Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Coral Blush

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated CORAL BLUSHES.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: NARS Orgasm — it’s nice, just not quite as fantastic as it is made out to be.
  • Most Underrated: Le Metier de Beaute Echo – so gorgeous.

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55 thoughts on “Most Overrated & Underrated Coral Blush

  1. I don’t know about underrated (I own very few blushes), but a lot of people hyped the ELF Coral…whatever blush and I hated it. Too dry. Way too shimmery. Mostly just dry and it was awful.

  2. Dominique

    Most overrated : Nars Super Orgasm, too shimmery
    Most underrated : Cargo Sienna maybe

  3. xamyx

    Personally, I think they’re all “Overrated”. Coral happens to be the one shade I see applied *badly* far too often. Also, I feel one must have the “right” skin tone to pull it off (whether fair or deep in coloring). Blush just happens to be the one product aside from foundation that I feel should look natural. That said, I’m quite certain many reading this *do* fall into the category of those who can pull it off, or just don’t care; I’m merely stating my opinion, from my own aesthetic viewpoint. I happen to be one of those who look terrible in any coral shade.

    • Frances

      Thank you! I do like coral blush, but it isn’t at all a “natural, glowy” look. No one flushes coral. To my eyes, it gives a distinctly made-up look, which is great from time to time, but I wouldn’t use it in a no-makeup look. Pinks, red, and bronzes make for a much more natural cheek colour, imo.

  4. Laurence

    Most Overrated: Nars Orgasm, it’s so shimmery (almost glittery) and just doesn’t look that good on me !
    Most Underrated: Illamasqua Tremble

  5. becca

    Overrated: i agree with nars orgasm being overated, there are so many better corals with a better formulas. It also breaks me out terribly.

    underrated: chanel malice. I LOVE the texture of chanel blushes and this coral color is beautiful on all skin tones.

  6. SunshineAz

    Overrated: I have no idea… I don’t think I’ve ever met a coral blush I didn’t like! LOL. I understand your opinion on Nars Orgasm but I do really like it. I just wish they would stop putting it in every dang kit! Oh WAIT! I know now: Nars Super Orgasm…I like shimmer, but not glitter!

    Underrated: Tarte’s Tipsy! It wonderful, and so pigmented you only need a whisper of it for a beautiful coral glow that lasts all day.

  7. Overrated :: Totally agree with you on Orgasm. It’s nice, but it’s just not that exciting. Plus it doesn’t work on me at all- too warm.

    Underrated :: I find that so many coral blushes get more hype than they deserve that it’s difficult to think of one that’s underrated. Don’t get me wrong- I love corals- but there are LOTS of nice blushes out there… If I had to choose one, I’d pick Mac Salsarose, which is a phenomenal bright blush and still wearable for pale ladies. Love love love this one.

  8. Most Overrated: Benefit Coralista
    Most Underrated: Topshop Neon Rose (cream blush). I love it!

  9. Claire

    Most overrated: I agree with NARS Orgasm. I don’t like it, it’s too much glitter for me.
    Most underrated: NARS Gina. Perfection, all I can say.

    weird how for me NARS can be both. I hear too much about orgasm but hardly anything about Gina.

    • Brenda

      Totally agree with you on NARS Gina. Its a very unique, hard to dupe color to say the least! Another honorable mention would be NARS Gilda. Maybe these colors wouldnt be so underhyped if Sephora actually carried them!

      Most overrated: Well of course the most mentioned one on here: NARS Orgasm!

  10. Brittany

    Definitely agree! I love my Lancome Mandarin Sky blush much better than NARS Orgasm

  11. Most overrated: Out of my stash I’ll have to say Tarte Blissful. It simply doesn’t wear too well on me, and this is particularly disappointing for a blush that claims to wear for 12 hours.

    Most underrated: Becca Damselfly! Absolutely fantastic color, texture, pigmentation, and lasting power. Applying this to my cheeks always makes me a little giddy :)

  12. Roberta

    I agree with you entirely! I was a bit disappointed when I started using Orgasm — I do like it, but I’d heard so much about it that I expected more!

  13. ChicFairy

    Thank you! I don’t get all the fuss about Orgasm…well, the one by Nars anyway :)

  14. Most overrated: BeneFit’s Coralista (too sheer for my liking)
    Most underrated: TheBalm’s FratBoy is pigmented, long-lasting, and universally flattering. If you can catch it on Hautelook, go for it! Huge bang for your buck, too.

  15. Overrated: Hands down, NARS Orgasm. Ugh. A bit too peachy and seriously, far too much glitter. Someday everyone will get over it. I hope. Also a tad bit overrated is Too Faced Brightening Blush in La Vie En Rose.

