The classic Nars duo which consists of the blush in Orgasm and the bronzer in Laguna, has often be said to be duped by the Elf duo St Lucia which consists of a blush and bronzer as well.
So I decide to get the Elf duo as I already had the Nars one and see for myself.
I think by the packaging, it’s definitely a dupe. Although the Nars one does feel more luxurious as it isn’t just cheap plastic like the Elf one, the whole sizing of the compact is the same. It’s the same classic black with white writing on top. I do really like the packaging of both. I also don’t think they’d break easily.
I’ll start with the blushes. The Orgasm blush from Nars is a light pink with golden flecks in it. It gives off a healthy glow without being too glittery. The Elf blush on the other hand is completely matte and coral. Although both, in my opinion, are beautiful shades and of quite good quality, they are definitely not dupes. Not at all.
As for the bronzers, Laguna is a very light, warm, matte shade that looks very natural as it’s so light in pigment. The Elf bronzer is far more pigmented than Laguna, though it is still warm. It’s a little harder to blend then Laguna because of the pigment and it does come off a little chalky. But even if you ignore the quality, the shades are still very different.
In my opinion, these are most certainly not dupes. The only thing that is similar is the packaging. So if you’re looking to save some money but still want the shades in the Nars duo, then the Elf one won’t give you that. Though saying that, I think both palettes are quite nice so if you’re not phased about the shades as much, I’d definitely recommend you check out the Elf one.
What are some of your favorite dupes?