Ah, the infamous NARS Orgasm blush. I admit that I was pretty behind on getting this product. *Spoiler Alert: I bought this already* But I feel it necessary to document my reasoning for still getting this product. Also, I’ve got some good dupes, so you’ll want to see those. Maybe its something you have in your collection?
So if you’ve been living under a rock, makeup lovers around the globe love the NARS Orgasm blush.* It’s peachy, shimmery and compliment so many skin tones. I found this little sample on one of the inserts in an Allure magazine (btw, best part of getting the hard copy of the magazine), and I thought why not, right? So before I show some swatches, let’s first find out what NARS says about the product. According to NARS, who claims to be the “ultimate authority in blush,” the Orgasm blush is one of the “industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.”
So is this blush a natural flush on the cheeks? Let’s look at some swatches. After that, we can check out some dupes and you can decide if you need to hold out or cave in like I did. Picture heavy post incoming!
Alright, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Well, actually, who am I kidding? You can search pics of NARS Orgasm; everyone under the sun, has this. But that won’t stop me! I have to say, I’ve never had such a hard time getting swatches as I have with this blush. I took one close-up with no flash and a macro shot:
and with flash:
What you see is vivid, peachy/coral goodness and a hint of golden shimmer. Despite not being a fan of this color for nail polish, eyeshadow, or lip color, I find this shade looks amazing on me. It really does leave a flush that can’t be replicated in swatches. I think what initially deterred me from this was all the talk about chunks of glitter. Mind you, I’ve heard it has been toned down in new versions of the blush, but I didn’t think my sample or full size had that much glitter. Shimmer, yes, but not glitter.
Also, I feel like what wasn’t talked about is how light and this blush is. The color payoff is there when you layer it, however it is so light that you can do a light wash of color as well.
So now on to the fun part. If you know me well, you know I have a pretty big makeup collection. What I ended up doing was going through all of my blushes to find some dupes. After countless swatches, here’s what we’ve got:
Benefit Fine One One* | Cream blush with three colors that blend together. Dewy finish.
Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon in Pearlescent Pink* | Pressed powder blush with shimmer.
Maybelline Fit Me! in Coral* | Pressed powder blush with shimmer.
e.l.f. Minerals Blush in Coral | Loose powder blush with glitter (discontinued).
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand* | Cream blush with a dewy finish.
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Duo* | Blush only. Pressed powder with shimmer.
SEPHORA COLLECTION The Beauty of Giving Back Face Palette | Middle powder blush with satin finish. (discontinued)
If you need to see some more dupes not in my collection, head over to Temptalia.
Now let’s see everything side by side. From left to right:
NARS Orgasm, Wet ‘N Wild Color Icon in Pearlescent Pink, Benefit Fine One One, Maybelline Fit Me! in Coral, e.l.f. Minerals Blush in Coral, e.l.f. Palette, Sephora Collection Palette, Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand
So am I happy I have the NARS Orgasm blush? I am! I still love the other blushes I have, but I find myself reaching for this and the Tom Ford blush the most. Even then, I’ve been wearing Orgasm non-stop.
After seeing this, are you more for looking for a dupe, or would you be willing to cave in, too?