I had previously tried other NARS Multiples and found them a bit overrated as a blush. The only other one I currently have is Orgasm, which I like as a highlighter with my Penny Lane cream blush. So enter Copacabana.
I got it as part of a Saks set, and quite honestly, was a bit hesitant. I had tried other highlighters before, and they always looked a little off, if you know what I mean. The closest acceptable one that I found was MAC CCB in Hush, but that always changed the color of my blush (made it more pink.)
Copacabana looks really silver in the tube, but on my skin (NC20-25/light golden beige), it gives a perfect candle-lit glow effect, not too much chunky glitter or any of that nonsense. I used a bit on my cheekbones, browbones, and also dabbed some on the bow of my lip, and it gave the perfect glow. It literally looked like that Jennifer Garner pic where Paul Starr (R.I.P.) did her makeup and photographed her.
Anyway, I haven't tested the effects of this in photos... maybe I will look like a crazy disco ball... but in person, the effect is just lovely, and I will most definitely keep it as a staple. continued >>
If you are looking for something to give you an ethereal glow without obvious chunky glitter....than look no further! I have tried so many products that claim to give a dewy glow (MAC strobe cream, strobe liquid, MAC irridescent powder, Nars albatross, Benefit Posietint & so many others) & I can say that this one is number one on my list!!!
This stuff is amazing. It looks really silvery in the tube but once blended in, it looks fabulous. It glides on over my blush & truly gives my skin a glow. It isn't difficult to blend & is in no way sticky! It looks so natural & amazing that I can hardly believe such a product exists! I am soooooo happy I found this! HOLY GRAIL material!!!
I use this primarily on my eyes. It's a subtle but effective highlighter. It catches the light and shimmers with out being glittery, over powering or cheap looking.
This is the best highlighter product I have used. It is best because of the texture which makes it really clean product to use. When I use something liquidy or loose powdery I tend to mess everything and liquids usually feel icky. It lasts a really long time, I sometimes even use it under the eye shadow and loose powder as a base for my eye shadows. it is also best because I can realy see the difference. Some products just disappear. I can apply this on top of everything with no problem. I usually use this after I have finished everything and sprized some Avene water on my face so it is easy to spread. The texture is just right, it is not too greasy like Wetn Wild sticks or too sticky like Sonia Kashuk blush sticks. So it stay on all day on my normal skin. I want to purchase some other shade also, in future.
I love this multiple, so glad i brought it as i have been hesitating buying for a while. I already have south beach multiple which is a good bronzing multiple, but for days when i dont want to look bronzed, but just have a glowing dewy skeen to my cheeks i use this. It is amazing! It doesn't go on as heavy as south beach (that tends to look to severe when i load it on) and looks really light and shimmery on my cheeks, I love it. I get alot of compliments when i wear it, i am blessed with good skin (thank god for the pill!) and this really compliments my skintone. Plus its great as a eye shadow base as your eye shadow lasts longer and is more pigmented, plus it will last me a long time so i do feel it is value for money even though its £27, i feel its worth it in long run!
LOVE LOVE LOVE it so much! I love a little shimmer, and I had been using MAC irridescent powder, but the sparkles in that are too big. Its almost like body glitter. I bought the NARS stick and its incredible. It adds no color to my skin, just a tiny bit of shimmer. No sparkles. You can use this anywhere too. I use it on my cheeks and on the inner corner of my eyes. I use it on my lips sometimes too. Pretty pricey but a little goes a long way and I think it will last quite a while. Thanks MUA!
*edit* i just seriously cannot get over how much i love this item. its a wonder product and makes EVERYTHING look better.
I prefer powder highlighters/face brighteners (also Chanel Pure Brilliance is way better when it comes to creams/liquids) to the multiples. The Copacabana looked great and I had read good reviews prior to my purchase but it turned out that one probably needs perfect skin without any pores to make this work. My skin is nice most of the time, I don't get big breakouts or anything but I do have medium sized pores on my cheeks and they also tend to be a tad dry. Well, all this product did was take every little pore and make it look like a goddamn crater on the side of my face. As a lip product it doesn't do anything for me, it makes me look like I just stepped out of the 80s with super frosty lips. And as eyecolor it is too creamy and creases, plus I have e/s that look very similar to this. I really don't like what this product did for me, especially for the price.
I can totally understand why so many reviewers are saying that they use this product every day and just don't feel as fresh looking without it. I've only used one other multiple, and that's South Beach; I liked the colour, but what I liked even more is the dewy effect it would have on my skin that kicks in about 15 minutes after you put it on. And Copacabana has the same formulation--you get the fantastic dewiness, but you're free of any colour constraints! So you can be wearing a beautiful bronzer (NARS Heat!) or glowing blush (Exhibit A!), and layer Copacabana on top and just get the most amazing finish--soft, supple, even, glowing skin, with a very slight shimmer.
I'm sorry that it doesn't last on some people. I found it stayed in effect (in various degrees) for a normal work day. Would re-purchase considering that since I've bought it, rarely has a day gone by that I haven't reached for it.
LOVE love love this - how could i have resisted for so long when everyone talks about it so much!? it makes me look, quite simply, better: dewy, healthy, but very very natural... i've used highlighters for years - an armani one that is practically a glorified moisturiser, the benefit highbeam that is almost but not quite great. both i just threw on when i remembered they existed, they weren't a must have. this is. i smear/pat it very lightly with my fingers over the outer half of my eyebrows - trust me - and smear/pat it again just with fingertips across the top of my cheekbones to my nose. sometimes, i'll fake a smile and dot it at the place my cheek pokes out most - ie, where light hits when i'm smiling. i also dot it with fingers on the skin above my lips. this all sounds nuts but try it - just lightly, when yo've finished all your other makeup - and i'm sure you'll be converted!
(by teh way, i did it for a friend of mine and also added a light stripe down the centre of her nose - she has a slightly buttony nose and it made it look much more defined. i have a pretty damn big nose so it just brings more attention to mine when i do that - not a good thing for me!)
I did a lot of research before taking the plunge to buy this luxury product. The market is flooded with items claiming to make us look "dewy", "glowing", "radiant", & "brighter". However, this claim means different things to different companies. With so many options of liquid, creams, powder, etc. what's a girl to do? I tried powder highlighters, but they were so obvious, and were too heavy. A lot of the liquid highlighters had violet and blue shimmer, or were way too pink. I finally gave in and took the plunge. The product is in stick form and there is a lot of it in the tube, despite what people say...it would take me years to use it all up. The color is a warm silvery color, almost like an unfinished chrome. At first, I worried I would look gray or fake...once applied this product goes on smooth and blends into the skin. It isn't streaky and there is no real base color, just a fine shimmer (not glitter.) I used to have peach shimmers, pink shimmers, bronze shimmers, etc. now I only need one...you can put this atop any blush and it will make whatever color your blush is glowy. It is truly gorgeous. It does look like I am glowing, not a fake product on my face glowing. It blends really well too. I adore it. I took off 1 lippie because it does crease when used on the lid. I can use it to add a little shimmer to my lipsticks and in the corner of my eyes and brow bone. Copacabana offers a beautiful, flattering wash of "glowy, dewy, radiance" that is the most natural I've seen thus far. I will update if it causes breakouts, but so far so good (it has been about a week.)