Saturday, October 6, 2012

You Fancy, Huh?

NARS Orgasm blush is one of those cult products that anyone with an interest in makeup would've heard of at some point or another. Drake even referenced it in a song, so you know it's hit the big time. When I first seriously ventured into the world of cosmetics, I noticed it was often mentioned in reviews of different blushes as a point of comparison, particularly if potential dupes had been identified. At the time, the prospect of forking out $45 for a single blush was ludicrous (and really, still is), so I found myself being drawn to so-called "dupes" that had been brought to my attention by beauty bloggers and YouTubers. Over time, the amount of money I spent on trying to find a shade similar to Orgasm was probably more than if I had just gone out and purchased Orgasm in the first place. I'm great with finances in that way.

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.

66 comments:

  1. I loved this post! It looks like an absolutely beautiful shade, although I do like that there are cheaper dupes :)

    Have I ever told you that when I see a new post from you come up on my dashboard I get terribly excited and madly click on the link? You are one of those bloggers that even when you post about a product I would generally not care at all about, I still find myself punching the computer mouse in a rush to read the post.

    I just thought you should know that :)

    xx

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    1. Awww, that's so sweet of you to say! Thank you so much :) I really enjoy reading your blog as well - it's always doubly interesting to read Australian beauty blogs :)

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  2. This looks just as lovely as the hype says it is :) one day I'll own a NARS blush haha!
    x

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  3. Thanks for this post. :) I do own a NARS Orgasm blush and indeed they're pricey. I love every single swatch in this post. I have tons of blushes and I just can't stop buying them..lol

    www.cutedumpling.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I'm going through a blush phase - I never was much of a blush girl, but I can't seem to get enough of them now!

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  4. $45 for a blush!? :o Orgasm is gooorgeous though. Ugh, I wish I didn't return my Joie de Vivre! :(

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    1. Yes - it's crazy how expensive high end makeup is here :( Oh no, why did you return it?

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  5. Thanks for the post, I've been really considering 'investing' in a couple of NARS blushes. The ones on my list are Luster, Orgasm (maybe - just because of its popularity) and the bronzer Laguna. I wish I was quick enough for Joie de Vivre too :( xx

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    1. I have no idea how to procure Joie de Vivre even if I wanted it - apart from like, call the US Nordstrom and request they ship it to me or something? :p Cos I don't do Ebay and I can't tell if there are fakes on there. Or it would be hugely inflated due to the demand and limited supply. I wish NARS weren't so pricey here, but I guess if you look at it as an "investment", it's okay ;)

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  6. loving this color so much. i think i would invest in the NARS one cos i love NARS and have had great experiences with them!

    xx rae
    http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/

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    1. Which are your favourite NARS blushes? I would love to own more, but they are just so expensive where I live!

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  7. I am quite thankful I bought Deep Throat first. Also my one and only I can only get NARS through places like eBay. haha, because Deep Throat is more peachy coral, for warmer skin tones. I think Orgasm suits you though! It's a different enough pink from the others swatched, I feel. =)

    I do agree that Sleek has a close one, but I feel that the thing about NARS is that it goes on so spread-out enough, but still gives colour. So, congrats on Orgasm! =D

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    1. I was tossing up between Orgasm and Deep Throat - people say they're fairly similar but Deep Throat doesn't have Orgasm's shimmer. I like that Orgasm is more pinky on me - I am always looking for blushes that apply pink rather than too orange or red :) The Sleek one is way too intense and coral!

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  8. Nars Orgasm was one of the first blushes I purchased, and even after many blushes later, it's still one of my go-to's. I agree that the color isn't exactly original and that there are plenty of dupes out there (I heard the ELF one was a good dupe), but it's still really nice. The price tag is a bit steep though D:

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    Jenny @ Geeky Posh

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    1. Yes, it is sadly. But I guess that really is part of the allure of it - the price tag makes it something we covet, rather than something that we could just go out and buy at any time and not feel very excited about. Though there are plenty of dupes, there's only going to be one original ;)

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  9. it's true i've tried nars orgasm on me and firmly concluded i prefer my dupes, but i still can't let go of the idea of getting "the orgasm". this blush must be something. ;)
    the dupes i have are very close to orgasm but they are both discontinued. i am going to hold on to them tight. ;p

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    1. Haha, what dupes are they? Is there a Milani one? I'm sure that your discontinued dupes will last a long time - I don't know whether I will ever finish up a whole blush!

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    2. yes. it's milani lumunous. (not the baked luminoso) and i also have urban decay X. both of them are slightly more pink but with similar gold shimmer/sheen. :)

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  10. I've never tried Orgasm but I am so curious how it would look on my tan skin. Great swatches with the dupes, your swatches are always so much more informative than I've seen on other blogs.

