Truth: sometimes I view fruit solely as a vehicle for the delivery of Nutella — a Nutella delivery system, if you will, with the final destination being my belly.
And, in a way, the new multi-purpose NARS Illuminators in Super Orgasm, Copacabana and Laguna ($29 each) are just like that. The liquid (like fruit) serves as the vehicle to deliver the glitter/pearl (the Nutella) to the skin.
Okay, I could have used a better analogy…but I think you know where I’m going with this. The stuff is basically shimmer suspended in a very sheer tinted liquid.
The newly released shades follow up on last year’s shimmery, multi-purpose Orgasm Illuminator, and, like Orgasm, they’re also designed to work as blushes, bronzers and/or highlighters.
NARS Illuminators from the left: Laguna, Super Orgasm and Copacabana
If the colors sound familiar, congrats! — you’re an official beauty nerd. Yep, NARS drew from their permanent line for inspiration here, basing the new products on some of their most iconic shades. I’ve really been looking forward to giving these a try because, like Michael Corleone, I keep my friends close, and my NARS (Blushes, Bronzers and Multiples) closer.
The first thing I realized using these was just how much shimmer they contain. It’s A LOT. Even a wee dot, like around the diameter of a pea, is enough to noticeably illuminate my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, my temples, chin AND my shoulders and decollete. And the fluid is really easy to blend into the skin, too, taking mere seconds to apply.
Illuminating tips from NARS National Artist Janice Daoud…
How do you use the Illuminators as a blush?
With your fingertips, pat a small amount of Super Orgasm onto the cheek bones, and bring it downward for a radiant, healthy glow.
What’s your favorite way to wear them?
I like to mix Laguna Illuminator with my foundation. It adds instant warmth. I follow with Copacabana along the cheek bones and the center of the face for a refreshed look.
In addition to my face, where else can I apply them?
Don’t forget your shoulders, neck and decollate for a sexy, chic look. All of these [colors] look amazing, and they’re universally flattering on all skin shades.
Swatches from left with the flash: Laguna unblended, Laguna blended, Super Orgasm unblended, Super Orgasm blended, Copacabana unblended and Copacabana blended
Without the flash
NARS Illuminator in Laguna mixed into my foundation, NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm on my cheeks and NARS Illuminator in Copacabana applied to the center of my face
These are great for giving skin a pearly, shiny, glittery finish, but I would have loved to see a little more pigment, especially from Super Orgasm, which ends up looking like plain ol’ gold glitter on my skin. And when I apply any of these to the dry patches on my nose and cheeks, they cling to even the smallest flakes, drawing unwanted attention to them.
But that’s a minor quibble I’ll gladly overlook. I like these Illuminators, even though I think I prefer the extra pigment in the powder and Multiple versions of these same colors a tad more. Still, these will come in handy when I want a hint of shimmer but don’t have the time or patience to mess with brushes and powders.
PRICE: $29 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Single white feline
Watch your back, girl! Those felines are hella shifty (see the video above).
Um, is it bedtime yet? It’s barely 8:30 but I’M POOPED! It’s been raining here for days, and I swear it makes me sleepy earlier than usual…
What are you up to tonight? I think I’m turning in early.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,