Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sephora Birthday Gift 2021 | Nars Laguna Bronzer and Afterglow Lip Balm Review



I just shared a Sephora Haul, linked here, and decided to also do a dedicated post for Sephora's free Nars Birthday gift for this year.

Every year, Sephora offers its Beauty Insiders the opportunity to choose a gift for FREE! This year, because non-essential stores are still closed, I had to make an online purchase to get my free birthday gift. Luckily, there was no minimum purchase as well as free shipping with no minimum purchase!

This year, there are 4 freebies to choose from:
  • Nars Laguna 2pc mini-set featured in this post
  • Moroccanoil 3pc mini haircare set
  • Laneige 3pc skincare set
  • Kerastase 2pc haircare set - online exclusive

As a Sephora Beauty Insider (free to join) you can choose one free gift per year with no purchase required. You can access your birthday gift 2 weeks before your actual birthday and anytime after your birthday.

I have been wanting to try Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder for quite some time, so I was glad it was offered as one of this year's freebies. 

The Nars Freebie Includes:

Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder 2.5 gr
Afterglow lip balm in Laguna 1.1 gr

Top: Nars Laguna Bronzer/ Bottom: Nars Laguna Afterglow Lip Balm

Birthday gift:  Nars Laguna bronzer and Afterglow lip balm  πŸŽ‚


Laguna Bronzing Powder:
The bronzer is tiny but I can still fit my brush into the pan without any issues. The packaging is just like their full-size counterparts and contains a small mirror. 

The powder is not nearly as dark as it appears in the pan, which is a good thing for me. I was afraid it was going to be too dark for me and would be difficult to blend. Turns out to be not too pigmented and blends like a dream. It is buildable and I actually needed 2 or 3 applications to get the colour that I wanted. I was surprised that the Laguna Bronzer has quite a bit of micro glitter which only shows up in certain lighting, thankfully. It also has a gold sheen to it which can only be seen from certain angles. The colour is great on my light/neutral skin tone, although it shows up quite orange in the swatch, it doesn't look orange on my face. It adds a nice bronze-y glow that I happen to love all year round. It definitely gives that summertime bronze beach look.

AfterGlow Lip Balm in Laguna:

The Afterglow lip balm also comes in the same beautiful packaging as its full-size counterpart. The balm has a nice slip to it and feels good on the lips. It is somewhat hydrating but not very long-lasting. It also has a tiny bit of a sheen with a dot of micro glitter here and there, but very little so it isn't bothersome to me. The colour is very sheer natural looking, and makes the perfect addition to the Laguna Bronzer, adding to that summertime bronze beach look when paired together. Giving me #beachvibes

The sizes in this freebie kit are quite tiny and considering how much bronzer and lip balm I use, I don't expect them to last long. (Bronzer and lip balm are 2 of my most used products).

Overall, I'm very happy to have finally tried these products. I probably won't purchase the full size of the bronzer because I am generally not a fan of glitter on my face, I don't mind some shimmer, but not glitter. The Afterglow Lip Balm is just ok for me, especially considering the high price tag.

Some of the other freebies like the Laneige and the Morrocanoil kits are probably a better value but if you are also dying to try Nars Laguna, you can't go wrong, especially for free, and I hope my swatches and review have helped with your decision! 😍

You can view all of this year's free birthday gifts and sign up to become an insider at https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/beauty/birthday-gift

Which gift will you choose this year!?

Amy
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