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NARS Hot Sand Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive)

January 4, 2016
NARS Hot Sand x Nordstrom Collection

For the new year NARS x Nordstrom have launched an exclusive collection called Hot Sand which is all about glow. There are six pieces in the collection all with a champagne color focus which give the most natural incandescent luminous finish. I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to share a review on the collection along with lots of comparison swatches to other champagne shimmers.

The six items in the Hot Sand Collection are all exclusive to Nordstrom, items include:

  • Hot Sand Lip Gloss ($26 for 0.18 oz/6 ml) is a pale sandy gold, it has a bit of shimmer in it which comes off as a shimmering frost, finish is sheer to medium but smooth and makes the lips look light and glossy
  • Hot Sand Illuminator ($30 for 1.1 oz/30 ml, repromoted) is a sheer pearlized champagne peachy glow, this is one of my favorite liquid illuminators to add the most natural sheen, it’s perfect for my medium-olive skin because the peach gives it color while most champagne highlighters look light and pearly on my skin, it gives the skin that glow from within candlelit look without looking frosted
  • Hot Sand Multiple ($39 for .5 oz/14g) is a new color, it’s almost identical to the Illuminator, it gives a more visible glow to the skin, I find it slightly lighter in color because of the pearl particles and more pigmented, two swipes on each cheek are just slightly lighter than my natural skintone and once blended the skin simply glows
  • Blush and Bronzer Duo in Hot Sand + Laguna ($42 for .35 oz/10g) is called a blush / bronzer duo, it has a powder blush which on me acts more like a soft highlighter, it’s a champagne pearl similar to the Illuminator and Multiple, the powder has a more shimmery glowy finish while the others are more natural looking, Laguna is a cult-classic bronzer, in this compact I found the color to be just slightly different from the regular full-size, the compact one is slightly cooler-toned and sheerer
  • Blush Duo in Hot Sand + Orgasm ($42 for .35 oz/10g) is a blush duo with Hot Sand Blush a peachy champagne shimmer combined with Orgasm a peachy pink shimmer
  • Hanamachi Kabuki Brush

NARS Hot Sand x Nordstrom Collection

Wearing above: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland mixed with St. Tropez, Powder Foundation in Punjab, Blush Duo in Hot Sand + Orgasm, Bronzer in Laguna, Lip Gloss in Hot Sand, Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia, Eyeshadow Duo in All About Eve

First up is the new Kabuki Brush. This is a small domed brush that is very dense but soft. Size-wise it fits nicely in the hand – it’s small enough to be compact, but not so small I feel like I can’t grip it easily. The bristles are evenly distributed and it’s very soft and smooth around the edges. There are no hairs poking out and it blends powders seamlessly around the cheeks. I own a number of other kabuki brushes and this one is extremely good. I can see myself using it for setting powders as well. I’ve shown it below next to the #21 Contour Brush for scale.
NARS Kabuki Brush and Contour Brush

Next up are the Hot Sand + Orgasm Blush Duo and Hot Sand + Laguna Bronzer Blush Duo. Both contain Hot Sand which is listed as a powder blush. The texture of both duos is very good. It’s smooth, finely milled, easy to apply and blend. There is a luminous quality to Hot Sand which is very pretty and glowy. I like that they have a slight peachy tone to them which makes for a more natural glow rather than a pearl shimmer which contrasts with my olive skin. I can’t pick one over the other, but I do think the Hot Sand + Laguna Duo is my new favorite contouring duo. It’s super easy to use for the contouring-challenged (like me). It’s great for a no-makeup makeup look to add depth and dimension without looking over the top.
NARS Hot Sand Nordstrom Blush Bronzer Duos

There are three individual items in the collection with the name Hot Sand. Below is the Illuminator, Multiple Stick and Lip Gloss. I’m a huge fan of pale pearly glosses but since I have pigmented lips, many often end up looking like concealer on me. Hot Sand thankfully has enough color to show up with some shine. It’s pale but not too pale and the application/color goes on smoothly without streaks. It makes for a good layering gloss too.
NARS Hot Sand Illuminator Multiple Lip Gloss

Close up of the Hot Sand Multiple:
NARS Hot Sand Multiple Nordstrom

Close up of the Hot Sand Lip Gloss:  

