The internet is filled with fairly unreliable information. Shocker, I know. I was browsing Pinterest the other day, as I do, and my feed was filled with so called “beauty dupes”. I started a board to keep up with all of these “dupes” so I can test them and I’m starting today. I want to give you valid, tested, and reliable information before you go spend your money. I’m excited to introduce my new series: “Makeup Dupes” TESTED! This is where we ask, “Is it really a dupe?”
I was laying in bed around 11 pm on Saturday night when I saw this pin . I woke up Sunday morning at 8:01. I put on some pants and a bra, grabbed my purse and headed straight for Target. No lie. That’s how this happened. I had to know if the E.L.F. Illuminating Palette was a dupe for the Anastasia Glow Kit. Is there a dupe for the Anastasia Glow Kit, anyway?
When I got to Target I ran straight for the beauty aisle. To my content I found 4 E.L.F. Illuminating Palettes on the shelf. I snatched one up and headed for the checkout line. No time to waste! Once I got home I grabbed my Anastasia Glow Kit, tore the package open on the E.L.F. palette, and stuck my fingers in.
…Oh. This is not at all what I expected.
But before I give you the verdict, let’s compare. Shall we?
I make a small percentage of purchases made through links on this post. It’s always appreciated if you use my affiliate link, but never expected. Thanks for the support.
Is the E.L.F. Illuminating Palette a Dupe for the Anastasia Glow Kit?
Side by Side Swatches
Now, I could probably stop here and some of you would be more than satiated with this amount of breakdown, but when have you known me to cut corners? Let’s compare the shades individually.
Hard Candy Anastasia Glow Kit Dupe
Mimosa Anastasia Glow Kit Dupe
Starburst Anastasia Glow Kit Dupe
Crushed Pearl Anastasia Glow Kit Dupe
Overall Thoughts – is it a Dupe?
If you saw this post on my facebook page you know the diverse ways I like to use the Anastasia Glow Kit. It truly is more than just a highlighting kit it me. It can take the place of my blush, my eyeshadow, and of course, my highlighter. Because the Anastasia Glow Kit has wowed me so much, I have really big expectations for any supposed dupe.
When I compared the E.L.F. Illuminating powders to the Anastasia powders I was severely let down. As you can see in the swatches, the E.L.F. powders are a good bit chunkier and they have a significantly lower amount of *glow*.
I am a fan of E.L.F. products – even some of the powders – so I was disappointed to see that these were straight up powdery and did not sit well on the skin.
Now, on the skin the comparison gets a little more tricky. But here’s what I’ve found. While the tones may be similar the consistency and finish is a 180 degree difference. The two formulas are nothing similar, and for me that closes the door on the “is it a dupe” book.
In the photo above I hope it’s as obvious to you as it is to me that the Anastasia side is a lot more luminous. There’s a sheen going on over at the E.L.F. side, but I wouldn’t call it a GLOW. I used Crushed Pearl and the similar shade from the E.L.F. palette.
I used the shade Mimosa and the similar E.L.F. shade to give a subtle halo effect to the eyes. I can see how it’s hard to tell them apart in this photo, but it was fairly obvious in person that one was shimmery and one was just colored powder (the E.L.F. version). Not a bad eyeshadow powder, though… that’s a use I can see for the E.L.F. palette.
Also – side note – does the Anastasia side look more lifted to anyone else? I swear that side of my face looks a lot more youthful and “high”… and I think it’s the highlight.
So no. The E.L.F. Illuminating Palette is definitely not a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. I also wouldn’t purchase the E.L.F. Illuminating Palette for the purposes of highlighting. Honestly, the only use I think I’ll get out of it is for eyeshadow.
However, I do actually think the Anastasia Glow Kit is worth the $40. You know… if you’re one to drop $40 on a highlighting palette. 😛 I personally love mine and I get a lot of use out of it.
I hope you enjoyed this installment of Makeup Dupes Tested. Heard of any other dupes you think I should test out? Drop them in the comments below.
Want More “Makeup Dupes” TESTED? Pin it!