This is too orangey for a person as pale as I am. The product itself is pretty nice, it lasts a long time, conceals redness and it hid dry areas on my face well. I didn't break out from this at all. It does contain talc and mica but they didn't bother me, even though my skin is sensitive. It doesn't have sunscreen but I wear some under my makeup anyway. My only complaint is the color. I tried putting it on with different brushes because I heard that this can go on a different color depending on the brush you use. None of them made me less orange, really. If this weren't so dark it would be HG for me. it's worth the price if you buy it by itself because the container is about the size of a MAC MSF.
I was really amazed at how well this powder foundation worked! It is not chalky at all, and gives really good coverage while still looking super natural on the skin! I have always loved the ease of appying a powder foundation, but this is the first one that I have found that wasn't too powdery.... if that makes sense. I agree with the other reviewers that the fair is a little too dark. However, I can always use a little extra color on my face. I just wish Laura Geller would make the fair color a little bit lighter. I still have to rate this product a "5", given the fact that I am extremely happy with it, even though it is a tad too dark. Give it a try! Especially if you are darker than a MAC NC 15! (I'm a NC 15, but I still love it).
I am not a fan of powder foundation. I have combo/oily 50-ish skin. I don't like a foundation look and don't need alot of coverage. Having said that, I tried BE, I had lines appear that weren't even THERE, and the pores OMG they looked huge! So, on a whim I purchased a try me size of Laura Geller's baked favorites from QVC. I had tried the Bronze'n Brighten and was very happy with it,. So, I try the Balance'n Brighten. I can't believe how nice it looked. No pores, no lines, but not powdery looking at all. I DO use a primer underneath. Sometimes, Laura Geller's and other times another brand. I feel if you use a primer underneath and apply it lightly you will get good results.
I was dissapointed in this, I had high expectations after seeing demos and reading the reviews. For me, it's too dark for my fair skin, looks muddy. Might work if I had a tan under it. I do like the concept, and I do like the control you have with it. If the color was lighter, I'd probably be happy with it, and it might just be that my compact has a darker mix in it, since every one is a little different, I would rec you check out the one you buy if you need darker or lighter tones. It does go on nice and is buildable. I love other LG products, but this one just isn't right for me.
I can see how this would be too dark for a person who would normally buy a 'fair' shade. I'm anywhere from fair to light/medium depending on the brand and this is almost too dark for me. But it does look good. It really depends on the compact you get because each one is different. It's a gold, and 3 different shades of beige swirled together. It provides light/medium coverage which I had to layer to achieve. Looks great, not chalky or powdery. .32oz I'll update wear later....
I have to say, I really did not like this at all. I'm an NC 20-25 and this was too dark for me. It looked muddy on my face after it settled in. If Laura made a very fair formulation, I might be tempted to try again.
I love this product in every way except for the fact that even the Fair is too dark for my skin - and since I don't tan, I won't even be able to use it in the summer.
If only they brought out a Very Fair version, this would probably become a Holy Grail foundation for me.
I have only worn it two days and both days I had to use Fyrinnae's almost white lightening powder over the top (and I still got comments on my tan). I loved it for the texture, ease of application, colour tone (right colour, too dark a shade), AND MOST AMAZING OF ALL, it stayed matte all day, even on my very oily skin.
Perfect in every way - except the colour. Very sad.
Even though it is listed as Fair, this is still a bit too dark for me. I could still use it though, to just give my skin a bit of color. Fortunately, I just came back from South Beach and had gotten a tan so I could use this as a foundation (: I love the texture of Laura Geller's baked powders. They are really blendable and pigmented. I would recommend for anyone who's curious!
Even though I got the light version to this, its still way too dark for my face, I can almost use it as a bronzer! Also it gives my skin black marks where it melts into my foundation, not a good look at all.
I was actually surprised and happy with this. One thing that surprised me the most is the coverage that it provides. However, I DID use a BE kabuki brush. I can't imagine getting much coverage from any powder foundation with any other brush. I've tried about 30 different brands of mineral foundation, and though this isn't mineral, I wanted to try it anyway. I couldn't decide on a shade. I think having only two shades is ridiculous, no matter how much you claim that it suits everyone. Seriously, how can it possibly suit everyone? Anyway, I thought fair might be REALLY fair, but it's not. In fact, it's a little too dark for me and I'm fairly light - light. I can deal with it because it makes me look slightly tan and adds some color to my face. I wish that this had some SPF in it, then I might love it. But I'd repurchase because it applies pretty much flawlessly. It has some luminosity to it but it certainly doesn't make you appear shiny. You also get a good amount of product for the money - which IS expensive.