NARS Laguna Matte Bronzing Powder Review & Swatches
NARS Laguna Matte Bronzing Powder ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It seemed less golden compared to the original Laguna (which remains in the regular Bronzing formula that has some shimmer), though it was still a warmer-toned bronzer overall.
It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and velvety consistency–it had a glide to it that gave it a richness without being too powdery nor too firmly-pressed into the pan. The powder applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. It lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$38.00/0.28 oz. - $135.71 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be "buildable" and "long-lasting." The pigmentation was more semi-opaque to opaque rather than truly buildable, but the texture was forgiving so it could be used with a lighter hand or a less-dense brush for more buildable coverage if desired.
The consistency was smooth, velvety, and had some glide to it, which helped the powder apply and blend out exceptionally on bare skin without darkening too noticeably (as matte powders often can). There was a slight bit of powderiness in the pan, but it wasn't too softly pressed, just the right balance to make it blendable and yielding but not messy to work with. The formula also sat well on skin without looking dry but still kept its matte finish. They wore between eight and nine hours on me before fading noticeably.
Browse all of our NARS Matte Bronzing Powder swatches.
Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Polybutene, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)].
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It looks really good! But I still prefer Samoa over it. For some reason, red tinged bronzers look better on me then more golden or orangish ones. And yet the regular Laguna blush looks very good on me. So, idk?
I’m excited to pick this one up… but promised myself I’d hold off until I pan (and I’m really close) my duo blush/bronzer that has the shimmery laguna. I’m definitely ready to go back to a matte formula after years with the shimmery one.
A number of years ago, I had a dbl compact with Orgasm and Laguna. Although I liked them both, they became too old and had to be discarded. Which Laguna is closer to my old one, if you know?
You’ll want to look for the regular Bronzing Line (it won’t say Matte) 🙂