    Underated: Chanel Fleur de Lotus Joues Contraste is fantastic! CARGO SuedeBlush in Montebello (runs more pink but I swear it ‘effin knocks Orgasm out of the park!! big tin = lots of product), Bourjois 54 Rose Frisson (smallish but baked, inexpensive, brush & mirrored locking compact = fab, though sadly doesn’t wear real long), and I really love Le Metier de Beaute Echo, super gorgeous, and on me the most coral. These 4 are the only one’s I’ve ever hit pan & repurchased. Except for the Chanel, which is fairly new, and I bought 2 just in case :-)

    • la Vie en Rose is a fuchsia o_O

      • Angela

        Your prob right. La vie en rose is pink with gold shimmer and on me it’s more coral b/c of all that crazy gold shimmer. But…I’m super fair so it’s a tough call on my skin. Papa Don’t Preach is peach but on me it’s just plain orange. Go figure.

        • Angela

          Papa Don’t Peach, no preach, LOL. The Balm’s Frat Boy is another underrated one. Great color payoff and not too shiny.

  16. Michelle

    Over – MAC Ripe Peach. Formula is not the best and color is dupable.
    Under – Victoria Secret beauty rush Free Love. $7 dollars and gorgeous


    Most underated: Clinique Precious Posey, Estee Lauder Pink Kiss, Chanel In Love, La Roche Posay Rose Dore
    Most overrated: Nars Orgasm and Benefit Coralista

  18. Liz

    Most Overrated:Orgasm- it’s not that pigmented enough for me. It does look great on others though (particularly you, Christine).

    Most Underrated: Gilda. I had never really heard about that blush until the Nars blush reviews started on this site. Gilda is the perfect coral blush.

  19. Most Overrated: Benefit Coralista
    Most Underrated: Tarte Tipsy

  20. Cindy

    Every single time I look for a new blush to purchase, I end up with a coral shade. I’m a caddict…coral addict.

    Most Overrated: NARS Orgasm (’nuff said) and Tarte Amazon Clay blush in Tipsy. The later looks great at first, but it doesn’t last too long like it claims.

    Most Underrated: BeneFit’s Cha Cha. I know the company calls the color Mango, but it really does look like a beautiful coral shade on light, warm-toned skin. Also, TheBalm’s Frat Boy is one of my favorites.

    I think Coralista falls somewhere in the middle of the rating scale, but I adore it.

  21. Overrated: NARS Orgasm and Super Orgasm since they’re both very shimmery. They are great but maybe not for every day wear :(

    Underrated: bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Aphrodisiac and theBalm’s Frat Boy. Both of those are beautiful colors and wear for a very long time!

  22. Winni

    Overrated: Coralista
    Underrated: tarte Tipsy and theBalm Hot Mama

  23. Nancy

    Overrated: Definitely agree on Nars Orgasm. It’s nice but it made me breakout and I was expecting more considering all the raving about it.
    Underrated: Chanel Malice; it’s a bit pinker but it’s still peachy. It blends in very well and smells really nice. It’s a color that looks good on everyone.

  24. Most Overrated: I’m not sure, maybe Benefit Coralista?
    Most Underrated Tarina Tarantino Coral Cameo cream blush.

    I can’t say enough nice things about Coral Cameo. I love it. It’s a great natural flush for me.

  25. anya

    Most Overrated: Nars Orgasm, nice but really nothing special & too shimmery.
    Most Underrated: Illamasqua Tremble… Simply georgous!

  26. Overrated- I definitely agree with NARS Orgasm. It isn’t bad, but when I bought it I was so underwhelmed that I ended up returning it.

    Underrated- Milani Luminous (not the baked blush Luminoso, although that one is pretty too). I think the blush might be DC’d, but it is worth tracking down and you can get it for really cheap on eBay.

  27. Ellen

    Overrated: Nars Orgasm, does it look good on anyone, or is it just the name?

    Underrated: MAC Warm Soul and Buff, I’m not a big MAC fan, but their blushes rock, they hit the right colors for most skintones. Warm Soul is lighter and sparklier than Buff, but both warm coral/tawny peach shades that look great on my fair, redhead skin. Also, Nars Madly, has a lot of yellow in it which tones down the pink in my skin and leaves a light, spice color.

