Gosh, dreams ? really do come true. Cats ? rule the Interwebz, The Craft is now on Netflix, and NARS Laguna Bronzer is finally available in a matte finish sans shimmer! ?
*Raising the roof at my desk right now.*
A new sheer matte formula
Yes, ma’am, the new NARS sheer matte Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers will bathe your skin in faux sun rays. They’re made to look smooth and feel like almost nothing at all while they crank up a soft-focus effect.
Each of the four 0.28-oz. pans is $40. Seaside (Light 1), Laguna (Medium 1), Casino (Medium 2) and Falaises (Dark 1) don’t lean too orange on my medium skin (I wear St. Moritz in the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint line, for reference). Seaside and Laguna lean more toward golden bronze, while Casino and Falaises add some red.
They borrow a page from NARS Translucent Light Reflecting Pressed Powder
Like, NARS Translucent Light Reflecting Pressed Powder, a.k.a. my holy grail setting powder for under-eye concealer, you can’t see these powder particles on your skin. You see the sheer color, but the particles preternaturally disappear.
Are these toy makeup pans?
They almost look like it — like they’re solid, hard plastic — but rest assured, they aren’t. Your brush bristles will pick up the powder. It just won’t kick up a million visible grains.
Sheerer than most
It might not look like you’re wearing anything when you first try these on because of how sheer they are. I’d say they’re about half as intense as most powder bronzers and even sheerer than my other holy grain bronzer, Guerlain 4 Seasons, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. They’re purposefully sheer, which makes them perfectly sheer for super minimalist makeup looks (perhaps layered on top of a BB cream or sheer tinted moisturizer).
The best thing about these? They’re foolproof. Them being sheer means that any edges are a breeze to diffuse. I usually apply either Laguna or Casino with a large fluffy blending brush on my cheeks, then ease the transition from bronzer to skin with the same brush. It takes maybe a minute or two.
The final verdict
NARS Sun Wash is the user-friendliest natural-looking bronzer I’ve seen in a minute. If your makeup philosophy is “less is more,” it’s a total go, but it might be a little too sheer if you’re into an intense full-glam face beat.
They’ll be available online and at NARS Boutiques on April 1, Sephora stores in May, Ulta in August and at NARS counters soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,