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My first introduction to Laura Geller, both the person and the makeup range, was through Q.V.C. the home shopping channel. It was while flicking up and down the channels trying to find something interesting to watch, I dropped in on one of Laura's presentations just before Christmastime.
~~~ Laura Geller ~~~
For those who do not know, Laura is a leading makeup artist and her work features on Primetime TV channels in America. Laura's aim is to provide multi-functional makeup products that actually do what they claim and in this I believe in this she has succeeded. My review discusses my thoughts about the Baked ImPRESSions blush.
~~~ Baked ImPRESSions Blush~~~
This baked foundation comes in a solid compact form, and has been produced in Italy where only the finest local ingredients and colour rich pigments are used. The blush is a natural product but it's an even more innovative product than the foundation from the range that I have reviewed previously. It's a hybrid between baked and pressed, and takes twice the time as the original baked collection to produce. This gives extended wear and versatility, formulas that can be used dry for long lasting pigment true colour, or wet to create a more dramatic look when needed. This product provides the softness of a creamy blush yet the silky feel of a powder, and becomes the product I know and love.
~~~ Cost ~~~
I originally bought the Mauve Mocha Latte colour as part of a set with other products, but this 6.5 gram product is also available to purchase individually both from qvcuk.com at a cost of £24.00 including postage and packing. It is also available from Laura's website (http://www.laurageller.com) direct at $25. I'm unsure what the conversion rates at the moment as to which is the better deal, but Laura stocks this in a further three colours, two of which feature bunches of grapes and vines impressed in to the powder, rather than the coffee beans that mine has.
~~~ Colours ~~~
There are four colours to choose from, ranging through palest pink (Barolo), a lilac shade (Coffee Berry), the Mauve colour that I own, and Bouquet, a deep rose suitable for darker skin tones. I have a pale(ish) skin colour usually, so even though I didn't get a choice as to what colour I received as it just came in the collection, I do think that this is the one I would have chosen anyway. It's a medium terracotta shade, rather than the pinky purple, mauve colour that its name suggests.
~~~ The Product ~~~
I love the fact that this is a compact and gives me the portability and extra convenience for touch ups during the day if needed, not that I ever do, as once it's on, it stays there. The black compact looks quite modern with half of it featuring the white Laura Geller branding. What I love most is the fact that not only can you see through the lid, so you can see what colour you need in a hurry, but also the fact that the inside contains a handy, if very little, mirror for quick checks on your makeup.
~~~ The Blush ~~~
The product inside is mineral oil-free, paraben free, and loaded with skin loving anti-oxidants. Upon opening the product you will see a baked disk of blush, with the shape of espresso beans impressed into it. The coffee theme matches the other products in the range and also fits with the Mocha Latte name.
~~~ Application ~~~
Application is simplicity itself, even for a novice like me. I used to stick to eye and lip makeup as I was too terrified of blush, for fear of looking like an old lady with rouge all over their cheeks, or having a stripe like an eighties pop star. (Toyah anyone?)
My kit came with application instructions, and it recommends that I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend upwards towards the hairline. I've done this and agree that this indeed does give a wonderful, natural blush. Why didn't I know this before?
For a deeper, stain-like, dramatic finish you can apply this with a wet brush, and blend well. I prefer a more natural blush; I still want to look like me at the end of the day, not some perfect mannequin. I would imagine this method of application would be great if I had a dark tan, or for someone with a deep natural skin tone though.
~~~ The Results ~~~
The finish upon my skin is wonderfully soft and almost silky. I like that it's a very natural finish, it's matt and fits well with my matt foundation. Sometimes, I'll apply this onto bare skin, and the result is exactly the same. There's not a hint of sparkle within it which is great, as at forty something years old I don't want to look like a teenager either. With just one swirl of my kabuki brush over the compact, I can get a lovely flush to my skin, but due to the versatility of the product, I can either apply more and build up the colour, or apply with a wet brush for more intensity.
~~~ Removal ~~~
This product is so natural that it doesn't have any unwanted effects upon my skin. I've never experienced any sort of break out of spots or flare ups of eczema or dry skin from this product. As this blush doesn't clog the pores, and it as it sits on the surface of the skin this makes it easy to remove. I usually use a Nivea cleansing wipe, and after a couple of sweeps over my face it's gone. As mentioned previously, I've not tried the wet application yet, though I don't imagine removal to be any different, it's only water and blush after all.
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
Years ago the blushes I'd tried were unnatural looking, and cakey, Baked ImPRESSions blush is totally the reverse of this. I love that it's free of nasty parabens and mineral oils, loaded with natural ingredients and gives such a good result. I've owned this product for six months now and hardly made an indent in the product. I prefer a very light, natural look though, so I have no doubt that it wouldn't last as long if you required a deeper effect. I find this an effective product and the price per wear is minimal, I do not hesitate to recommend this product but just be sure to look at the shades, as the names do not match the actual colour.