NARS Nordstrom Hot Sand Lip Gloss

Hot Sand Lip Gloss on bare lips:


Some comparison swatch sets in case you’re wondering how these compare to other champagne shimmered items from NARS:

Illuminator in Hot Sand
Illuminator in Orgasm
Multiple in Hot Sand
Blush in Hot Sand (part of the duos)
Eyeshadow Duo in All About Eve
Eyeshadow Duo in Alhambra

Multiple in Hot Sand
Blush and Bronzer Duo in Hot Sand/Laguna
Bronzer in Laguna (individual one is more luminous and warmer)
Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation

Lip Glosses in Supervixen, Chelsea Girls, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Sweet Revenge and Orgasm

NARS Hot Sand Collection

Overall lots to love in this collection – especially those looking for a natural luminous glow. I am addicted to glowy highlighters so I found it necessary to buy all the Hot Sand face items even though the colors are similar among the different formulas. I’ve owned the Illuminator for a long time and I find the peachy undertone unique in a beauty world filled with pale white champagne highlighters which I love, but often want something that doesn’t look white on my skin. The peach in the Multiple, Powder Blush and Illuminator meld more with my olive skintone which makes for a more natural looking glow.

For those who are glow-conscious – I do think these are suitable for those who are ultra conservative in the glow department. Many with oily skin often are wary of anything that glows since oil + shimmer tends to = shiny by afternoon. If you have oily skin the Illuminator is the most natural of the face items. The Multiple Stick has a nice semi-matte finish compared to other multiples and I found it stayed put. The most glowy of the face items is the Powder Blush which I really like – it’s not too shimmery but shimmery enough that you can see it.

If I had to pick just one of the face products, I would say I can’t because I really like all of them, but I think the Multiple adds the most natural luminous quality in a highlighter I’ve seen that makes the face glow – your mileage may vary depending on your skintone.

Bottom line thumbs up. I’m really liking the way Hot Sand Lip Gloss looks – it’s what I wanted Striptease to look like on the lips which is too pale for me to wear alone while Hot Sand just works. Alone or layered.

Have you checked out the NARS Hot Sand Collection yet? Or do you already own the Illuminator? For this time of year what’s your go-to for a glow?

Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions my own.

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  • Rachel Polansky January 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Hot Sand looks gorgeous, I wish it was sold individually!


    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Me too – it's such a pretty color, but you get a decent amount of product in the duos!

  • SinΓ©ad Saintelle January 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I have been aaaalll about that iridescent glow recently so these look right up my street! Lovely review!

    SinΓ©ad β™₯ fabuleuse, toujours β™₯

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      What do you have your eye on?

  • Zoe Mountford January 4, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I would love the multiple and both the duos, the whole collection is stunning x

    Zoe Mountford x

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      I agree – it's a stunning collection, understated but glowy!

  • Anonymous January 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    These look so fresh and beautiful in this grey post-holiday month of January. They look fantastic on you. Thanks for showing them here.

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you Tanja πŸ™‚ You're too sweet.

  • nurysp January 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    that looks is amazing on you!!!
    you are killing that look

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you xoxo

  • Unknown January 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    looks great on you! I love petting the little kabuki, haha!

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      LOL about petting your kabuki πŸ™‚ I do that with my Wayne Goss brushes haha.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth January 4, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I must explore Nars much more this year because I like so much of what they do but have never taken the plunge as the delivery charge from Nars UK is Β£7 which is extortionate. I love this collection……exactly my cup of tea with milk & two sugasr. I've had Chelsea Girl on my to try list for a while now. The cheek palette you photoed the other day is gorgeous as well . How did the contour brush compare with the Charlotte Tilbury contour brush?

    • Sabrina January 4, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      I hope you do explore NARS more πŸ™‚ Lots to love in the line! I have the small contour brush from CT (the small tapered one). The one from NARS is more like a flat angled blush brush. Both perform similarly – I like the CT for more detailing, the NARS acts more like a brush blush for a more brushed out application if that makes sense – behind on e-mails, will email you soon!

  • Jacque January 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Hot sands + laguna bronzer sounds like a dream! must get this!

