NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, and Clinique Precious Posy: A Tale of Three Coral Blushes

Left to right: NARS Super Orgasm (mini), Clinique Precious Posy (depotted sample size), and NARS Orgasm blush.

Somehow I ended up with three blushes that are virtually the same—does that ever happen to you? NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Orgasm, and Clinique Precious Posy blushes are all so closely related, they're virtually indistinguishable. All are bright peachy pinks with varying amounts of gold shimmer (in the case of NARS Super Orgasm, glitter). Super Orgasm has big chunks of gold glitter, Orgasm has lots of fine gold shimmer, and Clinique has a modest amount of barely-there shimmer. The Clinique blush is also verrrrrry slightly pinker. Barely. The most pigmented of the three is Clinique Precious Posy—are you surprised?

It's especially easy to see how they compare when swatched:

Comparison swatches, left to right (blended, then swatched heavily): NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Orgasm, and Clinique Precious Posy.

 

What do you think? Are they different enough to warrant owning all three?

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

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Review and Photos: Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover (sample size). 

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover (sample size). 

Raise your hand if Clinique was one of the first makeup brands you tried. Or if you  keep obsessively close tabs on when the next gift-with-purchase event is coming up. Anyone...anyone? *Cough*

Clinique is one of my go-to brands for simple, everyday colours. I love me some MAC for a lot of things, but it's hard to beat Clinique for soft, wearable colours that are a breeze to apply. Here's the thing: A lot of Clinique's colour is sheer (read: hard to mess up). That means it's phenomenal for the girl (or guy) in a hurry—or anyone who is new to or lacks confidence in the world of makeup.  

Clinique's Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover is a colour I reach for often when I want a hint of natural-looking colour in my cheeks for a neutral workday face—or if I'm wearing a more dramatic eye and I need something barely-there.

Clinique.ca describes New Clover as a soft blue violet, but I'd say it's warmer than that. It's more of a natural, sheer pink with  a hint of peach. There's a touch of shimmer in the pan, but I don't notice it when applied. It just gives me a very healthy-looking flush.

I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks and blend upwards with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, which is very soft, so I can load the brush quite a bit. You'll want to exercise slightly more caution with a stiff brush. 

It lasts several hours on me without noticeable fading, but not all day, I'd say—then again, I probably touch my face more than I should. (I know, I know...)

For a good look at the packaging, visit Clinique's website. In a nutshell: the plastic compact is chic and simple. It comes with a mirror, which is nice, but I'd prefer that Clinique ditch the useless brush (which also comes with the blush) and lower the price of the product.  

I'm also not a big fan of the current rectangular shape of Clinique's blushes. The product featured in my photos is a round sample—and that's the shape I prefer for blush. It makes it easier to load my brush. 

Value-for-money-wise, I'm satisfied. $25 (online) or $26 (The Bay) for 7.6 grams of product isn't bad at all. 

Here's what it looks like in the pan. You should note that I'm showing you this for colour reference only—this is a de-potted sample (I don't recommend doing this; note the slight damage on the top) that I got in a gift-with-purchase set.

 

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover. Note that this is a de-potted sample. 

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover. Note that this is a de-potted sample. 

Here's a swatch. I had to work hard to build the colour up to this intensity—it didn't stick to my finger well. Fortunately, I have far better luck with a brush. 

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, swatched on my arm (natural light).  

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, swatched on my arm (natural light).  

Finally, here's what it looks like applied to the cheek—see how natural-looking it is? Just a slight flush. I quite like it.  

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, applied to my cheek. (For reference, I'm usually an NW20).)

Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, applied to my cheek. (For reference, I'm usually an NW20).)

Would I repurchase? Probably. It's one of my go-to colours—a great alternative to MAC's Tenderling when I want something a little less brown and a little more pink.   

Rating: Three and a half stars out of five. I'd prefer if it lasted a tad longer, and I'd like to see better packaging. 

Available: Clinique.ca and anywhere Clinique cosmetics are sold (for example, the Bay and Sears) for about $25 (Canadian).

Have you tried New Clover? Any other Clinique products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: I received this product as part of a Clinique gift with purchase. 

 

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Review and Photos: NARS Super Orgasm Blush

NARS miniature blush in Super Orgasm (3.5 g).

NARS miniature blush in Super Orgasm (3.5 g).

I made the most lovely discovery at Sephora a few weeks ago: Mini NARS blushes in Super Orgasm! The regular Orgasm had been on my wish list, but when I saw these little cuties, I knew I had to try one. 

One of the best things about them? The price. Get this: Full-size NARS blushes, which run for $32 CAD, are 4.5 grams. This mini blush, at 3.5 grams, was only $15 CAD! Less than half the price for only a gram less of product! Stock up before they realize their mistake, right?

In my opinion, the size is perfect. Makeup junkies like me who have several blushes on the go at once will take forever and ever to hit pan, so I love the idea of paying for less product. Additionally, it's fantastic for travel—it takes up no room in my bag at all. And I don't find the size at all inconvenient for application. My blush blush fits into the pan just fine, and I have no trouble getting an even layer of product on the bristles.

Here's a peek: 

 

NARS Super Orgasm blush mini (3.5 grams). The packaging is NARS standard—the black rubber (complete with the ubiquitous fingerprints).

NARS Super Orgasm blush mini (3.5 grams). The packaging is NARS standard—the black rubber (complete with the ubiquitous fingerprints).

NARS Super Orgasm blush. It's hard to see in this photo, but the compact does include a mirror. 

NARS Super Orgasm blush. See how itty-bitty it is?

NARS Super Orgasm blush (3.5 grams). 

The website describes the colour as "peachy-pink with gold glitter." By comparison, regular Orgasm is "peachy-pink with gold shimmer." I find these descriptions miss out on a bit of detail. Super Orgasm also seems to contain a bit of shimmer. I also find that Super Orgasm looks a little bit pinker than Orgasm—particularly in the pan, which is part of what drew me to the colour. With my skin tone, I much prefer pink blush to peach. 

Here it is swatched on my arm: 

NARS Super Orgasm blush swatched on my arm. For reference, I'm an NC/NW 15–20. 

Don't be afraid of the glitter you see in the pan and in the swatch. If it floats your boat, great! But I'm not a fan. (It rustles up bad memories of high school when we smeared glittery goo on our faces. I don't get it either.)  

The good news is that the glitter is easily blended away, leaving behind a lovely, warm sheen of peachy-pink. 

Here's what it looks like on: 

 

A close-up of NARS blush in Super Orgasm applied lightly—pores and all. (Brave, right?) As you can see, I've blended most of the glitter away, missing just a few specks up at the top, near my hairline. 

A close-up of NARS blush in Super Orgasm applied lightly—pores and all. (Brave, right?) As you can see, I've blended most of the glitter away, missing just a few specks up at the top, near my hairline. 

NARS blush in Super Orgasm applied to my cheeks.

One more of NARS blush in Super Orgasm applied to my cheeks. 

It's definitely the brightest, boldest colour I own—I love it! As with all things NARS, the quality is great. It applies like a dream, and the staying powder is great—all day without fading.  

Would I repurchase?  I think so, though I'm more likely to try the regular Orgasm—just to switch things up a little. According to the reviews I've seen, the colour is really very similar. 

Rating: Five stars out of five—particularly given the price of the mini. Full-sized NARS blushes are quite pricey. 

Available: I got the mini at my local Sephora (at Vancouver's Pacific Centre) for $15 CAD. Full-sized NARS blushes are available at Narscosmetics.ca, the Bay, Sephora, and anywhere else NARS cosmetics are sold. 

Have you tried NARS Super Orgasm? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.  

 

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