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I’m a little slow to this bandwagon, but I’m here none the less. NARS Orgasm Blush. NARS Multiples. I had them in my possession for the first time last year, and after forever reading the hype I have to agree with everyone. They are good. What a shocker, right?
But before I begin, let me visualise my buying situation for you because I think it’s important. By some very quick calculations, hypothetically one of the closest Australian NARS Cosmetics beauty counters is 3423.8kms away. That’s 2127.450 miles for imperial beauties, and 1848.70 knots for you pirates.
So you can imagine my dilemma getting close enough to these cult products to trying before buying. It has long been the bane of my existence, the sheer lack of all the fantastic cosmetics available to us in the Northern Territory that the rest of Australia seem to have at their fingertips. Or should I say toe-tips, because online shopping doesn’t count in this instance.
You have to be able to see it, try it, and even taste it if you’re unhinged enough. Needless to say, I have developed an excruciating over analytical buying process of reading blogs, checking online swatches and reviews10 (That’s to the power of ten), because I’m simply tired of paying for things that ‘look’ like they suit me, then finding out they don’t.
Like the time I bought NARS blush in Desire online without testing it, wore it out, thought I looked fabulous because of all the people staring at me, found out I looked like I’d been smacked in the face. Twice.
Google NARS Orgasm alone, and about 568,000 results crop up. Clearly there is a lack of information on this topic. To fill this void, here is number 568,001. I dedicate this long, semi-reasonable picture heavy review to all my fellow beauty sisters and brothers who, like me, are trapped behind a computer just trying to look a little more fab and a little less beat up.
NARS ORGASM POWDER BLUSH
My First Impressions:
This was not my first NARS Blush experience, I have to admit that first time I bought one I was surprised by the size. I had expected the compact to be much larger. While it would be nice to get more product for your money, it does earn back some points in the quality of the blush. For those of you who haven’t tried them, as with all typical NARS blushes, it has a rubber/matte feel on the outside of the compact.
When I first opened it I was slightly scared by the peach/gold-mixed bronzer-esque looking colour staring back at me. Staring into my soul, if you will. But never fear, appearances can be deceiving. The blush has an incredibly finely milled texture to it which makes it smooth and highly blendable.
It’s not as strong and dark as it looks in the packaging, you can build up to that. The colour combined with gold shimmer make up a perfect match in my opinion. Be forewarned though, if you’re not looking for shimmer this is not the one for you. The glow is subtle, but there.
And of course the rumours are true, it really does look beautiful on my medium skin tone. Which for the record is combination/oily, large pores on cheeks, and if you look closely it looks like the surface of the moon. On the other side of the spectrum when tried on very fair skin, again it looked uncannily beautiful as well. What magic is this? I can see why this is so popular.
The colour is very pigmented, so one light application is all you need, extra intensity is easily layered and blended without caking. Easy does it though, you don’t want to look like you got burnt at a daytime disco. This also makes up for the small size of the blush, a little can go a long way so theoretically it should last you a while. So what else? Well, it’s compact enough to tote around which is handy.
- Universally flattering colour.
- Texture and quality of product.
- Long lasting colour.
- Shimmer highlights well.
- Makes you look pretty fantastic in my book.
- Shimmer. If you don’t like it, you won’t like this.
- It wouldn’t go with every colour under the sun. I’d say it’s a very flexible colour but gold/peach can only go with so much. I’m partial to a red lip, and I just wasn’t able to rock the lip colour and blush at the same time. Meh, can’t win them all.
Overall, I would definitely buy this again. I hate to sound like everyone else but it does hit a lot of great points for me personally. Of all the hits and misses in beauty, it’s nice to get a hit for once.
NARS ORGASM & LUXOR MULTIPLE
My First Impressions:
And on to the extended family of the NARS Blushes, the Multiples. Again, these are very popular and again, I can see why. Notably I read some complaints about the staying power of these and I would have to agree, they definitely do not outlast the extremities of the weather here, combined with my skin type.
Setting them with the matching blush colour or translucent powder delays fading. Despite their short life span I am a big fan of the colours, and more often than not I find myself turning to the Orgasm Multiple rather than the Blush for the speed factor. A few dabs on my fingers, straight onto cheekbones to highlight and out the door I stomp/skip/fly*. Overall, great highlighters.
The Orgasm shade is very close to the blush counterpart, but note there are minute differences in colour density, shimmer and tone. I’m putting this down to the texture of the product – powder vs cream – and the varied uses of the Multiple.
I haven’t tried the multiples on my lips, but only because I’m personally not a fan of matching my cheeks/eyes/lips/clothing/bedding/automobile all in the same colour. But I hear it is versatile for lips and eyes so extra points there.
*[Typically dependant on the day of the week, noise levels of my children and number of drawings on the walls.]
Overall, I am a fan of these. They are not the be all end all of my makeup routine, but put a very nice finishing touch to it. I initally thought I would love the Luxor shade more, but was surprised to find that it didn’t suit my medium skin as well as I’d hoped. It has a beautiful highligting quality to it, but the pink undertones clash with my skin so I have to apply sparingly and carefully. I still like both and would encourage anyone to try, but am much more a fan of the Orgasm and would definitely repurchase it. The Luxor I probably wont.
- Cream version of the blush.
- Easy stick application.
- Flattering highlighters.
- Layerable with matching powder blush colours.
- Price. I would expect more product than the 14g (0.5OZ) for the cost.
- Again, if you don’t like shimmer this isn’t for you.
- Cream formula can make it tricky applying over powder.
- Fades quickly.
THE FINAL VERDICT:
If the Orgasm Blush and Orgasm Multiple were to get into a ninja fight for my affection, I’d say the blush would win. Simply because its longer lasting, more intense buildable colour and its the original cult product. Gotta respect the master.