The Dupe Test: NARS Orgasm Vs. Drugstore Brands Under $15

I love makeup so much, but I really hate the price of high-end brands. I’m usually willing to spend a little more on something that I know is going to work. Most of the time though, I’d rather save and use something cheaper that works just as well. The good thing is, a lot of high-end brands have product dupes that are way more affordable.

NARS Orgasm blush is a cult favorite. It’s hailed as a blush that flatters everyone, regardless of skin tone. I have to say, I’ve seen Orgasm on many people, and it always looks good. I’m a big fan of it myself, but I really can’t justify spending $30 on blush. We set out to find the best dupe for this cult product by testing six drugstore options that are all under $15. I based my opinions on pigmentation, staying power, price and closeness in color to Orgasm. Click through below to see the results!


The Contenders

For this test, I found some blushes that are similar to NARS Orgasm blush. It's a cult favorite, but it's pretty expensive. So we found some cheaper drugstore options to test out. We're testing Milani Baked Powder Blush in Dolce Pink, Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso, e.l.f. Studio Blush in Tickled Pink, NYX Blush in Pinched, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin and Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched.

No Blush

Let's start with a clean slate! Here I am with just some BB Cream and concealer, no blush.

NARS Orgasm

Orgasm is supposed to be an all-flattering shade on every skin tone. It's a peachy pink with a little shimmer.

NARS Orgasm Swatch

Orgasm is pretty pigmented, which it should be for a $30 price tag. I will say that you do get a large amount of blush for the price, and you only need a little so it does last for a while. Here's a closeup look of Orgasm on skin.

NARS Orgasm Breakdown

Pigmentation: 5

Staying power: 4

Price: 2

Overall, I love this shade and think it's subtle yet also flattering. It feels great and stays for pretty much the whole day. However, I hate the price.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink

Dolce Pink is a pretty well-known dupe for NARS Orgasm in the makeup community. You can see up close that it does look very similar on the surface. It's also already appealing with a $7.49 price tag.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink Swatch

Next to Orgasm, you can see that Dolce Pink really is similar. It's got the same peachy pink tone and contains shimmer.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink Breakdown

Pigmentation: 5

Staying power: 3

Price: 5

Color comparison: 5

This is a great dupe! It's just as pigmented as Orgasm, although it doesn't have the staying power that NARS does. But I think at about 1/4 the cost, it's an amazing choice.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Luminoso is another Milani dupe of Orgasm. Right away, I noticed it's more peachy than pink and lacks a noticeable shimmer. The price is still great at $7.49.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Swatch

On the skin, you can tell that Luminoso is definitely similar to Orgasm but not as close of a dupe as Dolce Pink.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Breakdown

Pigmentation: 4

Staying power: 3

Price: 5

Color comparison: 3

Luminoso isn't as close of a dupe for Orgasm. It's a pretty color, and it's a great blush for a great price. However, it doesn't match the color of Orgasm enough to call it a dupe.

elf Blush in Tickled Pink

e.l.f. is known for it's super affordable products and at first glance, Tickled Pink looks like a good match for NARS Orgasm at 1/10 the price. A $3.00 dupe for Orgasm would definitely be a winner.

elf Blush in Tickled Pink Swatch

So... you can barely see Tickled Pink. Like at all. Boooo!

elf Blush in Tickled Pink Breakdown

Pigmentation: 1

Staying power: 1

Price: 5

Color comparison: 1

I was so disappointed in Tickled Pink. Up close, it looked like a pretty good match. When I swatched it, it hardly showed up at all. Once I put it on my cheeks, it barely registered and wiped off almost immediately.

NYX Blush in Pinched

Pinched is way more pink than Orgasm and doesn't have any shimmery bits, but I think when applied to skin it might appear lighter. It's only $5.00 so that's really appealing.

NYX Blush in Pinched Swatch

You can see my swatch of NYX on the far left. It's definitely pink and a little darker than I expected. Not really a close match.

NYX Blush in Pinched Breakdown

Pigmentation: 3

Staying power: 2

Price: 5

Color comparison: 2

Pinched isn't really a dupe for Orgasm, but it is a decent color. The price is awesome, but it does require a heavy hand to get the pigmentation you want. And unfortunately, this blush doesn't last throughout the day.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin

This Maybelline shade looks peachy enough but slightly more pink. It definitely doesn't have any shimmer, but it's only $6.63 so that's good. It's also a cream blush, which will definitely be different.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin Swatch

Peach Satin is definitely peachy. It's a little darker than Orgasm and lacks the shimmer, but it's a nice shade!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin Breakdown

Pigmentation: 4

Staying power: 4

Price: 5

Color comparison: 3

This blush is definitely a good option, but I wouldn't really call it a dupe. If it had some shimmer, I think it could pass. However, it's a solid blush for a low price and decent staying power.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched

This blush looks super orange/peachy up close. It looks like a cream blush, but it also looks kind of slick which tells me it might be kind of light. It's slightly more expensive for a drugstore brand at $10.39.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched Swatch

This blush looks very similar to the peachy tones in Orgasm but has 0 shimmer in comparison.

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched Breakdown

Pigmentation: 4

Staying power: 3

Price: 3

Color comparison: 3

If this blush had shimmer in it, I think it would be a pretty good dupe. It doesn't last as long as I hoped though.

Winner: Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink

This is literally the same shade as Orgasm. While it doesn't last as long as NARS, it still has good staying power and is pretty pigmented. You really can't beat it for the price. NARS lists Orgasm at .16 oz and Milani lists Dolce Pink at .14 oz so you are getting a tiny bit less, but really it's not a big deal for the color match.


 
What do you think about NARS Orgasm? Do you use it? Do you know of any other dupes? What do you want us to test next? Tell us in the comments!
 
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