    • Evelyn January 5, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Totally agree with you! It looks like a perfect set, especially as I don't have Laguna and found in a recent trial at a Nars boutique that it does work on my skin.

  • SarahS. January 5, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I wasn't that interested in the Hot Sand collection until I read your review, Sabrina, even though I love Nars. Now I think I will check out the Illuminator. Thanks for the review!

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:51 am

      Glad the review helped! Hope you find something that works for you πŸ™‚ I think the illuminator is one of my favorites!

  • Ana Brown January 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Oh my! The blush duos are stunning. Lovely colors that looks light and natural on skin. Its something worth checking out!

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:51 am

      They are really pretty, I'm considering a backup of one of the duos.

  • prudence yeo January 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love the idea of adding some glow to my complexion so this Hot Sand Collection does sound very promising! Thanks for sharing!


    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Thanks for stopping by Prudence πŸ™‚

  • Lori Jenkins January 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Just gorgeous! Super cute jacket Sabrina, I miss your fashion posts πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Awww thank you Lori! You're too sweet.

  • Pam Hetlinger January 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Great review! I need to get my hands on this collection! My favorite product is the Blush and Bronzer Duo in Hot Sand/Laguna. I'm obsessed with their blushes and bronzers!


    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Hi Pam – I think the Blush+Bronzer would look amazing on you!!

  • Eileen January 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Nars should have called this The Sabrina Collection πŸ˜‰ Those colors were meant for you and that combination of Hot Sand and Orgasm is stellar. I'm so glad you treated us to a full face picture because the look you created is very attractive and will be perfect winter into spring.

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Awwww Eileen, thank you, so kind of you to say πŸ™‚ xoxo

    • Stephanee January 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      I agree, love it when you do full view pictures Sabrina. The multiples are my favorite can't have enough of them

  • Brooke Elise January 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Hot Sand looks stunning! I definitely need to give Nordstrom a visit to take a look at it, especially with that Orgasm duo! GORGEOUS.

    brooke | brooke elise

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Thanks Brooke, I think they are definitely worth checking out!

  • Skyflyer3 January 5, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Sabrina – Thanks for this; I tried out the Hot Sand multiple but it didn't show up on my skin, which is just slightly darker than yours. I think I preferred the Becca Poured Shimmering Perfectors as highlighters better, or the slightly pinker St. Lucia from last year. Golddigger was also close to the Hot Sand gloss for me. However, I am super eager to see your review of the L'Amour Toujours palette and the Spring 2016 release – I pre-ordered the palette, both glosses and the lipsticks.

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Hi Skyflyer3, too bad the multiple didn't show up, but if you have the Becca ones I think those would work just well for a gorgeous glow too πŸ™‚ Those are a lot more glowy on my skin but still so pretty!

  • Ashley Elizabeth January 5, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Gorgeous! NARS never disappoints me <3


    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Nars = love for me too πŸ™‚

  • Christina January 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Sabrina, the colours look gorgeous on you! You're definitely glowing, and the tones look so natural on you. I passed right by the collection at the store the other day, but I might just have to go back, I think, for a closer look!

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Christina!

  • Lisa January 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    You look amazing! Love these pictures of you! Need to stop by Nordies pronto! Thanks so much for the review!

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Thanks Lisa – you're too sweet. Yes a trip to Nordstrom is definitely a must!

  • Clever Girl Reviews January 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I will probably skip the collection but I love the color in all it's forms. I especially like the Hot Sand Orgasm duo, but I have a newer pan of Orgasm!

    • Sabrina January 7, 2016 at 3:56 am

      Ahh, I know how you feel lol.

  • Suzy Q January 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Wow, these are gorgeous!


  • Sunny January 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Darn you look polished!

  • Michelle Sielman January 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome post Sabrina πŸ˜€

    I can't wait to try this collection out myself and I think i'm gonna love the Hot Sand/ Orgasm duo the most!

  • Olivia Alesha January 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Those products look fantastic! I would love to try one of those duos or the makeup brushes!
    – Liv Xxx


  • Barbie Lee March 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Do you think the hot sand illuminator powder in the Laguna and hot sand duo works well on an Chinese with NC 20 fair skin? I find Becca moonstone too yellow'ish