e.l.f. Candid Coral Blush beats NARS Orgasm Blush in color…and price!

July 22, 2010

I love e.l.f. products. The items are mind-blowingly cheap and have surprisingly good quality. Many of the items even make great dupes for more expensive makeup products, which is a bonus in my book. So when I picked up e.l.f.’s Studio Powder Blush in Candid Coral at my local Target for only $3, I had high expectations for it. And this light coral blush definitely does not disappoint.

It is a finely milled blush that has just the right pigmentation; it isn’t too heavy and allows for buildable color. It is a light coral pink shade with a slight golden sheen to it so it makes for a great everyday blush- no highlight required! Any product that saves a step in my daily makeup routine becomes a holy grail product for me. I apply this blush with my Essence of Beauty Blush brush and it distributes the perfect amount of color on my cheeks leaving a subtle highlight where the sun would naturally shine on my high cheekbones giving my face a soft glow. It just gives your face a little bit of color without going overboard.

I had read many beauty blogs that compared this blush to NARS Orgasm, so of course, I had to do the comparison myself. And I have to say, while yes, the color does come rather close (although not exactly the same), I actually prefer the e.l.f. blush. Orgasm is more of a pink shade than coral and has more of a chunky shimmer than its cheaper counterpart. Candid Coral has a golden sheen as opposed to thick gold shimmer. This makes it a much better everyday blush, especially since it saves you quite a few more bucks- $22 less to be exact.

 NARS Orgasm (on left) and e.l.f. Candid Coral (on right)

So if you have a chance to pick up this blush, I recommend you try it. I mean, it is only $3. So you really can’t go wrong. And I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • Alyssa
    January 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    What is the staying power like? I think I may have to pick this one up!

  • Widdlesh
    October 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Ooh I really want this color! I wanted it last time I ordered with ELF, but they were sold out. Same story with their black gel liner.
    Definitely need to get some more things from them when all the stuff I want comes back in stock!

  • Alexa P.
    October 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Hi! I came across your blog while doing some research on the essence of beauty crease brushes! I'm in love with this blush as well – such a huge price difference from NARS orgasm and a lot more wearable in my opinion! Orgasm always had waaay too much glitter for my liking 🙂

    Thanks for comparing the essence of beauty crease brushes to the MAC pencil brush btw – would've commented on that post but couldn't find the comment link!

  • nicoletta
    July 25, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    I want to try this it looks lovely. I just found your blog its great hun x