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NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette

July 5, 2017

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

NARS has been on a roll with new launches and the latest is the Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette ($59 for 0.11 oz/3.2 g x 6). This is currently a Nordstrom exclusive and fairly similar to the Sephora exclusive Banc de Sable (no longer available, but review and swatches here). As a highlighter fan I had to try the new one even though it looked like there was a possibility the two would be really close. If you already own the trio, I don’t think you need to get the 6-pan palette unless you’re really wanting the sunwash bronzers.

The Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette has six shades in a large mirrored compact. There are four highlighters in the same pressed version as Banc de Sable. There are also two bronzers in the Sunwash Bronzer formula (reviewed here). The highlighters are all gorgeous with a beautiful shimmer that blends in with the skin nicely and doesn’t emphasize pores or lines. The shimmer is noticeable but not overly frosted. The Sunwash Bronzers aren’t really something I’m a huge fan of, although I do feel the ones in the palette have a less muddy feel/look to them on my skin compared to the individual ones I bought earlier in the spring.

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors in the palette include the following, top row:

  • Rivage (also in the Banc de Sable Palette) is a pale ivory white-gold shimmer
  • Crique is a light yellowish gold champagne shimmer
  • Laguna Sunwashed bronzer is a medium brown tan with a matte finish

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book

Colors in the bottom row are slightly darker:

  • Corniche is a shimmering champagne with cool-tones, it’s a pearly color
  • Galet is a shimmering champagne peach-copper
  • Casino is a slightly deeper version of Laguna

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette Review | The Beauty Look Book


NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Comparisons between Banc de Sable and Bord de Plage, Rivage in both is identical. The Sale in the trio is almost identical to either Crique/Corniche. Quick note on Galet – I’m quite tan right now so it appears more champagne than copper on me. I’ve looked at swatches on some other blogs and Galet looks more coppery on fair skins.

NARS Bord de Plage vs Banc de Sable Highlighting Palettes | The Beauty Look Book

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette vs Banc de Sable Trio | The Beauty Look Book

Quick look with Bord de Plage Palette wearing Crique and Rivage on the Eyes with the Loaded Eyeshadow Palette. On the cheeks is Laguna with Corniche and Galet mixed/blended. Foundation is the Velvet Matte Skin Tint in St. Moritz. On the lips is Marc Jacobs Sugar Sugar. Top by Joie.

One last look:

Bottom line I love this palette but find it really similar to the Banc de Sable one so I probably did not need both. Quality is excellent with smooth shimmers that blend nicely into the skin – it’s perfect for cheeks and eyes and you do get a good mix of champagnes and pearly shades. I do think there are similarities between the top and bottom but I really love all the colors so I don’t mind. Lasting power is really good with this one – it stays put for a long time even with the heat and humidity. If I had to pick this or the trio, I would pick the trio because it has that pretty peachy shade which I don’t see here. Still this one is quite good and I think it’s reasonably priced.

The NARS Bord de Plage Palette is available at Nordstrom. It’s limited-edition. Have you tried this one yet? Or did you get Banc de Sable?

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  • Carolina Pereira

    What a beautiful palette!


  • Eileen

    I already purchased Banc de Sable (huge love!) and will be giving Bord de Plage a miss. Not that it isn’t beautiful, it’s just somewhat repetitive and I no longer wear the deeper shades. The three shades in Banc de Sable; however, are perfect for me and meet my needs. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of Banc de Sable and reach for it daily. The ultra fine shimmer blends seamlessly and without emphasizing any wrinkles or crinkles (I’m in my seventies), and it wears well without fading away. Applied with a light hand, it brings a flattering light to the eyes and cheekbones that is perfectly daytime appropriate. And, of course, it can also be applied heavier for some evening drama. These new highlighters by NARS are simply superlative. Whether someone decides to purchase the more compact Banc de Sable or its big sister Bord de Plage, I’m sure that person will find much to love with NARS new highlighters.

  • Lisa Adams

    Thank you so much for the review! I have Blanc de Sable and thought these shimmers were similar in tone, but wondered at the convenience of have contour/highlight in one compact for travel purposes. I did not realive that casino and laguna were the choices in the palette. Nothing really new going on here! Easy pass thanks to your perfect pictures! Thank you!

    • LOL – yes I’m getting a bit tired of Laguna/Casino being in so many palettes. If you have Banc de Sable no need to get this one!

  • This is such a beautiful packaged palette
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  • loriindc

    Nars is really on a roll!
    I know you love highlighters πŸ™‚ Have you seen these upcoming ones? http://chicprofile.com/lancome-dual-finish-highlighter-swatches They look super pretty! Lancome doesn’t often catch my eye but I will need to see these in person!

    • I did! They do look really pretty but Lancome doesn’t catch my eye either. I will be reviewing the new BB ones which I really love for the non-traditional champagne colors.

  • Rachael Campbell

    NARS recently announced they will be distributing in China, which requires animal testing. Will this be affecting your purchasing decisions?

  • Charli Griffith

    Do you have the Natasha Denona palette? I’m wondering if I had to choose between the two πŸ€” I don’t have the trio palette and I do love the look of this palette but I’m needing to be smarter with my money’s so I’m wondering which I would get more use out of.
    It looks absolutely gorgeous on you!! So that’s not helping my decision process πŸ˜‚
    Thanks for the great review!!

    • Yes – I have them on my to-do list to review. If you prefer a mix of matte creams and contour, go with the Natasha Denona palette. Also the powder highlighters in the two glow contour palettes are available individually so if you’re only interested in the shimmers, I’d recommend you get the individual shimmers instead. The NARS is definitely more glowy/highlighter focused.

  • The highlighting shades in this palette are so so gorgeous! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • I love the shades in this palette ! it looks so perfect for the summer!


  • Stephy

    Very gorgeous on you! I love all these bronze and highlighting products lately. I will check this out in the stores.

  • AstarteOurania

    Not that I need more highlighters or bronzers (I have Blanc de Sable too) but I want this too! lol Such a pretty palette.