Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Foundation – Review & Swatches

Hello everyone, I’m still catching up on a backlog of posts I have planned… the second half of my empties, a post about some nail products I have been testing out, a Glossier Cloud Paint review… but anyway, those are all to come. Today’s post is a review on a product that I bought from Ulta back in September (along with the Stila Holiday 2017 sets I reviewed). I picked this powder foundation up based on the recommendation of a member in one of the makeup groups I’m in on Facebook.

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Laura Geller’s Baked Balance-n-Brighten Foundation is available at multiple retailers online — Ulta, Amazon has most shades here and then Porcelain is here (free shipping if you have Prime!), and Laura Geller’s own website.

This powder foundation retails for $33.00 USD and contains 0.32 oz / 9 g of product. There are nine shades total. I purchase the shade “Porcelain”, as it is the lightest available shade.

 

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Laura Geller’s website has a FAQ section where they have a Product Testing & Ingredients section. Within it they state, “Laura Geller Beauty products are not tested on animals. Our company is cruelty-free.” Laura Geller also says that most of their products are paraben-free and most don’t have animal byproducts, but to check the ingredients or contact their customer service if you have any questions or concerns.

Balance-n-Brighten Baked Foundation is mineral oil-free and paraben-free. The ingredients for the Balance-n-Brighten foundation vary based on shade, so here is a full list of ingredients with respect to the shade name:

Porcelain
INGREDIENTS: MICA, TALC, NYLON-12, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, POLYSORBATE 20, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, TOCOPHEROL, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BHT, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (77491/77492/77499), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREEN (CI 77288), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850).

Regular (Medium), Tan, Fair
INGREDIENTS: TALC, MICA, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, POLYSORBATE 20, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, TOCOPHEROL, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BHT, NYLON-12, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (77491/77492/77499), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREEN (CI 77288), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742).

Golden Medium, Deep, Sand, Light, Toffee
INGREDIENTS: MICA, TALC, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, POLYSORBATE 20, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, TOCOPHEROL, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BHT, NYLON-12, TIN OXIDE, MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (77491/77492/77499), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREEN (CI 77288), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742).

 

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As you can see in the photos above, there are swirls of varying shades throughout the product itself. These color infusions are meant to help color correct the skin. Laura Geller claims that since this is a baked product, there are no additional fillers used, so less product is needed to obtain coverage.

Swatches

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On the left is my face before any makeup, after my morning skincare routine has been done. On the right is my “finished” face.

I started with my Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray, applied my Tarte Shape Tape under my eyes with my BeautyBlender, and blended out some Glossier Cloud Paint blush using an e.l.f. Blending Brush. I then buffed on the Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten using a (now discontinued) Sephora Platinum Collection fluffy dome brush that I picked up ages ago. I ended by filling in my eyebrows, applying mascara, and then putting on some lip color — can’t remember what it is for the life of me.

You can see the coverage is about a medium, as some of my sun spots (like the one in the center of my cheek) are still visible, but it did a good job evening out my overall skin tone. This powder foundation gives a very luminous finish that leaves the skin looking healthy and glow-y. Porcelain is the lightest shade offered, and on my skin tone I do feel it is almost a shade too dark, but it’s passable for day-to-day wear.

 

Final Thoughts

Let it be known that I really enjoy this powder foundation! This baked foundation…

  • Feels really lightweight on the skin
  • Evens out my skin tone
  • Imparts a beautiful luminous finish
  • Takes barely any time to buff on.

What’s not to love? Plus, you can wear it sheer or build it up, but you don’t need a ton of product. I’ve been using this daily since mid-September and it seems like I have barely made a dent in it, even though we are now entering November. Definitely a bonus in my book!

I do have two small things to mention though, and this will pertain to my readers who get oily and/or who are ultra pale:

  • First, it does nothing for my skin in terms of oil control. I will get shiny within a 2 to 3 hours, regardless of what kind of primer I use before hand. I have found that using my First Aid Beauty Skin Tint will help control oil if I apply it first and then finish with the Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten… but the Balance-n-Brighten on its own? Nope, no oil control. To counteract the oil, I just carry some blotting sheets with me and the Catrice Prime & Fine Mattifying Powder to touch-up through the day.
  • Second, it’s not a perfect shade match for me, and I wish it was a bit lighter, but this isn’t a deal breaker because there are so many things I like about this baked foundation.

I can understand why the Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten has so many positive reviews on Ulta’s website. I definitely recommend this powder as well and am interested in checking out more of Laura Geller’s line, such as her blushes or bronzers.

Do you own this powder, or do you have any other Laura Geller favorites? Let me know!

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