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Whilst channel hopping I came across Laura Geller on QVC and was mesmerised with the results they were showing during the demonstration. Laura Geller, an American lady has her own studio in New York and I think you can only get her products on QVC although there will be some on Ebay. The price with postage is about £30 but look out for TSVs as you can pick up a bargain with several other products to try, all good in my opinion. The Balance and Brighten starts off as an oil free liquid powder this is baked into solid blocks in an Italian factory. The blocks consist of a mixture of different colours which have the ability to colour correct any flaws in the skin, eg. rosacea. Colours come in porcelain, fair, medium, deep and tan, I myself use the medium. You get a soft brush with the powder compact, if you're lucky it's a retractable one which can determine a light or heavier layer. Just swirl the brush over the block of powder then apply to your face lightly working in a circular motion. It's as if you have put on a liquid foundation, it doesn't leave a dry powdery finish so is brilliant on my dry mature skin. I love it and think it's the most amazing foundation I've ever used and I've had lots of years to try loads of them out. My daughter is 49 and has remarked favourably about my make up so I bought her a Laura Geller make up set which included the Balance and Brighten for her last birthday.
My first introduction to Laura Geller, both the person and the makeup range, was through Q.V.C. the home shopping channel. I'm home all day alone while my partner and my daughters are both out at school, so I often put the television on as a bit of company so to speak. If there's nothing on worth viewing, I'll make the most of having the remote to myself and have a good old flick up and down the channels, hence me dropping 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. In 1993, she opened the self-titled Laura Geller Makeup Studios on New York City's posh Upper East Side. The Studio's purpose was simple: to teach women the art of makeup application so you can get the same results at home. Laura wanted to simplify the process and provide multi-functional products that actually do what they claim. I believe in this she has succeeded, and this review discusses my thoughts about the Balance-n- Brighten Colour Correcting Foundation.
It wasn't until about eighteen months ago now, that I even dared wearing foundation; at forty one, I was extremely late joining the party. The reason for this being my mum never had an interest in makeup either, and being a bit of a tomboy I wasn't really a girly girl until the latter end of my teens. I'd had the odd dabble in foundations here and there but in the eighties and nineties foundations were unnaturally coloured, heavy and mask-like, and I just didn't get on with them. Fast forward twenty years and makeup has totally changed beyond all recognition.
I was first tempted to try foundation again after another presentation on QVC (yes I do watch other programs occasionally), this time being Bare Escentuals and particularly the Bare Mineral Foundation. This product ticked all the boxes of my requirements for a short while, until I met a flaw; being a loose powder in a screw topped jar, if I wanted to take it with me for touch ups during the day, I had to carry it in my handbag. On more than one occasion, the screw lid came undone, and you can imagine the rest. I was therefore in the right place at the right time when this product came onto the screen.
~~~ Balance-n-Brighten ~~~
Given the correct title of Balance-n-Brighten Baked Colour Correcting Foundation, it sounds a rather imposing product, I was certainly daunted by the sound of it; whatever did it do? That was until Laura, with her bubbly manner and absolute enthusiasm explained about what it could do for me personally. She seemed like she wasn't there to sell the product, she was there to help just as a best friend would, and I was sold. I bought one there and then, and haven't looked back since.
~~~ Cream or Powder? ~~~
This baked foundation comes in a solid compact form, and has been produced by artisans in Italy who only use the finest local ingredients and rich pigments from the earth. Each product is then transformed into a cream and scooped by hand onto terracotta tiles, baked for 24 hours, and hand finished into a powdered dome. Once inserted into the packaging and applied, this provides the creaminess of a liquid yet the silky feel of a powder, and becomes the product I know and love.
