My NARS Blush (Mini) Collection

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Blush Crazy

NARS blushes need no introduction. They pretty much made the words Orgasm, Super Orgasm and Deep Throat colloquial language among makeup enthusiasts and professionals alike.

My initiation into the brand was actually the cult favorite, Orgasm. I bought it back when I wasn’t very much into makeup yet and was the first pan of blush I ever finished. Since then, I haven’t strayed from the brand. I picked up a few Chanel blushes, but as I mentioned in my previous post, they’re not particularly my favorite.

I did however, recently pick up a Chanel blush I’ve been using everyday because it’s the perfect pink blush I found for my skintone. That’s for another entry, though. For now, let’s stick to these NARS babies.

There came a point in time where I wanted to collect all the NARS blushes because the shades looked just too beautiful in pan. But then I came to my senses and realized they look almost the same on me — peachy pink, pink, tangerine.

I have some blushes and a highlighter — Amour, Gaiety, Outlaw, Orgasm, Gina (not photographed here but swatched below) and Albatross. I photographed these late last year so they still look brand new.

Gaiety is a very cool, blue-toned bubblegum pink that I surprisingly like because I thought it wouldn’t work on my yellow-toned Asian skin at first. It goes on very sheer so it needs to be built up to show on the skin — which is something I appreciate with blushes this intense-looking in color. It gives off a slight sheen instead of being flat-out matte.

Outlaw is a medium-dark raspberry with a golden shimmer-sheen. It’s a plummier, more pigmented version of Orgasm.

Orgasm is a warm peachy-pink blush with gold flecks that give out the nicest iridescent sheen. It’s not quite pigmented so it can be built up like Gaiety.

Amour is very similar to Orgasm except that it’s matte so it’s sans the golden flecks and glimmering sheen that the big O (hihi) has. It’s not quite the same in color as I find Amour less peachy but a bit redder. It’s also the more pigmented shade of the bunch. I use this quite often for a no-brainer blush that  doesn’t overpower my eye makeup or when I’m sporting a statement lip.

Finally, we have my go-to highlighter — Albatross. If Laguna is the cult bronzer, then this is NARS’ cult highlighter. It looks like matte white eyeshadow but it’s actually a creamy, beige and silky powder with similar golden flecks as Orgasm. I’ll do individual reviews on these blushes soon so you can see all the hulabaloo I’m talking about.

Which shade appeals to you most? Do share!

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37 Comments

  1. August 2, 2013 / 2:47 am

    This is a very helpful post! Thanks Shari! Will wait for your individual reviews! 🙂

    • August 2, 2013 / 4:18 am

      Hi Yette! Thanks for dropping by. Yes yes, shall post soon.

  2. August 2, 2013 / 6:02 am

    I love your NARS blush collection. NARS are great, love all their products i have bought so far

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      I actually love all NARS products I have too – blushes, lipsticks, foundations to eyeshadows.

  3. August 2, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Gina is so beautiful! I love your collection x

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      Thanks Coco! Gina is one of the only tangerines I can pull off.

  4. August 2, 2013 / 9:22 am

    I was thinking of getting orgasm..but gina looks more promising! will wait for your individual review!! 🙂

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:41 pm

      Orgasm is peachy pink while Gina is tangerine. I’ll post more in depth reviews soon Maia!

  5. August 2, 2013 / 11:47 am

    Gaiety looks just like a theBalm blush I’ve been eyeing, inStain in Lace! When buying blushes I tend to get ones that look vastly different. Or else as you said, they’d all look the same on me!

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:42 pm

      Oooh they’re here na ba? Cant wait to check them out. They look so beautiful in photos.

  6. kitzibebe
    August 2, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    nice collection! i only have deep throat and was thinking on getting gaiety too 🙂 will wait for your post about it! 🙂

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks, love. I’m getting Deep Throat soon too – it’s included in the palette I ordered.

