Laguna Liquid Bronzer
Laguna Liquid Bronzer excels as a weightless fluid that meshes with skin for a realistic-looking tan. Whether you apply it to key areas or mix it in with your foundation for an allover glow, the formula blends effortlessly to warm up the complexion.
Among its notable attributes, Laguna Liquid Bronzer looks incredibly skin-like, even when layered to increase the depth of its sheer color. We also appreciate how well it endures through a standard workday without clinging to dry patches or melting away on an oily complexion.
In the right light, you'll also notice the satin-matte finish has a glimmer of refined sparkle, but somehow it still looks natural on skin—no easy feat.
On the downside, the fragrance in the formula is a slight misstep, but because the scent is almost too faint to detect we're less concerned about its potential to irritate skin.
We also have to point out that even though NARS states you can use this as a contouring product, the tone is too warm to pull that off convincingly, plus contour shouldn't be shiny (that's what highlighter is for).
That aside, we're crushing on the beautiful sun kissed glow that Laguna Liquid Bronzer delivers. Even if the price may seem a little high, a little goes a long way so you won't need to replace it anytime soon.
- Weightless liquid formula meshes with skin for a realistic-looking tan.
- Refined glimmer of sparkle (only noticeable in certain lighting) still somehow looks natural on skin.
- Endures a standard workday without clinging to dry patches or melting away on an oily complexion.
- Can be applied alone or mixed in with foundation for a warm bronze glow.
- Contains fragrance (albeit not in an amount that is overly concerning).
- Not a great product for contouring, as claimed.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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