Pt. 3: Color Drenched Lip Gloss

The third new product I recently tried from Laura Geller is the Color Drenched Lip Gloss. If you read my previous post, you should be aware that I am much more a fan of glosses than lip sticks. So I was pretty excited to try this one out. I tend to spend more money on higher end lip glosses over other products. I can buy drug store mascara, eyeliner, even foundations and powders. But lip gloss (as well as eye shadow and brushes) is one thing I usually buy high end.
They definitely named this product well. When I first swatched this gloss I was surprised at how rich and pigmented it was. They claim it is a non-sticky formula, and I agree. I cant stand the feeling of sticky gloopy or stringy lip glosses, and this was none of those things. It feels really nice on your lips. I got the color Guava Delight. Which matches the lipstick in my previous post, Tiger Lily, almost perfectly. So if youre someone who likes to layer lip sticks and glosses, that is a great pair! But, neither color look too good on my lips. Like I said in the previous post, I prefer lighter colors such as nudes or pinks and nudey pinks.
One thing I loved about this gloss was the scent! Oh my lord, it has a delicious subtle coffee scent. I am a huge fan of good smelling things, so I personally think makeup products that smell like food or candy are a gift from god! Also, this gloss has emollient oils and Vitamin E, which help protect your lips from environmental damage. Which, to me, is a major plus!

This gloss goes for around $19.00 for 0.3 fl oz/9 ml
Ive compared that to my two favorite lip glosses. NYX Butter Gloss, which is $5 for 0.27 fl oz/8 ml and Lorac Couture Shine which is $22 for 0.17 fl oz/5 ml. NYX is just a tiny bit less product for close to 1/4 of the price. I think the NYX Butter Glosses are amazing and super creamy and pretty well pigmented. The one thing though is they tend to wear off somewhat quickly. But theyre in a small enough tube (although they have almost the same amount of product) that theyre easy to carry with you for touch ups. The Lorac gloss is almost half as much product (in a slightly larger tube, which is really deceiving if you ask me!) for a few dollars more. I think it is probably just as rich and creamy, but not quite as pigmented as the Laura Geller one.
The Laura Geller gloss seems to be a pretty fair price for the product, and I really want to go check out some other colors!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other Laura Geller products you may have tried. So feel free to share in the comments below!

See also: Part 1: Blush-n-Brighten Baked Blush, Part 2: Color Enriched Anti-Aging Lipstick, Part 4: GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara.

Laura Geller Review Pt. 2: Color Enriched Anti-Aging Lipstick

The next new Laura Geller product I tried was the Color Enriched Anti-Aging Lipstick. Now, Im not a big lipstick person, I prefer to use lip tints or lip stains with a gloss on top. I also tend to use nudes or nudey pinks. But I like to try new things, so I gave this lipstick a fair shot. I got the shade Tiger Lily, a creamy coral flame, which is currently sold out on their site so it must be a popular shade.
At first I thought, what the hell is an anti-aging lipstick? What makes it anti-aging and why would I need this? Then I read a little about is "fortified with Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres that smooth the appearance of fine lines, making lips appear more voluptuous and youthful-looking." Now, thats not necessarily something I need just yet, but I still thought it was a pretty cool thing. You often hear about "lip plumping" glosses, but I havent ever seen a lipstick with those properties. (at least that I know of) So if youre someone who is starting to see those signs of aging and feel you need a little Resveratrol and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, this is probably a great product for you!

The shade Tiger Lily isnt really a color I would typically use, I dont think anything other than nude tones and nudey pinks look right on me. But, like I said, I like give everything equal opportunity. I first swatched it on my hand, and I think the color is gorgeous, but I still wasnt sure it would look too good on me. So I went ahead and tried it on my lips, and the color is still gorgeous, but its still a little too much for me.
(yes I know I have weird things through my lip, if you have any rude comments about them please keep them to yourself!)

The lipstick had a pretty creamy formula, and it felt really nice going on. They claim that this product has a wine scent, but I didnt really smell anything at all. The one thing I noticed that I didnt like though was that it wasnt super pigmented like others Ive seen from competitor brands. Ive even seen some drug store lipsticks with similar color payoff.

