That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches - La Belle Sirene

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches

Thursday, September 28, 2017

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

Summer has come and gone and we have finally found ourselves in my personal favourite season of the year - fall. Alongside the pumpkins, cider scented candles, cozy scarves and haunted houses come a shift in the makeup we wear everyday. 

It's time to say goodbye to pastel eye shadows and coral lips and say hello to dramatic lipsticks, smokey eyes and a nude cheek. One aspect of my makeup routine that never changes, no matter the season, is my all over glowing, sun-kissed, radiantly warm complexion.

To achieve that golden goddess look, I love to play with both radiant bronzers and illuminators to create a multi-dimensional effortless glow. It's all about the formulas and the undertones of the products you use and the way you layer them. 

One new product that has everything you need to achieve this look all in one spot is the new Limited Edition NARS Bord De Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette ($72 CAD/$59 USD)

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |

The Details

This stunning multipurpose palette has NARS' signature soft matte black packaging with a beautiful artistic design on the front and a large mirror inside. It contains 6 (0.12oz) sleek pans with NARS embossed on the top of the powders for a chic added touch. There are 4 opalescent highlighters and 2 SunWash Diffusing Bronzers, offering a shade option for just about any skin tone. 

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |

The Bord De Plage Palette includes 4 out of this world highlighting shades, all of which give off the most beautiful luminous sheen with no obvious glitter or shimmer! 

Rifage is the lightest shade and is described as a glistening pearl
Corniche is the second lightest shade and is described as a soft pink shimmer.
Crique is the third shade and is described as a pale gold shimmer
Galet is the deepest shade and is described as a golden bronze shimmer

These illuminators as absolutely stunning and they feel so incredibly luxurious! The powders are super soft and buttery smooth with the finest texture that doesn't emphasize lines or pores. They are very pigmented and they melt into the skin to look like a wet sheen that can be subtle or more intense. 

The palette also includes 2 of their SunWash Diffusing Bronzers, which are light diffusing bronzing powders that add a natural looking warmth that becomes one with the skin. 

Laguna is the lighter shade and is described as a medium matte brown. 
Casino is the deeper shade and is described as a darker version of Laguna. 

These bronzers are simply beautiful with a sheerer finish that looks so natural and authentic on the skin. They are best used for an all over dose of sun and they can be mixed with the illuminators to add a touch of sheen. The powders have a firmer consistency than the highlighters so it's best to use a denser brush but even with the harder texture there is no kick back. 

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |
(tilt screen back to see the sheen)

Tips & Tricks

The palette is designed to be used in an artistic manner, NARS wants you to play with the colours provided, mix them together, layer them for more dimension or even use them wet for a more intense sheen. This palette gives you the ability to explore and create your perfect all over glow. 

Personally I love to apply the lighter toned bronzer along the cheekbones, temples, forehead and neck to add a subtle warmth to the skin. I then like to mix two of the highlight shades and then apply them on the high points of my face, blending them in with the bronzer as I go. I will then take the lightest pearl shade on a wet brush and place it precisely on the very top of my cheekbone, the tip of the nose, the brow bone and the inner corner. The final result is a lit from within, radiant glow with a touch of warmth. 

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |

The Finishing Touch

The perfect finishing touch to your glowing, sun-kissed look is a subtle metallic eye and the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick ($35 CAD) is the perfect product for just that!

These beautiful cream eyeshadows in stick form are a must have in every makeup bag. They take the guesswork out of makeup with the ability to swipe directly onto the lid and blend in with your finger (or a brush). Once set they last all day long and look like you put in so much more effort than you did. 

They come in both matte and shimmer shades but the light champagne/gold shimmers are my favourite! Down below are the shades Nepal, Corfu and Dark Angel

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |
(L-R Nepal, Corfu, Dark Angel)

The NARS Bord De Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette is an absolute gem and a must have for this holiday season! With the price of $72 CAD and a value of $158 CAD you are walking away with not only an incredible deal but also a palette that is practically flawless. 

You can find this palette at Sephora and the NARS website. 

Pin it!

That Riviera Glow | NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting & Bronzing Palette | Review & Swatches |

*press sample but opinions are all my own*

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  1. This highlighter looks amazing. and of course your photos are beyond! <3

  2. Gorgeous shades, especially for fall!

  3. These products look amazing! I love NARS, they always have the best palettes!

  4. I haven't used too much NARS makeup but I know so many people swear by it and it seems like a great line!! Thanks for sharing these picks!

    xoxo A

  5. This is a seriously gorgeous palette!! I'm going to have to pick this up immediately. XO

  6. wow- NARS makes some of the most gorgeous stuff. That palette is beautiful and I neeed those eyeshadow sticks omg. I actually did a post on eyeshadow sticks a while back but I didn't try out any of the NARS ones! Thanks for the recs

  7. It's beautiful! I love all the shades. I just need to learn how to highlight correctly now haha

    - Anali Martinez (

  8. OMG these colors are gorgeous! And they are the perfect shades for fall too😍

  9. I've always been afraid of makeup but this is beautiful. And you are right, fall is definitely the time to break out the warmer colors!

  10. That palette looks AMAZING! I need it in my life!

  11. The colors look great -I like that they are meant to be used together.


  12. I loooove Nars!! It's one of my favorite brands!


  13. I really want to try those shadow sticks!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Ooh! I want to try this out. NARS always has great pigments. I really need a highlighter palette to add to the mix.

  15. I love NARS products - and I'm really interested in this formula!

  16. This palette is so pretty and I love the colors! I normally don't go for warm toned bronzers, but they are so pretty!

  17. Love your photos. And those colors look like beautiful tones on you :) I'm still exploring the makeup world, but have a nars blush color and love the quality of their products. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Your product and flatlay photography is always so beautiful!! I've always loved NARS but I've never tried their bronzers. I'm so pllale and don't tan so I always thought I'd look odd using bronzer but this whole collection is just so gorgeous!

  19. These colors are gorgeous! I need to try this out.

    -xo, Azanique |

  20. I love NARS products. I'm currently looking for a highlighter that is NOT glittery. That is becoming quite the feat.

  21. NARS always comes through! I have to try these bronzers. I have issues finding some that aren't too orange!

  22. The swatches are so beautiful! One day I will try NARS :)

  23. This palette is gorgeous! I've heard great things about those shadow sticks as well.

  24. These colors are so pretty! I love these photos!


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