NARS Orgasm Collection 2018 Review + Swatches

June 11, 2018

NARS Orgasm Collection 2018

For summer 2018 NARS has four new color items to expand their Orgasm Collection. Three launched last month and one was just released last week so I’ve waited until I had all the items to swatch and review. Last year’s collection brought us four new Liquid Blush Colors. This year we have two new lip colors and two complexion products. There’s something so perfect to me about peachy pink gold colors. I think every single item in this launch is perfect for a fresh glowing summer look. Items include:

(Also shown above include the Staud Mini Shirley Bag and Kate Spade Johanna 53 mm gradient sunglasses.)

Up first are the lip products. I really liked the Orgasm Lipstick from last year (which you can still find). On my lips it gives me the perfect wash of peachy pink with a soft golden sheen. The Afterglow Lip Balm this season has a more emollient finish since it’s a balm. It’s smooth, soft and has a very moisturizing feel. I cannot detect any scent. Swatched on the arm or hand it’s almost transparent. On the lips it’s a sheer glowing pink for me. There is shimmer in it but it’s not really apparent on the lips. Color is just my lips but glowing. Lasting power is average for a tinted balm – the texture itself is like a regular lip balm, it won’t last all day but I don’t mind reapplying. The Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer is a high shine high frost peachy gold. It’s quite metallic and opaque but can be smoothed out with blending or if you layer it on top of the balm. To me it has a very subtle vanilla scent. It’s very glossy but isn’t sticky. I prefer the balm or lipstick version for a more natural look but the full vinyl lip lacquer is still very nice. I’m eager to see the other colors in this formula. Lasting power was pretty good with this one. It stayed put until I had a snack or drink. Otherwise it adhered well to the lips without sliding off or budging, but still was light enough to let the lips breathe.

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm and Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer


NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm and Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer swatches

Swatched on bare lips:

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm and Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer swatches


For the two complexion products there is a new Illuminating Loose Powder and an Oversized Orgasm Powder Blush. The Illuminating Loose Powder comes in a small jar and the product is a very pigmented metallic shimmering peachy gold. If you apply with a dense brush or dip a lot of product it’s quite intense with an almost foiled look. If you use a loose brush or apply just a soft wash it gives the skin a more subtle luminous glow. A little goes a long way so I’d recommend playing with a little bit and layering more on if you want more color. There is a supersized Orgasm Blush this year. If you followed me on Instagram stories you may remember that I mentioned it looked slightly different than the original version. This was off the top of my head and a side by side swatch proved my thoughts correct. This year’s oversized version has slightly more pink with less gold shimmer. The difference is noticeable on my face with my skin tone. Your mileage may vary depending on how light or deep yours is.

NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder and Large Blush


NARS Orgasm Blush Swatches

Close up:

NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder and Large Blush close ups

Two beauty looks, Look #1 wearing:

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Swatch/Look

Look #2 below wearing same makeup as above with different lip and cheek. On the cheeks is the Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder heavy vs blended. Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer on the lips.

NARS Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder and Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer

One last set of swatches:

NARS orgasm swatches

NARS Orgasm Collection 2018

Bottom line stunning. My favorite is the new Afterglow Lip Balm. I also love this year’s large Orgasm blush. It’s the perfect soft pink with a tiny bit of gold shimmer for me.

You can find the new NARS Orgasm Collection pieces out now. Online at Sephora and NARS Cosmetics.

Balm, powder + blush provided as press samples. Lip Vinyl purchased by me.


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  • Anne Capitant June 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I have the large blush from last year, as well as the lipstick and the liquid blush so I think I can skip this round. We’re hopefully moving soon but that comes with moving costs so I’m trying to be good about spending on other things for now.

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      The liquid blush was really soooo so good. Your instincts to pass are good if you already have similar options you love.

  • Swingtime June 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I agree about the lip balm–it’s all that in texture, color, and glow. The other products don’t really interest me, but I’m delighted that I got the balm. It’s worth every penny.

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Yay! The balm really is quite nice!

  • Bernadette June 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    That blush look so gorgeous. I can’t believe I have hardly tried any nars products, I definitely need to get on that bandwagon.

  • Eileen June 12, 2018 at 2:00 am

    I’ve been loving all the beautifully tinted lip balms that have come out in the spring/summer collections and my feeling about Afterglow is no different. Tinted balms like Afterglow let me indulge in a bit of cheerful summer color while giving my sensitive lips the TLC they need. On my naturally rosey lips, it has the glow of a warm, sunset pink. It is the quintessential So Cal beach type of color. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky with the rest of the collection. It just didn’t suit my coloring. It sure does look amazing on you, though, Sabrina. The blush and lip products are perfect on you.

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Eileen – glad you loved the balm too! I can see how the rest could be iffy on some skintones. The loose shimmer powder is quite INTENSE!!

  • Mariel June 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for BEST 💕 swatches and review 😘 Did you wear lip liner also with Afterglow Balm? And what’s the finish of Orgasm 2017 lipstick, would you say it’s hydrating/glossy product? Love Afterglow Balm, but I’m afraid of it won’t show at all on my little bit pigmented lips..

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Mariel – thank you for your sweet words. I haven’t worn lipliner with the balm but I think you can. It is on the sheer side, I consider myself to have pigmented lips but of course your mileage may vary. The finish of the Orgasm 2017 lipstick (still available) is shimmery, not hydrating but not dry either. It has a satin finish. I would say that the lipstick has more coverage than the lip balm, but both are still sheer-ish.

  • Collar Wilson June 12, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I like the lip balm and the lipstick on you. The lip balm looks very natural. You look very pretty!

  • MissJBoogie June 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Sabrina! I visit your blog daily for years now. I love it! I used to be able to click on your pics and enlarge them which is helpful for being able to see the nuances in color swatches and the like. I’m not able to do that anymore. Any ideas?

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Hi – I just noticed that happened on a few posts, hopefully it’s fixed now! Not sure about this particular one, if you’re on a desktop computer try right clicking and hit View Image. HTH some! Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Millie Robinson June 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    This collection looks so gorgeous!! Orgasm is a beautiful shade! x

    Millie |

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Millie – I think it’s a lovely shade too! 🙂

  • Top 10 Travel ✈️ June 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    The NARS Orgasm collection looks absolutely amazing. The blush looks gorgeous and will definitely be added to my shopping list.

  • lawler || yvettemypet June 12, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I wish the Illuminating Loose Powder was one of the lip colors.

    • BeautyLookBook June 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      It’s such a unique shade, I think I saw on the NARS Instagram Stories they actually applied the powder on the lips on top of the balm.

  • Shilpa Shetty June 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

    The orgasm powder blush is my fav blush

  • Oh La Latkes June 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I love, love, love NARS products. The Aferglow Lip Balm looks so stunning on you. Thanks for sharing these swatches with us <3


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