NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)
NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018)

Ibiza

NARS Ibiza Highlighting Powder (2018) ($38.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than another layer applied on top. The consistency was smooth, thin, and blendable, despite having a firmer feel in the pan itself (but no powderiness that way!). The highlighter applied evenly and blended out with ease along the edges, and it revealed a high-shine finish that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading noticeably.

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.

Browse all of our NARS Highlighting Powder (2018) swatches.

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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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Too dark for me but soooooo pretty on you. I haven’t been drawn to a highlighter release in a long time but I’m really into these for some reason.

I’m liking the looks of this one a lot! Having MAC Whisper Of Gilt, though, I know that I don’t need this one. But that doesn’t take away from my ❤ing it!

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