Nars 'Laguna' Bronzer
As you may or may not know, i love a bit of a golden glow now and again; i often have a bronzing powder lurking somewhere in the depths of my make-up bag. The only thing that puts me off most bronzers on the market is the fact that they tend to be rather shimmery and false-looking (i've tried them all, face powders, creams, lotions, bronzing pearls and all sorts of pigments - you name it, i've tried it!) But i think i've finally found the holy grail of all bronzers, Nars 'Laguna'.
I'm sure you're all aware of this little beauty, and it's probably not the first review you've read on it either, so i shan't bore you with endless details. The bronzer comes perfectly packaged in Nars' trademark black packaging and smooth, luxurious feeling compact. I really don't know why i've never discovered it until recently, i guess i've always been put off slightly with the price tag.
As with all Nars products the bronzer is perfectly pigmented - i literally only need one swipe of a contour brush and thats all i will need. I tend to use bronzers to define my cheekbones rather than to fill in the apples of my cheeks; something with too much shimmer just looks a bit false when contouring. Laguna does have some shimmer in it, it's not completely matte, but once it's on it is barely noticeable and looks nice and natural looking.
It also blends like a dream. I often find that some bronzers and blushers just take ages to blend, sit on top of the skin and just look overall quite false, and as a consequence go rather patchy towards the end of the day. This little beaut stays on all day without the need for a top up (which is a good thing because there is no way i'm putting this in my handbag only to lose it! It's staying safely in my make-up drawer).
I'm just in love with this product. I would even go as far as to say it's the best bronzer i have ever owned and i don't think i'll ever go back to drugstore brands after being spoilt with Nars' wonderful-ness. Yes, they're pricey. But you get quite a decent bit of product for your money and a little definitely goes away.
Nars - 'Orgasm' blush.
(apologies for the state of the powder - i decided to apply it with a cheap make-up brush when on the go once - and look what happened. Gutted)
I've also discovered that the Laguna bronzer goes perfectly well with their 'Orgasm' blush (i've since discovered they do a compact of the two - DOH - that's what you get for not doing your research enough..but to be honest i'd have probably bought them separately anyway - you get much more product)
This is the most perfect blush. Ever. I find it looks best on me when i have a bit of a tan, but i've been using it again the past week or so to brighten up my cruddy pale wintery skin and it does seem to brighten my complexion quite a considerable amount. It's the perfect complimentary colour to the 'Laguna' bronzer and i've been pairing the two together for ages now.
If, like me, you've always been unsure of Nars, then i would highly recommend them. As a high-end product they do actually perform extremely well and fear not, you will not be wasting your money. This is something i've never really got from any drugstore products; the pigmentation is outstanding and they blend so easily and effortlessly.
It's also a bonus that they look rather swish sitting in your make-up bag...
I've since discovered that ASOS now sell Nars. Which has made me a very happy girly as i tend to get quite a few discount codes from them and it means you're more likely to get a few pennies off.
(I've popped a couple of links if you want to have a look through colour swatches ect..ASOS tend to be quite good with their photos of their products..)
You can also find their 'duo' compacts on there but they haven't got many in stock right now. Your best bet is Space:nk or department stores.
What's your opinion on Nars face products?
Has anyone ever tried their highlighting blushers? I'm tempted to try one but i've heard they're slightly sparkle-overloaded?
Any other Nars products you can recommend to me?
Lots of love