Sunday, 10 August 2014

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator Beauty Review Limited Edition

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator £22.50

After reading several reviews of NARS illuminators in past few months, all of which were incredibly persuasive, I just had to have a little browse on the NARS website. It was there that I first laid eyes on this wonderful 413 BLKR shade. As soon as I saw it I could actually feel my stomach getting little butterflies. Does anyone else get that rush of excitement when they find something that they just have to have? (Just me then? Hehe).

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator Beauty Review Limited Edition

Available exclusively at the brand's flagship store in New York City's West Village and on the NARS website, this limited edition product is part of the 413 BLKR range. Named after the flagship boutique store itself, which is located on 413 Bleecker Street, this collection includes brand new and exclusive shades of lipstick, blush and nail polish, as well as a gorgeous hue of The Multiple (link to the 413 BLKR collection here).

If you are new to illuminating or highlighting products then I don't think you can get a better initiation into that realm than with NARS' liquid illuminators. This is due to the real versatility of these illuminators. Not only can you use it in the traditional sense (ie. by applying it as a highlighter, which is exactly how I've been using it) but you can also use it all over the face and in conjunction with your favourite foundation(s). By that I mean you can actually apply it under, over or mixed in with your normal foundation to really add something spectacular to your traditional make-up routine. For me this is especially true in the warmer months. Plus, on top of that, a little seriously goes such a long way with this product. You only need a tiny amount to see a huge difference. So if you're a little put off by the £22.50 price tag, I would just say to you, think of all the different ways you could put this product to use. It really is an investment piece but it's a product that I know I'll be able to turn to throughout the year.

NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator Beauty Review Swatches Swatch Limited Edition

(From left to right: product as dispensed - product swatched and blended)

This truly is the perfect shade for me personally. I do worry that shades such as Laguna and Super Orgasm might be a little dark for me but this just works incredibly well on my skin tone. Not only will it work for those with paler complexions, such as myself but it's also the kind of shade that would work universally well. It really will brighten and illuminate a whole host of skin tones, in my opinion. It's not glittery in the slightest, which is always something that puts me off trying many other highlighting and illuminating products on the market. Let's just say, you definitely won't look like one of the vampires from Twilight as a result of using this product. Hehe. It just gives such a wonderful shimmer to the skin that is almost indescribable.

What I also love about this product is just how easy it is to apply. You can either apply this illuminating product with your fingers and then blend it with a brush or alternatively you can blend it in with your fingers as well. It just depends on your preference really. I think I do a mix of the two depending on how much time I have to apply my make-up that day. Your skin doesn't feel wet or sticky like you might assume it could and it dries with such a beautiful sheen.

So what do you think of this limited edition shade? Have you tried any of the NARS illuminators? If so, what do you think of them? And what other shades would you recommend that I try?


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