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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nars Orgasm Dupes - Comparing 5 Blushes

I don’t know about you guys but with all the hype that NARS Orgasm has been getting, I have been wanting for the longest time to own it and wanting to compare it with other blushes I have that I think may be a good dupes for it.
I was finally able to get Orgasm but it came with limited edition package which also included two other popular face powders, AKA Laguna and Albatross.
I’m going to do a side-by-side swatch comparison and let you know what I think and how close they are in color. One of my pet peeve is when people claim two shades to be dupes and they don't have the proof to back that up. And when you get the "supposely dupe", you come to find that it looks nothing like the other color.

Orgasm vs Flirt Heartthrob
99.9% dupe. The base color looks the same when swatched. The only difference is the gold shimmer in Heartthrob is finer then Orgasm. Orgasm also seems to have more gold shimmers.


Orgasm vs NYX Pinched
Orgasm is peachier than Pinched. The shimmers in Pinch are very fine. It looks more like a gold sheen.
As far as textures goes, Pinched is a bit chalky whereas Orgasm feels buttery and creamy. 98% dupe.


Orgasm vs Josie Maran Flushed
Flushed is close in color but slightly pinkier with a very refined gold sheen. Flushed was part of a limited edition set which also came with a bronzer. Unfortunately, you can’t get Flushed anymore. Both have a creamy buttery texture. 99% dupe.


Orgasm vs ELF Candid Coral
Orgasm is pinkier with more shimmers. Candid Coral is peachier with a very faint gold sheen. Candid Coral looked the least like Orgasm. Candid Coral has a more powdery texture and isn't as pigmented. Honestly, I wouldn't consider these dupes.


Out of all these similar blushes, Flirt Heartthrob is the closest dupe to NARS Orgasm. It has just very slightly less amount of gold shimmers, except that they are finer than Orgasm. Heartthrob retails for about $12.00, whereas Orgasm is $27.00. As far as quality goes, they are both very pigmented, smooth, and buttery.
You can purchase the Flirt brand in Kohls. Some CCO also carry some of the Flirt products too.
Josie Maran Flushed and NYX Pinch also came close but they had more of a muted gold sheen.
Mind you that once these blushes are applied to the cheeks, it’s practically difficult to distinguish the difference. The similarities and difference were more noticeable as a heavier swatch.

My conclusion is if you want a close dupe for NARS Orgasm, I highly recommend you check out Flirt Heartthrob. It’s a lot cheaper and you won’t sacrifice in quality either. The second rounder up would have been Flushed but since it is no longer available I will pass it on to NYX Pinched. Now that I finally was able to compare Orgasm, I can finally have some closure, lol.

I hope this post was helpful. Let me know what you think of the swatches and please share which ones you have that are dupes of NARS if you happen to have any.

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  1. Gorgeous swatches! ITA-- Flirt Hearthrob is a close dupe, the closest I've seen so far.

  2. Great comparisons! I don't have Orgasm but I have quite a few drugstore blushes which people claim to be close dupes like Milani's Luminous blush. I'm a sucker for peachy pink blushes so I think eventually I will succumb to the Nars Orgasm craze xD

  3. awesome swatches! i guess Orgasm is a pretty unique blush. i kinda thought it seemed too done but its actually kind of gorgeous :)

  4. hearttrob and flushed are exactly the same as NARS Orgasm!

  5. JC, yes for me too so I wonder if anyone has another close dupe, haha.

    AngelicBetrayal, honestly I wouldn't consider Luminoso a dupe of Orgasm. Luminoso looks more like a peachy color, whereas Orgasm is pinkier.

    Jemimah, Orgasm is pretty wearable. You won't feel too done with it IMO.

    Lexie, yeah they are it's just that they have less and finer gold shimmers

  6. Super helpful! I really want to like orgasm, but everytime i go to sephora, the sample that they have is so old and just doesn't come off the way it's supposed to.

  7. omg thanks so much! very helpful!

  8. wow this is very helpful :D now, will you please tell me where i can get my hands on this Flirt Hearthrob blush?

  9. I don't know if it is still available but I bought Flirt! From Khols

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