I was dying to try Baked to Perfection by Laura Geller since Thanksgiving. It’s a $126 value for $60 and it was out of stock for the longest time! The image shows a beautiful set of rosy and golden powders, primer, shadow and mascara for a complete face. I finally bought the set with the gift card my hubby gave me for Valentines Day. I was so excited. So excited!
Thrilled to have received my set, I headed to the mirror to play with my makeup as giddy as my 3-year-old daughter would be. I opened my box and admired the pretty colors. I opened each product and carefully studied them. I loved how the colors swirled together! The shadow has Water Lily/Wood Forest (sheer metallic/deep brown gold shimmer) and looks like the perfect shadow/liner combo for spring. The 3 powders were in various shades of pink, gold and pink/gold swirl. Being that there were 3 powders, I had to refer to the instructions that accompany the set to find out exactly what each is suppose to do. Ugh, too much for that day. I careful packed away the set in the original container and threw away the return label and original Sephora shipping box (I was sure I’d love it, I had lusted after it for months, hadn’t I?).
The following day I pulled out the box and got to work on my face. Spackle Under Make-up Primer. I already use Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (which I love) and the Laura Geller version was nothing special plus it came in a jar versus a squeeze bottle- it won’t be staying in my makeup bag. The powders…I apply as instructed. The Balance-n-Bright is too dark for my complexion, the Ethereal Rose was nice with it’s combination of pink and gold, the Blush-n-Brighten blush…well let’s just say I looked like a rosy-cheeked clown. So far, not happy…
Next I apply the Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo. It’s got to look good! It’s so pretty, like a pretty stone sparkling in the water. I apply. I reapply. What’s going on?? I can’t even see the Water Lily (green/lavender swirl) on my lid….talk about sheer. I apply the Wood Forest (a deep brown, gold shimmer). Okaaaay…now my eyelids look muddy. You know, like they are dirty, sallow, ugly?
I try the mascara. I was already convinced it would be horrible. It was fine. It’s still in my makeup bag and I use it but won’t rebuy it.
I gave the products another try or two thinking maybe on that first day my eyes were sallow? (Hey, I’m trying to be fair and get my $60 worth…I threw away the receipt, remember?). In the end, I gave most of the products to my step-daughter with fair warning that they made my eye’s look muddy, my cheeks look clownish and my skin look like I was wearing makeup that was too dark. She has a good friend with darker skin, maybe the products will work on her. I kept the Ethereal Rose Baked Powder and use it as a blush. It gives me the same lightly tanned glow that my Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder gives me so I like it. I also kept the mascara.
I am very disappointed the products didn’t meet my expectations! Very. But that’s what I get for lusting after makeup, right?! I feel a little bad that I have to write this long-winded report about how much I don’t like a product (sorry Laura Geller!). In the future, I won’t buy product sets when I’ve never tried the brand before and I certainly won’t throw out the receipt no matter how much I anticipate loving a product! Lesson learned, I hope you learn from it to!
If you’ve tried this product, I want to know how you liked it! Please leave a comment!