Review: NARS Orgasm Lust Lip and Cheek Set (Orgasm blush, Laguna bronzer and Super Orgasm lipgloss)

11.15.2010


This was my most anticipated product from my Sephora F&F Haul.  I have been on the hunt for a nice contouring color forever and have yet to find The One but I read a lot of rave reviews about the NARS Laguna bronzer.  So I was determined to try it as a contouring color when I saw the NARS mini-set.



Packaging
Everything came wrapped in black tissue paper in the red box (above).   My first impression of the duo was....damn this is small, it's barely the size of my palm.  Nonetheless, it's a great portable size.  The lipgloss packaging is nothing amazing but nothing to complain about either.  The blush/bronzer packaging is very simple and elegant - signature NARS.  But I did hear if you so much as get one dirty fingerprint on the black, faux leather-y? covering, it shows up like none other - not a big deal tho.  The duo also comes with a slip of clear plastic with NARS written on it, it's not printed on the mirror.   Overall, everything is a nice easy-to-carry size.


Sorry for the terrible closeup :P but this is a pretty accurate look at the way the colors shimmer.  The blush is pink with a gold shimmer and the bronzer is a nice toasty brown with a gold shimmer.  Since I swiped it with my fingers, the colors look a lot more pigmented than they would be on your face.

Colors
Orgasm Blush - peachy pink with a gold shimmer
Laguna Bronzer - sheer light brown with a gold shimmer
Super Orgasm Lipgloss - peachy pink with gold glitter

These are accurate descriptions of the colors and they aren't particularly that pigmented (unlike the R&R blushes).  This is not a bad thing, especially with the bronzer since it's more natural looking to "build" a contour.

Orgasm Blush
It's not 'that' pigmented but there is minimal fallout and no streakiness at all.  It does last all day and I imagine this color would be flattering on many skin tones (which is probably why it's so hyped).   It's a very wearable, truly an everyday color even with the gold flecks.  I've been hearing a few complaints about the size of the gold flecks being too much for an everyday look - I'd semi-agree.  The gold flecks don't bother me as much as the general....typical-ness of the color.  I'm probably going to differ from a lot of people when I say this....but I honestly don't get the hype.  A full sized blush is $30 - I would take an R&R blush or even a NYX Mosaic blush over this any day. I mean yeah, it's a lovely delicate peach glow but I think you can find comparable colors for cheaper.

Overall - It's a nice color but seriously, it's over-hyped.  Give it a try in-stores and buy it if it's just perfect on you but I hardly think this is worth $30.   Your money would be better spent on NYX and R&R blushes. I don't regret trying it though, but it's clearly popular for being a very nice, near universally flattering color.

Laguna Bronzer
Ahh...the whole reason behind this purchase.  It's a sheer, blendable color - EXCELLENT.  I think sheer-ness is good in a bronzer because it allows you to control how 'dark' you want to contour.  It is also quite flattering on my cool-toned face.  There is a slight gold shimmer; initially, I wanted a matte bronzer so it'd look more natural but this shimmer is subtle enough.   Actually I like the subtle shimmer now, since I think it adds a dimension to my face.  I'd venture to say only younger people can get away with shimmer-y contouring colors though (but don't quote me on that).  Also there is no streakiness and most importantly, it does not oxidize into orange on my face! *cough*Neutrogena*cough*  I wish the little rectangle was bigger, sometimes I accidentally pick up some of the blush color on my brush since the pans are so small :(  it's not a huge deal though since the blush isn't pigmented enough to interfere with the color too much.

I think good contouring colors are much harder to find than good highlighters so I would certainly be willing to spend $30 for the full size.  I am very fond of how it's hard to add too much of this color since it's sheer - it's an important quality since contouring can be harder to apply properly and really make or break a look.  Again, since this is a sheer color I can also certainly see this being used as an actual bronzer - the gold shimmer would really add a nice sun-kissed glow to your face.

Overall - I haven't used it long enough for it to be a HG item yet but it is indeed looking very promising!  If I still like this or haven't found anything better after I'm done with this duo, I will definitely get the full size, $30 or not.   I would recommend this for people looking for an easy to apply contouring color (or bronzer).

No flash, no chapstick or base color.

