Friday, January 2nd, 2009

NARS Mini Monoi Body Glow and Body Glow II Set ($35) contains 1 oz. sizes of each. The full-size (3.9 oz.) costs $59 each, so this is definitely a good value set–especially if all you’ve wanted to do is try it. Let me tell you, I’ve lusted after this set forever. There’s just something about it that has appealed to me, so I was really happy to snag the set at a mere $35 instead of $98 (a limited edition set of the full-size bottles).

Body Glow is the one that’s a warm, bronzy-gold color. It’s designed to accentuate your natural tan or give you a little extra glam for your gams. Body Glow II is Monoi de Tahiti oil in a lightweight formula that also helps moisturizer your skin and can be used daily.

First, let’s talk about Body Glow (the bronzy one). I wouldn’t classify it as a self-tanner, because it really doesn’t attempt to tan you for days at a time. It’s a bronzy oil that will warm your skin up with a little color and shimmer. What I love about it is that it dries quickly–you don’t have to walk around the house for a half hour to an hour before you can get dressed. Just be sure to wait though, because when it is wet, it can stain your clothes. The scent of the tropical oil lasts forever, and it’s definitely potent!

Body Glow II does sink in and absorb pretty quickly, and it leaves a nice sheen behind, so it can work as a daily moisturizer if you’re looking for one. I found that the scent of this one didn’t linger as long as Body Glow, and I really don’t have the foggiest idea as to why that is. Nevertheless, for those not looking for color but still want to draw attention to their legs, this isn’t a bad choice.

All in all, this set is great for summertime. It’s not really worth using during the wintertime, because there’s just not much time where you can show off your glowy parts, you know? For the price tag of the full size bottles, you better believe I want to show ‘em off! As far as usage goes, I think you can easily get these mini bottles to last through at least one summer, since you don’t need much per application.

I don’t think I will be repurchasing, though, because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to monoi-scented products–this is the second product with “monoi” mentioned in it that’s caused me to sneeze up and down the hallway instantaneously. So unfortunately for me, I’ll have to pass on this, but hopefully you’ll give it a shot, for those of you blessed without allergies ;)

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6 thoughts on “NARS Monoi Body Glow and Body Glow II Set is the Perfect Mini Skirt Accessory

  1. Aww I’m sorry monoi oil has an allegic effect on you, I would have loved to see swatches (I’ve been lusting after these as well)…

    • It makes me sad, too, because I *DO* like the way it smells. My nose just doesn’t, LOL. The way it looks on skin will probably vary SO much based your undertones and skin color. It really just seems to pull from your natural tone and make it a little warmer and glowy.

  2. hightea_xx

    i purchased a full sized body glow for a friend as a birthday present last year… it’s ridiculously overpriced north of the border, i think it goes for like $80 CND? definitely more than i was expecting! i never did ask her how it worked out for her though (she loves to be bronze bronze bronze in the summer time). i do find myself lusting after the body glow II though…

  3. Taj

    I got myself both full sized bottles last birthday. Glow II is readily absorbed and smells good (thought smell doesn’t last long), and I love it. Will wait till summertime to see how the bronze oil works wonder on my legs.