Nars VS Elf | The Ultimate Dupe?!

Nars Duo & Elf Duo Open Nars & Elf Duos

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.

Elf Swatches

Elf Swatches

Nars Swatches

Nars Swatches

Elf: Top Two Nars: Bottom Two

Elf: Top Two Nars: Bottom Two

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?





  1. June 27, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Even though they aren’t really dupes, I’d still love to try the Elf palette. It sounds pretty impressive for the price point and the swatches look great! I am obsessed with the amazing quality of Nars’ blushes and bronzers, though. They’d be very hard to beat by any brand in my eyes, let alone such an affordable one!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


    • SofiaaDot
      June 28, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Yeah exactly it depends what you’re after but for the price elf did super well I think! Agree though, NARS is amazing! Xx

    • SofiaaDot
      May 7, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Yeah I think the blushes are definitely less of a dupe compared to the bronzers! xx

  2. May 1, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I weirdly actually prefer the packaging of the Elf product – even though it’s clearly ripped off of NARS I just like the size of the pans more. But NARS are wonderful, and Laguna & Orgasm are such amazing products. You’re right, definitely not the same but they both look lovely. I’m definitely going to check the Elf product out though!
    Beth xx | Adventure & Anxiety

    • May 3, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Yeah I think the Elf one has bigger pans so you get more product! They are both stunning but yeah definitely check out the Elf one! xx

  3. April 30, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I think I’d stick with NARS as it’s a brand I love! The Elf palette does look lovely too though x

    Sick Chick Chic

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Yeah Nars is a gorgeous palette 🙂 xx

  4. April 29, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Yep, they didn’t look like dupes to me either! I love the NARS palette though 🙂

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Yeah it’s so pretty hey!! xx

  5. April 29, 2017 / 4:09 am

    I own both of these palettes. Both palettes are nice, but I agree; they are not dupes.

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Yeah they are both quite stunning! xx

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Fair enough it is gorgeous 🙂 xx

  6. April 28, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I used to use the elf brozer. I stopped though because I’m trying to use less makeup products so my skin clears up. When I did use it though, it did a decent job

    • May 1, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Ahh yeah completely fair enough! It’s definitely good quality 🙂 xx

  7. April 27, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I find that ELF products can be a hit or miss. Sometimes their pigmentation/colours are spot on and sometimes they are patchy.

  8. Gabrielle
    April 27, 2017 / 2:44 am

    I had completely forgotten I was going to try the Nars duo, thanks so much for the reminder! It really does look like a gorgeous product – and like you say, one that the Elf ‘dupe’ doesn’t 100% compare to. Have a lovely week!

    • April 27, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      No it really doesn’t hey! Still gorgeous but definitely not the same! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      May 2, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      No worries! xx

  9. April 27, 2017 / 12:25 am

    The packaging looks very similar but you’re right, color-wise they’re not dupes at all! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • SofiaaDot
      May 2, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Yeah they are both gorgeous though! xx

    • April 26, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Yeah they are both great just in their own separate ways!! xx

  10. busyandfab
    April 25, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    This is interesting and helpful, nice to find a post like this 🙂 I like Nars but found it a bit costly.

    • April 26, 2017 / 1:22 pm

      Yeah it definitely is pretty pricy! 🙂 xx

    • April 26, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Yeah definitely not at all hey! xx

  11. Claire Talks Beauty
    April 25, 2017 / 10:54 am

    i love nars laguna but the elf palette is also pretty and extremely affordable. it absolutely worth checking out.

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Yeah I think so! They are very different and nice in their own ways! xx

  12. April 25, 2017 / 8:28 am

    As soon as I saw the palettes open and I saw the difference in pigments and colours, I could tell they weren’t dupes. However, I quite like the differences of both actually! Great review!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      Yeah exactly, same here! Definitely not dupes but they both look gorgeous 😀 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      No worries! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Yeah I always try to before I buy the proper thing but then I get too curious and get the expensive one too 😛 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      May 2, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Yeah they are gorgeous 🙂 xx

  13. Yiota
    April 24, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I have the Elf one but I ordered the creamy version of St Lucia instead of the powder and I haven’t used it much. Need to re-discover it and give it a try once again, I find it difficult to blend creamy formulas.


    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Yeah I completely agree, I jsut dont find creams work as well for me! Definitely give the powder one a go though! xx

  14. April 24, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I like both!! I think the Nars one goes on really smoothly but they are both great finds! Have a wonderful week! <3


    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Yeah exactly!! Hope you do as well 🙂 xx

  15. April 24, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    They both look really nice, I haven’t tried either brands before.

    Lauren x Huggled

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Ohhh definitely give them a go!! xx

  16. April 24, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Ugh, I’m still yet to try any Nars products – which is pretty unbelievable since I’ve been meaning to for years! I do have quite an amount of Elf products though, which are pretty great – especially for their price! xx

    Rebecca |

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Yeah Elf is fantastic!!! Nars has some good ones as well though 🙂 Definitely would try some stuff from Nars! xx

  17. April 24, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    You’re right, they actually quite different in terms of the shades, although I have to say the ELF one looks lovely! I’m a big fan of Nars Orgasm, though I haven’t tried Laguna. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Yeah the Elf one is super nice as well! And Laguna is an awesome bronzer 🙂 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 25, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Yeah they are awesome quality 🙂 xx

  18. April 24, 2017 / 6:19 am

    This is quite an interesting post – I love NARS but I have never used ELF.
    In fact I am not sure we have it stocked in OZ.
    Plus I am not a big fan of blush since I already go a bit red – so it is great to hear what other people think of things I don’t use!
    A must right?
    Set to Glow

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:25 am

      They stock Elf in Australia in Kmart 🙂 I’m from Perth and they have it here! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Give them a go 🙂 xx

  19. Danielle Beautyblog
    April 24, 2017 / 12:58 am

    That NARS duo is so handy! Ive read about these being dupes for so long but they really aren’t that similar at all!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Yeah I reallyyyy don’t think they are! xx

  20. LuxeStyle
    April 23, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    They definitely look pretty different. Always interesting to compare cheaper products with more expensive versions 🙂


    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Yeah exactly cause once you find a winner, it’s so nice 😀 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Glad it was 🙂 xx

  21. April 23, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Both seem to be great products but I agree, it’s clear to see they aren’t dupes! Definitely more drawn to the Nars palette here..!

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Fair fair, the Nars one is stunning!! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 24, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Yeah exactly! I do as well 🙂 xx

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