New from Nars is the exclusive limited-edition Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette ($49 / 3 x 0.11 oz – 3.4 g). Inspired by sunkissed beaches and golden sandbanks, the invitingly warm palette features three universally flattering highlighters designed to illuminate the eyes and cheeks. The three shades are designed to layer endlessly and illuminate all skin tones for a subtle veil of a radiant second-skin glow. They can be worn individually or layered together on the face and eyes to naturally play up the features, or to create that coveted “just back from vacation” reflection. Introducing a versatile wet/dry formula, each of the highlighters can be applied dry or wet. If a subtle shimmering veil of color is what you desire, apply the shades dry. If a high-impact intense finish is what you wish, simply apply the colors wet. Either way you prefer, these highlighters were designed to work with the skin’s surface to instantly blend into the skin and create a supernatural glow. Originally the Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette was not supposed to launch until somewhere in March – however, dropped early on Sephora and I literally purchased it the minute I received the notification as I had been eagerly waiting … okay, dying, to get my hands on this palette when I first caught a preview.
The palette has good-sized pans. Pigment and texture is excellent across all colors and while there are only three shades to choose from the actual range is quite exceptional as most skin tones could probably make this work. Formula is super soft and blendable. The texture of these feel slightly creamy but are all powders. Pigment is smooth and easy to layer from a barely-there luster to a more intense, warming luminosity. At first glance there appears to be quite a bit of shimmer in the pans but they apply very natural on the face or eyes and become much more subdued as they meld with the skin. These are all fresh Summer colors and what I love about Banc De Sable is knowing that I’m able to use the entire palette not just for highlighting, but also for creating an eyeshadow look. I use Rivage (the lightest shade) as a brow and inner corner highlight, Salé (the middle shade) as an all-over lid color and Embruns (the darkest shade) as either an outer corner shade for a smokey effect or as an all-over lid shade as well. While I love all the colors, Embruns is definitely my most favorite. It’s the perfect to-die-for metallic rose gold.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them.
Rivage – is a warm shimmering light beige with a hint of gold
Salé – is a warm shimmering golden champagne with orange undertones
Embruns – is a warm shimmering metallic rose gold with reddish/brown undertones
Closeup image of the colors
Swatched on the arm – dry
Swatched on the arm – wet
For palette size comparison, I pulled the Narsissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette in II (reviewed here), the Laguna Bronzer and a standard Nars blush. The shade is Bumpy Ride and is from the Nars Spring 2017 Wildfire Collection, which I reviewed here.
To conclude, this palette is absolutely perfect to me. It’s a solid performer that consists of amazing overall quality in terms of pigment, texture and a formula as a whole. The colors are superb and while limited to three are super versatile not to mention long wearing. Whether wet or dry these stay put for 9+ hours as that is how far I pushed them. These do not fade nor does the color separate from the shimmer as the day progresses. Also, a huge bonus is that none of the colors emphasize my pores or natural skin texture. I’m in love with the versatility of this palette and even as eyeshadows these work amazing – which if you travel often this might be the perfect companion as it functions for both the face as well as the eyes. This is definitely a must-have for me, it’s such worthwhile purchase!
The Nars Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette is a limited edition item and is exclusively available at Sephora.