Battle of the Blushes! Nars vs Milani

Nars Orgasm; Milani Luminoso

As a budget conscious beautyholic and fashionista, I'm constantly on the lookout for cheaper alternatives and items of similar quality. Some of you may be aware that the Nars Orgasm blush has long had a dupe in the Milani  blush in Luminoso. Prior to October, I had no experience with either blush and having since tried them out, I'd now like to share these thoughts with you.

Some of you may have read my thoughts on the Milani blush, which you can find here, but as to how it compares, well, here goes!

Top - Nars; Bottom - Milani

I'm so sorry for the terrible swatches! No matter how hard I tried, in sunlight, indoors, I couldn't make the swatches stand out at all! Clearly, this is an area that I'll need to work on.

As you might be able to see, the Milani blush is a little more coral tone, and I found Orgasm to be more of a golden pink shade on me. Wear time wise, they were both similar, and with the appropriate primer or fixing spray, there's quite a bit of hold from both of them.

I did find the Nars blush to be more finely milled, and very easy to wear - I can certainly see why this is such a popular blush! I also found this to give me a bit more of a 'glow'.

As far as dupes go, it's not the best, but both products are quite good, and I really like them both. Given the chance, I certainly would get another Orgasm, but until then, I'll be keeping an eye out for something similar!

For those keen to get Milani products, you can find them on CherryCulture over here, and Nars can be bought at Mecca Cosmetica over here.

Have you tried either of them? Are you keen on giving either one of them a go?


  1. I have not tried either of these however, due to my budget I tend to buy the drug store brands more often and milani never disappoints. Thanks for this review!

  2. What swatches couldnt do, your words did. I have heard about NARS orgasm dupes and tried a few of them myself too. Nothing compares with NARS. But yeah, others are great in their own way to. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Hi hon! Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely words!

  3. This is a dupe I haven't heard of! Everyone seems to rave about Orgasm but I don't have it. Sleek's Rose Gold is meant to be a dupe and I adore it, its my fave blush ever :)

    1. I love that you always have blush swatches on your blog - I'll have to look it up!

  4. NARS is more expensive and Milani more cheap but both are good!


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