Nars Orgasm Blush Liquid VS Powder

Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush

Nars Orgasm Blush needs no introduction. It’s probably one of the most famous beauty items of all time, owned and loved by all beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists alike. It was one of the first blushes that I’d ever purchased, and remained one of my everyday holy grail for years. So when the liquid version of my all time favourite blusher came out a decade or so later, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush comes in a small, travel-friendly size bottle with a pump (I find the logic of having a pump for a blusher but not for a foundation quite bemusing!). It has a new formula that is very pigmented but also very blendable and melts right into your skin. The texture is very watery and so the pump applicator is a bit of an annoying feature because 1. you don’t really need even half of what the pump dispenses, 2. the product runs down the back of your hand and can get messy pretty easily. Little goes a very long way (hence the mention earlier about the pump being a counter-productive feature), and you need just a tiny dab on each cheek to give you a beautiful soft pink, natural-looking sheen.

Nars Orgasm swatches

There are a few noticeable differences between the new liquid version and the original powder version (apart from the obvious fact that they come in a completely different form of course!). The original Nars Orgasm powder blush is a peachy pink tone, whereas the liquid blush appears more pink with less peachy, coral undertone. The original powder blush also has more shimmer and gives a lot more glow to the skin, whereas the liquid version has a very muted, subtle shimmer that doesn’t really show up on my skin.

Overall I still prefer the original version because I think the colour (pink and peach combined) tends to suit almost everyone and I love that it’s a blusher and highlighter all in one product. The liquid version is still beautiful but I would prefer to use it on a low key day, when I want my makeup to look more natural.

Have you tried the new Nars Orgasm liquid blush? Do you prefer the powder or the liquid version?


My 5-minutes Makeup Routine

5 minutes makeup routine

5 minutes makeup routine

Lately I’ve been having many early mornings, when I literally have next to no time to get ready. So the usual luxury of standing around pondering which foundation to wear, which eye shadow palette to use has, under the circumstance, been thrown out the window. Replacing it is a very quick and super simple routine that requires the least amount of faffing and blending effort. The key to a quick yet effective makeup routine as I’ve discovered, is to choose your products wisely. Despite spending less than the average time it would normally take to do my makeup, I can look just as put together and polished as I would when I have more time to spare.

Step 1 Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

I hate the packaging of this; it comes in a pump bottle (concealer in a pump bottle? mind boggling), but the result is amazing so I accept this as being a small price to pay. It gives ‘incredible’ coverage and sometimes I even consider this to be a hybrid between concealer and foundation. If you are short of time, just use one pump and blend under your eyes and on any blemishes and imperfections, and that is enough to give you an even, flawless canvas ready for the next step.

Step 2 Powder Foundation: MAC Studio Fix 

This is practically my life saver and what really saves me the most time. When you have next to no time to get ready in the morning powder foundation is your best friend. You don’t want to be faffing with liquid foundation, what with the blending and the messiness that come with it. Mac Studio Fix Powder foundation is my ultimate favourite, and it’s just a matter of pressing your brush in the powder compact, swirl it around to gather the product, and then just blend all over your face. Fuss free, mess free, done in seconds, and you get the same flawless coverage as you would with a liquid foundation.

Step 3 Eyebrows Gel: Blink Brow Build

One of my biggest pet peeves, when it comes to a makeup routine, is doing my eyebrows. It’s my least, least favourite thing to do, and what I waste the most time faffing with. So a brush-on eyebrows gel is a very quick, easy, and foolproof alternative to create a natural-looking fullness and definition without the need to be precise. My current favourite is the Brow Build from Blink, which contains miniscule fibres that mimic the appearance of thicker fuller brows with just a few brush strokes, perfect for a 5-minutes makeup.

Step 4 Mascara: Maybelline Falsie 

This is an old school, cult classic mascara that I’ve fallen back in love with. Rightly called the Falsie for the reason that it really gives your lashes that va-va-voom effect akin to wearing false eyelashes. And when you have no time for eyeshadows, having a full and luscious lashes and let your eyes do the talking really does compensate a great deal.

Step 5 Lash Line: Stila Smudge Stick waterproof eye liner

A step that you can skip altogether, but spending extra few seconds on this can make such a huge difference. Lining your upper inner waterline makes your upper lashes appear thicker and more voluminous. And as mentioned if you have no time for eyeshadows, this quick and simple step is all it takes to oomph up the definition on your eyes, making you look more polished and sophisticated.

Step 6 Blusher: NARS Orgasm

A universal blush colour that looks good on just about everybody and will suit anything and everything you wear. It’s a gorgeous peachy-pink shade that also has a golden shimmer so it can be doubled up as a highlighter, for those of us who can’t go a day without that extra boost of glow.