I am soooo excited to be reviewing today’s product – the brand new, limited edition, NARS Banc de Sable Highlighting Trio Palette. I spotted this on the sephora.ca website and NARS has been killing it lately with their limited edition releases (I purchased the Monoi oil Laguna LE large bronzer, which amazingly came with a giant mirror and mini Ita brush).
I saw this on the New Releases page on sephora.ca and basically bought it on a whim. I’ve only had good experiences with NARS (except the Radiant Creamy concealer), and once I got this in the mail and swatched it, I was in love:
This trio actually reminds me a little of KathleenLights collab with MakeupGeek in that there are 3 varied shades and I actually love it quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of colour in here, and these highlights are so smooth and buttery. Banc de sable means sandbank by the way, which explains the colour selection of these highlights.
What surprised me the most about these colours is how brown girl friendly they are. Normally, even beige/tan/golden-y highlights have the tendency to look ashy, but 2/3 colours are so beautiful, rich and pigmented without the ashen glow. The lightest highlight, Rivage, is still workable and has a gold shift so that if you have medium skin it still is wearable. The other 2 highlights, Salé and Embruns, are a deep golden and rose-brass colour.
Each pan is 3.4 g and the packaging is amazing! It’s in a decently sized palette with a giant mirror, sturdy packaging. Each highlight is embossed with the “NARS” logo and each pan is big enough for a highlight brush to be dipped into it. The outside is a reflective golden sand colour – very fitting.
I’ve never dabbled in NARS highlights, but based on their blush longevity I had high hopes. I wasn’t disappointed. The product lasted all day on my face, and didn’t disintegrate into glitters, the way some highlights can (the ones that apply pearlescent and emollient on the skin, but as the day wears on all that is left is reflects).
I will say this though – if you are looking for a wet, highly pearlescent, highly luminous highlight, this is not the product for you. These highlights are on the lower end of the spectrum of highlight intensity. Mind you, this isn’t as soft as say, the essence Pure Nude highlighter, or Hourglass’s Dim Light Ambient lighting powder, but it is most definitely not as striking as say, Becca’s Champagne Pop, ColourPop’s Wisp, or even thebalm’s Mary Lou-Manizer. I actually love it a lot because its got enough oompf but doesn’t make me look crazy at 8 am.
This is a pricey product. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. NARS is luxury, but I splurge ever so often on NARS LE products. This came to $64 CAD, so of course, keep that in mind when purchasing.
Overall: This highlight palette is gorgeous. It’s expensive. If you are looking to splurge, I highly suggest purchasing it, also because it is LE. While the shades can be duped, the quality cannot.
Until next time,