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.
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.
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+
Here they are beside an iPhone for scale…
Orgasm, Albatross and the Laguna Blush/Bronzer Trio
Laguna Body Illuminator
Swatches from left to right: Orgasm Blush, Albatross Blush, Laguna Bronzer, Laguna Multiple, Laguna Body Illuminator (unblended) and Laguna Body Illuminator (blended)
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. 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…