I was reorganising my makeup collection last weekend and I realised I had a couple of NARS products which I hadn’t reviewed! NARS is one of my favorite high end brands and I bought a few products before moving back to India from Japan last year. One of the items I picked was the Laguna Illuminator. I had a tough time choosing between Orgasm (peachy gold) and Laguna and ultimately chose this.
Price : $30 for 30 ml (I bought it for JPY 3500)
NARS Laguna Illuminator – Review
The Laguna Illuminator by NARS comes in a clear tube packaging with a flip open plastic cap. It looks quite dark in the tube but on the skin, its a sheer bronze color with beautiful gold shimmer. This is a fantastic illuminator for people with medium to deep skin. It adds a natural bronzed glow to the skin with a hint of color so you can skip blush if you want to keep cheeks natural in terms of color. Its very light and thin in terms of consistency and doesn’t make my skin greasy. You need the tiniest amount and once blended over the cheek, it adds a slight bronze tint with a soft golden glow. While the shimmer is quite sparse in the formula and not very densely packed, it is somewhat visible on the skin if you look closely. I love the glow it adds to my skin but if you’re someone who prefers subtle illuminators, this may not be the one for you (try the MAC Strobe Cream instead). Since its a liquid-gel consistency, you can add a drop of this to your foundation or moisturizer as well for a beautiful warm glow. On fairer skin, it may need more blending work whereas on deeper skin, its just blends in with the natural skin color in a couple of strokes. You can use it on your body as well but its expensive so I’ve resisted the urge to use it as a body illuminator.
Its definitely a pricier purchase and while I do like it, I don’t think this is a must-have from the brand. You can get something quite similar from Inglot. I don’t have the Inglot AMC Face & Body highlighter (65) with me anymore so I’m unable to do a side-by-side comparison but you can see a swatch here.
Overall, I think its a very flattering illuminator for deep skin and a pretty glow-y liquid bronzer for light skin. The liquid-gel consistency makes it very versatile to use and a tiny amount goes a long way. It is however expensive and the visible gold shimmer may turn away people who prefer more refined illuminating products. I do like it mixed with my foundation for a warm glow but I don’t see myself purchasing this one again.
Rating : 3.9/5
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