My introduction to Multiples came with Malibu, which is one of the duller sticks. Malibu was a dulled rose that I used, briefly, as a blush, before growing bored with it. I then moved to the sexier South Beach, a tan/apricot with glitter. This fared somewhat better and I used it as a highlighter with Orgasm blush, for some enhanced special effects.
Copacabana didn't really interest me, thanks to its platinum color. I thought it didn't have the possibilities of Orgasm, which I could also use as a blush. But then I read the reviews here and snagged the last Copacabana in town and I haven't regretted the purchase one bit.
Some time ago, a very pale friend asked how to get a "J. Lo glow." I wouldn't know; I am also pale. The most I could offer was a thin coat of self-tanner and a rosy blush, but that wasn't what my friend wanted. She wanted the dewiness and radiance.
Thanks to Copacabana, I've worked out the look for palefaces. It takes a night with self-tanner (I use Clarins), a swipe of Nars Super Orgasm (pink/peach) and Copacabana on the cheekbone. Used correctly, Copacabana will give the dewy look rather than appearing simply as a silvery highlighter.
Copacabana is the indispensable item in my makeup bag. It works with all colors of blush and it works in all seasons. It helps the face look brighter and more refreshed, and it can be applied more thickly for a party look. I find there is no substitute for it (and I have a lot of highlighting products) and I recommend it highly. continued >>
There's something about the name that has always intrigued me.. reminds me of the Copacabana song by Barry Manilow. I craved this product for so long - the price is what initially kept me from purchasing. But I was familiar with the high-quality NARS products after having used the Orgasm/Laguna duo. I finally decided to plunk down the $40 and test it out.
(NC35 skin) In the stick, the product looks like a pearlescent white with shimmer. I think NARS describes it as a Glistening Pearl, which is a pretty accurate description. The formula is very smooth and creamy, but doesn't feel overly emollient. Leaves a nice powdery finish. Once applied, the micro-shimmer is quite subtle - there is shimmer here but it's not chunky or overly sparkly.
I find that with most highlighters, less is more. I would never apply this all over the cheek. A subtle glow that looks natural looks way better than in-your-face shimmer. You can achieve a nice pearlescent glow if you apply lightly and only apply it to the very top of the cheekbone.
I smooth my (clean) fingertips over the top of the stick, then gently tap along the very high of my cheekbone. Almost like the light is directly reflecting right at the top. I also take it up towards the brow, then apply what is left over to the chin and cupid's bow. For nighttime, I also dot this on the inner corners of the eyes.
That's it. Sounds like minimal application, but it makes a big difference. I have combination skin, and this never makes me look extra-oily or greasy. Just a nice subtle glow --really gives a radiant look.
If i'm using liquid foundation, I apply this right after my foundation. If I'm using a powder foundation (MAC MSFN), I apply this before the powder.
I don't regret buying this at all. A bit pricey, but you do get your money's worth for the quality of the product, the long-wear, and the huge amount (.5 oz). I love it and would repurchase!
NARS Copacabana is love and not so loveable at the same time. Colorwise, this is similar to my favorite highlighter of all time, Benefit High Beam. It's a light cream/light pink highlighter that I was hoping would deliver the same erethreal glow that High Beam does. I absolutely ADORE my Palm Beach and South Beach multiples, because the color payoff and blendability is outstanding, Copacabana to me feels drier once applied, and seems considerably more difficult to blend. It's definitely pretty .. but the texture just isn't up to par with my other multiples, thus the lower rating. All in all, I like it, I'm just not in love with it, can't see repurchasing it. I'd rather stick with my beloved High Beam!
I wanted to give this a 5, but I couldn't, because it just fades so fast on me. It lasts about two hours max on my combination skin. But it gives my skin such a pretty, glowy yet subtle effect, especially when used on the top of my cheekbones, and above my cupid's bow. This is only the third illuminating product I have tried, after Benefit High Beam and Clinique Uplighting, but I am very happy with it, and it's definitely the best out of the three, in my opinion. It's not a major hassle to carry it around with me, or to reapply it, but I do wish it lasted longer.
EDIT Feb 2011 - I still love this. Now that my skin is not so oily anymore it lasts longer. And I still have a ton of product remaining in the tube, despite having had it for almost three years and using it regularly!
i use this as a highlighting eye shadow. it looks amazing. it's not too white/silvery looking. it gives the perfect amount of shimmer and it lasts pretty well. i was also pleased when this didn't melt in my makeup bag when i left it in my hot car allllll day. i haven't been successful as using this as a cheek highlighter. maybe i'm doing it wrong, but it never seems to stay on.
If I could give this a 4.5 I would, simply because you can't successfully layer this highlighter without it appearing silvery-gray. That said, offers such a pretty shimmery, dewy look. Looks fantastic on the eyelids. This will last you forever. I wear underneath my blush, doesn't layer well on top though without toning down my blush. Would def repurchase.
I really love this highlighter! I wear it on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. It gives you a very gorgeous glow! It looks natural because light reflects off it, its wonderful!! Definitely will repurchase
I use a liquid foundation then apply MAC cream concealer (NW25), NARS cream blush (orgasm) and NARS highlighter (copacabana). I like to use my fingertips to apply my makeup as it is faster and blends better. I love how the cream blush goes on my face - smooth and easily blended, however when I apply the highlighter to my cheekbones, I find that it tends to 'remove' my foundation. I'm not sure if I should switch foundations or try applying the highlighter with a brush. I love the way this highligher looks, but I'm undecided about what it does to the foundation - I want to look flawless, not spotty. I will take it back to Sephora because I discovered that MAC has a similar product that I've heard great things about (Shell).
Perfect highlight color. It is soft, and looks like its coming from within. A must have for any makeup fanatic because it gives such a gorgeous glow. I apply is under my brows and on my cheek bones.
I really like this as a highlighter for the cheeks and nose. It looks like you had your makeup done by a professional nd makes you look very 'glowy' without being glittery. this is one of my faves next to Laura Mercier illuminating powder which is good for all over glow if you LOVE shimmer like I do. Yes this is is 37 bucks but will last forever if used properly and i will buy again when its gone!!!