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March 03, 2012

E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder vs. NARS Orgasm

If you're a big fan of E.L.F. or NARS you'll know the beauty community has been discussing the many similarities between E.L.F.'s Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (click here for my review) and NARS' Orgasm/Laguna duo for quite some time now.

When I first purchased the 
E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder I was fairly impressed. The duo worked well for me for a couple of weeks and, in my opinion, it lived up to the hype. After a while, however, I came into contact with products that just seemed, well, 'better' and I haven't really used this duo much since then. 

I now own NARS' powder blush in Orgasm and, although I don't own NARS' Laguna bronzer (it's on the shopping list though), I can compare the blush in the E.L.F. duo and NARS' individual powder blush.

The packaging of the products is pretty similar. They're both sleek black cases with large mirrors (the NARS duo packaging is almost identical to the E.L.F. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder packaging). With that being said, the NARS packaging is a lot more sturdy and, therefore, a lot less flimsy. If you're not going cross country running or something though, I can't see why the quality of packaging is going to be a huge issue. The price different ($9.99 for E.L.F. and $41.00 US for the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo or $28.00 for an individual NARS blush) is massive though, so consider that when judging the packaging.
Left to right: NARS powder blush in Orgasm and E.L.F. Contouring
Blush & Bronzing Powder
Top: NARS Orgasm Powder Blush
Bottom: ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder blush
In my opinion, the blushes aren't alike at all. NARS' Orgasm blush is a beauty peach/pink colour with gold shimmer that is not overpowering at all. The shimmer is only noticeable at certain angles but provides my cheeks with a perfect highlight. When wearing this blush I don't wear a separate cheek highlight. This blush is also incredibly pigmented and blends beautifully. 

The E.L.F. blush, however, is no where as pigmented and blendable. I don't feel that the colours are similar at all. The E.L.F. blush in the duo is an orange/peach colour with more noticeable and larger pieces of gold glitter. Once you get the 'hang' of the blush, it can be fairly easy to work with, but it doesn't go on anywhere near as smooth as NARS' blush.

Which would I recommend? I haven't got NARS' Laguna bronzer yet so I feel it's only fair to judge on the blush. If I was going to buy one of these products, I'd definitely save for a NARS blush. The texture is a lot easier to work with and the colour pay off from my Orgasm blush is incredible.

Which blush is your favourite? Have you tried one/either of these products? Have you tried other products from E.L.F. or NARS?

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