Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator | Gilded Honey | The Glow Edit

Laura Geller are a brand that have proven to be quite favoured in the past year or two. With their products becoming a lot more accessible in the UK, the brand has received more and more recognition, and for good reason too. If you know about Laura Geller you know they do killer products when it comes to complexion. Their Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, a compact powder illuminator, must be the most popular out of all products they sell. Since purchasing the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, I must say it quickly became my favourite highlighter of all time.

I first purchased this in Summer of 2015 and it has lasted me until a few months ago, which is very impressive. Albeit it did die from me using and abusing the crap out of it! Amazingly though I managed to revive it by scraping and crushing it into a loose powder and pressing it back into the compact with rubbing alcohol. Although it doesn’t look as pretty, it performs as good as new for sure (let me know if you would like a post on this!).

When I purchased this illuminator the only place it was available for purchase in the UK was on QVC. It came with a brush for £26.00. I used the brush once and if I’m honest I found it pointless. I really wouldn’t recommend it to use with the highlighter as there are better brushes you can use such as Real Techniques or Morphe Brushes. Luckily it’s more available now and you can purchase it through Debenhams, Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty.

Laura Geller gives you 4.5g of gorgeous honey swirl goodness in plastic packaging with a clear plastic lid for £21.00 (although it is only £16.50 here at the moment!). If you’re paying over £20.00 for a highlighter or any makeup product for that matter, you would expect more decent packaging.

The packaging of this product isn’t amazing, but the quality definitely compensates for it. Packaging bothers aside, I absolutely love the 3D swirl design! The ridges and grooves give Gilded Honey its distinct look which is different to the rest. You could place this amongst twenty other highlighters and my eyes would still be fixed on it.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

Some may argue £21.00 is too much to spend on a highlighter. This was the first high end highlighter I ever purchased and was hesitant to spend over £20.00 on it at first as I was always the budget beauty kind of gal (still are for the most part!). Since I have purchased this however, I can tell you it is undoubtedly worth the money.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey is a perfect true shade of Gold. Laura Geller describe it as an ‘effervescent caramel honey shade’ but it’s definitely a medium Gold shade and not a Yellow-Gold like you might assume from their description. Gilded Honey is honestly perfect for any fellow Gold highlighter fanatics. This highlighter will suit majority of skin tones but in particular it looks amazing on medium-deep skin tones. The warmth of this highlighter really pops on golden/olive skin tones.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey

The Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator comes in three other shades:

Ballerina – a candlelit, rose gold shade.
Charming Pink – a soft pink pearl.
Peach Glow – a peachy champagne shimmer.

This highlighter is not for the faint-hearted. The colour pay off is amazing. One swipe and you get an insane amount of pigment! The texture feels almost wet to touch – a cream texture to begin with but applies as a powder. As a powder compact it has a thin consistency but the pigment packs a punch. It has a lovely silky texture but still remains firm in the compact and keeps it’s shape unlike the Colourpop highlighters. The formula of this highlighter is almost perfect. The only issue with the formula is that it does tend to fade and transfer easily. It does last nearly all day, but does definitely fade after maybe five or six hours. I tend to touch my face a lot though so I guess that doesn’t help much!


Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey swatch
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey swatch without flash
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey swatch with flash

Gilded Honey certainly isn’t a chunky formula. Nor does it contain any glitter. It has the perfect amount of shimmer to give you that lit-from-within glow. It’s very finely milled and has almost a wet sheen look to it when applied with your finger. My favourite way to apply Gilded Honey is with my Real Techniques Fan Brush or Real Techniques Setting Brush. I have heard loads of people who own the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, spray their brush with MAC Fix+ before dipping it into the illuminator to use it to the best of it’s potential. I however had a disaster when trying this once as it disturbed the makeup I had underneath and made me look patchy.

In Summary

Although it’s not exactly affordable, I would without a doubt repurchase this Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. This is my favourite highlighter of all time. It’s amazingly pigmented and Gilded Honey is the perfect Golden shade if you’re a lover of that Golden glow. Whenever I wear this I feel like I’ve been graced by King Midas himself. I would bathe in this stuff if I could. It is heaven in a compact! I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a beautiful Golden glow. If you’re interested in trying Gilded Honey but you’re a bit reluctant to spend £21.00, click here to get it for £16.50 from Beauty Bay! This highlighter is definitely worth the splurge.

What are your favourite Golden highlighters?

The Good

Highly pigmented

Available in 4 different shades

Finely milled formula

Perfect for a golden glow

The Bad

On the pricey side

Packaging isn't the best

Fades/transfers after a few hours

Louise Yafai

Louise is the founder of Non-Fiction Beauty. She studies Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy and has an addiction to sweetcorn.

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