NARS Copacabana Illuminator Review and Swatches

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Published on June 26, 2011 with 12 Comments

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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  1. This is so hot looking. Wishlisting this for sure!

  2. I’ve got the Multiple, and I just love Copacabana. Thanks for the review – you’ve made me feel better about the pinky tone – I’m an NC30 too.

  3. Wow I want it! I just found the perfect blush for me from MAC, if I top this off my look will be amazing!

  4. Glad to hear you ladies are liking this =)

  5. 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!

  6. It looks so great on your nose! Looks taller

  7. ohhh I can’t wait to see the tutorial! I’ll be waiting! Thanks Phyllis, keep up the good work!

  8. Hi Phyllis!

    This look great on you! A question, what’s the difference between the multiple and the illuminator in terms of texture?


    • 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.

  9. hi phyllis! what can i use to apply this?

  10. Hi Tin! I just use my fingers to pat this on.

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