~~~ Cost ~~~
I originally bought this as part of a set with other products, but this 9 gram product is also available to purchase individually both from qvcuk.com at a cost of £32.00 including postage and packing with a brush, or Laura's own website (http://www.laurageller.com) direct (without the brush) at $33 and free shipping. I'm unsure what the conversion rates are at the point of writing this review but it wouldn't be too difficult to find out, don't forget to factor in the cost of the brush though. It is worth noting that although mine is the standard colour correcting foundation, there is one available with an SPF of 15 which costs around £2 more. I shall definitely be purchasing the SPF one when the time comes to place another order, at my age I need all the skin protection I can get. :)
~~~ Colours ~~~
There are four colours to choose from, ranging through fair, porcelain, regular/medium to tan. I have a pale(ish) skin colour, but I'm prone to redness, be it through blushing (a lot), exertion, and just generally catching the sun; I don't tan and go brown, I stay red. I was undecided what colour to choose, but Laura insisted that the colours are so defined that where boundaries are blurred to always choose the regular/medium, and so I did. I've found that this has indeed been proven to be the correct decision and even though my skin varies dramatically with the seasons and even sometimes day to day, this foundation does its job correcting my flushes and blushes each and every time.
~~~ The Product ~~~
I love the fact that this is a compact and gives me the portability and extra convenience that my Bare Minerals foundation didn't. Mine is slightly different to the one featured in the photo above and I really like the unique details of the lid - The black compact looks quite modern with half of it featuring the white Laura Geller branding, and Lulu Guiness-esque red lips. The other half is see through, so you can easily glance and know what product it is, and how much you have left, without having to root around in your makeup bag. Nothing impressive there you may think, but when you open the lid, the half of the lid that featured the branding, contains a semi-circular mirror. With other compacts you either get the see through lid OR the mirror inside, but with this you get the best of both worlds. I love it, every little detail has been thought about.
~~~ The Foundation ~~~
The product inside is mineral oil-free, paraben free, and loaded with skin loving anti-oxidants such as Canella Asiatic (a herb which is mildly anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial) and White Tea extracts, for the same reasons. I love that my makeup is multifunctional to the point that it also provides skincare to a certain extent.
Opening the product you will see a dome of foundation with not just one standard flat colour of the chosen shade to suit your skin tone, alongside there are also swirls of cream, yellow and tan. These are there to offset ruddiness, balance the complexion and brighten sallow skins.
~~~ Application ~~~
Application is simplicity itself, even for a novice like me. The instructions tell us to apply using a powder brush, and for extra coverage apply more when needed - so easy even I can follow it. I use my trusty Bare Escentuals foundation brush still; I swirl it over the foundation and apply in a circular motion to my face. I've been informed that it's not really the amount you use that gives a good finish but it's the blending technique that gives the natural, no makeup look I require. Therefore, I tend to take one swipe and apply, and blending taking the time it takes to sing happy birthday in my head. Sometimes I have to do this a second, third or even fourth time depending on my skin - like today, I've got a particularly redder face than usual, as I was on holiday and caught the sun last week. I find that this product copes admirably in this instance and it tones calms down the redness wonderfully. This really only takes a minute or two to apply, it's really simple, and just the makeup routine I need to get me ready and out of the door in the shortest possible time in the morning.
~~~ The Results ~~~
The finish upon my skin is wonderfully soft and almost silky. I can't say my skin looks dewy as this isn't the product to do that, but it certainly doesn't look matt and mask-like; it's left with a natural feel, look, and texture. I love that it's virtually weightless and almost, yet not quite, undetectable upon my skin.
~~~ 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 foundation doesn't clog the pores, it simply sits like a veil upon the skin, it's so easy to remove. I usually use a Nivea cleansing wipe, and after a couple of sweeps over my face it's gone.
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
Years ago the foundations I'd tried were heavy, pore clogging and unnatural looking, Balance -n-brighten is totally the reverse of this; how times change! I love that is multi-functional in that it's free of nasties, loaded with natural ingredients that are good for my skin and gives such a good result. I've owned this product for six months now and hardly made an indent in the product, as such a small amount is needed. Therefore I find this is such an effective product and the price per wear is minimal, I do not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend this product. I love it and I hope you do too.
I first came across Balance and Brighten on QVC and as usual I convinced myself that this was something I could not live without.
I am on a life long mission to find a foundation that suits my very dry skin , provides great coverage ,looks natural , is quick and easy to apply and does not make my sometimes flaky skin even flakier. A tall order , but I do think Balance and Brighten comes pretty close to achieving that.
The product is a colour correcting lightweight foundation in a powder form.
Laura Geller is a New York make up artist and has created a collection of products , that start life as a blend of liquid pigments, which are then baked for 24 hours so they solidify into a silky powder.
