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NARS Orgasm Blush (2013)

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush

NARS Orgasm Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a warm, medium pink with a stong golden shimmer-sheen. bareMinerals The Natural High is slightly warmer in its base color (less pink). Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire is slightly deeper and pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is much, much lighter (and sheerer). Rock & Republic Call Me is slightly less pink. Milani Dolce Pink is more frosted/sparkly. Tarte Glisten is similar–slightly darker.  MAC Springsheen is also similar.  This older post is a good comparison reference for coral blushes.

I don’t know if there is a more well-known blush than NARS’ Orgasm. For some, it is a holy grail shade, and others can’t see why others love it so. It’s coral-ish, gold-shimmered, and not too dark (or too light), so I can see why it appeals to a lot of people. On the other hand, darker complexions usually find that Deep Throat is more up their alley, and anyone who doesn’t love a lot of shimmer and sheen isn’t going to love the finish on Orgasm.  It had good color payoff but is not as intense as other NARS’ blushes (part of that is simply that it is a lighter color).

It has a high shimmer content, but it translates well onto the skin and smooths and evens out as you blend the color on the cheek, so rather than shimmer, you see more of a golden sheen.  Orgasm has a soft, finely-milled texture that is just ever-so-slightly powdery.  It blends and applies easily, and it is rather forgiving.  It wears around seven and a half hours on me, and after eight, it starts to fade around the edges.

NARS Powder Blush Orgasm

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NARS Oasis Blush (2013)

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush
NARS Oasis Blush

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” It’s a softened, reddish-plum with a hint of golden shimmer that translates to a shimmer-sheen when applied to the skin. NARS Debbie Harry #1 is similar but has silver sparkle. theBalm Cabana Boy is slightly less red (more plum).

This blush is nicely pigmented, and you should have no trouble building up color to true-to-pan payoff or going for something softer and sheerer. There are a few bits of golden sparkle but they seem to get lost before they even hit the skin, as I couldn’t detect them on the skin. Instead, there was a faint golden sheen that was quite lovely on the skin as it did not emphasize pores.  Oasis should be flattering across skin tones, because it’s not too dark or too light, not too warm or too cool-toned.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin.  It applies evenly and sits well on the skin, and then it wears well–a solid eight hours and only minimal fading after nine hours.

NARS Powder Blush Oasis

NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

NARS Powder Blush Nico

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NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush
NARS Mata Hari Blush

NARS Mata Hari Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rose petal pink.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. MAC Prom Princess is a touch less pink, more plum, resulting in a more muted color. shu uemura Smoky is less cool-toned. Tom Ford Narcissist is bolder and cooler-toned. MAC Supernova is redder.

This blush has really intense pigmentation, so on fairer complexions: a little goes a long way; and on deeper complexions: you’ll have no problem getting this to show up. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that made it easier to blend out the color, which is absolutely critical when you have a shade this pigmented. There was some excess powder that kicked up when I touched the brush to the blush, but I didn’t see that translate to powderiness on the skin.  Mata Hari wore for eight hours well on me, and by the ninth hour, there was some noticeable fading.

NARS Powder Blush Mata Hari
Mata Hari

NARS Seduction Blush

NARS Seduction Blush
NARS Seduction Blush

NARS Spring 2013: Seduction

NARS Seduction Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a deep, red wine with a very faint shimmer-sheen finish. Initially, the color in the pan reminded me a bit of NARS Outlaw, but the two aren’t the same; Outlaw is more berry-hued and has golden shimmer/sheen. NARS Dolce Vita is pinker, not quite as dark. MAC Hidden Treasure is more orange, less wine/berry. MAC Stratus is warmer, a little browner in comparison. NARS G-Spot is lighter, more muted. It’s also similar to NARS Grenadine, which is an eyeshadow, though the eyeshadow is redder.

Seduction is insanely pigmented; use a really, really light hand with this one–even on my medium complexion, the barest pat of the brush yielded plenty of color. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies to the cheeks smoothly and blends out easily. There’s no dryness or powderiness, so even if you over-apply the color, it can be blended and diffused without much trouble.  Because of its intense pigmentation, it will be lovely for darker complexions, and some fairer skin tones who want a less fussy/more fool-proof blush may want to opt for something like Dolce Vita, which will end up looking more similar than different when applied lightly.  Seduction does have a lot of red in it, so it may accentuate any natural redness in the cheeks.  When I wore it, the blush managed to stay on for seven hours, and it was slightly faded after eight hours.

NARS Powder Blush Seduction

NARS Madly Blush

NARS Madly Blush
NARS Madly Blush

Are You Mad for Madly?

NARS Madly Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “warm soft-focus seashell pink.” It’s a medium brown with a hint of orange and peach gold shimmer that translates as mostly a sheen when applied. I didn’t really detect pink in it–perhaps if you have pink undertones, it may be more noticeable.  MAC Peachtwist is less brown, redder. MAC Soft Sand is a bit browner. Illamasqua Writhe is browner and has a stronger sheen.

It has a silky, finely-milled texture that’s not too stiff or too soft, so it’s not powdery or difficult to get color onto the brush and then onto the skin.  The color is buildable to true-to-pan color should you desire such payoff.  It adds a soft warm glow to cheeks on my skin tone when applied moderately.  If used more heavily, it will start to give my complexion a bronzed look. This does have very warm undertones, so cooler skin tones might find it’s too orange for their liking.  The shimmer yields a lovely sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections of the skin’s natural texture.  When I trialed this, it lasted for eight hours and had some noticeable fading along the edges but didn’t separate.

NARS Powder Blush Madly

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