I was recently talking about bronzers with S and told her how much I love my NARS Laguna. She pointed out that she wasn't that big a fan of Laguna because it has sparkles in it and she likes her bronzer to be matte. I thought this was a great point, but I had never even noticed that this NARS bronzer had any sparkle to it! But she was right because when I looked at it again I noticed the subtle sparkles in the palette.
Sparkles. There's a time to use them and a time to save them. Are they a look we should strive for? Last year I got a sample of Urban Decay's Midnight Cowboy and loved it when I paired it with Urban Decay's Mildew. When I bought it a few months later, I felt that it was way too sparkly for a day at work, which is why I prefer MAC's Ricepaper (even MAC's Gleam is a bit too sparkly). In fact, Urban Decay's website does define the shade as "pink champagne w/ lots of silver glitter."
For daily wear, I do continue to use my NARS Laguna because I feel like my face is not all sparkly. Sparkles, to me, indicate party time - a night out on the town when you want to highlight and be dramatic. However, sparkles can actually be very fetching and fun if done correctly.
Subtle sparkles are the way to go for a day at work or an event where you want to have a more natural look. Glam it up with fun sparkles when you go to the club or want to liven up your typical smoky eye. It's a great way to have fun with your makeup!! Let's just not go crazy… I mean, I don't want to see my reflection in your eyes, but a little sparkle here and there is always a good thing. It's like putting a little twinkle in your eye. ;)