One of the most talked about so-called ‘dupes’ is the infamous $5.99 Milani Luminous blush which many say is a dead ringer for the even more infamous $25 NARS Orgasm.
Here’s my take on that theory…
You can immediately see the similarities between them. In the pan, Orgasm has a little more sparkle, but the shades are a very close match indeed.
On my skin…
I find Milani’s Luminous to be slightly pinker than NARS Orgasm on my skintone, it also swatches a little heavier which was a surprise to me, as I rank NARS blushes up there as among the most pigmented I’ve used.
The Milani only lasts for a couple of hours before fading compared to Orgasm (a.k.a – shit to a blanket). Once applied to my cheeks, NARS Orgasm has that “Je Ne Sais Quoi”… a slightly ethereal quality that is lacking from the Milani.
Does that relegate the Milani to the dupe bin? Not at all, I would happily take Luminous on a fortnight holiday with me. I love it, it’s a fantastic dupe and I’m pleased to own it. Would I be happy for it to completely replace Orgasm?
No. On my skin, NARS Orgasm gives me that famed full on post coital flush that Milani Luminous only hints at.