NARS Illuminator in Copacabana

4.1

69 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Copacabana Illuminator is one of those products that I truly can’t imagine anyone *not* liking, unless the color match is off, or they can’t get the simple application down—but every skin, applicator and skill is different, so who knows. If you’re looking for a *shimmery* highlighter, this is a really beautiful product. For my pale, pink skin: it’s a super light, very pale, almost white, blush pink. I imagine this would look frosty white on anyone with even the slightest bit of tan or color unless it’s very sheerly applied and artfully blended to perfection. I find this illuminator far easier to work with and producing a better result than the multiple (I hate the multiples though). Plus, you get *so much* for the price…even though a tube seems slightly pricey to begin with ($30 for 1.1 oz)…per ounce, it’s actually less expensive than say, Benefit’s High Beam, plus, there’s so much in the NARS tube that you’ll have this for years.

The trick is to start off with a small amount, work quickly, and really blend it in for a truly natural, glow. You can add more as desired. You can also blend it away to almost nothing if you try, which is really wonderful for my mid-thirties self. I just use my fingers and a large pin-head sized amount and dot along the tops of my nonexistent cheek bones, starting from the apple to going to the temple. Additionally, if mixed with foundation (I use Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light and add in a small drop of Copacabana, then I apply with a Beauty Blender), holy wow, gorgeousness for a night out.

The formula is sort of a pearly gel, with what looks like densely packed shimmer. I’m not real sure where people are getting “glitter” from…if anything, when I apply Copacabana too heavily, it looks frosty metallic. But glitter?—where? I need a primer to smooth out my cheeks under Copacabana otherwise my usually not-that-visible pores are highlighted, especially around the temple and apple area. I also love this on my poofy lids as a sheer, shimmery wash peeking though a lot of thick, black lashes.

I do find that this wears off faster than I’d like…but I think that’s because I touch my face so much (I can make it through a standard eight hour day, but much beyond that, forget it). If I can manage to keep my hands away from my face (*never*), it seems like this illuminator would last as long as the foundation or primer underneath.

The packaging is lovely, simple and alluring to the touch and eye and the small, flat tube can stand on it’s cap.

So needless to say, I'm really happy with this product and highly recommend those with pale, pink skin to give it a shot. I never thought a highlighter would be a makeup necessity for me, but Copacabana Illuminator has changed my mind.



on 4/16/2015 9:36:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Medium

Eyes: Green

Pale pink shimmery liquid highlighter. It lasts all day and applies nice and smooth. It truly does illuminate my face and eyes. I always feel pretty wearing it!


on 4/1/2015 4:09:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

It's $30 which is hella expensive for a college student, but I bought it on a Treat Yo Self day and it is 100% worth it. It's easily mixed with foundation/moisturizer/whatever liquid you put on your face for a glowy look and you can also just pat/blend it on your cheekbones with your fingers for extreme shine, which is my preferred look (I heart glitter). It's probably better for paler skin tones because it is really shimmery and pigmented. Darker skin tones would probably find that this is too opaque. It stays relatively well which is nice, much better than my powder highlighter.

The packaging is excellent, the little cap lets you get out only the tiniest amount (which you only need, using a lot will turn you into a disco ball) and there is so much product it'll probably last me the rest of my natural life.


on 3/31/2015 2:37:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Brilliant for mixing with foundation to create a natural glow, and I love how prominent the highlight looks from the side above my cheekbones. Beautiful.


on 3/29/2015 9:26:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I was looking for a good illuminator and i was recommended this one by the sales assistant. At first I was a bit disappointed because it is very pigmented and I was constantly overdoing the shimmer, making my face look pretty wierd! BUT I kept on reducing the amount I used, and it looks fantastic! All you need is the tinniest dab, and blend well.
Its also great for highlight the under-brow, cheeks and even my decolletage. Its very bendable and while it is expensive you don't need to use alot so it will last a long long time.


on 3/22/2015 10:57:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Lovely shimmer, although if you're going for the natural, glowy look it can be a bit much. usually use it if I'm going out! The cap is great and allows you to squeeze out as little or as much as you need, and a little bit goes a long way!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 2/23/2015 3:01:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Lord have mercy this is my absolute favourite liquid highlight I've ever tried. It's great mixed with foundation for an all over dewy look or used selectively on the face for a bit of brightness. This product is extremely pigmented and does set very quickly. If you're using it all over your face apply and blend in that area immediately. Don't apply to all areas you want and go through and blend after because it will be splotchy and noticeable. I usually pat on with my index finger and then blend it out with a wet beauty blender or the brush I used for my foundation. Once you play around with it, it will easily become a favourite. At $36 CAD it seems like a steep price initially, but for a NARS product that works this well and that will last you as long as this will, it's well worth the money.


on 12/17/2014 9:14:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

My favorite pale pink highlighter! I've tried a few and Copacabana by NARS is the best on my skin. It lasts all day and it has no scent. The color is a super pale pink with teeny tiny sparkles. I think the price is well worth it compared to others because of the staying power it has. Overall I think it's a gorgeous and amazing product.


on 8/30/2014 4:44:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I'm alllllll about the glow and having dewy makeup and this certainly achieves it. It probably shouldn't be the product for me, having combination skin and accentuating my pores yada yada yada....BUT...I LOVE IT.

I like to mix the TINIEST bit in with my foundation/BB cream (Dr Jart- works exceptionally well together). A little goes a very long way... it's extremely pigmented and a very small splodge can be enough to mix in for whole face. Therefore it makes it very good value for money. We all know that Nars products are extremely luxurious and great quality and this is not exception. It works really well with my complexion.

I'd say this is definitely more of an all over highlighter tactfully used, rather than a highlighter for specific areas because then it can look too much and looks a lot more obvious.

It's great for getting a natural glow and looking like you invest in a really expensive skincare routine ;)


Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

OVERPRICED!!! i saw this in sephora and i thought OMG im gonna look so DEWY and i looked like PIZZA!!!! this will make u GREASY and UGLY!!! breaks me out every time!! I recomened TOUCHE ECLAT BY YVES SAINT LAUREN




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