The Final Cut is a sub-collection in NARS Spring 2014 offering. It's all about pink, pink, and more pink, which is not necessarily my thing, but I have to say that right now anything lively and fun is welcome. Still, the new NARS Illuminator, Adelaide, looked scary in the tube and out. It's a very cool toned light pink (according to NARS it's a lavender pink but I wouldn't go that far) with a very shimmery finish. Very.
Surprisingly, on sallow winter skin Adelaide gives a very subtle boost of pink freshness, so the color itself is far more flattering than I ever expected. It made me realize that I can and should wear more pink. Since this is a highlighter and not a blush you need to apply it sparingly and only where you need it to catch the light. You only need a small dot of the product (about half the amount I squeezed out in the photo above), which you'll blend upwards on the cheekbones.
|Adelaide unblended. This is enough product for both sides of the face.|
|blended, photo taken with flash to show the shimmer particles|
Now let's talk about the shimmer factor. The particles used in Adelaide are larger than I prefer. You can see in the photo above that the flecks are visible, making this Illuminator more of a high glam product. I felt a bit self-conscious wearing Adelaide during the day over the weekend, but mostly got over it because it is such a pretty little thing. The formula is quite sheer and the finish is neither metallic nor frosty: just a glowy pink; with lots of shimmer, that is. I experimented mixing Adelaide with various liquid face products and liked it best with NARS tinted moisturizer and Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter. I'm sure you can find other combinations. I would say that if your skin tone is lighter and cooler you'll probably have more play options for Adelaide, but it does work for darker/olive skin tones.
Bottom Line: Shiny.
What do you think? Can you live with this amount of shimmer?
NARS Adelaide Illuminator- The Final Cut Spring 2014 ($30) was sent for my consideration by NARS PR. It's already available online from Nordstrom and will eventually be offered also from NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com.