Just uttering the words Nars Super Orgasm Blush ($25), makes my cheeks flush with embarrassment. Maybe it was all those Sunday morning Catholic masses, LOL. All I know is when I say the name of this blush, I feel the need to cover the ears of small children (and pets) within the vicinity.
All awkward name issues aside, I have to give Super Orgasm props. It begets cheeks with a perfect, just-pinched, shimmery peach color. Super Orgasm Blush would totally be the stuff of legend if it weren’t for one flaw — massive, meteoric, chunks of golden glitter.
Nars Holiday Collection 2008
Rich, Pigmented Color… YES!
Released as part of the Nars Holiday 2008 collection, Super Orgasm is the amped-up version of Nars’ best-selling Orgasm Blush, touted for years in beauty mags as a universally flattering shade for a boom-chicka-wah-wah glow.
Unfortunately, the light, peachy-pink color never worked on my tanned skin. Instead of a post-O flush, my cheeks looked candy-colored and clownish. Eeek!
But Super Orgasm’s darker, more intense pigmentation works for me. It’s so saturated with color that just one layer produces a beautiful, golden, peachy-pink glow. Oh yes, yes, yes!
Big, Chunky Glitter… NO!
But then comes the glitter.
There’s lots of it. The pieces are very big and unevenly shaped, so they don’t sit on the skin well. Most of the time I see flecks sticking up on my cheeks!
Also, the glitter pieces migrate like a flock of Canada Geese, flying off my cheeks and landing on my nose, chin and forehead.
The Good News: It Looks Great in Photos
There’s one thing that saves this blush, and that is it photographs well. In pictures the glitter isn’t as obvious, and the shimmer looks dewey, not oily.
Despite my issues with Super Orgasm’s gobs of gritty gold glitter, I’m still going to keep this around. I figure if I use it very sparingly I can avoid looking like I just escaped a tranny group hug!
Nars Super Orgasm Blush
Use: A shimmery, peachy-pink blush with gold pearl and glitter
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You can’t escape the glitter.
In the future I plan on using Super Orgasm just as an accent color. Next time I wear it, I think I’ll use Nars Torrid blush (a shimmery coral gold) on the cheeks and then pop Super Orgasm on the apples to add some dimension.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,