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The NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm is a good attempt from NARS. This colour lip balm from NARS is the same as the Orgasm blush. It has flecks of rose gold and gold shimmer to make this lip colour very glowy and dewy on the lip. There aren’t any other shades of the Afterglow Lip Balm but that’s what is so unique about the NARS Orgasm collection. While I love this brand and the quality of the products, I know that there are many NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Dupes out there! Read below for the NARS Afterglow lip balm review and then I will get into the dupes for this lip balm.
I also know that every few years, NARS Cosmetics loves to continue to celebrate the Orgasm collection and adds a few more items that fans just “can’t live without” and jack up the prices. Currently, the Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm is $35 CAD (click here to see reviews on Sephora!), which is a lot considering it’s a sheer tint. When I pay premium, I expect a rich colour payoff. However, the NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm isn’t mean to do that, it’s mean to be an everyday swipe of colour.
The NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm also has jojoba oil in it which makes it really moisturizing on the lips. It is also contains antioxidants against harmful pollutants (whatever that means) but people seem to love the idea of a barrier against the outdoors. The best way to use the Afterglow Lip Balm is to apply to bare lips for a sheer swipe of colour OR you can also put it on top of any nude lipstick colour for more of an illuminating shine.
The NARS Orgasm price (haha!) of this NARS lip balm is $37 Canadian which makes it a bit on the pricey side so keep reading below for more NARS lip balm dupes!
However, the NARS ORGASM Afterglow Lip Balm reminds me of another very sultry lip balm collection from Dior. The Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm have a wider range of colours and finishes.
Here is a the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm Swatch so you can see how it looks on the lips (this photo is taken from Sephora).
This is a balm that provides moisture and a hint of colour. There are also other brands that do the exact same thing to the lips that you can get for much cheaper which is why I decided to write this post.
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm Now Comes in new shades!
In December 2019, NARS launched the Afterglow Lip Balm in their famous shades and extended the shade range beyond Orgasm. Here are the new shades and swatches in the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm Collection Series:
Keep reading to find out which specific shade and brand is the perfect dupe for each NARS Afterglow Lip Balm new shades!
- Dolce Vita (A dusty rose)
The Dolce Vita collection from NARS is one of their staple colours. You can also read about the Dolce Vita blush in my article about NARS Blush Dupes here. The best dupe for the Dolce Vita Afterglow Lip Balm is the Sugar Lip Treatment by Fresh that comes in tinted colours. The closest dupe would be the shade “Sugar Bloom” tinted. Here is a sample below:
2. Wicked Ways (Sheer Mulberry)
Wicked Ways Afterglow Lip Balm is really sheer so don’t let the shade fool you. A perfect dupe for this shade is by Clinique called “Black Honey”. The Black Honey shade is this deep rich mulberry shade that ends up looking more plum on the lips than black. It is also one of Clinique’s best selling shades because it looks good on everyone.
Another dupe for Wicked Ways Afterglow Lip Balm from NARS is Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Lip Colour in Grenadine which is a mid tone pink plum. You’ll get the same sheer colour effect with the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour because it is a buildable formula as well.
3. Fast Lane (Sheer Mauve Nude)
Fast Lane is another one of those nude rose colours that are easily duped. I would say the best dupe for the Fast Lane Afterglow is also by Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in the tinted shade “Sheer Petal Pink”. You can see a sample of it below.
4. Torrid (Sheer Warm Coral)
The best dupe for the Torrid Afterglow Lip Balm is closest to the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Mighty Mimosa. This is a sheer pink but it lands more on the peach-y side which is exactly what the shade Torrid aims to look closest to which is coral and peach.
5. Turbo (Sheer Cherry Red)
The NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Turbo is hard to find. There are a lot of lip balms out there but none that are that cherry red. The closest thing to a sheer cherry lip balm would be the Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Plump-in-Colour Tinted Lip Balm in Lunatic Red which is a blue red similar to Turbo.
Dupes for the NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm vs Dior Addict Lip Glow – Even though it is more expensive than the Nars Orgasm Afterglow, I always find that Dior Makeup has incredible quality. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE NARS and their quality but Dior Makeup is more of a luxury brand compared to NARS. The Dior Makeup lipsticks and lip glosses are always so moisturizing and have great colour payoff. There are also many other Dior lip glow dupes as well if you don’t want to spend the money. Which can all be found if you keep reading this review.
- Mac Tendertalk Lip Balm – If you’re a Mac Cosmetics lover, you’ll appreciate hte Mac Tendertalk Lip Balm. With the price being lower than Nars and Dior, you’ll love the way this balm easily glides on and moisturizers. Receiving almost a 5 star review on MacCosmetics.ca, I would say you can’t go wrong with this product. It comes in a few colours: Candy Wrapped, Play with me, Side Dish and Teddy Pink. Although the colours appear deep, they go on more like the Dior Lip Glow for a sheer swipe of colour.
Maybelline “Baby Lips Glow Balm” – The Maybelline Baby Lips line has been a drugstore makeup favourite loved by all since it first came out. Baby Lips is all about maintaining moisture while appearing with a subtle colour like the rest of them. At the lowest price point in the bunch, it’s hard to resist this as an option for a sheer lip glow. I would say that a packaging junkie like me wouldn’t go for it simply because it looks like something a 6 year old would purchase. However, if it does the job then I ain’t no snob and Imma buying it anyway!
- tarte “Quench Lip Rescue” – For a brand that is more middle of the road in terms of pricing, has great packaging and is animal friendly, I suggest picking up the Tarte Quench Lip Rescue. From the Rainforest of the Sea Collection, the products have been sourced all over the world (think New Zealand and Australia), to get the best natural products for skin and lips. The colour payoff is about the same if not more and the colour range is more than any of the other ones listed above.
In short, there are many NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Dupes that can be bought. I don’t think I’ve listed all of the NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm Dupes in this blog post! I would love to hear if you have any other Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm dupes for me to report on!
Also, you may be wondering how you can get free samples of NARS Cosmetics. If you shop on NarsCosmetics.com , sometimes they have deluxe samples that you’ll get if you spend a certain amount at different times in the year. Make sure you sign up for their emails to get notified of when they are having some of the better sales.
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