Fort de France
NARS Fort de France Highlighting Powder (2018) ($38.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a pale gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff seemed to be more medium to semi-opaque when I swatched it on my arm, but when I went to apply it to my cheeks using a tapered highlighting brush (standard tool!), it applied intensely with nearly opaque coverage in a single layer and a very high-shine, metallic finish. Thankfully, it did not accentuate my skin’s natural texture despite having so much shine!
The powder felt smooth to the touch with a thinner consistency that really did seem to “melt” on the skin, as promised by the brand. It applied nicely to my skin and blended out with very little effort. It started to fade noticeably on my cheekbones after eight and a half hours of wear.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$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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