The powder comes in a black compact and a useful feature is the lid which is half clear plastic, so you can see the product . The other half of the lid has a small mirror inside . The container is fairly sturdy and functional.
The product looks unusual as it has a marbled effect due to all the different pigments used. To apply simply swirl a soft brush across the powder and brush over your whole face.
The powder evens out skin tone and does a great job of covering redness and any other flaws. It provides great coverage but does not leave you with a mask like look as all the different pigments used help achieve a natural finish.
The product comes in a variety of colours to suit all skin tones from far to dark. I have used the fair version.
I usually purchase this as part of a kit as this represents better value for money and allows you to try other Laura Geller products. It can be bought separately and for the full size is £27.26 for a smaller version it is £19.58. The large version comes with a retractable brush and they are now producing a small version intended to be used on the go which comes with a spring loaded sponge in the lid for application.
My kit cost £39 for 5 products including a blusher , concealer, eyeshades and eye pencil from QVC
This really is a lightweight powder foundation that gives great coverage and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth . Applying the product is easy and quick and I can almost do this with my eyes shut as it is difficult to overdo this. I have red spider veins on very fair skin, so need to cover those before leaving the house and with this product I don't feel overly made up.
Laura Geller does a whole range of products including blushers and bronzers in this range . My kit came with a leaflet that describes the product how to apply lists all the ingredients.
I am on my third purchase and this is one of the very few foundations I have completely finished.
It does last a long time as I use on a daily basis. I bought this in July this year and it is still going strong , but as someone who is fair skinned I don't use lots of product .
It doesn't last all day unfortunately , but it is fairly easy to reapply during the day over existing makeup.
In my opinion a 5 star product that lives up to the claims made about it.
Due to having dry skin I tend to stay away from powders because they usually highlight the dry areas more and sit in fine lines.
However, after watching Laura Geller on QVC I was blown away by the results of her make-up, which was tried out on several models that had different types of skin.
One of the models had red areas and dark circles something I am no stranger to and it covered her flaws so perfectly leaving her skin looking perfect. It didn't look like she was wearing make up she looked like she had naturally gorgeous skin.
Balance and Brighten is much different to most make-up powders. Most powders are used to set your foundation. Balance n brighten however is used as an actual foundation. The foundation is sold in two shades: fair and medium. I purchased medium because although my skin isn't dark it isn't fair either. This colour is a great balance between the colours and adapts to your skin colour anyway so you can't really go wrong.
I really like this foundation but I do have one complaint. The foundation does break easily. I have used the blusher from Laura Geller and that broke even easier. I recommend using a good padded make up bag if you are travelling with this powder because if it is in no make up bag there is a good change of breakage if there are several things in your bag that are heavy that could bash against the powder causing it to break.
Laura geller goes through how the foundation is created. At first it is a mouse and then it is put in an oven to be baked. Although, it is baked the foundation feels gorgeous and creamy once applied.
Despite this been a foundation I use this on top of my liquid foundation but you can apply this without a foundation as a base because it is a good coverage. I use this powder on its own when I do not want to wear much make-up like when I am nipping out for a few hours or in the summer.
The powder comes with a brush, which is retractable. The brush is good for applying this powder because you can adjust it to the length you like. Laura Geller recommends making the brush small using the retractable device when you want a full coverage on some areas like dark circles where she says dabbing this area is a good way of covering it.
The powder is made up of different tones that are mixed together.
Laura said the yellow tones are especially good for dark circles and redness as it tones down harsh colours.
The shades are neutral and are designed to balance your skin colour and brighten it not leave a mask of colour on the skin that is why fair or medium works well on all skin colours normally.
The compact is a circular black compact with the brand printed on the front in white and a section is clear so you can see through to the powder inside. Inside the compact is a mirror, the mirror is very small which helps to focus on different parts of the skin but not at one time so you can get all the skin without missing any parts.
The application of this product is simple, all you have to do is swirl the brush in the powder and then knock off the excess at the side of the compact so it goes back into the powder (so you are not wasting any) Applying this on the face is just as simple. Laura recommends buffing this product into the skin using circular motions.
