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NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

01/06

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

NARS Bord de Plage Fall 2017 Highlighting & Bronzing Palette

Bord de Plage

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette ($59.00 for 0.66 oz.) contains four highlighters and two bronzers. If you’re familiar with spring’s Banc de Sable, then this palette might seem familiar; it has a similar formula and includes one shade from it as well (Rivage). The two bronzers–Laguna and Casino–are still available individually in the Sun Wash formula. The consistency of both the highlighters and bronzers is firmer in the pan with a smoother consistency that doesn’t kickup excess product in the pan but works better with a denser brush. The Sun Wash bronzer formula is designed to be sheerer, so they will work best for someone who wants a buildable bronzer. The highlighters can be used wet or dry with wet (well, damp) application yielding a stronger sheen and slightly more pigmented, depending on the shade. They are entirely usable dry, though, as they’re more pigmented dry than described.

It’s currently a Nordstrom exclusive but will be available August 4th everywhere else.

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B

Rivage

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B+

Crique

Limited Edition
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B

Laguna

Limited Edition
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B+

Corniche

Limited Edition
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B+

Galet

Limited Edition
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C+

Casino

Limited Edition
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Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster

Sunkissed

Makeup Geek Sunkissed Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light, golden brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. It had intense, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, finely-milled, and soft without being powdery in the pan.

The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. I thought the subtle sheen/micro-shimmer gave it a natural finish on the skin–it did not read shimmery nor did it emphasize my skin’s natural texture. As Makeup Geek listed it, this shade would be best for fair to light skin. I get a touch of color on my light-medium skin tone, so it would make sense for someone of similar skin tone to get this only if they want a very subtle bronzer. The bronzer wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Sunkissed
Sunkissed
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster

Burnished

Makeup Geek Burnished Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is dark brown with subtle, warm olive undertones–it had a stronger muted, yellow undertone–paired with a mostly matte finish. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. It had rich color payoff where a little went a long way, but the powder had a smooth, finely-milled feel to it that made it easier to control how much product transferred onto the brush to avoid over-applying.

It did not blend out quite as easily as I anticipated, as it seemed to sit in my pores a bit so it did not look as even as I would have liked. This did not happen consistently–one day it did, the next day it did not, both times were applied with the same product over bare skin! The color stayed on well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Burnished
Burnished
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

01/07

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster

Tawny

Makeup Geek Tawny Bronze Luster ($22.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage in one layer, though it was easily diffused and sheered out if desired. The consistency was smooth, finely-milled, and almost cream-like without being too dense or too softly pressed into the pan. The new, powder bronzing formula is supposed to give the skin a “sun-kissed glow” but doesn’t say much else. The powder sat well on the skin and had a subtle, natural finish rather than totally matte but did not read shimmery. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Tawny
Tawny
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra Bronzing Powder

01/09

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra

Ultra Shine

Guerlain Ultra Shine Terracotta Ultra Bronzing Powder ($61.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage. It’s a new, limited edition powder bronzer that’s supposed to have “fine mother-of-pearl” in it that “imitates the dazzling light of skin that has been left silky by the sun.” The consistency was soft but powdery, and I suspect that the texture played a role in the pigmentation of the product.

For someone with a fair to light-medium skin tone, I think it would work well as a warm, golden bronzer but would get lost on other skin tones (Guerlain’s Terracotta range does have one of the wider shade ranges for bronzers, so look there if you are deeper!). If you’ve sensitive to scents or prefer your powders unscented, this might not be for me, as the powder is heavily scented with “freesia and orange blossom notes” that are “blended into tonka bean and vanilla notes.” I did not feel like the texture of the bronzer as as finely-milled or as smooth as past iterations in the Terracotta range, though it did blend out easily and sat well on the skin. The bronzer stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

01/06

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

Medium Light

Chanel Medium Light Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour ($58.00 for 0.42oz.) is a light-medium, yellowed peach with a satin sheen. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-sheer to medium coverage (three layers). The texture was very silky and finely-milled, but it was also powdery and kicked up a fair amount of powder in the pan. This also led to it being harder to apply on drier skin (like my arm) as the product did not adhere that well; it was less of a concern over my cheeks (more normal) nor when applied over freshly applied liquid foundation. I could see this shade working as a bronzer on lighter complexions, as only a faint sheen showed on my light-medium skin tone (easier for me to see it in person than in photos), but it could be used as a highlighting powder on light and light-medium, warmer skin tones without adding much color (if any!). The product wore well for eight hours on me.

Chanel described the formula as a “powder bronze and highlighter enriched with illuminating pigments” with a “buildable, soft texture.” The brand noted to select a shade lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and darker than your skin tone for bronzing–so it was less of a multi-tasking product and more that one could use it either as a highlighting powder or as a bronzing powder. I think you can get a little illumination and subtle warmth if you choose a shade similar to your skin tone, though, which is the closest to having the best of both worlds.

You can view photos of the packaging and ingredients here, along with swatches of the full range here.