Confession: I was never part of the NARS blush fanatic bandwagon. I suppose now and forevermore, people will sing praises and worship the almighty that is NARS Orgasm, but I personally never understood the draw. The shimmer in that blush feels chunky and I don't find the NARS texture particularly great. Plenty of people look great in Orgasm though, I just have to search for my peachy-pink HG somewhere else.
More often than not NARS blushes also go on patchy for me, but I find myself drawn to them from time to time because like MAC, they are the purveyors of exciting but palatable colors (as opposed to the theatrical standards of Illamasqua and MUFE).
Now, I was initially really excited and gushy about NARS Gaiety. When I purchased it, my cool pink blush phase was going on full force (though currently I am starting to sense a leaning towards peach) and Gaiety cannot fit that description better.
L-R: NARS Gaiety, Dior Rosy Glow
The thing is, by the time I tried Gaiety I was already well acquainted with Rosy Glow. Now, as you can see in the above swatch, Rosy Glow is just a tinge lighter in hue than Gaiety but they are very similar when applied. I find the texture for Rosy Glow far superior to Gaiety. Rosy Glow is finely milled while the NARS one feels chalky to the touch. I think Gaiety applied fine but there's just something about Rosy Glow that stands out.
Rosy Glow also stays on the whole day for me. Eleven hours after application it still looks like I just swiped it on. Sometimes I can't believe that blush.
Well, if I had to pick only one, no prizes for which I'd choose!
*Dear readers, I need your opinion on future blush posts! I've been applying it the way I would wear it to go out, but I don't know if it shows up enough in pictures for you to see how the blush looks. I would be thankful if you sound off in the comments, whether you like it as is or would prefer if I lay it on a bit more to show the color (though I might be in danger of looking like a clown). Thank you for your feedback!