The finish of the powder gives you a matte finish, it looks very clean and healthy without looking cakey on the skin. The foundation is the most natural looking foundation I have used and lasts all day long without budging. If you feel like you need to top up on certain areas it is very easy to do anyway because of the retractable brush is comes with you can just get it out of your bag swirl it into the powder knock off the excess and buff it into your skin much easier than applying liquid foundation for top ups which can cause all sorts of difficulties applying on the go.
Overall, I love this foundation and will continue to use it as one of my main foundations. I either use it on its own or with a liquid if I am going out somewhere nice so I can really enhance my skin. It works well with liquid foundations and on its own so you cannot really go wrong. You can buy this product on the Qvc shopping channel or on their website or from the Laura Geller site.
QVC- R.R.P - £27 however they usually do offers on this product where you can get several Laura Geller products for less than £40.
I had never heard of Laura Geller until I watched a segment on QVC but I was intrigued by this foundation/face powder as I am always looking for easy make up methods. So I ordered myself a starter kit and waited for it to arrive.
I have to admit, it was a disaster! I looked like I had been tango'ed - I was orange, then I added the bronzer and I looked muddy. It was not the look I was going for - unfortunately I didn't realise this until I was half way round the supermarket and happened to glance in one of the mirrors. I thought all the stares I had been getting were of admiration - one look in the mirror confirmed that I was very wrong!
So I put it in the cupboard with my other foundation rejects and went back to my old faithfuls, until another Laura Geller show on QVC came along. Fair version? Nobody offered me a Fair version before. I was straight on the phone to order it and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it.
The powder is actually a mixture of mousse - there are about 5 different colours mixed together ranging from tan to cream in order for the powder to give a most natural finish to any skin. You swirl in a brush and dust over your face for a light natural coverage. I have pale skin, cool undertones and broken thread veins so I have to use a concealer under this or else I don't get enough coverage for my liking. You can take a smaller brush and use this to cover problem areas which I have done in the past getting good results.
The price on this may seem a little high but the product lasts for ages so it does have value when you look at the amount you get out of it.
I would recommend this product but I would tell anybody to use caution when applying. It does deposit a lot of colour so be prepared to practice getting the right balance. If you are pasty and pale like me you must go for the Fair option if its available.
I'm a bit of a channel-flicker when I have the TV remote to myself and often find myself watching make-up presentations on QVC to see what's new and hopefully get some tips on application. I was quite interested in the Laura Geller range of make up but no way was I prepared to fork out £26 (plus p&p) for this Balance & Brighten although it did look good....
Imagine my delight when, a few weeks later, I found that one of our local charity shops had a mass of brand new LG products donated by QVC. I picked up a sealed box which contained not only the powder but also the brush for £4.
The compact is quite stylish and instead of those pesky twist & turn ones, this opens up so you don't have the contents flying everywhere. The one I have is 9gm which has lasted me 6 months already and although I use it every day it looks barely used.
It is a baked powder but when you brush it on it feels creamy and my skin feels really soft. To be honest, although the brush is good quality, I don't use it as I found it a bit harsh, reverting to my trusted huge softer one.
It can be used either as a foundation or on top of it and I've found both work really well. I tend not to use much make-up on my skin in the summer and this great for giving good coverage without feeling 'heavy'. I've also used it over foundation and found that once again, the coverage is really good.
Being a 'triple milled' powder I've found it doesn't clog the skin nor does it settle in my wrinkles (yes, they ARE wrinkles - gone are the days when I could get away with calling them laughter lines!!) and the overall effect is one of looking more healthy but not made up.
It somehow seems to take away the redness I have on my cheeks and gives (as it states) the skin a more balanced and even tone but with a hint of colour. It is very easy to apply - just swirl your brush over the powder, tap off the excess and, using large circular strokes, apply as much or as little as you need.
I've found that having popped it on in the morning it lasts all day and so I can forget about re-applying unless I'm going out in the evening.
I do like this Balance & Brighten as it does what it says yet is easy to remove, doesn't cake, doesn't 'disappear' and lasts for ages.
would I pay full price for it when I run out of my current one? D'you know I actually might do!
I am always looking for new make up that might be easier or better than what I am currently using. Watching the shopping channels tends to fuel this obssession some what and I end up trying out far more make up than I really need to!
I first saw the Laura Geller range on QVC online but didnt really know what it was until I saw a demonstration on TV. Its basically baked powder that has been tripple milled so thats its really fine when you apply it to the skin. Laura Geller is a top new york make up artist who has her own studio and has been working with the stars for many years.
