Nars has launched the ultimate collection for summer this year with some new launches and some new additions to the iconic Bronzing powder range. From the summer launches, I do expect the summer products to wear effortlessly, build weightlessly, and bronze endlessly. This collection is an answer to all you need to survive the summer this year. The Iconic Nars Bronzing Powder has new shades, new packaging, and new matte formula which delivers the same qualities and look of the cult-favourite bronzer but in a matte finish. From the collection, I have been testing the Bronzing Powder, Matte Bronzing Powder, Paradise Found Bronzing Powder, and Oil-Infused Lip Tints.
Nars Bronzing Powder is a finely milled, diffused-powder, with golden shimmer that creates a warmth over the area it is applied to – works beautifully to contour or define the face. It does not emphasize the pores or lines on the skin but blurs them out while making the complexion look even. The formula is buildable. The finish is very natural and does not look ashy or chalky on the skin. The new sleek compact packaging is very easy to hold, use, and store – weather on the go or on the vanity. There are two new shades available in this bronzing powder – San Juan and Punta Cana – I have swatched them both below.
San Juan is a diffused light bronze with golden shimmer
Punta Cana is a diffused rich mahogany brown powder with golden shimmer
Nars Matte Bronzing Powder is a silky lightweight formula that delivers a natural warmth to the skin – can be used to contour the face or define it – with a matte finish. The formula is very comfortable, does not feels or looks dry on the skin, with nice longevity. I have swatched shade Laguna in the picture below. Laguna is a matte warm brown and is perfect for my medium skin with golden undertones to give a natural yet noticeable warmth to the skin.
Nars Paradise Found Bronzing Powder is an oversized compact of the cult-classic Laguna Bronzer shade designed with an exclusive shimmer sand-wave design. It is scented with Nars signature French Polynesian Monoi de Tahiti oils which smell so unique and luxurious. The formula is lightweight and silky, glides on the skin easily and blends like a dream. The diffused brown powder with exclusive shimmer sand-wave design is a must-have from the collection. The shimmer is only on the lower part of the design and does fade after a few uses. You are left with the iconic Laguna bronzer in an oversized limited edition compact once the shimmer is gone. If you prefer, you can remove the shimmer with soft brush strokes over it.
Nars Oil-Infused Lip Tint is a smooth lightweight formula that glides on lips evenly without a greasy look and feel. The formula is nourishing, softening, and is comfortable to wear. It is available in two limited-shades – Laguna and Reef. I have swatched the shade Reef which is a sheer mauve shimmer.
Overall, The Bronzing Collection is one of the best collections for summer I have tried so far this year. The Nars Bronzing Powder is a favourite of mine and this collection launches new finish and new shades for the same – highly recommend you to check it out. Nars The Bronzing Collection is available Sephora.ca, Nordstrom, Hudson’s Bay, and Shoppersdrugmart.ca and beautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart.*Press samples
I always stress the most on the cleansing when it comes to skincare. You can use even the best of the serums, creams or face oils but if your skin is not clean and ready for the products to be applied and absorbed, they will not be beneficial. The first step in a skincare routine, whether you are very much into skincare or not, is cleansing. By clean skin, I mean the dirt, makeup, extra sebum produced by the skin is removed so that the skin is ready to take benefit from the serum or moisturizer or any product you are going to apply next. Whether I use makeup or not, I always double cleanse in the evening. The reason for double cleansing even when I have not applied makeup during the day is that I apply sunscreen every single day and I treat it in the category which needs double cleansing – moreover, it gives me satisfaction that my skin is clean and also I notice negligible breakouts. For mornings, I only do single cleanse. Sisley Paris has launched 2 new cleansing products Sisley Paris Triple-Oil Balm Makeup Remover & Cleanser and Sisley Paris Eye and Lip Gel Makeup Remover. Both the new launches work very well with Sisley Paris Radiance Foaming Cream Cleanser which I have been loving since it launched last year.
I noticed that I did not share about Sisley Paris Radiance Foaming Cream Cleanser on the blog yet but I did many times on my Instagram, I know many of you love it already. Sisley Paris Radiance Foaming Cream Cleanser is a very gentle, non-drying smooth foam cleanser which transforms into cream when massaged into the skin. It dissolves the impurities, dirt, makeup, and sebum to cleanse the skin while keeping the skin comfortable and balanced. There is no feeling of tightness or dryness but the skin feels clean, smooth, soft, and radiant. I have used it for a few months now and love it so much.
