You’ll Be a Picture of Bronze Perfection with the NARS Portrait of Paradise Collection

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Odes and sonnets couldn’t capture the wonder that is NARS Laguna Bronzer. A sky writing note that reads, “NARS Laguna is the mutha truckin’ shizz!”, might come close, but I dunno. It’s pretty epic. ๐Ÿ™‚


I love that golden brown Laguna doesn’t appear orange on me because so many bronzers do, and I use it almost every day to contour my cheeks and give myself a subtle golden bronze glow.

I’ve been wearing Laguna for years, and like some people are with their America Express cards, I never leave home without it. Intentionally. Once on a trip to Hawaii, I realized on the plane ride over that I’d left Laguna at home. Before I regained my composure, it actually crossed my mind to ask the pilot to turn the plane around.

When I heard that NARS was doing a Laguna-inspired collection for summer, I lost my composure again! Only this time for all the right reasons. The three limited edition items in the new NARS Portrait of Paradise collection (available now online) were each inspired by the shade.

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Orgasm, Albatross and Laguna Blush/Bronzer Trio, $55
This trio teams Laguna with two classic NARS blushes in a stylish fabric, zippered case for a portable island glow. I apply Orgasm (a shimmery peachy golden pink) on the apples of my cheeks for color, then Albatross on my upper cheekbones to highlight, and then Laguna below my cheeks to contour. LOVE this look, but I do wish the pan of Albatross was wider. It’s such a thin strip that sweeping my regular blush brush across it also picks up color from the adjacent pans. I still think it’s a good value, though, as purchasing the three products separately would run a steep $87. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A-

Laguna Multiple, $39
Freak out! I had conniptions looking forward to this piece. It’s the one I was looking forward to the most. I’m addicted to NARS Mutiples (creamy stick highlighters with a thin consistency), and to my knowledge this marks the first time NARS has ever released one inspired by Laguna. This shimmery golden bronze also highlights and contours. Pricey, yes, but I can already see it becoming a summer staple. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

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Here they are beside an iPhone for scale…

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Orgasm, Albatross and the Laguna Blush/Bronzer Trio

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nars portrait of paradise multiple
Laguna Multiple

nars portrait of paradise multiple

nars portrait of paradise illuminator
Laguna Body Illuminator

nars portrait of paradise swatches
Swatches from left to right: Orgasm Blush, Albatross Blush, Laguna Bronzer, Laguna Multiple, Laguna Body Illuminator (unblended) and Laguna Body Illuminator (blended)

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Laguna Body Illuminator, $45
This scented (lightly of Tiare flower) golden bronze liquid illuminator makes skin glow with golden shimmer and a hint of brown. Wear it on your legs, your neck, shoulders and basically anywhere else you’d like to like to have a shimmery golden glow. According to NARS, it won’t transfer onto clothing, but I’d still wait a good 10-15 minutes before slipping into those summer whites. I’ve noticed that if I don’t wait for it to thoroughly dry, some of the color does transfer to my shirts and skirts. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Well, that about does it for Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you had a great week. Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?

Right now I’m just getting ready to take a shower, but then I plan to finish watching the movie I rented online. It’s an older one called Best Laid Plans from 1999 starring Reese Witherspoon, and I have absolutely no recollection of it ever coming out in theaters. I wonder if that means it went straight to DVD…


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  1. Vijaya says:

    I wish Orgasm wasn’t in everything. It reminds me of an episode of American Dad, where the CIA was programming sleeper agents and they picked a trigger phrase that no one in their right mind would ever just say. It was “I’m getting fed up with this orgasm.” I totally am. xP
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    • Jessi says:

      Hahaha, that’s so funny… I love that episode. I never would have connected it to NARS Orgasm but it totally fits!
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    • Marie says:

      I totally agree. There are tons of amazing blush shades, but they always pick this one to put in every single gift set and palette. Same goes with nail polish and lipgloss.
      For me it’s not an incetive to buy, it’s a deterrent! It’s the safe choice, and it’s intended for the newcomers. I wish they’d make a “bold” move and put another shade to the forefront, for those of us who are sick of this Orgasm shade.

  2. shusheshe says:

    I’m seriously eying the Laguna multiple!

  3. Jessi says:

    I wish I could wear bronzers! You tan girls are so lucky!
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    • steph b says:

      I know exactly what you mean. These look gorgeous but would make my fair skin look clownish.

      • Liz! says:

        Have you gals ever giveLaguna a shot? It seems to be pretty universally flattering. I didn’t think I’d be able to wear it either, but with a light hand, the right brush and application I too can pull them off. Now I love it!

    • Emma says:

      Oh, please don’t say that, you can wear bronzer. Trust me, I’m NC 20, or Siberia in Nars and I wear bronzer. It’s all about the application. You just have to have a light hand. Go into your local Sephora and insist on doing the bronzer yourself to try it. Then you can control what it looks like and layer more on if it’s too light.

  4. Tracy says:

    Laguna in a multiple??? Mine!
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  5. Heidi says:

    That multiple looks great. I always have better luck with bronzers that are in a cream formula.

