Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Product Review: NARS Orgasm Blush

At a Glance:
Price: US$25 (approx. RM90)
Weight: 4.5g / 0.16 OZ.
Made in: Casing made in Italy, contents made in USA
Ingredients: Talc, Polyethylene, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Tricaprylin, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cera Alba (Beeswax), PEG-150 Distearate, Lanolin, Laureth-4, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 75740 (Carmine), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 45370 (Orange 5), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake)

Product Description:

Made with transparent pigments for a soft and sheer look. Imparts a natural, healthy glow for any skin tone and may be worn alone or layered together for more depth and intensity.

* Provides a sheer, natural hint of color
* Made with transparent pigments to avoid heaviness
* Broad selection of shades

Actual Product Pic:

Pigmentation & Color (Plus Swatches! :D):

This color is described as a Peachy Pink with Shimmer on the website, which i thought was accurate! Contrary to the popular belief that peachy pink blushers are universally flattering, this shade is definitely NOT! I did not get the natural flush many people claim this blush gives... this definitely works better as a highlighter for my NC20-25 skin. I do not find the bountiful golden glitters too much, but those who do not like very shimmery blushes may want to check this out in person first to see if the amount of shimmers is too much for you! Pigmentation wise, this blush is definitely less pigmented than the other NARS blushes. The swatches below were achieved with 5 swatches! :S

Swatch from the NARS Website:

Actual Color:


This blush comes in a rubbery casing which is really compact! Be careful to store this in a dry and cool place away from sunlight because i heard the casing can melt and become really sticky and gooey! :S

There's a small mirror inside too! :)

Like all NARS blushes, the texture for this blush is very smooth, despite being so shimmery!! :D

Time Test:
This blush lasts a good 8 hours on my skin, which is amazing!

Price & Availability:
This product is priced at US$25, which i think is alright for the quality and quantity you're getting! It's available at all NARS counters and at! :)

I usually layer this over another blush for a beautiful golden sheen highlight! :)

Possible Dupes:
There are so MANY dupes created in honor of this blush! lol! Type in "Nars Orgasm Dupes" in your search engine and you'll find literally more than a thousand sites for this! :D

When i purchased this, i'm really surprised to see how similar the NARS Deep Throat blush is to Orgasm in the pan!! Deep Throat is just like, half a shade lighter than orgasm, and minus the golden shimmers. But once you swatch them, they're quite different!

Orgasm on the left, Deep Throat on the right.


Not sure if you can see from the swatches (my camera is really cranky today!! lol!!), but Deep Throat is actually DARKER and slightly more peachy than Orgasm despite it appearing to be lighter than Orgasm in the pan! Honestly, Deep Throat is everything Orgasm isn't to me!! It works beautifully on my skintone (but we'll leave that for another day!) haha!!

Not satisfied that this is not a close-enough dupe for Orgasm, i dug out all my peachy pink blushes for a comparison... and am surprised to find an EXACT match in the most unlikely product! :D

These are the blushes i have that i thought look "close enough" to Orgasm, with the exception of the TBS Solar Duo one... i thought they MIGHT look similar because of the golden glitters!


Surprise surprise!! The EXACT match for Orgasm is, the TBS Solar Duo in Radiant Bronze (though the TBS one looks darker in the pic for reasons unknown)!! The others are close, but this is a dead match, golden glitters and all!! I'm shocked!! :P

My $0.02:
To be honest, i'm a little disappointed by this blush. I would expect it to be the ultimate blush for me because of the cult status and the lofty praises this blush has garnered. It would be perfect if the BLUSH itself is a little more pigmented because all i get on my face is the golden shimmers (which looks really pretty over another peachy pink blush). I highly recommend checking this blush out in person to see if it works for you or not before buying! So if you ask me, yeah, i would say that this is overrated, but still pretty! Hmmm... wonder if that makes it PRETTY OVERRATED? lol!! :)

Another thing is, NARS does not test on animals, so that's another huge plus for me!! :)

In a Nutshell:

A famous blush that works only as a highlighter (not blush) for me!

Likes:Works great over other blushes, good lasting power!
Gripes: The color does not really show up on my skin, Hard to find in M'sia!!
Repurchase: No, i doubt i'll ever finish my current one!

4 Stars ! Neat Stuff! :D

Credits: Product photo and swatch from


  1. hey jenn,

    how do u pick up colour when using orgasm? cos the surface of your orgasm is so smooth whereas mine is quite rough.

  2. I use the MAC 187 brush!! :)

    Maybe i seldom use la... that's why it's still so new! haha! :D

  3. ooh! so nice you have this~ i only got the dupes :P

    TBS golden pink! same packaging we have~ the new packaging is so small ady :(

  4. Don't worry girl... you'll get a chance to own this some day!! Let's just pray that NARS will be available here soon!! :D

    Yeah, I reallly really hope TBS will revert to the old packaging!! I HATED the new ones... you get less product and TONS of FINGERPRINTS on them!! ARGHHHH!!! *gets OCD and starts wiping vigorously with a tissue*

  5. I was pretty disappointed in this too. Surprisingly disappointed, after all the raves about it. Like you said, it definitely isn't as pigmented as the rest of the NARS blushes, plus it doesn't really show on my skin, which is real odd. Sigh.

  6. Yeah... it's disappointing to find out that such a much raved about product won't work for you! But still, i'll be buying their latest Orgasm spin-off, the Super Orgasm!! hahaha... hopefully that one works for me lah!

    ps: i'm gonna check out Exhibit A, because you have successfully tempted me with your raves!! haha!! :D

  7. Hi, been looking for NARS blush in M'sia and sad to found out that there is no NARS counter available in M'sia. Did you bought it online from official webstie?
    Also, may i know how much it cost for one blush? (plus shipping cost,bla bla bla etc)
    Thanks a lot for helping! :)

  8. Hi anonymous, I bought my NARS blushers from Bangkok! They cost 1150 Baht (approx. RM115 la) :)

    Not too sure how much it costs to purchase one from the website. Maybe you can join sprees? i know there are several US sprees going in at Low Yat! :)

  9. Your product is awesome!!!!!!!!!!


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