Thursday, March 31, 2011

NARS Orgasm Illuminator

While the rest of the beauty world has been fawning over the newly released Illuminator colors, I kept my distance, suspiciously eying the two GWP tubes of Orgasm Illuminator (the first one) in my possession. I've had them for some time, put them in my "to test" drawer where I've been giving them the stinkeye every time I reached for something else. I dislike the famous Orgasm blush. It makes me look like a glittered up mango and I'm so over the NARS Beavis & Butthead names. But the tubes were there, mocking me and threatening I'd have to surrender my beauty blogger badge if I wouldn't start using them soon.

So I did. And what do you know? NARS Orgasm Illuminator is quite nice, a lot more versatile and far less orange than anything else in the Orgasm series. The color is an almost natural pink peach with delicate but obvious shimmer. It can be mixed with liquid foundation (or a tinted moisturizer) at your desired ratio, or worn over it. The texture is very nice, non-oily and blends beautifully onto the face and whatever other products you're using. The result, at least on my medium untanned olive skin is a lot more natural than I ever expected. Who would have thought?

Bottom Line: I think I'm going to buy a full size of both Orgasm and Copacabana.

NARS Illuminator ($29) can be found at major department stores, Sephora and

All photos are mine.


  1. Although I enjoy several NARS products (though not the Orgasm series, either), I have to say that whoever is naming the products seems to have multiple personality disorder. On the one hand, they come up with horrible trashy names like "Orgasm" and "Deep Throat." The kind of names you might sort of be embarrassed to tell someone if they asked.

    Then on the other hand, they come up with beautiful names that conjure up history, literature, and exotic places, like "Melusine" or "Bateau Ivre." I really wish they'd stick with the latter, as I have an unreasonable love for makeup with beautiful, intelligent names.

  2. can't believe you avoided it for so long - it looks great on skin! i have the tube, but i actually prefer the multiple stick in orgasm... i find it wonderfully easy to apply with my fingertips. i'll probably mix the two in the summertime when i want an allover glow.

    the powdered orgasm is my least favorite version of this versatile color.



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