30 April, 2014

Review: NARS Laguna Bronzer

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NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna ($36) - At one point it was one of the most hyped bronzers products in the beauty community, but it seems like the hype has since died down. I'm sure everyone has reviewed this, but I'm still going to add my two cents. This was one of my first high end products and the second NARS item I purchased. It has a lot of "sentimental" value and takes me back to when I first seriously got into makeup.


nars laguna bronzing powder bronzer swatch nc30
nars laguna bronzing powder bronzer swatch nc30
nars laguna bronzing powder bronzer swatch nc30
Color-wise, I think Laguna is perfection. It's not too cool and not too warm (i.e. it doesn't come off dirty or orange-y). The texture is also amazing. Very, very easy to blend. It has medium-buildable pigmentation which I think is key when it comes to bronzers. Intense pigmentation is desirable in eyeshadows, not bronzers (at least in my opinion) because bronzing/contouring can look harsh and ridiculous quite fast. Laguna's downfall is its shimmer. I don't understand shimmer in bronzers. It's not ideal for contouring or for all-over bronzing because it makes wearing shimmery highlighters or blushes difficult (disco ball look, anyone?). Thankfully, the gold shimmer in Laguna is very small and  subtle, almost undetectable on the face. Still, I'd prefer if it wasn't there at all.

Regardless of the top notch quality, I tend to reach for matte bronzers more often than this. And considering that in 2014 the market is full of great bronzers at much cheaper prices, I wouldn't whole-heartedly recommend this blush. Fun fact #2: Besides being one of my first NARS products, it was also one of the first products I hit pan on (this is obviously a new one which I got for my birthday seeing as my first Laguna was purchased back in 2009.)

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38 comments:

  1. I have a bronzer from Clarins coming up in my favourites on Friday which I love. I have Laguna in a small travel size and I'm not sure if that's what not assisting a love affair or I'm just fighting the hype - your post has prompted me to dig it out and give it another go!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  2. I agree with you about the glitter. There have been so many eye shadows *ahem, Urban Decay, ahem* that I've loved for their color, pigmentation, etc. but the glitter fall out just kills it for me.

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  3. Sounds so lovely, heard so many good things about it. Shame about the fallout though :/ xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  4. I really loved this bronzer but hated how as soon as you hit pan the whole thing crumbles. Well mine did! The rest of mine ended up in the bottom of my makeup bag :( I definitely agree with you though, there are a lot of great more affordable bronzers available out there. Especially as bronzers the thing i tend to get through the quickest. xx

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    1. Yes, yes! I had the same experience with my first Laguna and other people commented that as well. It's the only powder that has done that. I guess it's too soft or something.

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  5. Great post. I've been considering this bronzer for a while but may hold off after reading your thoughts. Do you have any recommendations for good matte bronzers??

    Meghan
    www.todaysbeautyobsession.com

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    1. I adore the MAC Sculpting Powders, they come in a lot of colors. They are PRO products so you have to order them online. I also adore the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. The Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer has the tiniest bit of shimmer but it disappears on application. x

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  6. I still haven't purchased this yet, and I think I should, I have been going back and fourth between this and Benefit Hula Bronzer!

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  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bronzer, and completely agree that it's super blend able and doesn't fall too orangey or brown. However, (I've gone through 2 of these), I find that it gets really hard to use at the end as you run out because large pieces break off and it's more difficult to get an even amount on the brush. I ended up having to toss the rest, which was sad considering it's a rather expensive bronzer.

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    1. Yes, I agree. It crumbles. A lot of people experience this sadly :/

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  8. I heard it's one of the best bronzers ! The shade looks gorgeous !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  9. Such a hyped about and loved product! I agree though, there are better for the price out there now! Love how you included fun facts! :D xx

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  10. Once I finish my Hoola bronzer (hit pan) I'm definitely getting this. I cant wait to try it!

    http://shemademebuyit.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I love this bronzer! It gives a great all over flush of color! Definitely agree on using a matte bronzer for contouring. xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

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  12. I haven't tried very many bronzers but I haven't found one I'm really into yet.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  13. I actually just purchased this one for the first time! Yes, I would prefer no shimmer which would make it much more versatile, but otherwise I don't mind the small amount that it does have. I've only used it once (today) so I can't say I have much of an opinion on it yet, here's hoping!

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  14. I just recently fell in love with this bronzer again. I agree that there is no need to have shimmer in a bronzer/contour product. However, I still have yet to find a really good bronzer that I would repurchase. I think from all the ones I own, I would repurchase Laguna.

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Yeah, there are many that I love that don't have shimmer but it's surprising I repurchased this even with the shimmer. I just love the color and texture too much xx

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  15. You make it really sound like the gold of bronzers! That's amazing that you've used one up before! I really do love the color of it but I'm not a bronzer person at all so probably will not pick this up anytime soon! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I was happy to see your post on Laguna. I think for me, it is a tad too light. I was going back and forth between that and Casino. I thought Casino would be too dark, so I went with Laguna. I usually mix it with a blush rather than contour because it doesn't really show up :(

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    1. When I first purchased this I was having the same dilemma because I was at my tannest back then xx

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  17. I had wanted to try Laguna for such a long time, but I was afraid it was going to be too muddy on my paler skin. I opted for the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer and I am in love!

    Hilary x | TheBeautyCollective

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    1. I have that one too and I love it!

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  18. I've never bought Laguna for myself since I think it might be too dark for me but I have bought it twice for my mom and she loves it! I never noticed the shimmer until I saw your picture.

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  19. I love this bronzer. The shimmer also hardly translates onto my skin which I like! xx

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  20. I think it's fine but to be honest I don't really rate it THAT highly

    annie || www.nouveauchique.com

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  21. I tried Laguna only recently, I like it but it can look a little but 'dirty' somethings on my skin tone :(

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  22. I totally understand what you mean about the shimmer--I find it subtle enough that I actually like it. I don't use it overly for contouring, more for a general glow! I love it (I have it in a mini duo with orgasm) and I really want to purchase the full size!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  23. Ooh very tempted to try this one. I tend to like my bronzers matte also though, but I'm glad said that the shimmer in this is subtle. I've been using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. I love that it's matte, but I can't get enough of the smell!

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    1. I have that too! I love the smell!

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  24. I love this bronzer

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  25. i love Benefit's Hoola bronzer! It's amazing! ... and is matte!!

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    1. A lot of people love that one, I haven't tried it yet x

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  26. Great review.I bought NARS Laguna a few months ago but I haven't used it yet. I am trying to use up at least one of my other bronzer first, but I feel like I'm going to cave in soon. haha.

    xo Ashley

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  27. Oh be still my beating heart. I love this bronzer, I've hit pan on mine and it's all around the edges now but I can't bare to buy another until this is used up!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
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