NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer
NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer

Seaside

NARS Seaside Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was firm and dense in the pan, and I was worried it would be difficult to blend, but it was rather easy to diffuse and even out on the cheeks. I’d recommend using a denser brush with the powder, though, for even semi-sheer application. The powder had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to medium coverage. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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

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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Hi Christine: I see the red in the bronzer more so on the left side, so it probably is the camera angle. Red based bronzers always look more natural to me, but I wish it were a titch less warm. Still, I like it.

The way the pattern is laid out seems to give the illusion of one side being a little darker than the other – initially I was like, “is this a duo?” but they swatched the same!

Similar look, but it definitely felt a little different to me – possibly just because most of the Dual Intensity shades have quite a bit of shimmer to them.

Ah! The regular powder does have a bit of shimmer to it, doesn’t it? Maybe I’ll go with this one, as I prefer matte bronzers. Thanks!

Very nice, natural looking bronzer shade! Even though I’m fairly certain that this one is meant for lighter skintones than mine, I still like it because it isn’t so yellow or orange.

This looks kinda nice. I love the reddish tone to it, wish more companies would realize that reddish and pinkish undertones look much more natural than just brown or even worse orange. It’s so hard for me to find a bronzer I like. Even if they’re light enough and not too warm they make my sallow skin look dessicated, withered, old and yellowish brown, much like parchment paper lol I know I should counteract that with a blusher but I have rosacea and am not much of an expert with blush so I stay away from it.
Laura Geller’s bronze n brighten would work for me, it’s marbelized with pink running through it and makes me look naturally sun kissed, if only I wasn’t allergic to it :/ Thus my search for the right bronzer continues.
I’m curious to see your review on the new Hourglass bronzer that is coming out, that one seems like it could be nice also.

Oops, goofed… but the comment is the same. Like the coppery aspect, lighter shade. Not sure Nars should have imprinted this like DI, bec it is misleading. Prob will check it out. I like redder better, but that’s just personal preference.

This color Seaside looks darker than the swatches and review of Laguna you just put up but the brand has Laguna listed as darker than Seaside very strange!!I think Seaside is going to be the one I get to try this new formula.

I know that is what you wrote earlier I knew they had listed them in a the wrong order not you Christine!I was just wondering if you thought they were out of order from light to dark also.

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