We hear about them all the time, these wonderful drugstore “dupes” that are supposed to be the equivalent of their more expensive luxury brand counterparts, but are they viable? One product that I have been using for many years is the Nars blush in orgasm and it is iconic for a reason. Its salacious name was given as a cheeky anecdote to suggest that anyone who uses the product will have a beautiful glow as one does after an orgasm. I will say that this blush does indeed give one a beautiful pinkish-peachish glow, but at a price. Nars blush comes in at $30 a piece which is not too bad, but it is also a little steep for blush.
I try to be budget conscious without sacrificing quality, so for me the question is if there truly was a drugstore dupe available for the blush that I loved so much. After doing some research I came across several suggestions to try Milani Dolci Pink baked blush as a possible dupe for Nars, so I went to Target and picked it up at a cost of $7.99, a savings of $22.01.
The first thing I did was to compare them side by side to see the color similarities. As you can see I was basically out of my Nars blush, but I had enough to do the color comparison and I have to say that I was quite impressed at how similar they actually were.
Next, I did a little color testing by dusting a little of each blush on a tissue to see if the colors/thickness turned out the same. The results speak for themselves below…the top piece of tissue is the Milani blush and the bottom piece is the Nars blush, again I did not see much of a difference except that the Nars may have been a little more opaque.
And the final test of course was to put it on and see if the results were the same. I use the blush on both of my cheeks as well as the bridge of my nose to give my face a touch of color and glow. The first picture is from the summer where I am wearing the Nars blush and the second picture is from earlier this week where I am wearing the Milani blush. For me they seemed to have both created the same result of providing that subtle color and glow that I was looking for.
So, is the Milani blush in Dolci Pink a viable dupe for Nars Orgasm? For me, it’s a yes! Milani may not be billed as a “luxury brand” but according to their website they use the same key ingredients as luxury brands as well as uses the same premium labs for testing and safety. Their products are also manufactured in the U.S. and Italy. They are cruelty-free as they do not sell in China or any other country that requires animal testing whereas Nars is not cruelty-free as they do sell their products in China. Milani also has beautiful packaging that is minimal and chic and does not come in a box which creates less waste, but every Nars product does come in cardboard packaging which will need to be either thrown out or recycled.
So the clear winner for me is the Milani Dolci Pink which will now be a part of cosmetics counter since it truly is a viable dupe for Nars. I will try more of their products in the future and report back if they hold up as well as the blush did, but for now I am happy to be saving my extra $22.01 every few months.