NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018)

Albatross

NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder (2018) ($38.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a bright, light white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque, buildable color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The powder blended out effortlessly, and the more I buffed and worked the powder onto my skin, the shinier and more metallic it looked, though it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.49 oz. - $77.55 Per Ounce

The new powder highlighter formula is supposed to "melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow" with "buildable radiance." The texture had a smooth feel that was finely-milled but firmer, almost stiff in a way, in the pan (not in a bad way), and it was not at all powdery. There was a dryness and thinness present in the texture that made it less like traditional powder highlighter formulas (including the brand's original range of highlighting powders), and none of that translated into poor performance.

That being said, all of the shades applied better on the cheeks than the they did applied to my arm. I also noticed that finish became more and more luminous--almost blindingly at times!--as the powder was buffed and blended on my cheeks. They were very reflective and shiny on my cheek bones with semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation. I had no trouble blending and diffusing any of the shades on my skin, and despite having a firmer feel in the pan, I could use fan brushes and other feathery brushes to pickup product. The powders lasted between eight and nine hours on me.

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NARS Albatross $38.00/0.49 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Viseart Petit Pro (02) Palette
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Shrimpton Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Sounds lovely! I’ve been eyeing this one since the dawn of time and for some reason or another, it has never actually left my cart…how does this compare to the original formula? Are is the shade exactly the same between the two and do you prefer one over the other? Thanks so much!

Hi Sarah,

Check “Formula Overview,” where I mentioned how it doesn’t have the same feel as traditional powder highlighters, including NARS’ original highlighting powder formula. Formula Overview is where you will find discussion of the formula from a big picture/overall standpoint. The original version of Albatross is listed under “Top Dupes” as follows: “NARS Albatross (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).”

I prefer the new formula, personally!

No problem!! We are trying to reduce the length of all of our pages (for mobile/tablet users, which dominate now), so instead of me copying and pasting an “overview” into a review, it’s there on the tab. The upside is that if I update it, it’ll update on all relevant reviews, too 🙂

Even though I have the corresponding e.l.f. dupe for this, I’m thinking that the original just does look a bit nicer and more golden! I really love how this glows like a thousand watt bulb, though.

I have the original and I used it a lot as it is the perfect highlighter for me but I haven’t pulled it out in a hot minute so I am going to put it back in rotation. Thanks for the reminder, Christine. That’s what happens when your collection gets so large!

So excited about this. I like Nars’ original Albatross highlighter, but I don’t like shimmer on myself. So this is like… heaven.

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