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  1. I totally agree. I actually really disliked this ELF duo, but I bought it after everyone claimed it was dupe status!
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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      That's a big problem I have. A lot of people are very quick to claim "dupe", specially if the product is very inexpensive so it creates expectations which aren't met and the disappointment is greater.

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  2. Zazie Bibi 4 years ago

    I own the elf version, but i like using the bronzer as a crease shade as it's too dark for me! xx

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    • Meghan E 4 years ago

      I have the Elf duo and never use it because the bronzer is so dark and pigmented. I never thought to use it as a crease colour though! I'm totally going to try that 🙂

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Great use for it!

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  3. Ela Kaimo 4 years ago

    I'm giving away my e.l.f. contouring kit. It oxidizes on me and makes me look red-orange by midday, which is a shame because it's so darn affordable!
    As for the Nars duo, I'm probably not going to spend that much money on a blush OR bronzer.

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Honestly, if you found the elf one orange I wouldn't recommend NARS Laguna for you so you're right for staying away. They are definitely on the warm side x

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  4. Sara Chergui 4 years ago

    That was a very useful blog post, thanks for sharing ! I'd love to try the NARS brand, I always hear so much good about it !

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  5. Anonymous 4 years ago

    The price makes it so very worth it for me.. Though I honestly shouldn't be buying another powder yet! I'm still on the MAC Careblend powder for my contouring needs heh 🙂 I'm sure the ELF is an awesome budget pick for a beginner though! x

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  6. Chelsea Leigh 4 years ago

    I definitely agree that it's not a dupe. I own the Elf duo and I never use it, it's just so-so!

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Yeah, it's not bad but quality-wise it's no NARS plus the colors are different so no not a dupe for me x

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  7. Victoria Saunders 4 years ago

    It looks surprisingly good! Great for those on a budget

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  8. ThriftThick 4 years ago

    I've never been tempted by the e.l.f. duo because the bronzer looks SO dark… way too dark for me; it would look so muddy on a lot of complexions!! 🙁

    ♥Cassie
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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Yeah, I get you. But it's also hard for people with dark complexions to find a bronzer that will show up on them so it's difficult to please the majority of consumers xx

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  9. Laura 4 years ago

    I actually prefer the elf one because of how dark the contour is. I do struggle when looking for a contour bronzer, especially when I'm tanned xx

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Then I want to suggest the MAC Sculpting Powder in Shadowy. It's quite dark. I use it when I'm tan and with a light hand when I'm paler x

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  10. Rikki Poynter 4 years ago

    That is certainly no dupe.

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  11. Maddy 4 years ago

    I found the elf one to be very chalky, and didn't really like it, its probably a good one if you are on a budget though! x
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  12. Nikki 4 years ago

    I love Nars, but Elf definitely would be great for when I'm on a budget!

    Great post 🙂

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  13. Sanja 4 years ago

    Loved this comparison, now I definitely know that I don't need Laguna because it looks way too shimmery for my liking 🙂

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  14. asianhomie101 4 years ago

    Definitely agree with you! I don't understand how people think it is a dupe… I own both of the products and I think the Elf Duo is good in its own right, but not the exact same thing!
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  15. Grace Clair 4 years ago

    The ELF Duo contains mineral oil – just letting you know! So, using this product can result in clogged pores and unnecessary acne and blemishes.

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      I usually check ingredients on high-end products because I want to make sure they aren't crap considering I'm paying a lot, but I usually forget to do so when it comes to affordable items! Thank you for the heads up x

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  16. Lesley X 4 years ago

    The NARS duo is beautiful. I haven't ordered off of ELF in some time as it always seems to be a bit hit and miss x

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  17. Andrew James 4 years ago

    Love finding things like this!

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  18. Betzy Carmona 4 years ago

    I had the elf duo and love it 🙂

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  19. Natalie 4 years ago

    I love that you did a comparison! So awesome. I love the look of the shimmer in the Nars blush, but for the price I'd probably go for e.l.f.

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  20. Pang Ly 4 years ago

    I try to avoid the ELF face powders. I agree, they are a bit too powdery and don't last. Even for the low cost, I wouldn't be interested. These two are definitely not dupes.

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  21. Kailey 4 years ago

    Thank you for the review!

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  22. Tasha 4 years ago

    I bought this because of it being a 'dupe', but I'm actually not a fan of the formula. I find the bronzer quite dark, a good contour colour, but hard to blend and too shimmery. The blush is quite chalky and sheer for me too!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  23. twoplicates 4 years ago

    i just bought this on iherb as a gauge to see if i should splurge on the real thing! looking at the swatches they dont seem alike at all D: …looks like i might have to buy the real thing 😛

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  24. Mads M 4 years ago

    I'm impressed, thats a really close match. I think I actually like the ELF duo better !

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  25. Claudia 4 years ago

    It really bugs me when people find a colour that's similar and say it's a dupe, there's more to a dupe than just colour and I totally agree with you here. Although I love NARS products, I actually prefer the ELF colours here. I don't own Laguna, but I do have Orgasm and it is really shimmery on me.

    Lovely post!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Yeah, I rarely ever wear Orgasm. It's beautiful but I just don't like such a shimmery finish on myself. x

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  26. Amber McNiff 4 years ago

    Great post, I've never tried e.l.f products

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  27. Sharlynn Ng 4 years ago

    Definitely not a dupe at all I think. The nars bronzer is much more natural and not as dark and the blush is also much pinkier and has nice fine golden glitter!

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  28. Jen27 4 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful comparison! Nice to hear that the ELF palette is still a great affordable option and that its shades aren't quite as shimmery!

    -Jen

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  29. Esin D. 4 years ago

    I don't own the elf version but own the NARS ones seperately as you do. I thought they were pretty good already so didn't buy the elf one but everyone kept saying they were exact dupes but they are pretty different I think xx

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    • TheBeautyMilk 4 years ago

      Yes, definitely different. I think you're good if you own Orgasm + Laguna already. Since you've tried those you will definitely notice a big difference in terms of texture x

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  30. Laura Neuzeth 4 years ago

    I always heard that the Elf duo was a dupe but seeing the swatches totally debunks that. The colors are really different! Still beautiful but different than the NARS duo.

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