I thought I should give it a go as they made it look so natural and easy to apply, and it was reasonably priced too.
When I got it home I was very keen to try it and so put some straight on. Well I can tell you, I was so glad I did try it before I was actually going out. It looked absolutely dreadful on my skin. It caked and looked really powdery and didn't cover anything at all.
The idea of this product is that it is supposed to act as a powder and foundation in one product. Its a bit like a pressed powder and you just swirl the brush around and then apply to the face. The powder contains lots of different colours that are there to make the skin look flawless and evenly toned.
When I used this it really just didn't work for me at all. I tried quite a few times and even tried different brushes and techniques but nothing could make this work for me so I gave it to my mum. The funny thing she has used it ever since and totally loves it. So I guess it really is different for everyone.
The compact is made of a black matt plastic and has the brand name on the front. On the back is the product name, ingredients list, weight which is 9g, contact information and that it needs to be used within 24 months of opening.
My mum gave me this power to try as she had already got two from her today's special value from QVC and I thought there was no harm in trying it. Laura Geller balance-n-brighten is a powder that can be used on its own or on top of foundation. I thought this would be good for the summer months and taking away on holiday as it looked nice and light. Opening the compact is easy as it has a push button which unlocks it. Once opened you notice a mirror on the inside of the lid and on the base is a baked powder which has a marbled effect. There seemed to be four colours swirled about, a beige, yellow, brown and a bronze colour. I then tried it on and it was very easy to apply, you just need a large powder brush. I dusted the brush with powder then got rid of the excess. I then proceeded to swirl the brush on my face and found the powder was giving me a little coverage, enough for a summer's day and seemed to brighten and balance out my skin. Now I have dry skin so I do recommend using a daily or weekly exfoliation product before use as you might be left with patches on the skin. The powder was silky soft and had that usual makeup smell. You don't need a lot of product and I can see it lasting a long time. I have also tried it on top of foundation and it does help to make it last longer. It also doesn't compromise other makeup that I am wearing. This is a great product if you are willing to pay the price but I don't think I would buy this product myself, it is just a little too expensive for me.
Price and Availability
Laura Geller balance-n-brighten is available online, mainly QVC and EBay. It costs £26.00 but I would watch QVC to see when it is on special value to get a better price.
I have previously written this review on ciao under the same username.
Having a mum that is a QVC-aholic certainly does pay off! So when she came to me and told me I had to try a new make up called Laura Geller, I was intrigued. Having always used liquid foundations and recently more mineral based foundations, I never really though that a powder could do the job as well. I mean yes, I've used powder over my foundation plenty of times before, but never in the place of a foundation, which Balance and Brighten claims to do.
Balance and Brighten comes with a handy retractable brush, which on its own is brilliant. In the past I have bought so many products with their own brushes whose bristles have been far too rough for my skin and left it irritated and red. The brush you get here is so soft on sensitive skin that it feels like your using your fingers to apply. With it being retractable is also means that its a great size to slip into your handbag, without feeling as though your carrying your whole make-up collection.
The brush is made for very easy application, you can lower the bristles down to become more clumped in order to get the powder on the brush, you can then fully retract it so the brush is more fan-like, enabling you to tap off any unwanted excess and gently swirl and buff around your face.
The powder itself is advertised as an 'oil-free liquid powder that will help to offset any redness.' It does exactly this, the powder is so rich and creamy, which when applied feels au-natural, instead of the heavy feel some make ups can leave. The powder is baked which helps with the chalky consistency making it ideal to apply. It also gives it a great marble effect, resulting in lots of colours that when mixed together result in a great combination.
The coverage I've found with Laura Geller is amazing; it does the job of any decent foundation and also feels much lighter on the skin. I for one am prone to occasional spots and red blotches, but with balance and brighten you'd never guess! The colour seems to fit most skin tones, as long as you start with a light base, anyone wanting a darker shade can build on it to give a more bronzed look.
