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NARS Adelaide Illuminator Review and Swatches

January 21, 2014

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NARS Final Cut collection includes a new shimmering, sparkling illuminator called NARS Adelaide Illuminator ($3o), a cool lavendar pink with a transparent glitter. Unless you use the very tiniest bit on the upper cheekbone, NARS Adelaide is a color for the confident wearer. Be ready to be noticed–this is a stunning, glamorous shade.

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Like the other NARS Illuminators, Adelaide has an easily blended texture applies with a weightless feel. No tackiness, no oiliness, no messing around. Like a good luxury product, this is done right. Unlike the other shades in the line, NARS Adelaide is more opaque in its color. Although it can be sheered down and mixed with other textures, the decidedly cool cast and stronger color of this shade sets it apart. This means that it mixes well with foundations, but it will darken and add a strong candy pink cast to the foundation. In addition, Adelaide will  suffuse it with both glow and rich micro-sparkle. For that reason, I suspect that most will use this as a stunning upper cheek highlighter for evening, or even for beachy days. It’s a fresh color shade, but not for the wallflower. Someone who loves Adelaide does not mind a bit of attention.

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Here’s an arm swatch of Nars Adelaide alone, below. This is going to look fabulous on tanned skin.

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NARS Adelaide fits in well with the rest of the Nars Final Cut collection. Here, you can see a little different angle of Nars Adelaide next to swatches of NARS Villa Lante and Nars Stourhead Lip Pencils:

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Here, Liz applied Nars Adelaide over Nars Final Cut blush to add a little glow:

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Here is Nars Adelaide on the upper cheek over Nars Sex Fantasy blush (applied heavily):

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Overall, Nars Adelaide is a standout shade for those who love to stand out. It fits well within the cool lavender trend that we’re seeing from other lines, perhaps a more sophisticated version of Benefit’s Lollitint. Nars Adelaide also fits well within the entire Nars Final Cut series of fresher, more modern colors for Spring 2014. NARS Adelaide’s texture is beautiful, sparkling and very rich in tone.

Nars sent Adelaide to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup).

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  • Polarbelle January 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Amy.

    Which lip color is Liz wearing in these pictures? All the products look beautiful. thanks!!

    • Amy January 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Hi! By this time in our mini-session, she’d removed everything on her lips if I recall correctly. Her lips have a little bit of leftover color from the swatches that we’d tried, but this isn’t really representative of the colors that we were using.

      • Shelley January 26, 2014 at 1:12 am

        thank you. They really look beautiful. So I have to get all the pencils and rub them all off and it’ll be perfect!!! :)

        • Amy January 26, 2014 at 7:01 am

          LOL :) Also take a look at Descanso pencil–if it were anything, it would be that! :)

  • Ana February 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Looks like perfect pink, this can be used all over I think.