Sisley Paris Triple-Oil Balm Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a solid yet melting butter-like balm that becomes silky, lightweight oil texture upon application. I have been really impressed with how smooth it is and how it instantly melts into the skin while dissolving all the makeup without irritating the skin. Despite the balm-like texture, it does not feels heavy on the skin and nor does it breaks me out, even in the summer. I apply a small amount on my dry face and then massage gently on full face and neck, including eye area. The formula transforms into a silky oil when massaged. It transforms into a soft milky emulsion when a little water is applied and massaged, then it removes quickly when rinsed without feeling greasy. I do prefer using my washcloth to remove it once I am done massaging it. I feel it more relaxing overall. I did not feel any drying effect or any congestion or irritation since I started using it.
For your reference, I have combination skin prone to congestion. The packaging as you see is very beautiful, co-ordinates with the rest of the cleansers in this collection. There is a complimentary spatula included with the product for ease of use and application without dipping a finger inside the tub every time. Overall, a lovely experience for the first cleanse to remove makeup, sunscreen, excess sebum, build-up, pollution, and what not from the day.
Sisley Paris Eye and Lip Gel Makeup Remover is an eye and lip makeup remover in a very soothing gel formula that also refreshes and nourishes the area. The formula is cooling and gel-like while being lightweight, gentle, and non-greasy at the same time. I apply this gel formula on my eyelids including lashes and lips with my fingers, massage gently in circular motions, and then wipe it off gently with the cotton pad. Or I apply it straight to the cotton pad and then gently wipe over the eye, from top to bottom, and the lips.
Once removed, the eyes contour feels refreshed, soothed, and comfortable, moisturized, and toned. I have used it to remove even my waterproof mascara and it works, I make sure to apply directly on my eyelids and lashes and massage a little extra than normal before wiping it off with the cotton pad. Even the eyelashes feel shinier and soft after using this Eye and Lip Gel makeup remover. I am really liking it, very unique formula and experience.
I am really enjoying these three cleansing products in my skincare routine and would highly recommend you to check them out. Sisley Paris products are available at luxury retailers including Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. It is also available at Sisley- Paris.ca.*Press samples
Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-Gloss Collection is the newest launch from the brand and was much awaited by all the lip gloss lovers like me who expect much more from it than a normal lip gloss. The newest Le Phyto-Gloss formula incorporates both intensive lip care and mirror-like shine in one, which means it hydrates, nourishes, and protects the lips while giving a beautiful finish.
“The key ingredients in Sisley-Paris Le Phyto-gloss contain an ‘Oleo-Beauty’ complex which is a combination of three oils that provide an enveloping, non-sticky texture, and ultra-glossy lips. It also provides a shaping effect on the lips while giving volume and shine. The ‘Mother-of-pearl particles’ help to accentuate shine and iridescence. The Hydrobooster complex composed of Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Glucomannans infuses skin with water and help maintain hydration, plumps, and smooths.”, per Sisley Paris website.
The formula is very hydrating, not sticky at all, has a little substance to it – I would not say it is light or is thick but the consistency is just perfect without being light or heavy but is definitely not sticky. The gloss does provide a plumping effect on the lips with a little sensation that looks even more noticeable with the glossy finish. The ultra-creamy and silky formula blend nicely without accentuating the lines. The formula is very soothing, comfortable, and nourishing for my dry lips. The high precision tip of the gloss works perfectly to apply and define the lips easily.
It works great both as a top coat on lipstick for an intense shiny lacquered effect and even when just worn alone. Nowadays, as I am working from home and sitting in front of my laptop all day, taking breaks occasionally, I keep Le Phyto-Gloss on my desk and have been reaching out for it a lot. I notice that my lips are much healthier and nourished even after the gloss has worn off. It does not just work momentarily while it is on the lips but even after that – it repairs the lips. My lips are much soft and supple since I started using these.
Le Phyto-Gloss is available in 10 vibrant and luminous shades and in two different finishes – shimmery and shiny. I have swatched 4 shades – two with shine and two with a shimmer finish.
Shimmery shades are:
1 Moon – hologram white (swatched)
2 Aurora – nude pink
3 Sunrise – baby pink (swatched)
4 Twilight – raspberry pink
5 Fireworks – golden red
6 Paradise – coral
Shiny shades are:
7 Venus – nude beige
8 Milkyway – baby pink (swatched)
9 Sunset – copper red (swatched)
10 Star – Intense Red
The packaging as you see is so beautiful – gold case with transparent stripes that reveal the colour inside. The shimmery finish is not chunky or overly unreal shimmer but is a very practical and acceptable shimmer for everyday wear. Both the shimmery and shiny versions are very comfortable and perfect for day or nightwear.