As a self-proclaimed Nars whore, I can’t believe I never owned the famous ‘Beach’ powder. I actually bought this several months ago after a makeup artist used it on me and I fell in love with the colour. I initially didn’t want to spend $46CAD ($37US) on a powder, but it was one of those things I just kept on thinking about. Honestly, I think the name sucked me in! I’m such a beach glam type of girl that anything tropical or vacation inspired just calls to me.
This powder is triple-milled to have a fine, silky feeling to it. They claim this fills in fine lines and pores for an undetectable finish, doesn’t build up on skin and absorbs oil. This powder is also available in a loose formulation as well, but I generally detest loose powders as I find them SOO messy and always feel like I waste product. I bought this at Sephora although it was hard to find as they kept being sold out.
-Great for skin with yellow tones
-Helps makeup to stay in place
-Super easy to blend
-Absorbs oil/helps prevent oiliness
-The mirror is awesome
-Not good for baking- makes my under eyes look dry AF
-Not light enough for baking (product looks lighter online)
-Is a bit noticeable on the skin
I have a love-hate with this product. I originally bought it for baking/setting my under-eye area because I was hoping the yellow would brighten, but I found that baking with this made my under-eyes looked too dark. Setting it with a brush is fine however, but the formula is very dry. I also have dry skin but I can bake just fine with the Maybelline Fit Me Translucent Powder ($7), but the Nars powder just makes me look crepey.
I now only use this to set the foundation on my neck (don’t judge me, it’s always raining in Canada!), and I also often set my chin and jawline as I notice those areas are the first to fade. Since my skin is dry, I avoid using this on my cheeks or around my nose, unless I’m using an extremely dewy foundation-like the Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation. All in all, I will probably repurchase this once I’m out simply because I love the shade.