The Summer of the Bronzer

Every time I turn around I swear there is another new bronzer being released.  Out of the new bronzer releases that have caught my eye I have purchased one limited edition and one permanent release.  I already did a full swatch post of my purchases from the limited edition Mac 2020 Summer Bronzing Collection if you want to check that out.  But in this post, you will get to see how the shade Totally Taupeless from that release compares to some others.

I also purchased the newly released NARS Bronzing Powder in the shade Punta Cana, if you have been wondering how that shade compares to other bronzers on the market.

NARS Punta Cana and Mac Totally Taupeless Bronzing Powder

Since Mac’s Bronzing Powder is the newest bronzer to the market that I’ve personally purchased that is the shade I used in every comparison grouping.  I included limited edition (LE) products that I own just in case anyone might be wondering how these new bronzers compare to items they may already have.  For foundation shade reference I am Mac C7/C8 and Estee Lauder 5W1/5W1.5.

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NARS Highlighting Powder Swatches (Maldives and Ibiza)

NARS Highlighting Powder in Maldives swatch on medium dark skin
NARS Highlighting Powder in Maldives
NARS Highlighting Powder in Ibiza swatches on medium dark skin
NARS Highlighting Powder in Ibiza

These powders are firmly pressed in the pan so they do not kick up powder, but are still easy to pick up on a brush in my experience.  This formula does not accentuate texture but still has enough shine to actually highlight the face.  The closest thing in texture I’ve used was the MUFE Artist Face Color (click here for a swatch and review of shade H106).  Ibiza is my personal color preference, but if you like a pink toned highlight, Maldives performs just as well.

NARS Highlighting Powder in Maldives and Ibiza swatches on medium dark skin NC44/NC45
NARS Highlighting Powder in Maldives and Ibiza

The NARS Highlighting Powders are $38.00 at narscosmetics.com and are available in six shades.

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New NARS Blushes for Spring 2020

NARS Dominate & Savage Blush Swatches

These blushes are quite hard to capture on camera, but I did my best.  While both colors have shimmer in them Dominate has a heavier sheen and more noticeable shimmer particles.  NARS describes the shade Dominate as a shimmering deep plum.  When applied sheerly on the face, the plum tone is more pronounced.  I do not enjoy the shade dominate for my preferences, I find it has too much shimmer in it.  When I look at it on my skin the shimmer particles sink into my pores.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture the sparkles in either shade on camera without losing the actual color of the blush.

NARS Powder Blush Dominate dark skin
NARS Dominate Blush
NARS Powder Blush Dominate swatch on dark skin
NARS Dominate Blush

NARS describes Savage as a shimmering red brown and when applied to the face you can see that reddish tone come through more than the way it swatches.  Savage is my favorite of the two shades.  It has a less intense shimmer running through it that makes me look healthy and doesn’t accentuate my pores.

NARS Powder Blush Savage dark skin
NARS Savage Blush
NARS Powder Blush Savage swatch on dark skin
NARS Savage Blush

Both shades are buildable, so I think they would work for several different skin tones.  I was pleasantly surprised that dominate was easy to apply lightly.  In my past experience, NARS blushes apply better with natural hair brushes and these are no exception.  They always apply splotchy when I try to use synthetic brushes.  I think NARS blushes are ok, but I’m never blown away by them.  I think there are better formulas at lower price points.

NARS Blushes retail for $30.00 @ narscosmetics.com

What’s your take on NARS blushes?  Are they worth the hype?

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NARS single eyeshadow swatches (Guayaquil, Noumea, Fez)

NARS single eyeshadow swatches (Guayaquil, Noumea, and Fez) on dark skin
L to R: NARS Guayaquil, Noumea, and Fez

I was very excited to see some of the new NARS eyeshadow singles pop up for sale on Nordstrom Rack.  I have really enjoyed the formulation and have wanted a few more shades but never got around to buying them.  As far as I can tell these items are just overstock and the shades are still available as part of the permanent range here on the NARS website.  If you have been wanting to try their new eyeshadow formula but didn’t want to pay that much for a single shade, now is your chance. 

Here are swatches of the 3 shades I already own.

NARS single eyeshadow swatches (Guayaquil, Noumea, and Fez) on dark skin
L to R: NARS Guayaquil, Noumea, and Fez

The 1st and 3rd shades swatched are $9.97 on the Nordstrom Rack website as of March 6, 2020:

Guayaquil, bright metallic rust

Fez, shimmering cocoa

The center shade (Noumea) is not on sale right now on Nordstrom rack, but it is a permanent shade available for regular retail and available wherever NARS is sold.

Noumea, Sienna, $19.00

Are you a NARS eyeshadow fan?  What shade is your favorite?

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