You’ve probably heard of Nars Orgasm by now, the iconic blush that’s as close to a universally flattering shade as the world will ever see. (The magic’s all in the rose-gold tone, which looks bad on no one. Seriously: We checked.) I’ve never tried it—not because I didn’t want to drink the Kool-Aid, but because I don’t wear much makeup at all. It’s not that I don’t need it. I’m just a minimalist (read: lazy).
Anyway, the runaway success of Nars Orgasm, which debuted in 1999 and is still the best-selling blush in the U.S., led to more Orgasm-tone riffs from the brand beyond the original, like liquid blush and satin lipstick. It’s just good business sense. But as with the blush that started it all, none of these Orgasm-inspired follow-ups has really tempted me—until its Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm showed up.
I’m aware that I have a lip balm problem. I mean, losing a good one can send me into a existential tailspin. But this particular balm is more than just a balm. It gives off the sheerest tint of gold-flecked, peachy rose, the same exact tone that made the namesake blush famous.
And you wouldn’t think that this would make that big a difference, but trust me, it does. Here’s why: While my makeup routine is more basic than a PSL-stained Ugg boot, it can veer a little too much so—like I just rolled out of bed and barely got my shoes onto the right feet. And while that’s a cool look if I don’t have plans (so, pretty often), it’s far less appropriate if I have a meeting, run into an ex-boyfriend, or find myself in a situation where it’s important that I don’t look like I’ve been dragged out from under a rock against my will.
This lip balm is the most low-effort way to look like I put in some effort. The finish is a slight sheen, not enough to be glossy but definitely not matte, so it catches just enough light to add brightness. And the warm, rose-gold tone delivers a shade similar to my natural lip color, but with the sort of flush I imagine they’d have if I’d been kissing my boyfriend or, like, Riz Ahmed for nine hours. Plus, it’s infused with monoï oil, which is what gives it that soft, balm feel. Think of this lip balm as spring’s retort to the fussy, high-maintenance liquid lipstick of winters past. It makes me look just polished enough for wherever I need to be, and then I can go house a burger without having to check a reflective surface every five seconds.
It takes something truly special to reach the level of stardom as the blush—and this Glamour Beauty Award winner isn’t far behind.