|Hot Mama, Orgasm|
One of my all-time favourite blushes is The Balm's Hot Mama -- the first time I put this on, I remember my eyes widened at the perfectly peachy-pink flush that graced my cheek. I tilted my head from side to side and watched as the sunlight hit my cheekbone and reflected its finely-milled shimmer. This is one of those blushes that works in the summer and the winter -- it's not too dewy for the summer when my skin makes its own glow, and not too bright for the winter when even my ever-tanned skin starts looking a little sallow. I'm pretty sure I wore this blush every day for two weeks straight. If you know how I am about anything, you'll understand how much I have to love something to show it that sort of commitment.
NARS Orgasm is a cult favourite -- you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't played with this or featured it at some point. Since Hot Mama is supposed to be a dupe and I'm constantly on the search for something better (product ADD!), I leaped at the chance to get this when it came in this year's Sephora Super Stars kit. This is another peachy-pink shimmer with gold shimmer throughout.
I apply both with a NARS Yachiyo and I have to say, I prefer Orgasm's dupe, Hot Mama. The colour is slightly peachier and the shimmer is more subtle. It's not that they're so different that you need both, but I would thoroughly sample both before buying. While Hot Mama gives me that my-cheek-but-better look, Orgasm pulls a bit red on me, making me look more ruddy than flushed. There's a very creamy quality to the colour of Orgasm, like it has more white pigment in it. If you're a little less olive than me and you don't mind the difference in glitter size, NARS Orgasm is a pretty safe bet. I can completely understand why this is a cult favourite, but it just doesn't work as well on me as Hot Mama does. Now that I have both, I tend to use NARS Orgasm in the evening when I know there'll be softer lighting that will diffuse both the redness and the glitter.
TheBalm is available at Rexall -- Hot Mama retails for $26 CAD for 0.25 oz
Orgasm is available at NARS counters and Sephora -- $32 CAD for 0.16 oz
Have you tried either of these? Which do you like?