I do have more than a few shimmery peach pink blushes that are known to be good (or even better) alternatives of the famous O', but I don't know if I was ever seriously interested in finding out which one really rules.
My blush color preference leans towards cool pink and mauve, and I still don't think peach pink is the most flattering blush color on me. Hence the lukewarm attitude toward the cult favorite cause it would be still a peach pink blush on me.
For some, this thirty something dollars spent on a blush that has been already blogged about million times would be a vain investment. Who's interested in hearing anyone saying anything about NARS Orgasm anymore?
Yet, here you are reading this long introduction just because I suddenly wanted one and had to write about it, and I really appreciate that.
NARS Blush Orgasm
Before we go on, let's take a look at my peach pink blushes.
Jane Blushing Cheeks Blushing Earth Sheer (discontinued)
Urban Decay X (discontinued)
Milani Luminous (old version)
Brazen Stunner (loose mineral blush)
I've realized they are all very old and most shades are out of production.
Maybe it was time for me to update my peach pink collection after all.
Here is the comparison swatches with NARS Orgasm.
Urban Decay X has the similar golden sheen as NARS O', but the base is more of a rose.
The old Milani Luminous looks closest to O' in the swatch, but it is more pigmented and softer in texture.
Jane Blushing Earth Sheer looks similar in color but the shimmer is quite different.
Brazen Stunner has more brown in it.
Ok, back to NARS Orgasm. Shall we?
The fresh pan actually looked coral or even orange, which alarmed me a little.
Once applied, the pink pronounces more yet the beautiful gold shimmer flashes visibly.
So the question is..
Is NARS Orgasm different enough from the ones I already have?
The color looks similar but the effect is quite different, which surprised me the most.
I am not sure how to describe the difference well to you.
To me, Orgasm appears as if I applied a matte pink blush first then added some sheer gold top coat (?).
Simply put, the "glow" is different.
Here is what I am talking about.
I am not so sure if this is the so-called "post-coital glow".
If that is the case, it is nice to be able to fake one by wearing a blush cause not every coitus guarantees it.
(There, I said it. This blog is still PG, btw.)
I may be wrong, but it seems Orgasm has been reformulated as well since the blush feels harder in texture and the color applies much sheerer than I remembered.
I had always thought NARS Orgasm is a bit too soft that brush picks up too much of the color.
I have been wearing this a lot but I have yet to see those ugly bumps which I would usually spot on testers before.
To be honest with you, I was scared that I might end up hating it because it was too similar to my existing blushes so there would be no way of justifying my purchase.
On the other hand, I kind of wanted to "go and tell it on the mountain" that the famous O' is no better than my humble peach pinks, because personally I believe there is a very fine line between good drugstore makeup (focusing on "good") and higher-ends.
Well, neither was quite the case.
Maybe it is safe to just say NARS Orgasm is much different if not all better.
And I think I like that difference.
Products used in this look