July 25, 2014

NARS Illuminator HOT SAND (Review, Photos, Swatches)

NARS Illuminator HOT SAND

A multi-functional face product that gives skin a refreshed luminosity.

This light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.

The illuminator can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, or used as a highlighter, over or under makeup.

Apply it to face, neck, shoulders, or décolleté.


Color:  Pearlized Warm Peachy Champagne, with light frosted sheen and gold undertones. Medium, Neutral toned. Not chunky or glittery.

Texture and Consistency: Thin but not watery, non-sticky

Scent: None detected

Application: This can be applied in two ways. On its own on as a highlighter on cheek bones, bridge of the nose or along the high planes of the face. This can also be mixed with any foundation for getting that lovely, glowing skin with luminous finish. I apply it with fingers using patting motion. Over buffing leads to the product getting 'lost' and losing its high shine quality. I also use it with a duo fiber brush like MAC 188, but prefer my fingers. This being a liquid product is best to use with other liquid or gel products, like a gel or cream blush. If needed to wear it along with powder products, it is best to apply this highlighter first and then the other powder products.


Feel on Skin: This is fairly thin and light weight. A little goes a long way and this spreads easily, without being sticky or heavy.

Effect on Skin: The skin looks perfectly awesome! The product is not over the top shimmery and gives the skin that dewy, luminous, 'lit from within' glow. It did not emphasize any pores nor did look unnatural on me.


Longevity: Lasted for good 6 hours before it started to fade and get patchy.

Packaging: A soft squeeze, transparent tube, with a flip top cap.


NARS Illuminator HOT SAND (swatch)

Verdict: A wonderful product from NARS. This color would work very well on almost all skint ones and skin types. The subtle sheen will add a lovely warm and healthy glow on the skin.
The product reminds me of Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, though the texture is slightly different and so are the shimmer levels. I will do a comparison post soon.

This is available at Nordstrom, NARS online, Bloomingdales and Barneys New York

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