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a lot of people have done this comparison, but i wanted to put the two side by side for my own little comparison! the two products in question are the ELF blush/bronzer duo and the NARS duo in orgasm/laguna. i`ve seen countless blogs with swatches of the two and since i have both, i really wanted to do my own.
one of the biggest difference between the two products is price. the ELF duo is $3 and the NARS is $40. that alone would make me go for the ELF rather than the NARS 9 times out of 10. i only have the NARS because i decided to treat myself for my birthday this year! otherwise, i would never dare to get it because it`s so expensive!
i`ve included swatches in the photos above, but unfortunately no matter at what angles i tried to photograph, the swatches didn`t turn out that well. for example, in the first photo above, the NARS blush looks a lot darker but that`s just an effect of the flash focusing primarily on ELF duo that`s closer to the camera. also, unfortunately in the swatches, the NARS looks a lot less pigmented, but i can assure you that the NARS blush and bronzer are not lacking in pigmentation whatsoever as the last photo seems to show. (my bad for the photos, again!)
i personally don`t think the blushes are too similar, so if you`re looking for an orgasm dupe, this isn`t it! i think the ELF is too light and doesn`t really show up much on me. i do like how both have a golden sheen that`s very pretty, but i don`t find the shimmer in the ELF to be as fine and it really emphasizes my pores, whereas the NARS adds luminosity to my skin. the bronzers are very close in color though.
besides the price, the main difference between the two is the quality. you get what you pay for! the NARS is far superior in quality. the ELF duo is very powdery and chalky and the powder isn`t finely milled. the shimmer is also very harsh and not at all flattering, in my opinion. i really struggle with the ELF set because the shimmer is too overwhelming. however, the shimmer in the NARS duo is very fine and makes you look illuminated in a good way, not a cheap trashy way.
i personally prefer the NARS but the ELF one is good if you`re looking for a good cheek duo for a good price.