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).
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
*press sample but opinions are all my own*