    I usually like browns because the pink in my skin mixes with the brown to make it look salmon/corally. Any shade with pink in it, even coral, will turn much brighter on me than it should, but these are good for me. Usually I start with a brown or taupe tone as a neutral base and then use the color as a Pop on my cheeks, that ‘s how I avoid looking too clown like. Color Me Beautiful used to make a shade called Sandstone that looked like a pale pink in the tin but was the perfect warm pink/coral for me. The closest I’ve found to that shade was MAC’s old Bardot, and Tenderling. NARS Sex Appeal looked close but was way too light (even for me!) Would love to find one like that again!

  28. Shelley

    Overrated, MAC stereo rose. It’s kind of muddy and easily dupeable
    Underrated, L’oreal innocent flush. My first blush and only one I have ever repuchased. It beautiful, cheapish, great texture

  29. rena

    Overrated : Nars Orgasm – but I still have a soft spot for it

    Underrated: Shu Uemura Peaches (different names in different countries) – pigmented, softly milled and very subtle shimmer

  30. Anna

    Most Overrated: Nars Orgasm
    Most Underrated: Nars Deep Throat.

    I though orgasm was too shimmery for my liking.

  31. Overrated: Milani-Corralina, i get no color payoff with it
    Underrated: NARS-Taos, gorgeous!

  32. AnGeLwInGz

    Most overrated: NARS Orgasm. On my skin, it’s all pore-emphasizing gold shimmer and you can barely see the coral.
    Most underrated: Benefit Coralista. I know this blush does get a lot of love but what makes it stand out to me is that it works for all skin tones. Good combination of pink/coral and a neutral shimmer.

  33. Elizabeth Cunningham

    Most Overrated: NARS orgasm
    Most Underrated: Bobbi Brown, Apricot

  34. Most Overrated: NARS Orgasm! I concur. I love NARS blushes but have never been able to bring myself to buy Orgasm; the shimmer just isn’t a good luck for me.

    Most Underrated: Benefit Coralista. It’s perfectly flattering, almost impossible to overdo, brightens my complexion, and it gives a true “lit from within” glow without looking shimmery or sparkly; it has a really pretty, really subtle iridescence.

  35. Adelita

    Most Overrated: NARS Orgasm, Tarte Tipsy & Benefit Coralista. It’s either too sheer, doesn’t last long or too sparkly!

    Most Underrated: Benefit Cha Cha Tint & Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint Light Nectar for extremely long wearing coral blush. NARS Gilda, NARS Torrid & CARGO Rome for pretty decent staying power coral blush.

  36. casey23

    Most overrated: Nars Orgasm and Benefit Coralista. Both doesn’t show on me (NC30) how much I work with it.
    Most underrated: There are bunch off! More peachy ones are Tarte glisten, TheBalm hot mama and Cargo Echo Beach, more pinky one is The Body Shop Baked to Last – Coral.

  37. Overrated: Coralista . My skin tone is nw20, and this does not show up on me at all. I get no color, only gold shimmer. Its weird, i remember thinking Orgasm lacked pigment but i dont find it anywhere near as shimmery as coralista.

    Underrated: Sonia Kashuk in Sunset. Im not sure if its coral, but it is super flattering and very pigmented orangey-peach-pink. A tiny bit of shimmer, but not much.

  38. Lark

    Not a big coral wearer, but so tired of Orgasm! Move on Nars. It’s a good peachy neat rail goes with everything blush to have for pale people especially but I’m tired of Orgasm everything. Flogging a dead horse.

  39. Nikki

    Overrated: NARS Orgasm. I feel for a blush that gets so much hype, it should at least work for multiple skintones! I’ve swatched this blush and it is nothing but a shimmery, ashy mess on my NC50 skin.

    Underrated: La Femme Coral blush. It adds a beautiful glow to my dark skin that is natural looking and feminine.

  40. BooBooNinja

    Underrated: Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine. It’s beautiful.

  41. Goldilokks

    Overrated: Nars Orgasm. Sparkle much?

    Underrated: Isadora Perfect Powder Rouge in Coral Blossom (04). I’m also a fan of Givenchy LePrism Visage Mat Soft Compacts & Blushes. There are A LOT of different colors. Sephora only carries a few.

  42. Overrated: NARS Orgasm – It’s too shiny and so sheer.. I don’t think it’s represents NARS blushes very well, as they are usually extremely pigmented!

    Underrated: NARS Luster – I found this hidden gem at a NARS counter, as they do not carry it at Sephora or Murale (Canada). Pigmentation is amazing and adds a lovely healthy looking golden sheen to your skin.. Definitely a colour for all skin types.

  43. Landa

    Overrated: NARS Orgasm, of course. Underrated: My Face Cosmetics R&B Rouge Blusher, Fair Collection, in Holiday!!