There are some makeup products that achieve cult status. They are universally raved about and loved by makeup artists, YouTubers and bloggers galore. We thought we’d try three of such products to see if they were worth the hype. We picked – Nars Blush in the shade ‘Orgasm’, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.

Nars Blush – Orgasm


Donna: How can such a peachy pink gold shimmer blush achieve such praise and adulation? Other than Sheer Glow this to me is the most famous of the Nars products. Every ‘Cult makeup’ post or article features this blusher and I’m so excited to see what the fuss is about.

OK, so it is very pretty and I love anything with a gold shimmer. It reminds me of a blusher I have by The Balm called ‘Hot Mama’ which also has a gorgeous gold effect. On first application it’s nice and the shimmer is definitely visible, but for such a high end product I’m surprised the colour pay off isn’t as good. I have to confess I’m a sucker for blusher, and having pale skin with little natural colour I like to have a good sweep of blush to brighten up my complexion. It’s just far more subtle than I was expecting, which I guess is good for some people. The shimmer effect does last, so that’s a benefit of high end makeup, but I did feel the need to re-apply some colour as the day went on.

So for me, although a pretty and wearable blush, I don’t feel this is worth the hype.

Emma: I actually really liked this blush! I usually use ‘Peaches’ by MAC, and have done for years. I really like how long it lasts, and the warm glow it gives my cheeks but I was pleasantly surprised with how Nars ‘Orgasm’ made my cheeks shimmer. The shimmer is very slight, so doesn’t look like you have too much on, but it is enough to notice.

Personally, I really enjoy using it, and I would purchase again! 🙂

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Champagne Pop – Jaclyn Hill


Emma: I have a love/hate relationship with highlighters. I have tried a few, and my favourites are powders as opposed to liquid, so I was really excited to try ‘Champagne pop’ especially as I absolutely love Jaclyn! I did really like this highlight, it is definitely a SERIOUS highlight! Hardly any product gave such a huge effect, I was really impressed. I would wear this for evenings and nights out, but if I’m honest, this is a little much for me in the day. A little too much product makes my skin look cakey really quickly, and I found that my cheekbones looked more cakey later in the day than glowy. I am now wondering if my brush picked up too much product as Donna applied this with her finger and it looked much more natural on her skin.

I would recommend if you are looking for maximum impact highlight, or something to use for strobing, but if you are looking for a more subtle highlight, I would chose something else.

Donna: As Emma said, I applied using my fingertips and loved loved, loved the effect! I like the fact it’s a creamy texture rather than a powder and I only apply really high on my cheekbones, as highlighters have a tendency to emphasis my pores.

The packaging is fab, the mirror is a good size, the apricot/gold coloured highlighter is such a beautiful, flattering shade and overall it feels like a high end product. So, in my view, this is worth the hype – bravo Becca and Jaclyn!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation


Donna – On our Facebook page, we mentioned that we needed some new foundation and should we go for Nars Sheer Glow or Estee Lauder Double Wear. And wow, this certainly provoked a response – thanks ladies! Now I’ve tried Nars before and love it but was keen to know what the Double Wear was like, given it’s the UK’s number 1 selling foundation. As some people pointed out they are quite different so perhaps not comparable but personally I don’t have lots of high end foundations in my collection, so just wanted to buy one.

Weirdly, Emma and I were the same shade when we purchased it – 3N1 – Ivory beige. I was disappointed though that it didn’t come with a pump. At £30 I feel this should be included (although the Nars one doesn’t come with a pump either) but it’s just a pet peeve of mine. Anyway, moving on…the coverage is excellent for only a teeny tiny amount of product. And someone else commented that it doesn’t transfer and that is exactly right, which gives this lots of plus points. Also, after a day’s wear it lasted and lived up to it’s promise of 15 hour staying power. My only slight issue is that I think this shade it a little too dark for me and will only work whilst I have a tan.

Overall, I can totally see why it’s raved about and has reached cult status. Therefore, I feel it is worth the hype!

Emma – I love this foundation. I have only recently over the last few months started wearing a liquid foundation, and have been using L’Oreal True Match. I also tried the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation which broke my skin out really badly. I was a little reluctant to try another foundation after that experience but I am very pleased I did!

The colour match was a little orange, but luckily the weather has been really nice and over the last week I have now caught the sun enough for the colour to be a perfect match! I was worried about this foundation looking cakey or dry and I have dry skin, but I have not found that the be an issue. The foundation is high coverage so I find I only need a little and this goes a very long way for the level of coverage I like. I haven’t tried building it too much so this might look drier on my skin if I do build it up – but for day to day, a small amount works fine for me. The only criticism I have, like Donna, is that it would be easier with a pump as I get too much product when I tip the bottle, but not quite enough dipping my finger in!

I find this lasts for most of the day on my skin, even in the heat, which is impressive as usually my make up is gone by 11am! I highly recommend this foundation and really look forward to trying more from the Estee Lauder range as this is a brand I haven’t really explored.