theBalm's Hot Mama: NARS Orgasm dupe?

Hi, lovelies! Hope you've had a good weekend.  Today I have a comparison post between theBalm's "Hot Mama" blush and NARS's "Orgasm" blush.  I've had "Hot Mama" for a long time which is why I never thought I needed "Orgasm" since a lot of people online were saying they were dupes.  Recently, I got a mini "Orgasm" blush for free as a 500 point reward from Sephora.  I was happy because, not only would I be able to compare them myself, I finally had the famous "Orgasm". 
theBalm "Hot Mama" (top) and NARS "Orgasm" (bottom)

So are they dupes of each other?  In my opinion, no.  The gold shimmer is almost the same:  the one on "Hot Mama" is a little closer to a frost and the glitter in "Orgasm" is slightly more pronounced.  Also, the base color is different.  "Hot Mama" is peachier, "Orgasm" is pinker.  So they do show up differently on the skin.

In the end, to me they are similar but not the same.  I think you could own both and not feel as if you have a repeated blush.  Oh, and "Hot Mama" is missing it's packaging because I depotted it for my blush palette. 
Mini "Orgasm" blush, "Cactus Flower" blush, and "Laguna" bronzer

Also, look how cute this mini blush is!  It's so small compared to regular NARS blushes and to the Laguna bronzer.  It's like the baby.

In summary,
  • theBalm blushes are super soft.  Both "Orgasm" and "Hot Mama" are great quality
  • The gold shimmer is similar but the blush color is different
  • "Orgasm" is more pink, "Hot Mama" is more peach/coral
  • Both are gorgeous!  It's up to you if you find them similar enough.  I think you could own both because I don't consider them exact dupes.
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15 comments

  1. Orgasm is definitely alot pinkier. Great comparison post. :) the blush is so tiny and adorable! :)

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  2. Great post! Orgasm is such a gorgeous colour :O And what sweet little packaging - perfect for when you're going on holiday!

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  3. I think I actually prefer the HotMama!
    really pretty!

    megoura-makeup.blogspot.com
    xo

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    1. I actually prefer it as well :)

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    2. I agree I love the peachy tones in HotMama, too cute :)

      <3 LC

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  4. I have a mini Orgasm blush on it's way to me too for buying 2 Nars products from HQ Hair ;D thanks for the fantastic comparison!
    x

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    1. Yay! It's the most adorable makeup item I own xx

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  5. I really need orgasm :( Love this post! xox

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  6. Really helpful review and swatches! Hot Mama looks amazing :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  7. Both are really gorgeous blushes. I definitely agree with you. They are similar but not dupes. Sometimes I wonder why people make such claim but I guess everyone's perception is different.

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  9. I got the same mini Orgasm in the 500 pt set! I was mostly excited just to have it to compare other products too... I own lots of NARS blushes but was never drawn to Orgasm enough to purchase it. I agree that these blushes are not the same color, but they're both beautiful in their own way.

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  10. I love Orgasm, it looks lovely on my skin. I would love to own Hot Mama as well :)

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  11. definitely not a dupe but both shades are so pretty!

    vickyhoang.blogspot.com

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  12. Both shades are pretty but i guess i like Hot Mama more , (also it doesn't have an embarrassing name :P)

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