NARS Algorithm Palette

NARS-laguna-holiday14 copyToday’s review is a little tricky for me to write. I love the product, but felt a little duped by how it was sold to me.

At Nordstrom’s beauty trend show last weekend, my cousin was getting her eyes done up with the new Laser Cut Palette (part of the NARS Laced with Edge holiday 2014 collection), and the sales associate totally pushed the new Algorithm Palette ($59, LE) from the same collection, which contains the classic Laguna bronzing powder and the beloved Ita Kabuki brush. In this large compact, you get a Laguna bronzer pan that’s “three times the size” (according to the sales associate) of the standard bronzer and afull-size-head/short-handled version of the Ita kabuki brush (which is apparently making its way into the permanent collection, according to the NARS brand educator). How could I resist?!

Laguna bronzer retails for $38, and the Ita brush retails for $55. So by purchasing this palette, I’d be saving money and getting more product. Except…that wasn’t true.

nars-algorithmI didn’t do my research, and I believed the associate when she said this was much bigger than the standard bronzing powder compact.  After I purchased the palette, I realized that the powder pan in this limited-edition version is actually 0.24 oz. The standard Laguna compact contains a pan with 0.28 oz. of bronzer.

So instead of it being “three times the size” of the original bronzer, it’s actually smaller than that, and holds less product by weight. The price went toward a chunky, heavy plastic compact. Again, my issue is not with the product itself, because it’s a fabulous bronzer and makes a nice gift. My problem is the way it was sold to me. This is the first time I’ve ever been disappointed with Nordstrom’s customer service; they’re usually excellent.

nars-algorithm-itaThe Ita Kabuki brush head is the same as the full-sized brush, with a shorter handle. I do like the brush because it gives control and allows you to contour very precisely. The brand educator told me that the head is the same size as the full-size brush, but I can’t vouch for that; it seems smaller to me, but that could be because the proportions of the handle are shrunk down to fit into the compact.

While I do love this bronzer and the brush seems solid, it isn’t enough to convince me that this palette is worth the extra money. I’ll be exchanging this for the regular Laguna bronzer.

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