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    1. Thank you Evani :) I try my best haha. I'm sure Orgasm will look lovely on you!

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  11. i really like the second swatch! i have been wanting to try forever the nars but i too have trouble spending that

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

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    1. I think we all do! At least you still have some self-restraint :p

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  12. Great review and pictures! I've always been curious about the original and have only been buying the dupes. I'm hoping that one day, I'll be at an actual Nars counter to swatch the shade and then decide whether it's worth the hype, rather than ordering it online and regretting it.

    I do own Deep Throat and it is one of my favourite blushes. I would definitely recommend that one too.

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    1. Is NARS hard to get a hold of where you live? I have swatched lots of NARS blushes first hand, though not so much tried them on my face, which is probably a lot more representative of whether I'll like them. But yes, it's always good to see the products in real life before ordering online. Deep Throat is such a pretty shade, but I have enough blush now that I really need to cease buying any more for a long, long time!

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  13. Oh you finally got the NARS blush!! Orgasm looks like some of the blushes I have.. I don't have any single NARS Blushes though ( yet ), but I'd like to try some one day! I am kinda thankful that we don't have NARS here in Germany, otherwise I might be spending more on their blushes lol.

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    1. I'm sure it'll be sooner rather than later :) You're right - sometimes it's good to not have certain brands, it just helps to resist temptation if it's removed from you altogether lol

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  14. Yay congrats on finally getting the NARS blush! I've heard a lot about this one, and it looks beautiful! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks Yun! It's quite exciting hehe :)

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  15. Eeeekk!
    It looks really pretty although there are probably lots of other blushes that are cheaper and look similar. >.<

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    1. Undoubtedly! But I guess there's only one original which all the imitations and cheaper dupes are trying to approximate :) I wish NARS stuff was cheaper in Australia, otherwise I'd probably not be able to resist building a little collection :p

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  16. YAY I've been looking forward to a post about a product from your crazy haul! Orgasm looks so pretty, and I'm so glad it lived up to the hype and that you're happy with it! It would be such a pity if it elicited the same reaction that Rose Gold did. Gorgeous photos as always, and very persuasive. I just read Zoella's post, and am going to see if I can spot Sunset the next time I'm at ALDI hehehe. I'm eyeing Deep Throat, Luster/Madly and Sin, and I'll add this to the list too. Ohh dear. My poor finances.

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    1. I'm going to be blogging about products from my crazy haul pretty much nonstop - since I hope that I'm not going to buy any more makeup for a loooooong time. Though I pretty much fail hard at that since I already bought something else today, LOL. So bad. It's like trying to embark on a diet ("I'll start tomorrow!"). Sunset should be readily available at any ALDI store since they have a pretty limited makeup collection. From memory, there's literally like 2 or 3 blushes, of which Sunset is one of them. Let us know what you think if you do pick it up :)

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    2. Hahaha you already bought something? Dw I completely understand- I told myself 'this doesn't count as breaking the ban because it's such a good deal' when I got the lip butters and the GWP. Brilliant logic... And playing with BYS Coral this morning reminded me that you didn't include it in the dupes! I guess it isn't one then? (or did you toss it out because you didn't like it? :P) Lots of people say it's 'a more pigmented version of Orgasm' but colour-wise I think it's completely off- it's such an orange-red coral while Orgasm looks so pink.

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    3. I didn't think to include it as to me, it's very coral and orange, so it didn't immediately strike me as a dupe. I still have it, but I never use it. Ever since I got those storage cabinets, whatever I've shoved to the back doesn't see the light of day (literally :p)

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  17. I adore the titles of your posts lol they make me want to read them before I even know what its about :) I haven't tried that blush before just because of the price tag but your riight...the money we spend finding dupes we could just buy the original!!

    Xo

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    1. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the beginning when I had basically no makeup and start again. I've definitely bought way too many "cheaper alternatives" when I should've just bought the real thing in the first place!

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  18. sleek rose gold does look like the best dupe...but a bit darker. Try NARS Gilda, i usually get compliments on that colour

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    1. Thanks, I will keep that one in mind for next time :) And yes, Rose Gold is very close to Orgasm, but more coral in tone and the shimmer is out of control!

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  19. I think I can do the same in terms of colors without spending so much at Nars, personally I'm dying for rose gold and pomegranate from sleek. Great swatches, I think it's sad that make it can be so pricey when dupes can be of similar quality and at a better price.

    Thanks for reviewing as always! :)

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    1. I wouldn't mind having a few more Sleek blushes - but they're a little bit difficult to get a hold of since they need to be ordered online (and I hate online shopping and waiting for parcels to arrive!). They make some fantastic blushes though - crazily pigmented!

