NARS Adelaide Illuminator Review, Swatches and Photos

NARS Adelaide Illuminator is a new liquid highlighter from the Final Cut Collection for Spring 2014.

NARS Adelaide Illuminator Review
NARS Adelaide Illuminator

Described as a “shimmering lavender pink”, Adelaide is a cool-toned bright pink with silver shimmer. It is currently the only cool pink out of the Illuminators. NARS Undress Me Multiple is sheerer and more nude while NARS New Order Highlighting Blush is much cooler and lighter with gold sparkles.

While the color looked pretty intense in the tube, it blended down to a sheerer, warmer pink on my NC30 skin and left behind lots and lots of sparkles. Thanks to the liquid base though, the sparkles created a gorgeous, almost frosty finish that managed to stay put with no fall out. Personally, I liked the effect but it could be mean trouble for those with textured skin or pores.

Like other multiples, Adelaide can be used all over the face, as a highlighter and even under, over or mixed with foundation. I liked it best as a blush and loved that it makes my skin look dewy and fresh.

NARS Adelaide Illuminator Spring 2014 Review
NARS Adelaide Illuminator Closeup
NARS Adelaide Illuminator swatch
Swatch of NARS Adelaide Illuminator

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush vs NARS Adelaide Illuminator vs NARS Undress Me Multiple swatch comparison
New Order Highlighting Blush, Adelaide Illuminator and Undress Me Multiple

NARS Adelaide Illuminator is now available at and Nordstrom for $30.

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Review overview
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.


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