Joining the legacy of NARS bronzers, Laguna Tiare Bronzer Face and Body Bronzing Powder offers rich brown color and a luxe satin finish. While we love the natural-looking tan it creates and the formula's long-lasting wear, there's one snag to consider: Fragrance.
The Tahitian-inspired scent is troublesome because its fragrant components (parfum itself plus fragrance ingredients like butylphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool) put skin at risk of irritation. The smell dissipates during wear, but still, fragrance-free would have been the better way to go. (See More Info for details on how fragrance can hurt skin.)
That aside, Laguna Tiare Bronzer Face and Body Bronzing Powder has some great attributes, including its usefulness on a variety skin tones because the color builds rapidly yet is easily sheered out.
This jumbo-sized bronzer costs more per ounce than NARS' original Bronzing Powder but comes with a mini version of their Kabuki Ita Brush (it has a shorter handle but full sized brush head) to help justify the higher price. The brush is appropriately shaped for contouring but if you plan to use this bronzer over larger surface areas (like the body) or to create softer edges, you'll need a fluffier brush.
Due to the fragrance, we couldn't give Laguna Tiare Bronzer Face and Body Bronzing Powder our top rating, but there's no denying it's an attractive bronzer. See our Best Bronzers list for fragrance free options.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
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 risqué shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll 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 don’t 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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