The Cult Collection: NARS Orgasm and Turkish Delight

You know those certain beauty items that everyone has and everyone knows.  Products like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, NARS’ Orgasm blush, Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara, you know, those items that everyone knows about and have achieved superstar status?  Well I came up with this genius idea to blog about them all, but then I figured that blog post would take forever to do, so I have split it up and I’m going to cover a few products in separate blog posts (genius, I know!).

Up first are two products by NARS, their Orgasm blush and Turkish Delight lipgloss.  Everyone knows NARS Orgasm, and if they don’t they must be living under a rock.  I think it’s safe to say that it is the most popular blush like, ever.

The second product is their Turkish Delight lipgloss, a sheer pink gloss which is widely known as Kim Kardashian’s favourite lipgloss.

So lets get into it!

NARS Orgasm Blush

The world’s most popular blush, NARS Orgasm is known as the most universally flattering shade of blush ever created.  According to the NARS website they describe Orgasm as “a peachy pink with shimmer”, to me however, I would say it’s more or a coral red with gold shimmer.

Not going to lie, it’s okay.  I’m more of a bronzer fan than a blush one, but this is one of those iconic beauty items that I had to try.  It’s like the Chanel 2.55 of the blush market.  And just like the bag, you are paying a premium price for it too.  I picked this up in the States at Sephora for a hefty $27 US, the most I will ever probably spend on blush, considering that I don’t even wear it that often.  I personally liked Super Orgasm better (it’s pinker) but I figured Orgasm is a cult item, so I had to try this one first.

Would I buy it again?  Probably not.  I have a very fair skin tone (NC 15) and I find this colour too red for my skin.  Maybe in the summer when I have a bit of a tan it will be better, but until then, it’s just okay.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, I don’t even dislike it.  I just think it’s okay.  I know they say universally flattering but maybe it’s better on other skin tones?  I dunno..  I also find that it goes on quite sheer and to get some colour I have to really swipe my brush on it a few times to get any actual colour.

NARS Orgasm swatch. Note that I really built up the colour.

So is it worthy of cult status?  To me?  No.  To others, sure.  They say it’s universally flattering and although I can see that, especially on darker skin tones, I think I’ll stick with my bronzer (their most famous bronzer, Laguna, I don’t have but I’m definitely going to pick that up when I run out of the other bronzers I currently have).  The hefty price tag on it is another factor into purchasing it as well.  There are numerous drug store dupes out there you can try if you want the same colour, so you don’t have to shell out the cash for it.  If you are like me though and always want the real thing then go ahead and give it a try, maybe it’ll be the perfect fit.

NARS Turkish Delight Lipgloss


I recently picked up this little item last week because I got the 15% off for Beauty Insiders coupon from Sephora.  I was wanting this for a long time but I couldn’t justify spending $29 CAD on a lipgloss.  With the coupon it came to $24 I believe, which is still hefty, but it’s better than $30 plus, and when I want something I always find a way of getting it so I knew I would buy it eventually.

I want to start off by saying that I really like this gloss.  The colour is okay by itself, but over a lipstick it’s really great.  NARS describes it as a “pink sorbet”, and okay, I can definitely see that. The colour isn’t that pigmented, but it’s great for creating a nude lip (a la Kim Kardashian, which she pairs with MAC’s Angel lipstick).  It’s also good for making pink lipsticks or liners more pink. I really like pairing it with MAC’s Myth, Quite Cute, and Viva Glam Gaga pink lipsticks.

Another great thing about it is that it’s not sticky!  Unlike other ones other there (MAC Lipglass I’m looking at you) this one don’t feel like you have honey on your lips.  I hate wearing gloss and then heading outside on a windy day with your hair getting all caught in it.  Ugh, the worst!  That’s one of the main reasons why I don’t wear that much gloss anymore, I’m all about the lipstick because your hair doesn’t stick to it.

Turkish Delight with NARS Orgasm swatch (no those aren't bruises on my hand).

Okay, so as much as I love this gloss, I do have some negative things to say about it. The staying power on this gloss is terrible.  For a lipgloss that is so expensive you would think that François Nars would come up with a product that lasts longer than half an hour.  MAC lipglasses, although sticky, last way longer than this NARS one.  And they are almost half the price!  Other than that I don’t find anything else really wrong with it, I know that a lot of people have complained about the smell.  Apparently it has a chemical scent to it, which so far I haven’t noticed.  The gloss itself is pretty scentless.

So is it cult-worthy?  I would say so.  I think everyone needs a sheer pink gloss in their makeup bag. Is it a unique colour?  No, but I still really like it, but I just wish it would have a better staying power and a cheaper price tag.  For $29 I don’t think I would repurchase it unless I get another Beauty Insider deal.  For the time being though, I am definitely not going to be applying it that often because I want it to last, and I recommend applying it over a lipstick to really maximize lip colour.

Have you tried NARS’ Orgasm and Turkish Delight?  What were your thoughts?  Are they cult worthy or over-hyped?

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Posted on April 22, 2011, in Beauty/Fashion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice review. I have the NARS blush and I love it but lately ive been noticing does bumps/bubbles on it, it look like yours but a little less. Do you think thats normal? or is something wrong with the blush?

  2. Yeah I noticed those bumps too, it’s probably something with the formulation. It’s probably normal, nothing to be too worried about :).

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