NARS's 25-Year-Old Orgasm Blush Now Comes In New Shades

Orgasm Rush and Orgasm Edge ensure an Orgasm for every skin tone.

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NARS has released dozens of beloved makeup products since its founding in 1994, but its most popular is, without a doubt, its Orgasm Powder Blush. A light, sheer shade of pink formulated to be buildable and easy to apply, it's been a staple in makeup bags worldwide since its 1999 release. Few products have transcended generations and trends like this one, making it all the more surprising that NARS decided to reformulate the pigment 25 years after the wildly successful launch.

Before panic sets in: The original formulation is getting an upgrade, with a new formula that lasts up to 16 hours and has a comfortable, weightless feel. It's also joined by eight new shades, including Orgasm Edge, a matte shade of peach-pink, and Orgasm Rush, a deeper shade of pink with bronze undertones and a shimmery finish (see it in action below with NARS makeup artist, Niko Lopez). The formula for the entire blush collection, including NARS's 12 core bestsellers like Deep Throat and Dolce Vita, has also been improved.

In addition to the powdered pigment lasting longer, the packaging is more rectangular and refillable. The new powder also has a pearlescent finish to blur imperfections and blend seamlessly with other makeup products.

These are tall promises, so our Beauty Director (and NARS Orgasm devotee) Deena Campbell, tried Orgasm Rush on for size and compared it to the original formulation.

"While I've loved the OG Orgasm for at least 15 years, I have to admit that I love Orgasm Rush much better," she admits. "They both have the perfect shimmer and color mix, but the updated version has a deeper bronze rose hue that pops more on my brown skin. If I'm being honest, the first orgasm felt drying, and I had to apply multiple layers, but that's not the case with the latest version. Rush offers high-impact pigment with a weightless texture. One or two swipes are all I need!"

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Beauty Director Deena Campbell wearing the original Orgasm blush (left) and Orgasm Rush (right).

(Image credit: Deena Campbell)

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Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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