Super Orgasm Lipgloss
A very nice portable size and comes with a doe foot applicator.  I wouldn't say it's the most unusual, un-dupable color around but it's a very flattering light pink.  Click to make the pic bigger and see the gold flecks.   This doesn't dry out my lips and it's decently moisturizing.  There is a slight plastic-y smell but it's very, very mild and has no taste (thankfully).  The only real downside I can think of is that this gloss is ever-so-slightly sticky.   I'm very picky about stickiness though so this may not bother some people.  It can be worn alone but it would make an excellent topper too.  You can't go wrong with this color (it's sheer enough to go with many face tones) and while I would never purchase the full size for $24, I'm very glad to have such nice everyday gloss to keep in my purse.

Overall on the NARS Orgasm Lust Lip and Cheek Set
I think $30 is worth spending to try out some of the most arguably popular colors in the NARS collection. I also like how everything is perfectly travel size.  I could live without the Orgasm blush - I wish this set was just all bronzer and the lip gloss.  The lip gloss is nice but I'd prolly never buy the full size, same with the Orgasm blush.  The NARS Laguna bronzer is probably the only thing I'd consider buying the full size of.  Overall, everything was nice quality and I don't regret this purchase at all.

12 comments :

  1. Thanks for the thorough review and swatches Elle. ^^ Everything does stick to NARS packaging lol. I don't like NARS Orgasm either, but mainly because of all the sparkles haha and the color is not so unique like you said. I've used NARS Casino, the darker bronzer, and it's great. Travel sizes are nice for trying new products out.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh I totally agree that the orgasm, blush is over hyped! While i do buy expensive makeup I usually make sure it's something that will turn into a HQ product lol, of course there are moments of regret ( like that 30$ givenchy masacara grrrr)

    Don't you just hate it when a game company releases pictures and trailers of new games but haven't released a date yet? Are they trying to torture us!? Or worse, when the game has been delayed/ not arrived after the release date ( yes I am a bitter gamer in this sense LOL, darn you natsume)!

    What other games do you play/enjoy?

    Thanks for the comment on the food btw! The food is actually as good as it looks! (which is rare! lol) and this place has the best macaroons I've had yet in my area =)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great review, Elle. I really love their colors for lipglosses but hate the sticky texture. I do like the Orgasm blush but I can see why you say that you can live without it. You never fail me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. great review, I may look into this set. It's basically $10 per item given that NARS is pricey, great deal :)

    Btw the NYX seller is having 25% off for the month of November too and you get free shipping from $40 up.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I was tempted to buy this but then I realized the duo was a mini??

    I'll review the nailpolish and do some swatches. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. WOW nars products are so cheap where you are LOL here in Australia they cost me around $60 for the blushes, $75 for the bronzer, and lipglosses are $55. but the orgasm blush has been the only color that i find most flattering on my skintone, so i buy it anyway. my first one lasted me about a year :)
    new follower btw!
    xxshibori
    http://shiboriblog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really enjoyed reading this review. Your writing style is clear and very informative.

    I agree about the NARS Orgasm blush. You are better off getting Rock&Republic's blush in "Call Me" when it is on sale for $20.00 because it's such a beautiful color and you get so much of the product.

    I recently got Laguna as well.
    It was my favorite out of the three bronzers NARS has. Love it!
    It's wonderful.
    It's true about the packaging for NARS. It's gorgeous but it just gets smudged and dirty very quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  8. interesting you mentioned NYX as a comparable to Nars orgasm. I've heard so many good things about that product, but I am also very happy with my NYX blushes. hmmm maybe I won't buy it afterall lol

    ReplyDelete
  9. I thought the same thing about the Orgasm blush. It's not "that" pigmented like it was hyped up to be. I was disappointed. Though I still find it a really pretty color on me! I got mine in a blog sale and I would never buy it full priced over an R&R blush either.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I always wanted this NARS set! Have been eyeing this for a while. Thanks for the review! I think I'll get one to try before getting their full size :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. WOW nars products are so cheap where you are LOL here in Australia they cost me around $60 for the blushes, $75 for the bronzer, and lipglosses are $55. but the orgasm blush has been the only color that i find most flattering on my skintone, so i buy it anyway. my first one lasted me about a year :)
    new follower btw!
    xxshibori
    http://shiboriblog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. great review, I may look into this set. It's basically $10 per item given that NARS is pricey, great deal :)

    Btw the NYX seller is having 25% off for the month of November too and you get free shipping from $40 up.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Labels