NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Laguna

NARS Laguna Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff that was buildable up to medium coverage (two to three layers). The powder was firmer in the pan, and as a result, a dense brush and a heavier touch were necessary to get enough product to transfer onto the brush to apply to my skin. While some firmer powders can be difficult to blend, I had no trouble applying and diffusing the bronzer. This shade just barely shows on me (I think it was slightly more noticeable in person), so I expect this would be ideal for those fairer than I. The bronzer started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

The new formula is supposed to have a “matte finish” with a “sheer pigments” that look like “second-skin warmth.” There are four shades, and going from light to dark (per the brand), they are: Seaside, Laguna, Casino, and Falaises. The formula felt smoother and firmer compared to the brand’s Dual-Intensity formula (which has a similar pattern on it). The formula had sheer to medium coverage with some shades being more buildable than others. I had to use a denser brush and heavier hand to ensure product transferred onto my brush, so they would be hard to overdo.

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Lancome Teint Idole
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Viseart Bijoux Royal Eyeshadow Palette
  • Christian Louboutin Beaute Deep Teal Eyeliner
On lips:
  • OCC St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Hi Christine,

This looks lighter than Seaside based on your swatches. Do you find this to be true or is it just my monitor? It also looks a little cooler. Laguna is too dark for my fair skin, so I thought Seaside would be a good option, but now I’m not so sure either will work. 🙂

I thought the same thing, I think it just looks lighter swatched because Christine is warmer and the the Seaside is more red based.

Is this Nars Laguna a new formula or the same as in past launches with just a different layout in the pan? The color seams a lot lighter then the Laguna I own.

Oh, this is noticeably lighter than the original Laguna, which I did use up an entire small pan of. Too light for me, but it looks like an excellent option for those with lighter or fairer complexions.

What brush did you use for applying it?
I struggle to apply this new formula Laguna onto my skin. It barely seen on my skin with regular bronzing brushes(or a blush brush, or a highlighting brush) I have. If i swatch it with my finger, it’s so pigmented. What should I do with it? ;( Please somebody help.

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