Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

geller-gilded-honeyThis summer, everyone seems to be obsessed with a bronzed, glowy look (if I see #highlightonfleek one more time in my Instagram feed, I’m going to scream). Yet I get where everyone is coming from: the combo of bronzed skin and luminous highlight is completely gorgeous and quintessentially summer. One product that’s been blowing up the blogosphere in the last few weeks (aside from Champagne Pop, obviously) is Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey ($26).

The first thing that drew me in was the shade and the shimmer payoff. The creamy gold hue is almost an exact dupe for MAC’s beloved limited edition (and now discontinued) Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder in Whisper of Gilt. The shimmer in this is insanely beautiful; it really pops, especially when paired with bronzy skin. Another reason this is so gorgeous is the formula: although it’s a powder, it feels and applies like a cream, which gives the appearance of it melting into your skin for a truly lit-from-within look.IMG_2756The one thing I don’t like about this is the packaging. It looks and feels extremely cheap. The clear plastic lid is like something you’d see on a drugstore product (seriously, e.l.f. Cosmetics has better packaging). For the price, upgrading the packaging would make a huge difference and make the product a lot more attractive overall.IMG_2754

IMG_2757Since this and Champagne Pop are the two “it” highlighters of the summer, I wanted to compare them side by side.

gilded-honey-champagne-popAs you can see, the Champagne Pop compact is much larger.

highlighter-swatchesThe shades are quite similar. Champagne Pop is a bit more peachy, where Gilded Honey has more gold in it. The shimmer factor is very similar; to me, they are equally luminizing. Regarding texture, they both feel very similar, like a cream (obviously, the surface of Gilded Honey is 3D). As for wear, Gilded Honey lasts longer on me than Champagne Pop, and stays truer to its shimmer longer. If you have one of these powders, you certainly don’t need both (but if you’re a highlighter junkie, you’ll appreciate their subtle differences!). Both will certainly give you that desired glow.

If you decide to give it a whirl, you can get free shipping on orders over $50 at

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