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  20. Orgasm seems pretty close to Sleek's Rose Gold from the swatch but after you pointed out about how sparkly Rose Gold is, I took notice of it's 'sparklyness'. Lol. Sometimes I find some blushes way too sparkly that it annoys me. XD

    ♡ M.May

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    1. Yes, Rose Gold is extremely intense in the gold shimmer department :p It's too much for me, and since I'm challenged in blush application, I'm not great at trying to only lightly apply it either :p

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  21. for me, i love a more natural look,so i choose Lacura Sunset. but for you, having a fairer complxion suits well with orgams ;-)


    just me,
    www.phioxee.com

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    1. Lacura is quite a natural looking blush, not too pigmented, gives a nice peachy flush :)

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  22. All the colours look great in the last pic!

    Fiona
    www.toxicdiamonds.com

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    1. They are some really nice blushes! I'm clearly a sucker for pinks and peach.

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  23. Gorgeous! You got orgasm, lovely!!! Can't wait to see it in am FOTD or something. Xx

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    1. Dunno about an FOTD :p Though I did attempt to take photos of me wearing it but they didn't turn out so well. The blush is a little bit difficult to capture in photos unless I apply a lot, as the camera tends to wash out everything. But there's plenty of great photos online anyway :)

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  24. Yup. It's official. I'm going to splurge for it this season. You've convinced me.

    -Tara Joy

    http://beausandbows.wordpress.com

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  25. oh wow it's such a gorgeous colour xx


    http://2wanderlust.blogspot.com

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    1. It is quite pretty! I'm fairly satisfied with it, except the shimmer can be a bit much.

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  26. I personally find Bourjois Rose D'Or to be more similar than Sleek Rose Gold. Still it's quite frustrating how hard it is to actually find a perfect dupe for a shade! :D

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    1. It's closer in terms of the pinkiness, but on the cheeks it's a bit different since it lacks Orgasm's characteristic gold shimmer. And the pink is a touch cooler and lighter, I think. Or that could just be because my Bourjois baked blush is hardening at the top and therefore not that pigmented. It is hard to find an exact dupe! You'd think it'd be easy but clearly from the swatches, there wasn't one blush that was exactly identical to Orgasm.

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  27. I know exactly how you feel about this blush and I dont know how much longer I can hold it off until I give in to buy a Nars blush lol. No matter how many dupes there are claimed out here I feel like they arent true dupes for this shade. Somehow, nothing seems to be able to fully replace this colour. I have been forever drooling over the Joie de Vivre palette, I hate myself for not getting it when I saw it in Sephora because I was being cheap, and now I regret it :(((((

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    1. Whhhaaa, you saw it in Sephora? When was that? I would've jumped for joy had I seen it when I was in NYC. All I saw was some other palette, it had really loud colours in it and didn't interest me, lol. But let's not think about it and depress ourselves! I'm sure you have lots of lovely blushes in your existing collection to make up for the lack of Joie de Vivre. Though it is surprising how hard it is to find an exact dupe. I guess save your pennies in trying to take home approximations and "invest" in the real deal :)

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  28. Loved the post! Deep throat and sin are on my list too! I have orgasm too but i go through phases of loving it and and neglecting it. Sometimes the shimmer is too much for me, depends on my mood really.

    http://a-la-foliee.blogspot.com

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    1. The shimmer is quite intense, probably not appropriate all the time for what makeup you want to do, but I think it's pretty if done in moderation :) I can see why it would be a sort of love-hate relationship though.

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  29. I have Deep Throat so I think I'll be okay without it. But YAY for finally getting THE original Orgasm at a fraction of the Australian price! I can tell that it'll look beautiful on your cheeks, regardless of skill in application (though I'm sure you really are fine with it), hehe. ;)

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  30. I love how many dupes you have, it makes me smile haha! I would do the same thing, try and get a dupe, then just get it!!

    xoxo

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  31. If I ever get a chance to be in a store that sells Nars blushes, I'm probably going to cave and get one out of pure blogger peer pressure LOL It's a lovely colour. xx

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  32. I remember when EVERYONE was in love with Orgasm and I went to the counter to try it on. But nup - disaster. Looked so wrong on my pale skin! AHAH. The shade was way too pigmented for my face.

    I agree you when you say that it's got a lot to do with your blush application technique - especially getting it at the right angle on your face so that ti complements the overral face shape. It's so hard! Never been able to do it properly!

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  33. I remember forking out the $50 the first time at Mecca a few years ago but honestly, no other blush has compared (and esp now with overseas online stores and cheap shipping it's much more affordable) although I admit, I definitely understand your problem, I love my blush but I honestly think I have no idea how to apply it properly/in a way that really complements my face. More practice I guess!

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  34. May I just ask what RT brush do you use in applying NARS Orgasm?

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