  7. August 2, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    From the swatches, nars orgasm really stands out.
    (PS. This is to confirm that I’m getting your updates both on GFC and Feedly, good job with the move. I’ll find time to do this soon.)

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:45 pm

      Onga eh, it’s really beautiful despite some who don’t believe in its beauty, hehe.
      Good luck on your move, Rae! And thanks for telling me that my post appears on Feedly. YAY!

  8. August 2, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Orgasm really is very beautiful. It’s one of the few extremely popular makeup products that isn’t overhyped; it really is as fabulous as they say it is!

    • August 2, 2013 / 6:46 pm

      Yes, it is! This is actually my second pan already.

  9. August 3, 2013 / 1:56 am

    I think I love Amour or Gina the most. I also really like the highlighter, I really wanna try it because it sounds amazing xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:00 pm

      Their highlighter is among the few that doesnt overly make you look like a disco ball- i recommend it!

  10. August 3, 2013 / 8:00 am

    Nars Blushes! You made me more determined to save and buy one of these. I think I would go first with Nars Orgasm? You think? I’m looking forward to your individual reviews most esp. on the highlighter 🙂

    • August 22, 2013 / 4:48 pm

      I think you should go for Orgasm (or Deep Throat which is more pigmented than O) 🙂 Ill hurry up on the Albatross review for sure! Thanks Genzel!

  11. August 3, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    OHMYGOSH, Outlaw looks incredible!! I’m SO gonna go swatch this the next time I’m in Sephora!

    xx
    Natalie | Salt & Sail

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:01 pm

      I like Outlaw – quite underrated among the other NARS blushes 🙂

  12. August 4, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    gaiety has to be my all time fav go-to blush !! they’re amazingg~~
    cant wait for the albatross revieww 🙂

    x

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:02 pm

      I love its pinkness! Flattering on a lot of skin tones 🙂
      Will work on it!

  13. August 5, 2013 / 2:53 am

    orgasm is also my all time fave blush! 🙂 i cant help but notice the similarities of these blushes with the sleek blushes. i just recently found out about them so i bought one that is similar to gaiety’s color, and another order is suppose to arrive tomorrow one of the blushes should look like orgasm according to the reviews i read. im super interested with outlaw tho, im going to try it next time i visit rustans. you have my dream make up collection, you pick really good products 🙂

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:02 pm

      Oooh yes – I read reviews on Sleek! They are great NARS dupes – though not as long-lasting, I believe? Or maybe it all depends on skin types 🙂

      Thanks Shayne! 🙂

  14. August 6, 2013 / 9:34 am

    wow! drooling over this, BTW I am not seeing Nars Deep Throat here, you should add that to your collection as well ^_^

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:03 pm

      I just picked it up – it’s part of a palette I bought recently and its a nice color indeed. I may like it more than the big O!

  15. August 7, 2013 / 2:03 am

    You’ve got such a beautiful collection!

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks, Lisa!

  16. August 12, 2013 / 7:32 am

    Outlaw is really pretty! I haven’t really used my Orgasm blush very much, everyone raves about it so much that I am sort of frightened that I won’t love it as much as everyone seems to…

    • August 12, 2013 / 6:26 pm

      It’s a beautiful color, but sometimes i feel underwhelmed about it too. I did finish up a pan though, so maybe it doesnt amaze me as when I first used it 🙂

  17. August 14, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    they all look lovely! but I couldn’t afford it yet! Amour and Gina looks something that would go well on a morena like me i think. can’t wait for your individual review!

    • September 11, 2013 / 10:04 pm

      Good picks! Amour and Gina would definitely look great on Morenas!:-)

  18. Jane Lumbera
    November 8, 2013 / 1:02 am

    where did you bought them?

  19. January 9, 2014 / 9:02 am

    I have never owned a NARS blush but after reading your post, I definitely wanna have Orgasm in my life. Thank you for your amazing post x

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