REVIEW: Laura Geller Gilded Honey Highlighter

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey has been on wish list for nearly two years. I never swatched it or played with it in person, but when I saw posts on Instagram featuring this highlighter, I knew it was meant to be. During my trip to Buffalo (click here to view my World Juniors 2018 Buffalo Vlog Part 1 and Part 2), I was finally able to make it to an Ulta.

The Packaging

The packaging for the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is the only issue I have with this product. The box is cute, and the illustrations on it give it a fun, cute look. When you open the package, the highlighter comes in this black pan with a clear, plastic top. For a highlighter that retails for $26USD, this packaging makes it look somewhat cheap. I appreciate a simple design and package, but the plastic top feels cheap and somewhat breakable. It is travel-friendly¬†thanks to the size and simplistic design, but it definitely doesn’t give off a luxurious feel.

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Packaging Laura Geller Gilded Honey Packaging

Gilded Honey Swatches

First up, we have a lone swatch of the Laura Geller Gilded Honey highlighter on its own. Laura Geller describes this color as “an effervescent caramel honey shade.” When swatched, the pigment is incredible. The honey gold color looks like something out of Winnie the Pooh’s honeypot. The shine is more dew and less glitter, and the texture is like butter.Laura Geller Gilded Honey Swatch


Next up, I have swatched the Laura Geller Gilded Honey against some of my other favorite highlighters such as BECCA’s Champagne Pop and Opal; MAC Soft and Gentle; and Colour Pop Wisp. The closest color match to the Laura Gellar would be BECCA’s Champagne Pop thanks to the soft golden color of the BECCA highlighter. As you can see, the pigment of the Laura Geller is far more intense than the other swatches in this photo, and the color is the most golden than the others.

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Comparison Swatches

The Makeup Look

The first photo here is my full face of makeup without a highlighter. I have my foundation, concealer, powders, bronzers and blush.

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Makeup Look Before

After that, add in some Laura Geller Gilded Honey, and you’re left shining like a glazed donut…a honey-glazed donut. OK, I’m drooling now.

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Makeup Look

Thoughts and Tips on Laura Geller Gilded Honey

When I first applied the highlighter, I was away in Buffalo. I had access to limited makeup brushes, so I applied it with a fan brush at first. With the fan brush, I found that it didn’t show up on my skin very well. It was a very light pigment. If you’re a person who prefers a more subtle highlight, definitely opt for a fan brush. If you want the highlighter to pop on your cheeks and be more intense, I would suggest using a dome-tapered highlighter brush such as the Luxie Brush 522 Tapered Highlighter brush pictured below. I found this gave a more intense highlight.Luxie Brush 522 Tapered Highlighter

In the end, the wait was definitely worth it. I love everything about this highlighter except the packaging, which isn’t really a dealbreaker for me. Gilded Honey is butter soft with an intense pigment that looks beautiful on my skin. I’ve been using it tirelessly since I got back from Buffalo. You can purchase Laura Geller Gilded Honey from Ulta.

What are your favorite highlighters? Do you have any other favorite Laura Geller products?

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