This is pressed powder does wonders for my nc40 skin. It's a great product to use if you are after a natural tan affect without any shimmer. I use this product every day and could not live without it. It's great for contouring and I use it on my cheeks, forehead and chin area (the places i am most likely to tan first)
Its also great value for money, when you consider the size of the product and how frequently I use it. I have had mine for 18 months now and still have a few months worth left. I would definitely buy again as I haven't found a color yet that is as sheer, natural looking and comfortable to wear as this. Love it!
The experience of buying Heat finally taught me the proper way for buying a bronzer. I was using Laguna faithfully for a year (with occasional "tests" of other products) and considered it to be my HG bronzer, which it still is, but now shares that coveted spot along with the Heat. I wanted to purchase a bronzer "for the day" or just something that unlike Laguna, had no shimmer in it. Something very natural, "plain" or "flat". I was also going away to Mexico for a week and wanted to prolong my "tan" upon return. So, before I left for Mexico I tested several bronzers and liked Heat the most as it looked the most natural on me. However, I did not purchase it as I wanted to be sure once I returned with a tan, that it really looked good even once I got the tan. For reference, I am a natural brunette, with light yellowy/olive complexion and dark eyes. Once I got back and I was tanned, I applied the bronzer and couldn't even tell I had anything on. Almost like putting on a clear powder. That's when I knew it was the right bronzer. I know this may sound like I have discovered a wheel and that it may be a logical conclusion, but you should ONLY buy a bronzer when you are naturally tanned to the point where you like/look good (I know this requires sun exposure, but in the summer we all tend to get a bit tanned even if we don't go away). So, if you cannot tell the difference after you put the bronzer on (not light/chalky, not darker, just not noticeable at all - transparent) - you know you have a winner. This basically means that the bronzer reflects the EXACT colour of how you tan and will look the most natural on your skin even with no tan. In addition to this, I highly recommend apllying this with a bronzer brush - short bristled fat brush (you can buy at Sephora for $40 CDN). So, for me, Heat is that PERFECT tan colour and now that my tan is fading, I can keep the perception alive!
This is actually a pressed powder but its my favorite bronzer. IT has no shimmer of course. Very sheer and finely milled. No Peach or red tones. My favorite bronzer for my NC37ish skin!
I had expected so much out of this product. The NARS Laguna is my absolute HG and I wanted to try something new. The quality is what you would expect from NARS - finely milled, and very silky but the reason why it got a 2 is that it is absolutely the wrong shade for me. It looked so much lighter in the magazine (was recommended by Charlotte Tilbury in the NYT Mag) and on the Sephora website but is clownishly dark on my NC30 skin (and this is my darker / tanned summer self!) Sticking to the Laguna for the time being....
This is SUCH an awesome bronzer. Looking at it in the pan, you'll see a few shimmers here and there, but it is not shimmery at all when applied. There's only a touch added so that it's not flat. Let's put it this way: if you look at this next to Laguna and Casino, those look more shimmery than they are. Anyway, when applied, it is a gorgeous, non-orangy, natural shade that would look great on most everyone. This is also the perfect contouring shade for most tones except very dark. Smooth and silky as usual. I just love Nars' bronzers, and I think this is my all time favorite!
BIG HUGE RAVE!!!!!