Bronzing Powder
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

NARS Bronzing Powder is often hyped in beauty magazines (i.e. as a “cult favorite” makeup product)—and if you’re in the mood to splurge, it’s absolutely one to consider.

The Bronzing Powder is available in two shades, Laguna (a neutral, medium-toned brown shade) and Casino (a deep-brown neutral). Both options are winners, free of overly warm orange or peach undertones, and deliver a true, neutral (and natural-looking) tan look to skin.

While the formula is sheer, color builds rapidly, which makes blending a breeze, but also means you can easily add too much powder. The shades are workable for those with fair to medium/deep skin tones—we should also mention that both shades have some shimmer, but the effect is subtle and easily wearable for day. Bonus: The Bronzing Powder is fragrance free.

  • Both shades are versatile and work well for fair to medium/deep skin tones.
  • Pigmented, but sheers out easily to an attractive finish.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains a subtle amount of shimmer, which may be a turn-off for some.
Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

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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Long lasting, little goes a long way, a bit pricey

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