At around £25 for both the powder and brush, its quite a good deal and an investment as the powder seems to be endless. I use mine almost everyday and have only gone through 2 in the last 2 years! Definitely a product I would recommend to anyone
wow wow wow wow
working horrrible shifts covering 24 hours, i wanted something that was firstly quick, and secondly natural looking as i dont like alot of make up, expecially in work
i had this delivered in a kit form and immediately went to give it a try.
i wasnt dispointed !!!
although i wasnt impressed with the brush, but would be handy inside the hand bag make up bag for touch ups i required, but...
the powder itself was AMAZING!!!
it was soo quick to put on, and the coverage was just what i needed.
it was soo easy to add a little more to the cheek and nose area where i have a little redness to get a full coverage, without looking caked and fake
the result was a natural looking face, without creases, and it didnt sit in the crows feet wow wow wow
i can now fall out of the shower, get dressed, put my make up on and be ready to leave the house within 30 mins.. a record.
no fiddling about with concealer, foundation, then powder.. this does it all.
one tip,... if you want a fuller coverage, apply with a sponge not a brush
AND IT LASTS ALL DAY TO :-)
I bought this product as part of a set from QVC about a month ago and I haven't look back (or better)!
I had my eye on the Laura Geller products for a while, and the set seemed like such good value that I went for it and I am very glad that I did. Laura Geller uses a selection of different tints, then bakes her liquids on a terracotta pan. What we get is a beautiful, swirly selection of pale skin tone colours, which should blend beautifully to match your skin tone. You can buy this product in fair or medium. I plummed for fair, and it is super - the selection of colours means it really does work to suit you.
Essentially this is a face-powder that works as a foundation. I suppose you could use it on top of a liquid foundation, if you think you need it. I am in my twenties and I just add some concealer to the under eyes, and spotty areas, swirl this over and my base is done. I used to use liquid foundations and I was shocked when I put this on. It gives a beautiful glow, not cakey or powdery, much better than a liquid! It makes you look soooo radiant!
As I said, I bought a kit of Laura's make-up and I found that my make-up stock of high end products (Benefit, Clinique etc) has become almost redundant. I still use my Benetint and concealer, but a swish of this is all you need for perfect skin. It stays on and is so quick and easy.
If you still aren't convinced - listen to this... not only have I had comments from my mum and hairdresser on the look of this product, the day after I bought it I went to work with my new look (I am a teacher) at least three of the seven year olds I teach noticed! One sat staring at me all day, she said, 'It is like we have a new teacher!'
My only problem with the product is that it doesn't travel well. I have taken it away a couple of times and when I pull it out of my bag there is a lot of loose powder that has broken away in transit. This is a shame as I worry how long it will last if I haul it around. Believe me you would want to, it is a great pick-me up/perk-me up product, refreshes your look in seconds!
It is not easily available in the UK. QVC sell it and you can get it on ebay too. My advice is to wait till QVC have an offer on and snatch it then. You can get lots of other products at a great price too - the blush and brighten and bronze and brighten are def worth a try (even though I can't find them on here)!
Laura Geller's 'balance and brighten' is perfect for my days off when I don't want full makeup coverage. It's an oven-baked cream that converts to a powder type formula during the baking process and this therefore allows a lovely natural coverage without your skin going dry and cakey which is what sometimes happens with some traditional 'powder' type products.
It's not going to give you complete coverage however, so if you have severe acne scarring, dark pigmentation spots or broken broken capillaries and you're hoping for something to correct those imperfections then I'd stick with a foundation. However, if you have an uneven skin tone and would like a natural, light base then I'd give this a try.
The colours available as far as I'm aware are fair and medium. More colours may be available direct from Laura Geller. However. I use the fair which is described as "swirled tones of soft tan/ beige/ ivory", whilst the medium shade is "swirled tones of soft tan/ peach/ cream". I have quite a fair complexion, with yellow undertones and I also use 'fairly light' in the Bare Escentuals range to give you an idea of my skin tone and I find this just fine.
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT.
Ok, so I'm not normally a face powder person as I prefer the coverage you get from a liquid foundation but when I was testing products out to to put in my 'wedding day make-up bag' my mam gave me her Laura Geller Balance and Brighten to try out for a few days. And I was so taken by the product I soon found myself ordering not one but two 'Balance and Brightens' to add to my wedding make-up collection!
