Friday, June 3, 2011

NARS ORGASM vs theBalm HOT MAMA - warning super heavy with pics

a little disclaimer: as you know i blog about less expensive makeup brands, the underdog like say stila and less noticed ones like theBalm.  but mostly i blog about Korean cosmetics because not only are they less expensive than your average makeup brand and even less expensive than your imported 'drugstore brand'. however there are times when... tadaaaah i pass by the counters of the higher end stuff and that day, it was Nars.  on my cheeks, in the pic below, at the Rustan's Makati Nars branch, is the legendary Orgasm.
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but LO!  i already haz something like that?  presenting theBalm's Hot Mama.
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a gift from my hubby last Valentine's Day.  hehehe we both liked it for the packaging.
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notice the pinky coralley sheen?
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and recently i finally saved up to be able to purchase and pay for the ever popular Nars Orgasm, yes friends, ako na ang di maka get over sa....hahaha you decide.
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depending on the light, they are almost, but not quite the same.
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yep, one day, like a crazy person i had one kinda blush on cheek and another on the other cheek.
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can you tell which side is which?
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on the pic above, my right cheek, that's theBalm's Hot Mama
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on the pic above, on my left cheek is Nars' Orgasm.  the pics below will now show you my office mates with skin shades warmer and deeper than my own.
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on the pic above, Farah's left cheek has theBalm's Hot Mama while on the pic below she's wearing, on her right cheek, is Nars' Orgasm.
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on the left is Ria and on the right is Farah.  Ria is wearing the orgasm on both cheeks.
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Thoughts:
Nars:
this sucker's high end, for half the content it has over theBalm's shadow blush BUT twice the price of theBalm's Hot Mama.  i'm not sorry i purchased the nars orgasm.  i like discovering for myself how wonderful orgasm really is and why it's so celebrated.  it truly is pretty on both me and my girls here.  it's very subtle and has just add a little more you get more of the sheen, the fine golden glimmer it has depending on how the light hits it.  the shade stays the same on all three of use throughout the day.
theBalm:
as you know i'm always for the underdog.  ergo my love for tony moly and hehehe ss501.  i've always been for the alternate or the dupe.  and in this brand, theBalm, i've found another underdog.  i love their baby kabuki brush and their single shadows.  they have such quality that it rivals even the quality of stila.  so when i purchased Hot Mama, it almost hasn't left my kit, hahaha that's why the frame surrounding the pan looks that way.  i've been using it since Feb, but it's so pigmented that i've hardly made a dent!  it takes just a little to apply across my cheeks and in some instances my eyes.  yep i use it for eye shadow.  depending on the humidity it can oxidize on me  and change the shade on my cheeks a darker bronze shade.  the shimmer can expose my obvious pores a great deal more but that only happens on occasion when it gets really humid.
Dupe:
in my eye, it's a preeeetteee good dupe.  theBalm's mama is more on the warm coral side.  it is a tad more shimmery.  it's also way more opaque than nar's orgasm.  but then it is a shadow-blush.   i even used it as a shadow on my pics above ;-) and it shows up very well on me.
my verdict, the winner:  
for the price at PhP750 at the beauty bar, the pigmentation, the dual purpose, and the knock out packaging of the 40's-50's pin up model?  you got it folks, it's theBalm's hot mama for me. LMAO.  yep in spite of the few negative points i pointed out.


hmmmm what you think?

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