This lipstick goes for around $21.00 for 0.14 oz/4 g
Ive compared that to another lipstick I own from Rimmel which is $5.49 for 0.14 oz/4 g and a Make lipstick which is $25 for 0.12 oz/3.4 g. Rimmel is the exact same amount of product for less than 1/3 of the price, but Rimmel is of course a drug store brand, and isnt as high quality of a product as Laura Geller. But, I must add, this lipstick has a pleasant sweet scent, that I could actually smell. I also compared it to another high end brand lipstick. The Make lipstick is a little bit less product for just a few dollars more. I find that the Laura Geller lipstick feels the most creamy, but is the least pigmented. I actually think the Rimmel was the most pigmented out of the 3 I compared, which was surprising to me.
(It is really hard to take a picture of lipstick swatches that show off the color without glaring, sorry!)
So, in my opinion, if you are looking for a lipstick that will fill out fine lines and plump your lips up a little, this is probably a good product for you. I know I will definitely be going to Ulta to check out a couple of the other shades it comes in. Also, none of the other lipsticks are "anti-aging."

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other Laura Geller products you may have tried. So feel free to share in the comments below!

See also: Part 1: Blush-n-Brighten Baked Blush, Part 3: Color Drenched Lip Gloss, Part 4: GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara.

Laura Geller Review Pt. 1: Blush-n-Brighten Baked Blush

I recently got a few Laura Geller products I was pretty excited to try.. Ive tried a couple products in the past that I wasnt blown away by, but Im a big believer in second chances. (which isnt always a good thing!)

So this first product I actually have tried before in the past. That products is the Blush-n-Brighten Baked Blush. I looove baked products. Everything from foundation and bronzer to blush and eyeshadow. I think baked products are amazing and super versatile. I love the fact that they can be used both wet or dry!
I really liked the product itself, but the shade that I used in the past was too plummy and shimmery for my skintone, which is why I think I didnt like it. I believe the shade was called Apricot Berry, and I dont think they sell it anymore. But this time I got the shade "Boysenberry" Which, to be honest, I thought it sounded like a shade I wouldnt like. However, it actually happens to be a beautiful matte peachy-pink shade that looks wonderful on my skin! The formula is really soft and silky, it blends beautifully and adds a great, natural color to your face.

A few things I love about this blush in particular..first of all, its hand made in Italy. How cool is that?! It starts out as a cream and is baked for 24 hours on a terracotta tile, then it is hand finished. I find that fascinating, this product is a craft, and I really admire that! I also really love that it is Paraben-free and has "skin loving antioxidants Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts." That is definitely something I love to see in a product I am putting on my skin.
This blush goes for around $27.50 for 0.176 oz/5 g
Ive compared that to another baked blush I own from Palladio which is $7 for 0.009 oz/2.5 g and a Benefit box blush which is $28 for 0.28 oz/8 g. Palladio is half as much product for less than 1/3 of the price, but Palladio is more of a drug store brand, and isnt as high quality of a product as Laura Geller. Which is why I also compared it to my Benefit blush. (I dont own any other baked blushes to compare it to.) The Benefit blush is a little bit more product for just $.50 more.
That being said, I dont think its too pricey for the amount of product you get when you look at the quality of the product and the fact that its hand made. You are always going to pay more money for better products.

Also, I almost forgot to add, how cute is that box packaging?! I love the kind of sophisticated look of the box, but the fun little pop of pink around the sides. It also has fuyn colorful lips all over the inside. Adorable. Another thing to note is the product packaging itself. I love when products have clear plastic tops so you can see youre grabbing the right shade and you dont have to search for a name or open five different things until you find the one youre looking for. This has half clear half black, and on the inside it has a little mirror on the black half which is so helpful if you like to carry makeup with you for touch-ups throughout the day.

So, final thoughts: I think this is a beautiful blush and this particular shade looks great on my skin. I can easily see this becoming one of those products I grab every day and go out and buy again as soon as I run out of it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other Laura Geller products you may have tried. So feel free to share in the comments below!

See also: Part 2: Color Enriched Anti-Aging Lipstick, Part 3: Color Drenched Lip Gloss, Part 4: GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara.