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Budget vs. luxe: e.l.f. goes up against Nars

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Budget vs. luxe: e.l.f. goes up against Nars

e.l.f. conturing blush and bronzing powderI was browsing through Target the other day and noticed that e.l.f. had a more permanent display in the cosmetic aisle than the usual endcap around holiday time. I also noticed that the offerings were more robust than I had ever seen, and took a closer look. I was happy to find the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder that was so similar to my NARS Multiple Duo in Orgasm/South Beach for a measly $3. So I grabbed it and added it to my already-overflowing basket.

I was surprised at how pigmented it was. For $3, I wasn’t expecting too much, but the color payoff is quite good, and it isn’t difficult to blend.

The one downside that I did notice is that while the NARS duo has shimmer, the e.l.f. had more glitter. I think that NARS did a much better job milling the shimmer pigment down so that it didn’t show up as glitter on your cheeks and face, while e.l.f. left some bigger flakes of “shimmer” in their formula. It’s not that big of a deal, but you want to make sure to blend well to avoid patches of glitter.

Overall, I think this is an amazing budget version of a very high-end item. Its perfect if you haven’t tried Orgasm yet and want to try it because everyone keeps talking about it. The price is right, and if you can’t find it at a Target near you, you can always find it online at e.l.f..

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