Review & Swatches: NARS Illuminators

NARS Illuminators in Super Orgasm, Orgasm, Copacabana, Laguna

This is a review for the 4 new NARS Illuminators. These highlighters come in the following colors: Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Copacabana, and Laguna. Orgasm is a peachy pink with shimmer, Super Orgasm is a peachy pink with gold glitter, Copacabana is a glistening pearl, and Laguna is a brown with golden shimmer.

These illuminators retail for $29.00 and can be purchased from and

Company’s Description

NARS Illuminators light the skin from within. A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion to create a shimmering incandescence.

Go gorgeously nude with peachy pink Orgasm or up the ante with Super Orgasm’s extra golden glow. Highlight with pearlescent Copacabana and bring out the bronze with sun-kissed Laguna. Wear them alone, pair them with makeup, or caress your décolleté. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous. Magically transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.

Packaging: 9.25/10

These illuminators come in flat squeeze tubes. It’s great that they are also clear, allowing you to see how much product is left.

Quality: 9.25/10

The formulation for these illuminators is liquidy, making them blendable when you first apply the product. The illuminator dries and sets after a few seconds and will stay put all day.

Each color has micro-shimmers and gives the skin a reflective sheen. You can use one thin layer for a very subtle effect or build up the product for noticeable color and sheen. This versatility is great because it means you can use these with both powder and liquid foundation. If you wear very light foundation, you just need 1-2 layers of the illuminator; if you wear heavier foundation, you can use several layers underneath or put a layer on top of liquid foundation.

Ease of Use: 9/10

You can get a subtle sheen with 1-2 layers or intense color with heavy layering. You can use your fingers, a blending brush, or a foundation brush. You need to blend the product quickly, though, because it will dry and set after a few seconds.

Price: 9.5/10

NARS Illuminators are $29.00 and contain 1.2 oz of product. Illamasqua’s Illuminator is $20.00 but gives you only 0.25 oz of product while Benefit’s High Beam is $24.00 and gives you 0.45 oz of product. As you can see, $29 is a great price considering the large amount of product you get.


Toss if: you want a highlighter to go on top of powder foundation–for that, you’ll want a powder highlighter
Try if: you’re a fan of the NARS blushes/bronzers and want highlighters in the same shades
Buy if: you’re looking for blendable, long-wearing liquid highlighters

NARS Illuminator Box Packaging

NARS Illuminators in Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Copacabana, Laguna

NARS Illuminator Top

NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

NARS Illuminator in Super Orgasm

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

NARS Illuminator in Laguna

NARS Illuminator Swatches: Orgasm, Super Orgasm, Copacabana, Laguna
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10 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Illuminators

  1. Bonnie C. says:

    Ooohh, I LOVE sparkley products! Anything that is shimmery or sparkley catches my eye. 🙂 I remember when this first came out in just Orgasm, so it’s great to Nars adding more shades. The packaging looks very user friendly too, which is great. Thanks for the review! 🙂

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Super Orgasm looks so pretty, but I already have sooooo many shiny cheek items…I just can’t justify buying another one…

  3. Madiha says:

    Copacabana is so pretty!! But its a bit pricey :/

  4. Deja says:

    I’ve wanted to try this bit I’m not completely sure how to use a liquid illuminator and I don’t know if it will work on my combination skin. The shades are gorgeous though 🙂 – However, I might just stick to the powder blush and bronzer.

  5. I’ve been wanting to try these. Thanks for the review!

  6. ANNIE says:

    wooo thanks for this review!
    It seems like you think highly of this product, I think I’ll give it a try =)
    orgasm is such a pretty color!

  7. Jessica says:

    I quite like Nars and I’m glad you did a review on the illuminators.

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