    Got all my errands done today so I don’t have to do anything practical for the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow I’m going out for brunch with my Mom. Then on Sunday I’ll just go for a drive with a friend after church. There are some really nice backroads close by to see some nice, quiet scenery. So, planning on a relaxing weekend.

  6. i want this trio SO BAD! do you know if this will be available in sephora or just on the nars website?
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  7. Siena says:

    Can I just have all of this? I LOVE the nifty little trio, but the laguna multiple looks more my style.

  8. You look so fresh and summery! I really like your earrings too, are they from F21? I’ve been curious about Albatross for a long time now. I’m just worried the Laguna would be too dark for my skintone, but I’m tempted to buy the set of 3 for the price ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. karo says:

    I LOVE the little TRIO & LAGUNA multiple too!
    WOW! they are so amazing!
    We have Easter Holidays:
    Today visit us some friends,tommorow we go to my mum.
    And is soooooo warm hier in Germyny/ Hannover (today 26 grad C )
    So wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. Vonvon says:

    The blush/bronzer trio is just perfect to bring along for a summer vacation! I wonder when will we get it here….
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  11. Erin says:

    Oooo, Laguna multiple! I was going to buy Laguna powder bronzer for this summer. Would you suggest the powder or multiple for someone just getting the hang of bronzers?

  12. TheMissTrious says:

    Hey ! I think I’m going to buy a Nars powder bronzer. Should I get Laguna or Casino ? I’m Vietnamese, my skin has yellow undertones and I tan very easily. You look gorgeous BTW !

    • Nadia A. says:

      Hi, I am Mexican and have a lot of yellow undertones. I went ahead and bought both. I figured I would use Casino for the summer when my skin is more tanned and Laguna for the rest of the year. If you are just wanting a subtle glow, I would go with Laguna.

  13. Grace says:

    Hi Karen,

    Can you possibly do a tutorial on this look? Your make up looks amazing. Also, what lip gloss are you wearing?

  14. Nina says:

    lovely kit … im in love with the proportions … its logical and makes sense!

  15. Mehak says:

    I want that laguna multiple AND the duo..purrrttyyyyyy!!!
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  16. Addie says:

    Do you know if this well be available at sephora? I hope it will be.

  17. Susan Guerra says:

    What eye and lip makeup are you wearing in these pictures Karen? You look gorgeous! I’m totally snagging the trio asap!

  18. Danielle says:

    Oohhhh! I want that Laguna Multiple! It’s be more of a highlighter for me, but it’s gorgeous! LOVE the look on you, Karen ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. ZeinabD says:

    You. Look. Amazing.

  20. Emma says:

    Trio looks pretty but I just bought Too Faced French Rivera so I think that I’ve got enough bronzer for now.

  21. Myr says:

    I wonder how many oz of each powder are in this trio compared to buying each separately? Love the packaging!

    • Dora says:

      Hi Myr,
      I just got mine today. Here are the gram weights of each in the trio:
      Laguna-7.3 grams Orgasm-5 grams Albatross-2.7 grams

      Individually purchased, the Laguna is 8 grams, Orgasm is 4.8 grams, and Albatross is 4.8 grams.

      I already had all three (and use them every day), but bought the trio for travel. I haven’t done the math, but I believe this would be a good way to purchase them if you wanted all three. The ratios are great for me since I use the Laguna to contour, the Orgasm as blush, and use very little Albatross as a highlighter. I would definitely purchase this trio again.

      I hope this helps.

  22. michelle says:

    i LOVE the zipper case, im totally a sucker for packaging, regardless of the product, ha. karen, i think you look so pretty and fresh and summery, esp with your hair up! someday i would love to live in san diego (oceanside to be exact) where i can wear summer clothes for more than 3 months a year (i live near boston, and for a girl who absolutely abhors cold weather, it friggin sucks to live in new england)! i have a random question: aside from going to sephora and having one of the girls do your face, how would i find out which “color” i am, in regards to people saying they are nc20 and such. i assume those are mac skintones?

  23. Lucie says:

    OHEMGEE LAGUNA MULTIPLE! *jizzes pants*

    But seriously, I think every NARS fan has been waiting for Laguna in multiple form for years. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the heads up Karen!

  24. Lizzie says:

    Completely unrelated, but I love your earrings!
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  25. Dora says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the trio–I just bought it! I have light skin and these three are my favorites. I already own each, but it will be great to have one portable package for travel. I always thought paying this much money for makeup was crazy, but I have found the quality and longevity of these products well worth the investment.

  26. Landers says:

    ohh, I want that trio! It’s exactly the three NARS products I have been meaning to purchase!

  27. Advah says:

    Ack. I have Orgasm which I love but rarely wear blush, I have the Copacabana multiple which I love but will last me for about ten years, and I never contour.
    Somehow, though, I want this very very badly.

  28. Clint says:

    LAGUNA MULTIPLE. I think I had a heart attack. I’ve had multiple conversations with girls in sephora bitching because they never made a Laguna Multiple. I do NOT care that I just bought a new Laguna powder. Laguna Multiple order – placed.

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