Price: $33.00 (0.28 oz)
Overall Grade: B
I know I'm late to jump on the NARS Laguna Bronzer train but this past weekend, I finally gave the popular favorite a shot. My experience? Pretty darn good!
The Packaging: The bronzer is packaged in the traditional NARS matte black compact with the brand name displayed across the cover. The lid opens to reveal the powder and a large mirror.
The only downside as with most NARS products is that the compact tends to collect lots of dirt and dust.
The Product: Although Laguna is a "bronzing powder," it can be used for bronzing or contouring. I love NARS for their quality and the Laguna bronzer is no exception. The powder applies smoothly, blends effortlessly, and has excellent color payoff. The powder does not irritate my skin and for me, easily lasts over 6 hours on bare skin. Now combine that with a good primer and I'm good to go all day (agh that sounds kind of wrong!! I need to get my mind out of the gutter.)
Because of the color, I like Laguna more as a contouring shade than as a bronzer. For bronzers, I prefer brighter, more glowy shades and this does not "glow" too much on my skin.
The Color: Laguna is a slightly warmed, bronzed neutral brown with subtle golden shimmer. The shimmer isn't noticeable once applied -I'd say it gives off more of a slight sheen than shimmer.
Something I have to mention that's awesome about Laguna is that it's not orange-y like many bronzers out on the market. I feel like it could work for ladies of warm and cool skin tones.
Above (no flash): NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna
Overall: I like it. I think it's a little overpriced for what it is and does but the wear time and the fact that it doesn't my skin itch or burn win be over. I've tried several drugstore bronzers that look almost the same (except they don't go on as smoothly or blend as nicely) but they never "felt" this good on my skin. I personally prefer Laguna for contouring but it can definitely be used as a bronzer too.
While the product itself is very nice, I do not like that the compact gets dirty quickly -I don't like dusty looking compacts. Also, it's quite expensive -shelling out out 33 bucks for a bronzer is not my cup of tea.