NARS Copacabana Illuminator Review and Swatches

NARS Copacabana Multiple Stick used to be one of my favorite go-tos for a taller nose and killer cheekbones until I came across the new NARS Copacabana Illuminator.

NARS Copacabana Illuminator
NARS Copacabana Illuminator

Containing light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion for a shimmering incandescence, the Copacabana Illuminator is a liquid and in my opinion, better version of the original Copacabana Multiple.

Compared to the Multiple, the Illuminator is way more pigmented and all I need is the tiniest drop to really get the glow going. The stick, while more buildable, needs a bit more layering to achieve the same effect. I also noticed that the colors differ slightly. The Multiple gives more of a pearly beige color whereas the Illuminator looks a tinge more pink on my NC30 skin.

One thing the Multiple and Illuminator have in common though, is they both create a gorgeous, dewy highlighting effect that lasts all day, especially when I layer a powder on top.

NARS Copacabana Illuminator
NARS Copacabana Illuminator and NARS Copacabana Multiple swatch comparison
NARS Copacabana Illuminator vs NARS Copacabana Multiple

Below is me wearing the Copacabana Illuminator on the cheekbones and bridge of my nose from a makeover event:

If you are thinking of picking up the Copabacana Multiple, check out the Illuminator instead!

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NARS Copacabana Illuminator is available at and Sephora for $29.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. How do you make your nose look taller with this illuminator? I’ve always wanted to manipulate my nose with makeup so that it doesn’t look so flat but I can’t seem to do it. Tips??

    • You just apply it down your nose. I am also working on a step-by-step tutorial on how to contour/highlight the nose. Stay tuned!

    • Thanks =) The Multiple and Illuminator are very different in terms of texture. The former is a cream in a stick and more solid while the latter is a liquid.

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