Thursday, January 31, 2013

Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty AD Shipment 2


Last week when I was in the middle of my miserable cold, the UPS man delivered the second installment in QVC's Laura Geller Fresh Brewed Beauty TSV.

Now, you know I must have felt pretty awful when I tell you that the box sat unopened for a three - three! - days.  Usually when makeup goodies arrive on my doorstep, I drop whatever I'm doing to look at the products and do some quick swatches.

The cold had knocked me on my ass so hard that even the promise of new makeup couldn't lure me out of bed.

So when I felt a little better this weekend, I was happy to play around with the new shades.

Like the original TSV, this kit includes a Balance-n-Brighten Foundation (Pale skinned folks, the Porcelain shade is fantastic!), a Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla, and a double-ended sponge tip applicator with large and small sides (that's pretty much useless if you ask me).

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla, Balance-n-Brighten in Porcelain & double-sided sponge tip applicator

While the first kit included warm shades, the colors in this installment lean toward the cool end of the spectrum.

The Baked ImPRESSions Eye Palette in the second shipment is in the shade Iced Berry Blend.

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Eye Palette in Iced Berry Blend

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Eye Palette in Iced Berry Blend

Like the shadows in the first kit, these are matte.  Instead of a brown tones, though, these shadows are pinky/purpley/mauvey type shades.

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Eye Palette swatches in Iced Berry Blend

They're not the most pigmented shadows in the world, but they're easy to blend and work with. In fact, the fact that they're not super pigmented almost make them more user-friendly - I whipped together a really pretty eye look the other day in about two minutes because the shadows are so easy to blend. I almost felt like I could put these on without a mirror -- well, not really, but you get the point.

Personally, I like them better than the brown shades from the original TSV.

The Baked ImPRESSions Blush in this installment is in the shade Coffee Berry.

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Blush in Coffee Berry

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Blush in Coffee Berry
While the blush is matte like the one in the first kit, it's a pinky brown/berry shade.

Laura Geller Baked ImPRESSions Blush swatch in Coffee Berry
 
It's a very natural shade on the cheeks, and seems a bit more pigmented than the blush in the original kit.  I like it quite a bit.

(As an aside, while I'm a full-fledged shimmer junkie, I'm loving matte blushes these days. You never have to worry about accentuating my crater-sized pores and I can always go back and add some glow with a highlighter if necessary.)

The Colored Drenched Lip Gloss included is in the shade Raspberry Roast.

Laura Geller Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Raspberry Roast
It's a pretty mid-tone pinky-berry shade.  I don't know if it's an issue with my camera or the lighting, but my lip swatches always appear brighter in photos than they actually are (I'm trying to figure that out, I promise) so keep that in mind.

Laura Geller Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Raspberry Roast
While it's called a lip gloss, this product is really more like a liquid lipstick. It's super pigmented and the formula is almost dry.  That's not to say that it isn't super glossy or that it's uncomfortable on the lips - it actually has nice shine and feels pretty good on the lips.  The staying power is much better than your regular gloss, though - there's never a point in the day when I'm not drinking something and this gloss stays on my lips for a good four hours.  That's pretty impressive in my book. 

All in all, I like the colors in this installment better than the first.  If you like warm shades, though, you may not be too crazy about this kit.

What do you think of the shades in this collection? Do you have a blush preference - shimmer or matte?

2 comments:

  1. hi jennifer! just recently subscribed to your blogs and i want you to know how much i enjoy them! great pics and swatches, nicely written reviews. thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much! I have a lot of fun with the blog, but it makes me even happier to know that other people are enjoying it too. I really appreciate your taking the time to read -- and leave such a lovely comment. :)

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