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Beauty on a Budget – NARS Orgasm Dupe – EB Blush in Amethyst

Are cliques a new thing now in the blogosphere? I’ve been observing several fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle, food, basta all kinds of bloggers forming different small “groups”, “barkadas”, or “friendships”. Call me cynical but sometimes I wonder Are they really friends? or they’re just using each other for greater power. There’s a saying that There’s always power in numbers especially a group, or even a pair of women. Each and everyone brings up the other, or rather, keeps the former on the ground.

Blogger Besties, Is the label even real? Being women, they’re probably backstabbing one another and making chismis the other behind each other’s back. I heard stories. Yes I did. I thought they were really friends. Sad really. Everyone’s an opportunist in their own right.

Nagbobolahan lang ba sila? “OMG” “WOWWWW” “PRETTYY”

I bravely face the blogosphere alone. Growing up bullied, a loner, and “socially awkward”, it takes time for me to be really friends with someone. If she/he ever becomes my friend, I don’t brag about it or decide to use him/her to raise my status. I sincerely treat one as a friend and not an object for use. Some might ask me why I’m too quiet when I’m in events, or appear shy in photo-ops.  Sometimes I wonder if I should at least try to fit in. But I can’t. I really can’t. I find everything fake. Honestly speaking. Everyone is fake to one another and sometimes I want to scream because it’s too obvious! Plastics.  Coining the term from one of my favorite movie Mean Girls. PLASTIC.  It takes less than all my fingers on my hands to count how many are genuinely nice to one another.

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Oh dear protect me from social media scums

 

So speaking of plastics, fakes, and dupes; Let’s talk about the coveted dupe of NARS Orgasm. Back when I was in college and chatting my way along a famous female forum, girls raved about a local blush that they said was the closest dupe for NARS Orgasm that’s available in the Philippines. Can you guess what it is? Well, they said Ever Bilena (EB) Blush in Amethyst is near to the real thing. From texture to color.  Let’s compare.

NARS ORGASM  (photos courtesy of temptalia.com)

Description: Peachy Pink with Golden Shimmer
Price: 29USD

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NARS ORGASM PHOTO

 

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NARS ORGASM FACE SWATCH

 

EB BLUSH IN AMETHYST (NARS ORGASM DUPE)

Description: None. But I think it’s a peachy-bronze with golden shimmer
Price: 100php (2.50USD)

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NARS ORGASM DUPE FACE SWATCH

 

 

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EB BLUSH IN AMETHYST (NARS ORGASM DUPE)

 

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EB BLUSH IN AMETHYST (NARS ORGASM DUPE)

 

 

WHAT I THINK OF THIS NARS ORGASM DUPE

They said it’s a dupe. I say this is better.  The color of EB Blush is more flattering for Filipinas than the NARS Orgasm. It can also double up as a bronzer if you’re more on the mestiza side. This blush lasts 5 hours even on a hot and humid day if set with a good setting powder (I currently use BYS HD Finishing Powder in Translucent). Not to mention it’s a 1/10th of the price of NARS ORGASM. I bought mine at Mercury Drug for 100php but this is readily available anywhere there’s Ever Bilena Cosmetics.

What do you think of “blogger besties”? Do you buy it? I’d like to hear what you think. If not, just tell me what you think about this blush 🙂