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Soft Velvet Pressed Powder by NARS

Soft Velvet Pressed Powder

color accuracy(6)
staying power(64)
coverage: medium coverage
Variation: Beach

Top Reviews


blends well

i use beach with my slightly olive completion and it blends nicely for me

- Sephora User

doesn't clump or look streaky

- Sephora User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

love this bronzer, i am very fair and most make-up turns orange on me and bronzer makes me look dirty but this color is perfect

- Sephora User

this powder has light coverage and doesn't oxidize

- Narscosmetics User

staying power


it lasts excellently throughout the day with no issues

- Mecca User

my skin gets shiny throughout the day but when i apply this in the morning it takes away the shine and stays on all day

- Sephora User



the powder is silky and feels light on the skin

- Mecca User

it’s lightweight and gives a beautiful finish

- Narscosmetics User



i bought it in flesh (the lightest color) and it does what it says it will - sets makeup, reduces shine/oil, and leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth looking

- Sephora User

absolutely makes your skin look so smooth and flawless and matte keeps you matte for about 3-4 hrs

- Sephora User



it will set your makeup and give you a radiant flawless finish

- Sephora User

i will not be switching to another powder after using this one, although it does seem to run out quite quickly :(i love using this powder over my foundation (i use nars all day luminous foundation) as it gives an amazing matte and flawless finish and lasts all day

- Mecca User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i can genuinely say i love this product, it gives a great soft finish to my face after applying my liquid foundation and blurs pores and imperfections

- Lookfantastic User

minimizes pores and makes skin flawless

- Sephora User


no flashback

it works well with flash photography and comes in a handy compact with a mirror

- Mecca User

i have dry skin and this is the only powder that i have ever used that doesn't stick to my dry patches, keeps my foundation on all day and doesn't leave a nasty flashback in photos

- Sephora User


medium coverage

great quality make up with light/medium coverage without feeling cakey

- Macy's User

this is a good, buildable light to medium coverage powder

- Sephora User
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sephora userFebruary 18, 2016

Desert dry

I have combination skin, and specifically dryness under my eyes so I'm weary of creasiness. This products is super drying and when I use this to brighten under my eyes it shows all of my wrinkles, even wrinkles I didn't know I had start to show on my face. I wanted to like this cause NARS is my all time favorite brand, but I guess you can't be good at everything.

- sephora
Sephora userJuly 23, 2013

Wonderful Light Coverage

I like the feel and natural finish of this pressed powder. It provides light coverage on those days I don't feel like wearing a full face of foundation, but works equally well as a setting powder over foundation. I apply it with a large powder brush for the lightest coverage. It stays on quite well, usually requiring a reapplication about midway through the day and it never appears cakey. I have fair skin with neutral undertones, more pink than yellow though, and purchased this in "Flesh." It blends well and I use bronzer to deepen the color now that it is summer.

- Sephora
Sephora userMay 10, 2014

Amazing shimmery bronzer!!

this bronzer has the most gorgeous finish, i use mac bb cream as my "foundation" because i like a very light coverage, and then i dust laguna lightly over my face to get a nice warm glowy/tanned look, perfect for summer! i have very sensitive skin and this product is great, stays on my skin all day without having that cakey feeling, or feeling like your wearing makeup, i definitely recommend this!

- Sephora
Sephora userJune 19, 2010


During the summer months I depend on self tanners and bronzing powders to give me a tanned look since I don’t lay in the sun or tanning beds anymore due to health risks and because it increases the aging rate of my skin. I am always looking for new and better products so when I saw Laura Mercier’s bronzing powder I had to try it because I love her makeup. I wasn’t disappointed. It is actually one of the best bronzers I’ve ever tried. I love the fact that it is not shimmery which gives it a more natural look and can help me with my “tanned” look. The powder is finely milled and picks up easily onto my brush. The color “Dune Bronze” blends right into my skin tone and I don’t have to worry about applying too much because it starts out rather sheer and it’s buildable, which makes it mistake-proof. It’s amazing how easily this bronzer is to blend. This is a bronzer that I can wear all over my face because it is not shimmery and the color looks so natural. I have very oily skin and I love the fact that this powder is oil-free. It holds up and doesn’t disappear into my skin as my face gets oily throughout the day. As a matter of fact, I think it helps to absorb the oil. When I use oil blotting sheets, this bronzer stays put and looks as fresh as it did in the morning when I first applied it. The compact has a generous amount of product for $32 so I feel like I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of it. I would highly recommend this to everyone—it’s certainly a top quality product. « less

- Sephora
lauramercier.com userOctober 20, 2012

Beautiful and versatile

I can only speak to golden bronze, but I can only imagine the other shades would be fantastic. The texture is incredibly smooth and flawless. It blends easily and is is pretty idiot proof. I originally wanted a completely matte bronzer, but ended up getting this one because the color is so beautiful and versatile. I'm drastically darker in the summer and can wear this all year. In the summer it enhances my summer glow and in the winter it makes me look luminous and healthy (not bronzey "tannned"). The shimmer is very subtle and comes across as more luminous than anything. No big glitter particles.

- lauramercier.com


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