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Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette review swatches
I was on the fence for so long about buying this palette but after seeing a million people rave about it on Instagram, I finally took the plunge and bought it. I actually went in to check out Mecca's new 20th Anniversary collection but this palette stuck out to me way more and I just had to pick it up. This Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette ($85) is limited edition but there still seems to be plenty around so I wanted to get my review up quickly in case you were interested in picking it up before it sells out.

Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette review swatches
I've always really liked Nars products but it has actually been ages since I splurged on something new from the brand. This is definitely a good product to break the drought with! First let's talk packaging. I actually love the look of the matte black Nars packaging but makeup just sticks to it like a magnet and it breaks down over time and becomes sticky. This plastic of this palette doesn't have the rubber feel so I have hope it might stay a little cleaner. It has a gorgeous burnished bronze finish on top and a fantastic full sized mirror which is more than big enough to do your entire face makeup. Considering it holds 6 face powders it is fairly compact but not exceedingly so and I don't think I would personally travel with it. The one downside of the packaging is that the bronzer pans are a bit narrow and I have to be careful with my brush to ensure I don't catch they adjacent highlight.

The shades in this range are actually really gorgeous and cover a very wide range of skin tones. My skin is naturally incredibly pale but I fake tan regularly now so this gives me shades I can wear everyday, no matter how bronze or pale I am.
Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette review swatches
  • Rivage (Highlighter): a bright, white highlighter with a hint of champagne warmth
  • Corniche (Highlighter): a pink toned champagne 
  • Crique (Highlighter): a true, bright champagne
  • Galet (Highlighter): a true metallic gold
  • Laguna (Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer): medium to dark bronzer with slightly cooler undertones
  • Casino (Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer): medium to dark bronzer with warmer, pink undertone
As you can see, the shades run quite the gambit. With my fair skin, I obviously find that the Rivage, Corniche and Crique highlighters work a bit better than Galet, which I can still use as an eyeshadow. As for the bronzers, Laguna is only just light enough for me at my palest, and runs close to being too dark but it certainly works while Casino is much too warm unless I'm fake tanned. Either way, I can certainly find a use for all the shades in this palette and it would be particuarly good for a makeup artist because of the range. The bronzer shades can be purchased separately but the highlighters appear to be exclusive to the palette. 
Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette review swatches
Now lets cover the formula & application. The highlighters are incredibly finely milled and great quality. They definitely give an very intense sheen that doesn't look at all glittery. A little certainly goes a long way and you can use a light hand or build them up for a pah-pow highlighter look. As for the bronzers, the Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer is a new formula from Nars that is entirely matte and blends like a dream. I never had the slightest hint of problem with blending. 

Finally, considering you get 6 really incredible, high-quality powders for $85, I would say this palette represents fairly good value for money. Of course it isn't cheap by any means, but the pans each hold a fairly generous 3.2 grams and I am confident that the highlighters in particular will last ages!

There you have my full review. Do you already have this palette and love it as much as I do? Will you be purchasing this palette before it sells out after reading this review? Leave a comment down below to share your thoughts on this pretty stellar palette from Nars. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this palette with my own money. As always, my opinions are my own.
7 comments on "Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette"
  1. I'm such a lover of cream/liquid highlighters I get nervous to try powder based ones! But you might have convinced me. I prefer palette based face products so I can mix and like you do, use on the eyes. So that's a bonus! Thanks for sharing this review, very helpful :)
    Isabella | www.digyhu.com

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  2. Oh my gosh it is sooo gorgeous! I have been eyeing this off for so long, I want it even more now!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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  3. Such a beautiful pallet perfect for Summer defo want to check this out xxx

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  4. The packaging is beautiful as always NARS never disappoints. Great review btw, I think I need to hop on the bandwagon and get one.

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com

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  5. I have been eyeing this palette for some time and after reading you full review, sounds like I am going to love this. Love the swatches too, Nars is one of my favorite brands.

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  6. The palette looks great but I don't like the idea of how small each shade is. It looks tiny, but is probably the same as normal round contour kit palettes.

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness. I didn't think I needed this palette but you have sold it to me! The shade Corniche looks incredible!

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