Balance and Brighten is a face powder which is designed to be used as a foundation rather than a finishing product to be applied over your liquid foundation like some powders. Originally sold in just one standard colour (medium), it is now available in fair too. I first tested the original colour which I believe looked OK on my pale skin but when I saw that they'd introduced a fair shade too..well, I just had to buy them both to try out! (Any excuse!)
Both powders are very dense and are made up of various tones which are mixed together in a swirl type pattern. The fair is made up of soft tan, beige and ivory tones and the medium has soft tan, peach and cream tones. Both shades are described as 'neutral' that can be used on all skin tones. I'm a very pale person and I must say I do prefer the fair powder but the medium shade does not look out of place on my skin. This is because the powders aren't really designed to leave colour on the skin. Instead, they should 'even out skin tones' to give you a 'healthy, glowing complexion'.
Whilst both powders arrived in an individual box, each shade came in a different shaped compact. The new 'fair' shade was in a compact like that of the photo above, a square black compact with the brand printed on the front in white. This was the packaging I was familiar with. The original shade came in a round black compact with the brand marked in white on the front and a clear window in the lid showing the product inside. As far as I'm aware, the round compact is their standard packaging now which is a shame as I thought their square compacts were far classier.
All Laura Geller make-up has been created with simplicity in mind. And 'Balance and Brighten' can't really be any simpler! They even provide a separate decent-sized retractable brush with every face powder so you don't have to go rummaging in your make-up bag looking for something suitable to apply the product! Application is straightforward - swirl your brush around over the powder, flick off any excess product (there won't be a great deal due to the density of the powder), and then apply in quick, small circling motions all over your face. Add a fine coating or keep adding layers for fuller coverage.
I have to say, I love the finish the powder gives you. My skin is left with a matte look but not a dry powdery matte like some powders create. It is more like a creamy, healthy look. I have dry skin around the nose area which can look terrible with some face powders but this product doesn't enhance the dryness at all.
If using it on its own, you'll probably want to add a couple of layers of the powder but if you use it over foundation, just a fine coating is enough. My foundation doesn't really need a coating of powder over the top but I add it anyways as I love the finish this powder creates. It really does balance and brighten your face!
The only problem with this product, in my opinion, is the availabilty. I have not noticed it available in any make-up or department shops that I've visited (and that's quite a few!) although you can buy it from Sephora in the USA so perhaps European branches do stock it too. I purchased mine online at QVC and it was out of stock for a good few weeks but as soon as it was back in stock, I received my eagerly-awaited order.
Then again, if you CAN get your hands on 'Balance and Brighten', I'm sure it will last you a long time. I've used mine for over three months, every single day and it still looks new and untouched! And thanks to the hardwearing packaging and the dense powder, you won't find chunks of the powder chipping off as happens with other similar products.
A big thumbs up from me - I can't wait to try the bronzers and blushers too! (Which I will, of course, eventually review here!)
About Laura Gellar
Laura Gellar is the founder and creator of Laura Gellar Make Up Studios, one of the most successful make up studios in New York.
Laura's philosophy is all about creating maximum impact with minimum make up and hopes her make up will inspire confidence in women of all ages.
Balance and Brighten
Balance and Brighten can be used as a foundation for coverage or as a powder over an existing foundation.
It is a liquid baked into a powder form for a creamy coverage, it uses swirls of soft tan and light pink in a liquid powder to help offset ruddiness, cover acne and scarring and balance and brighten sallow skin,
I Love this product i was using the bare escensuals mineral poweder before and thought I would give this a try as it looked less messier, I`m so glad I did.
The powder applied really well and it covered the slight redness I have on my cheeks and chin and also the odd spot i had.
My face just looked so much more even, I never really get that with the liquid foundations I try and I always need lighter than most brands do.
I find it last`s all day without having to re-apply it and it calms down the shine I had.
I definitly recommend this for anyone with spots as I have been suffering quite badly the last few weeks and this is the only reason I would leave the house it totally covered them and still looks natural as you still only need to use a little amount.
Use your normal morning or evening routine(cleanse, tone, moisturise etc) then sweep it over your face in circular motion until you reach your desired coverage or use the lightest parts with a smaller brush as a concealer for dark circles or spots.
I get this from Qvc it cost's around £23.00 but you can sometimes get it in set's with other things, I have had mine a good 3 months and it has just ran out using it most day's once a day and others twice.
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