If you thought NARS couldn’t make their highlighting products even better you thought wrong! Launching in mid-March the NARS Change of Sheen Highlighting Powder collection features a new innovative formula that will give life to old faves (some of which were Multiples in the past!) and feature brand new ones.
what is it
These new NARS Highlighting Powders are introducing their exclusive Seamless Glow Technology. The “innovative formula combines micro-spherical powders and pearls that reflect light and melt seamlessly into skin to enhance your natural glow. The silky, lightweight texture provides easy blending for buildable radiance that goes from delicately lit to strobed in the speed of light. No glitter. Just glow”.
Six shades are launching within the collection including Albatross (opalescent gold), Fort De France (champagne), Capri (crushed pink pearl), Ibiza (yellow gold), Maldives (rose bronze) and St. Barths (warm bronze).
When I showed these highlighters as a sneak peek on my Instagram stories the top question I got was “how does Albatross in this launch compare to the OG Albatross?”. Being that this launch of highlighting powders is touted as a brand new formula that type of question is no surprise, particularly when it comes to a cult-fave highlighter as popular as Albatross. I do not have Albatross here but I’ve had it in the past and have also done a little research into reviews from other bloggers as well as those on retail websites.
With all of the rave reviews on Albatross the biggest complaints that I read were that it showed pores, was too shimmery or didn’t provide enough of an impact. On the flip side there were also reviewers who said nothing about pores, loved the sheen and said that the glow provided was natural and perfect. Preferences will always vary and personally Albatross has never been one of my favorites (it just never looked right on me and I too thought it was shimmery) but with this formula I was impressed that while Albatross stayed understated (yet buildable to show off more of that white gold glow) it was never actually “shimmery” and it didn’t emphasize anything. If I got super close to the lighted mirror I could see some very fine, minuscule glitter particles but for real I GOT WAY IN before I could notice.
While I don’t have the OG Albatross in my possession anymore to compare, I love this version that is releasing in March. It looks stunning on the skin and even though it’s a powder formula my skin looks wet. Is that a bad description? Dewy? IDK. All six shades look and perform the same way, easily blended and buildable, lasting all day long over makeup. My favorite of them all is Fort de France. I’m not sure where she’s been all my life, but I’m glad she’s here now!
All 6 shades of the new NARS Highlighting Powders are swatched below dry and on bare skin (no primer):
The new NARS Highlighting Powders retail for $38.00 each and will be available beginning March 15 at narscosmetics.com & NARS Boutiques. Look for them on April 1 online at Sephora.com and ULTA.com and then on April 5 at all department and specialty stores. These powders are not listed as being limited edition.