While in New York, I couldn't leave without at least one NARS blush, and the obvious choice was the most famed shade in their selection. I thought about getting Deep Throat, Sin or Gaiety instead, but settled on the safe and most popular option (though what I really wanted was the Joie de Vivre palette, but that was never going to happen). I figured since I've been buying dupes of Orgasm all this time, I might as well seize the opportunity to take home the real deal at around two-thirds of the Australian retail price.
I feel like I'm overly familiar with this shade, despite not owning it until recently. Perhaps due to its popularity, there have been countless approximations and imitations of this kind of pinkish, peachy colour with gold shimmer. The only thing that I found slightly unusual was that it's a bit sheerer than I was expecting. Not to say that it lacks pigmentation, but that upon the first swipe, the colour itself is just as strong, if not less prominent, than the shimmer that runs through it. On the cheeks, this applies a little more on the pink rather than peach side, which I prefer because most blushes tend to run a little red or orange on me.
l-r: NARS Orgasm, Lacura Sunset, Bourjois Lilas D'Or, Bourjois Rose D'Or, Sleek Rose Gold
And here are the dupes. None of them are exactly the same, though some are noticeably closer than others. I'd say Sleek Rose Gold is the best dupe, followed by Bourjois Lilas D'Or. Rose Gold is a lot more potent than Orgasm, almost like a florid coral, however it has the trademark glowy, gold sheen of Orgasm (except on steroids). Lilas D'Or is similar to Rose Gold but even more red-toned and a touch deeper in colour. Rose D'Or is more of a cooler, slightly lighter pink, without the obvious golden shimmer of Orgasm. Lacura Sunset is the most dissimilar, though Zoella had me rushing to ALDI to retrieve it when I first read her post on the two being dupes. I wouldn't say it is nothing like Orgasm, but given that Lilas D'Or and Rose Gold are much closer, Sunset is a fair bit off and clearly more peachy/orange in tone.
So did I really need Orgasm? Probably not. However, considering I almost never use Rose Gold as I find it tricky to work with because of how amazingly pigmented and sparkly it is, and Lilas D'Or makes me look like I'm recovering from sunburn, the relative sheerness of Orgasm could be regarded as an advantage. I like that it's more pink than red or coral, and while the shimmer can be easy to overdo, it does give a pretty, glowing effect to the face. I've found that making a blush work has a lot to do with how it's applied (the brush, the amount, the positioning on the face, how it complements the rest of your makeup), as much as the blush itself. That's an area I'm still trying to get the hang of, as unfortunately, while my blush collection has expanded considerably, I still suck at it.