It’s Time to Shine a Light on the New NARS Illuminators

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It’s time to shine a light on an illuminating development, ladies. 🙂 Last week NARS released three new shades in their Illuminator line. You may have seen the names Super Orgasm, Laguna and Copacabana ($29 each) before because all three are very familiar faces on NARS counters (have I ever mentioned how I can’t live if living is without Laguna Bronzer?). Now they’re just adding illumination to their repertoire.


I’ll share a detailed review soon, but for now here are some pictures and swatches. Let me know what ya think.

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NARS Illuminators from the left: Laguna, Super Orgasm and Copacabana

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Swatches from left with the flash: Laguna unblended, Laguna blended, Super Orgasm unblended, Super Orgasm blended, Copacabana unblended and Copacabana blended


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Without the flash

For a caption on the picture above I was about to type, “Illuminators without the flash,” but it sounded hella weird. 🙂

Hope you’re having a great night!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kiya says:

    Ooooh, they look much prettier than I’d anticipated! Do you have any swatches of them more thin and blended/sheered out like they’d look when actually applied?

  2. Citrine says:

    Not feeling for the blushes (yet) but I like your phone case 🙂
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  3. Chelsie says:

    I’m in love with Super Orgasm. It’s perfect for summer!

  4. I hope you’re having a great night too, Karen! I looking for a liquid illuminator, so these babies sound perfect! I like Super Orgasm. I haven’t tried the famous blush, so this could be a unique opportunity to try both – in one tube!
    Although, after reading this I might need to grab a Laguna, too!
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  5. I love Copacabana! Must go by Sephora to see that in person soon.
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  6. stacie says:

    I NEED all three for sure XD
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  7. Meghan says:

    I LOVE highlighters and illuminators!!!!!!!!!
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  8. vonnie says:

    i don’t know about these….super orgasm would be used if it found it’s way into my kit but i’m underwhelmed by them i think
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  9. Tracy says:

    Copacabana without any sparkles? Sign me up!
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  10. Rae says:

    Two words: ridiculously. cute.

    Seriously, those little tubes are adorable! And the shades – mmmm.
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  11. Jackie says:

    Just wondering, is the Laguna Illuminator too dark to mix in with foundation? Is it really pigmented; or will it just leave a light bronzey glow? Thought I’d ask before I splurged 😉
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  12. Kana says:

    I love this product! I got it in a sample kit from one of those sephora boxed deluxe sampler things, but its an awesome product. Its not very pigmented, but gives you a nice little shimmer. :]

  13. karo says:

    I´m in love with Super Orgasm and Copacabana!
    I think Laguna is too dark for me!
    NARS ist THE BEST!
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  14. Amija says:

    Omg! I love love love my Orgasm(lol)! It gives my face that bow on top. Im def getting Laguna.

  15. Aida says:

    Laguna could be mixed with foundation or moisturizer in spring and summer if it has no sparkles, it looks like it doesn´t. I have ordered Laguna because it looked amazing but now I am in love with Copacabana. I didn´t order it as I have the multiple and I don´t use it that much but the colours seem different. Much better this Copacabana

  16. Advah says:

    The lady at the shop showed me the Super Orgasm one when I got my Calanque palette two weeks ago – it’s beyooooouuutiful! As she said, perfect for a summer blush (still quite intense).

    I might splurge.

  17. Agnes says: these are the cutest things ever! (and so is your iphone4 case!!! <3) i am seriously thinking about getting the super orgasm one.. what do you think? :p thanks for sharing karen!
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  18. Tiffany says:

    Copacabana just got delivered to my doorstop yesterday! and super orgasm looks great on your skintone!

  19. Vijaya says:

    The swatches look interesting. It looks like Super Orgasm might be everything Orgasm should’ve been. =O
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  20. Nina says:

    ohhh those look pretty! i think i want those!

  21. Linda C says:

    They look cool, but really are too pricey for an illuminator…they remind me of Bonne Bell or CG stuff I still have from a few years back.

  22. Kim says:

    I really like the look of these and I’m a sucker for words like glow and sparkle! That said, I’m usually doing my makeup in 5 minutes and rarely use High Beam as it is (due to morning time constraints). I don’t think they’d get much use. However, I’m still looking forward to your full review! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Me too. I’m finding that as I get older the glowy stuff becomes more and more essential… they totally perk the skin up.

      And you need to give that High Beam some love, girlie. That’s some magic stuff!

      • Kim says:

        I know – aging skin and winter are getting to be a bad combination. You’re right; I’ll make extra time for High Beam in the AM! 🙂

  23. Ariel says:

    the more photos I see of your KS phone cover, the more I want one!
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  24. Jessica says:

    I got a sample of the Orgasm Illuminator with my Feb. Birch Box. I think its awesome but I didn’t know there was a Super Orgasm. Your swatch seems pretty much the same as the sample one I got though. I also like the Jose Maran Illuminizer.
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  25. Carmen says:

    Awesome! I really want to try the super orgasm one! The phone cover is super cute where is it from and do they have it for 3gs? also is there a reason why your phone is in your pictures now? Thanks!!

  26. Styrch says:

    Thank you for these swatches. I’m not sure which I would go for… Super Orgasm or Copacabana. Seems to me I might be able to get some nice highlighting in with the latter, but I’m so used to working with shades like Super Orgasm as blushes… Not sure. Wish they had a mini set!
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  27. jamila lee says:

    yes i need that now, i love makeup that leaves me all glowy lol

  28. DalaLuz says:

    It sure looks nice! I like illuminators, its just that nice little touch to make your face glow 🙂

  29. Shanda says:

    the pink is pretty, but what exactly do you do with highlighters?
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  30. PS says:

    I wonder if these are simular to the smashbox illuminators? I would probably use the light pink one which is simular to the one I am using now. Looks very pretty.

  31. Megan says:

    I have the Orgasm illuminator, released a while ago, and while it is very pretty, at times mixed in with my foundation, it doesn’t have much of a brightening effect for my face it seems. I’m NC20 skin, for reference. Super Orgasm does seem to have a little bit more of a glow, and I’ll be sure to swatch that and Copacabana (I love silvery pink highlighters on my skin!) next time I go to Sephora.

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