NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Swatch (Samoa)

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa bronzer swatch dark skin

I clearly have a bronzer problem. In May, I talked about the new release of bronzers from NARS in one of my window shopping posts. I claimed I wasn’t going to buy the matte version. Well, that was true. At the time, I ended up getting the satiny version in the shade Punta Cana**. But right before Christmas, I finally broke down and decided to try the matte version in the shade Samoa**.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa bronzer swatch medium dark skin
NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Somoa

Despite typically preferring a satin finish, I like this matte formula better than their traditional finish. It is definitely a matte powder, but it gives a healthy look to the skin. The most comparable bronzer that I’ve tried is the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder (swatches here). They remind me a lot of each other, but the NARS formula is denser likely due to the oils in the ingredients.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Punta Cana and Samoa bronzer swatches medium dark skin
NARS Bronzing Powder Punta Cana (left) and NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa (right)

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder – Samoa, $38.00** (left swatch)

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Samoa and Punta Cana Bronzer Swatches medium dark skin
L to R: NARS Samoa (matte) and Punta Cana

Pictured above is Samoa (matte formula) and Punta Cana (regular formula) swatched. I thought it would be helpful to see the two side by side so you can see how the finish differs. Hopefully, this is helpful if you are trying to decide between the two. The colors look similar in a swatch but Punta Cana applies deeper and more neutral than Samoa on me. Punta Cana is much more like it looks in the pan than it looks in the swatch.

If you’re curious to see how Punta Cana compares to other brands, I posted a round-up of my bronzers over the summer.

What’s your favorite bronzer finish, matte or satin? Let me know in the comments below.

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