NARS Hot Sand Illuminator Review, Swatches and Photos

Sexy, gleaming skin is a must-have in the warmer weather and the latest NARS Hot Sand Illuminator from the NARS Summer 2014 Collection is perfect for achieving that!

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator Review
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

Containing light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion for a shimmering incandescence, the Hot Sand Illuminator is a multi-purpose liquid illuminator that can be used on the face, neck, shoulders or décolleté. You can wear it under, over or mixed with foundation as both blush or highlighter.

The color, described as a “peach champagne”, is a shimmery warm champagne with a hint of peachiness. NARS Copacabana is pinker, cooler and frostier. NARS 413 BLKR, also new for Summer 2014, is more yellow with cooler undertones. Against my NC30 skin, Hot Sand didn’t add much color but worked perfectly as a highlighter down the nose and on top of the cheekbones. I also tried mixing it with foundation and it gave me a glow that looked healthy and subtle. Those with pale to light skintone might be able to use this as a blush as well.

NARS Summer 2014 Hot Sand Illuminator Review
Closeup of NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
Closeup of NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator swatches
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator swatch

NARS 413 BLKR, Hot Sand and Copacabana Illuminators

Below is a quick look I did spotting the NARS Hot Sand Illuminator as a highlighter, along with Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow and Turkish Delight Lip Gloss, all from the Summer 2014 Collection.

Wearing NARS Hot Sand Illuminator
Wearing NARS Hot Sand Illuminator

NARS Hot Sand Illuminator is available now at available at and Sephora 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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