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NARS // Banc de Sable Highlighting Palette

NARS // Banc de Sable Highlighting Palette

It's been raining highlighters lately! I can't seem to keep up, and have downshifted into being a little bit more picky about which ones I pick up and which ones I take a pass on. But when NARS released this Sephora-exclusive limited edition, Banc de Sable Highlighting Palette, I was so intrigued by the packaging and the shades. I'm a huge fan of the Hot Sand highlighter (now full-sized highlighting blush) that I took the plunge and purchased one. (It retails for $49.)

I love love love this packaging! The frosted overlay on top of metallic bronze-orange is so summery - it reminded me, randomly, of those Ban de Soleil commercials from the 80's. 

There's nice sized mirror inside the palette and the fairly compact size of the palette makes it a great travel companion.

From L to R: Rivage, Salé, Embruns

From L to R: Rivage, Salé, Embruns

The shades inside are fairly warm leaning. The first shade being the coolest, and the two deeper shades being a touch warmer.

Here are some finger swatches of the three shades:

The finish of these is a wet type of foiled look, and they can also be used wet. When I first tried it with some Fix +, I really didn't see much difference in intensity. The description on the Sephora site also mentions using it on the eyes, and I can see the first shade being a lovely inner corner highlight, or brow bone highlight.

For my skin tone, I can say realistically that I'll be able to use the first two shades easily. I could probably mix the deepest shade, Embruns with the first, or use it on my eyes. And for reference, the Hot Sand shade falls between the two deeper shades.

Here is a snap of the ingredients list from the box:

What are your thoughts on this palette? Going to pick it up? xoxo

 

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