The Climb is a series in which we highlight a best-selling item orgasm blush from well-known and buzzworthy brands.
You’ll hear directly from the brands about the interesting history of how one extra-special piece exceeded expectations and became a lifelong product in these monthly segments.
This month’s spotlight is on the bold NARS Orgasm blush, which has been making the beauty world blush since its launch in 1999.
Below is the backstory of the most talked-about product.
Even before you swipe on NARS Orgasm, one of the brand’s cult-favorite cosmetic products, the suggestive name is enough to make you blush, and one dusting is proof it’s something to be excited about.
François Nars, a graduate of the Carita cosmetics school in Paris, has always been a beauty connoisseur—playing with color, texture, and precise formulations in school led to the bon vivant doing exactly that years later.
Over the course of several decades, his love for aesthetics gave rise to distinctive and timeless cosmetic styles and products.
“Descriptive such as ‘glam’ and ‘smoky,’ however, has no place in the Nars vocabulary, where colors with names like Deep Throat and Sex Machine are the rule rather than the exception, and the pink-peach hybrid blush Orgasm is a perennial best-seller,” writes Linda Evangelista for Interview.
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We’re still enthralled by Orgasm’s spectacular success (first the blush in 1999, then a slew of follow-up items). First and foremost, there’s the name.
Orgasm created headlines in the cosmetics business for its irreverent title, which was clearly more provocative than most other companies would dare.
l never forget joking about it with my classmates in middle school on our monthly excursions to Sephora. We’d try it on, fall in love with the way it looked, but most of all, we lived for the seductive and very grown-up sensation we got from swiping it on.
Every other adolescent who requested her mother to buy it for her started a debate about female sexuality because of the name. Suddenly, the term lost its sexual connotation and became more evocative.
They discussed how the blush was received at first, the shocks that followed with its instant popularity, and how it could possibly look nice on everyone (which it does; it’s incredible). Continue reading to learn all of the juicy information.
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Orgasm Blush: The Meaning of the Name
“I created the original Orgasm blush in the same way I create all of my hues,” Nars explained. “Nars fans fell in love with the name and the color all of a sudden. It didn’t appear to be very adventurous, yet it was a hit with everyone.”
Surprisingly, when I questioned him about the reactions to the name—which is extremely sexual—he said it didn’t feel inappropriate.
He really came up with the name before he came up with the hue (which is probably how he got the shade just right).
Nars went on, “I always thought it was a fantastic way to achieve orgasm just by buying a blush when I named it, so why not?
I was looking for something a little more daring.”
Orgasm Blush :What Is It That Makes It So Popular?
“Orgasm is a blush that is unlike any other since it mixes warm and cool tones—the mix of peach, pink, and gold is wonderfully harmonized,” says Brouillard. That, plus the pigment, allows for a light or heavy application depending on your mood.
“I recommend the Yachiyo Kabuki Brush ($40) for a soft effect, and the Blush Brush #20 ($42) for a richer effect.”
“This blush may be applied as a highlighter or as a burst of color on the cheek,” he continues.
It goes well with any other blush hue you could have in your collection.” Yes, Brouillard adores the name just as much as you do. Of course, the name continues to attract attention.