NARS Orgasm Illuminator Review

NARS Orgasm Illuminator Review

Product Purchased by IMBB

Hi Beauties,

Most of us wish to have a luminous and glowing skin as Victoria’s Secret’s supermodels have? 😛 Not everyone is blessed with a glowing skin, so lot of cosmetic brands have come up with highlighters/illuminators to mimic the gorgeous glow. I noticed that most ladies are slowly drifting away from complete matte look to luminous look.  I am a huge fan of a subtle glow on the face at right places, so I decided to try NARS illuminator in the shade “Orgasm.” Most you might already be in love with the very famous Orgasm blush, this is the same shade, but in the form a liquid/gel.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

Product Details:

A multi-functional face product that gives skin a refreshed luminosity.  This light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.


$30 for size 1.1 oz.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

Illuminator is also available in these shades:

  • Copacabana – glistening pearl.
  • Laguna – brown with golden shimmer.
  • Orgasm – peachy pink with shimmer.
  • Super Orgasm – peachy pink with gold glitter.

I picked the shade Orgasm from Sephora.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator


NARS Orgasm Illuminator

My Take on NARS Orgasm Illuminator:

I was literally drooling at this product in the store and immediately decided to try it as I was very confident that NARS would never go wrong with their blushes and highlighters. Firstly, the shade “peachy pink” attracted me; it is a universal shade that goes well with any skin tone. Secondly, this product has multiple uses, it can be mixed with foundation to give an all over glow to the skin or just be used as a highlighter over the makeup.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

Packaging:  This product has a sleek, travel-friendly packaging. It comes in a see-through squeeze tube with the NARS logo on it. This sort of packaging helps to give a lot of control on the amount squeezed from the tube and also helps you to see the amount of product left in the tube. It is very sanitized, as we don’t have to deal with doe-foot applicator.

Pigmentation:  It is a peachy pink shade with shimmer. It gives a decent pigmentation when applied carefully, but one needs to be very gentle handed while blending as it can be completely soaked into the skin and doesn’t show up. It stays on the skin for a good 5-6 hours without too much of sweating and sun exposure.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

I never dared to use it all over my face mixed with a foundation as I have oily skin and tiny pores on my cheeks, but I am sure it would look very flattering on people with less skin issues. I use it as a highlighter on the highest points of my cheeks – a little goes a long way! I use a tiny drop and pat it on to the skin using my fingers till I get the desired luminosity but one has to be very careful in blending the color as it might soak up completely on the skin. I noticed that you have to be very quick while working with this product as it dries very fast and makes the blending process difficult which gives an uneven and patchy look which is a big “NO” as it can highlight the pores and dry patches. Also, people with very oily skin and huge pores can skip this product as it can seep into the pores making them look even bigger.

When used correctly, it gives a nice highlight on the cheeks without being too shimmery or artificial looking and definitely mimics that natural JLo or Victoria Secret’s super model glow on your skin. It looks great for a romantic date or night parties, but can be skipped for everyday use!

Pros of NARS Orgasm Illuminator:

  • A multipurpose product to give your skin a luminous glow.
  • Beautiful peachy pink shade suitable for all skin tones.
  • Travel-friendly packaging.
  • Gives a subtle glow without being too shimmery.
  • It stays on the skin for quite a decent amount of time.
  • A little goes a long way!

Cons of NARS Orgasm Illuminator:

  • One needs to be very quick while working with the product as it dries very fast and makes the blending difficult which can lead to uneven/patchy look.
  • It emphasizes open pores, so people with very oily skin and big pores can completely skip this product.

Personally, I am neither too pleased nor completely hate this product. It’s an okay product that I can survive without!! I would not repurchase it and will not recommend it to my oily skin beauties!

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6 thoughts on “NARS Orgasm Illuminator Review

  1. Nice review Bhargavi…. I agree… These products are for occasional use only… Even I have got a Revlon illuminator in bare lights… Use it very occasionally only

  2. I’ve tried a sample amount of this from my sister’s tube. I mixed it with my foundi and felt that it looked gorgeous. But then, I have dry skin and medium pores, nothing that a primer can’t handle 🙂 But when I break out or have skin issues, this doesn’t work with foundi *nonono* Great review!

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