Review: NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

Were you ever a highlighter person? I mean, were you someone who collected yellow, pink, blue highlighters and marked every book you own with them?

I never did that, but I did make good use of my pink and yellow highlighters to accentuate the best parts of my biology textbook.

Puh-leeze. Like there were any “best parts” in that book.

Nowadays, highlighters grace my face instead of my books. I received a sample of NARS Orgasm in an order I placed a while ago.

The website describes it as  “A collection of light-reflecting liquids that glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion with shimmering incandescence. Deceptively sheer, decidedly luminous.”

That’s accurate to me!

Orgasm is a peachy pink with gold shimmer.

And here it is blended onto my skin:

With flash:

I applied a little of this along my cheekbones and blended it in. It left such a beautiful shimmer on my tanned skin! I have oily skin, so I was careful to apply a little.

I think this product should be used sparingly, because too much of it can make your face look like a disco ball. I wore this highlighter for about 6 hours with no problems. It stayed in place, and the sparkles didn’t migrate.

It was a tad sticky going on, but blended well, and it took only a few seconds to dry. There is a slight perfume smell that faded quickly.

The only thing about this is, I would caution anyone to not apply too much at first. There is the chance you could overdo it. Start with a tiny bit, then add more as needed.

Do I recommend this? I would be foolish not to!

Pros: Blends well, beautiful colors, dries quickly, stays in place.
Cons: Not everyone wants to pay $29 for this, not easy to apply for a beginner.

Grade: A

Sold at, and Sephora stores.


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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