Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey: review and swatches | KITSCH/SNITCH

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey: review and swatches

September 17, 2015


The internet was a buzz with rave reviews of the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey... and as I am currently obsessed with highlighters I had to check it out for myself.


Some basic information: I bought this from Beauty Bay where I paid AU$37.70 with free shipping. Shipping took about two weeks to arrive. I have ordered off Beauty Bay many times and do recommend the site. This was probably the longest I had to wait for an item to arrive to me in Melbourne.

This shade is no longer available on the site (I'm sure it will come back in stock soon) but the other shade Ballerina which is more of a pink champagne shade is in stock and retails for $38.50.


For the price of this, I was a little disappointed in the packaging and size. The packaging is just a basic plastic compact with a clear domed lid, no mirror, and it doesn't feel all that sturdy or special.

This contains a puny 4.5g of product and I really should have taken a photo of this compared to other highlighters to show how small it really is (see my instagram photo of me holding it below as a reference) . In comparison a MAC Mineralized Skin Finish contains 10g of product and The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer contains 8.5g of product. Now The Balm's Mary-Lou is one of my favourite highlighters and it costs less than this highlighter, contains nearly double the amount of product, and I like it more.

I think the thing that made people go crazy for this highlighter is the swirl...

...the swirl

...the swirl design is pretty cool.

The product itself is ok. Being a baked highlighter, the product is quite firm and a little dry. It definitely doesn't have the buttery feel that Mary-Lou or one of the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors have.

The colour is a lot more yellow gold than I expected, and even though it is lovely on the skin, it wouldn't work for people who have very fair skin. This looks a lot more yellow gold in the watches and tends to apply in a more golden champagne colour. I have a skintone that matches foundations that have names like "beige" and "nude" and this works alright on me, but I think it would look better with a bit of a tan. This also applies a little sparkly/uneven instead of a smooth even sheen.

PicMonkey Photo

If you are very fair, if gold doesn't suit you or you don't like obvious sparkly highlighters then definitely steer clear of this highlighter. If you have light/medium or have deeper skin tones, if gold tones suit you and you don't mind a glittery highlighter then you might like this.

I personally don't think this is worth the $38 that they are asking... it doesn't contain much product and I find myself reaching for other highlighters over it. Its nice, it looks pretty in the pan, but is it worth the money and the hassle of tracking it down? Nope. I might change my tune when summer comes around and I want a really gold highlighter, but after a few wears of this, I'm not in love.



  1. Thanks for the review!You just saved me from waisting my money(cause i am very fair),was interested in buying it...

  2. Thanks for this review Kat! I'm super tempted by these because...that SWIRL! This shade is very yellow gold though, but Ballerina looks gorgeous as well. I'll definitely be checking these out in person when I go to the US next year and I'll decide then whether to pick one up!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. It looks absolutely sick, especially the swirl! Such a shame to read it disappointed you xx


  4. So beautiful! I need to get this added to my collection :D

  5. Woah! That's so pigmented, the packaging is simple but the actually product totally looks like a vinyl record! It's so pretty!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  6. this product looks amazing!!! it would make a perfect eyeshadow too

    Lily not Louise

  7. Oh my gosh this is pretty! So damn pigmented. On the wishlist! xx

    Katina |

  8. Yeah, that does look a bit deep/yellow for a highlighter, but he packaging really is stunning! I'm especially tempted by the Gelato blushes- I've heard great things :)


  9. Aww that's disappointing! But I do agree it might have been the design that's why people went crazy about it. Great review!


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