REVIEW: NARS Final Cut Illuminator in “Adelaide”

I’ve been eagerly reading review posts of various Spring/Summer limited edition collections being released, and I’m sad to say that nothing really tugged at my heartstrings. While the FINAL CUT collection by NARS was available on Nordstrom’s website for weeks, I decided to wait to see the collection in person before making any kind of commitment. Though the blushes looked beautiful and were all very tempting, I stopped myself from getting them because I have so many blushes that look just the same! Instead, I got the Final Cut Illuminator in “Adelaide” and skipped the lip products entirely.


NARS Illuminators are marketed as items that will “light the skin from within.” They are designed to be worn as a highlighting product for the face, or applied to the skin before makeup, and can also be mixed in with foundation for the ultimate glowy effect. Previously, I featured the NARS Illuminator in “Copacabana” and it’s still a favorite item in my collection.

In general, the Illuminators are a range of highlighting products that are described to be “light-reflecting liquids that glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion.” The Illuminators promise “to create a shimmering incandescence” on the face and body. Despite the color in the tube, “Adelaide” is “deceptively sheer [and] decidedly luminous” all at the same time. NARS claims to “magically transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary” with these products.

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“Adelaide” is a bright, cool-toned pink with shimmer in the tube, but blends out sheer and pretty on the skin. As you’ve probably already guessed — a little goes a long way. I found that “Adelaide” was the only unique item in the FINAL CUT collection and I’m very happy with the purchase. So far, I’ve worn it as a highlighter on the face after blush, alone in place of blush, and mixed in with my foundation — and, I found that “Adelaide” can really bring your blush to life. The glow is undeniable, yet it’s still subtle and natural without going too overboard. Surprisingly when mixed in with foundation, it doesn’t change the tone of it. I was afraid since it was so pink, the color of my base makeup would be altered — however, since my skin naturally leans a little pink anyway, I found it to be no problem.

My favorite way to wear this is in place of blush — just on my cheeks like a stain. The texture is creamy but not thick and not too thin. It blends out beautifully without drying too fast like the Benefit tints. The effect is pretty and I recommend the Final Cut Illuminator in “Adelaide,” for sure. In my opinion, the other items can be passed up if you already own various shades of pink blushes. If not, this collection would be a great place to start!

Made in USA.
Product contains 1.1 oz.
Retails for $30.00 USD.