Thursday, April 12, 2012

get cheeky: e.l.f. vs. NARS



L to R: e.l.f. Studio blush in "Fuschia Fusion" , NARS blush in "Orgasm"

Over spring break, I went home and decided to splurge on not one, but two new blushes. (Okay, maybe "splurge" isn't the right word, as the e.l.f. blush was only a mere $3. Not to mention that my best friend and I managed to score the NARS blush for $18 at Sephora, as opposed to the usual $28!) :D

I've heard from multiple sources (both on the Internet and word of mouth) that e.l.f. blushes are supposedly dupes of NARS. Yes, I'm aware that the blushes I bought are not even close to being the same color. But hey, the way I see it, if I'm going to buy two blushes, I'm gonna make sure that I'm not basically buying two of the same product. 

I digress. From the outside, the two products do appear very similar: note the near-matching black containers, each with a mini mirror inside. e.l.f. .....I see what you did there, lol.

And then we get to the actual contents.


Here we have the e.l.f blush. Pretty rich pigment and high sparkle content. It's brighter and way pinker than what I'm used to seeing on myself- the only other blush I own is "Mocha" from M.A.C. (sort of a dusty rose shade) A little bit of "Fucschia Fusion" went a long way. However, while swiping my brush across the product, it sent powder flying everywhere (as you can also see on the container)



 This is the NARS blush. I don't think my funky flash did the color justice- it looks hella orange here, da fuq. I've heard that "Orgasm" is a universally flattering shade. Upon trying it on, I do agree. Unfortunately, I feel I have to use a lot of product to get it to show up on my skin. -____- I can only imagine how much I'll have to use once I get darker in the summer.    
    

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Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchases. I feel that with the e.l.f. product, you get what you pay for- I wasn't really expecting the eighth world wonder in exchange for 3 bucks. NARS is much more worth the price, although I'm not really sure how I'd feel about rebuying it for $28. I am but a poor student, after all.