NARS Quirimba Matte Bronzing Powder ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was a totally flat, matte finish, so it seemed to darken a bit when applied over bare skin (you’ll want to apply it over matte or set skin).
I’ve noticed that mattes that darken are often a little drier and more difficult to blend out. I had the best luck applying with a fluffier, more fan-like brush to get better initial dispersion of product as denser brushes placed product too heavily in one place but then the formula wasn’t blendable enough to spread out enough for a seamless blend. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which built up to full coverage with less than a second layer if desired. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
$38.00/0.28 oz. – $135.71 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be “buildable” and “long-lasting.” The pigmentation was more semi-opaque to opaque rather than truly buildable, but the texture was forgiving so it could be used with a lighter hand or a less-dense brush for more buildable coverage if desired.
The consistency was smooth, velvety, and had some glide to it, which helped the powder apply and blend out exceptionally on bare skin without darkening too noticeably (as matte powders often can). There was a slight bit of powderiness in the pan, but it wasn’t too softly pressed, just the right balance to make it blendable and yielding but not messy to work with. The formula also sat well on skin without looking dry but still kept its matte finish. They wore between eight and nine hours on me before fading noticeably.
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Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Zinc Stearate, Polybutene, Magnesium Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)].
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