I Examined Each e.l.f Dupe vs. Excessive-Finish Product

There are some things it’s best to find out about me. One, I like sporting make-up; two, I’ve been a Rouge-level Sephora buyer for the final six years; and three, I can’t maintain spending cash like this. My Sephora spending has gotten so out of hand that I’ve needed to give myself a strict month-to-month cosmetics allowance to rein in my spending on this class. The place earlier than I might wander into Sephora on any given afternoon and depart with fairly just a few purchases, this new spending restrict has saved me in examine and looking for cheaper alternate options to my favourite merchandise.

That is the place e.l.f. is available in. Over time, I’ve tried drugstore merchandise solely to seek out that they only don’t examine to my tried-and-trues. However a few years in the past, e.l.f. dupes began gracing my For You web page with make-up artists claiming they had been simply pretty much as good as—and even higher—than a few of my favourite merchandise. Notably, e.l.f.’s Dior lip oil dupe, Charlotte Tilbury flawless filter dupe, and Uncommon Magnificence blush dupe have made waves within the magnificence group. I’ve since tried my fair proportion of e.l.f. magnificence merchandise and have liked them sufficient to make them a part of my common routine (in fact, this has made sticking to my month-to-month cosmetics allowance method simpler, too).

At first, I figured e.l.f. was merely a very nice drugstore model. Nevertheless, with every new launch, it’s turn out to be abundantly clear that e.l.f. dupes are now not merely a coincidence, they’re mainly the corporate’s whole model. With high-end merchandise getting pricier and pricier (thanks, inflation), e.l.f. is fixing an issue for make-up girlies in all places. However do these dupes really examine to their high-end counterparts? I attempted a full face of e.l.f. make-up merchandise and in contrast them to the high-end merchandise they dupe. Right here’s the place I feel it’s best to save and splurge:



Professionals: non-comedogenic (so it received’t clog pores!), creates a hydrated barrier between pores and skin and make-up
Cons: takes awhile to dry down, could be tough to layer merchandise on prime

Garri’s decide

I’ve mixture, blemish-prone pores and skin, and when researching primers with this in thoughts, the Milk Hydro Grip primer appeared to be the clear alternative. However I actually couldn’t fathom spending that a lot cash on a primer and rapidly began on the lookout for a dupe. The e.l.f. Energy Grip Primer is actually wonderful. I’ve repurchased it numerous instances and at all times return to it after testing a brand new one. It has a hydrating, barely thicker, cheesy end that creates a barrier between my pores and skin and the remainder of my make-up. That is essential for somebody susceptible to dry patches like me; with this primer, my make-up sits so properly on prime of my pores and skin and doesn’t latch onto any dry, flaky bits.

Milk Make-up

Professionals: incorporates hyaluronic acid, aloe water, and blue agave extract to create an excellent hydrating end
Cons: worth

I’ve a very laborious time justifying the price of a product that doesn’t have any seen impact. So, whereas this primer is by all accounts wonderful, I’ll in all probability persist with the e.l.f. model in order that I can put more cash in the direction of merchandise that I can really see, like blush or lip merchandise. That stated, the Milk primer will get the sting over the e.l.f. by way of the way it feels on the face. It’s ever-so-slightly extra hydrating, simpler to work with, and has a cooling impact that feels good on my infected and indignant pores and skin—however these issues, in my view, don’t make it value the fee when the e.l.f. different is correct there.

Glow Filters


Professionals: has sufficient protection to put on alone
Cons: could be difficult to put on beneath different base merchandise

Garri’s decide

That is one other e.l.f. product I already use and love. Once more, I didn’t need to pay the $49 for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (are you sensing a theme but?), so I ran to do that as quickly because it dropped. It has the smallest quantity of protection, so I like utilizing it on no-makeup-makeup days paired with a concealer so as to add protection to drawback areas. As a glow product, as a result of it has slightly extra protection to supply, it may possibly really feel heavy on the face when paired with one other basis or pores and skin tint. So, I sometimes put on this by itself.

Charlotte Tilbury

Professionals: tremendous light-weight end
Cons: glow can disappear below different merchandise

I vividly keep in mind everybody dropping their minds over this product a few years again, and after making an attempt it for the primary time, I’ve to say, I actually don’t get the hype. If I had flawless pores and skin with no blemishes, I might see this being an awesome product for no-makeup-makeup days, however as a result of that’s positively not what I’m working with, I can’t use it with out layering one other base product on prime. And after that occurs, the glowy end sort of disappears beneath the tint, bronzer, and blush I take advantage of. In a future the place I’ve excellent pores and skin (fingers crossed!), I’ll revisit this, however for now, it definitely isn’t value the additional money.

CC Cream


Professionals: slightly goes a great distance, so that you’ll get much more bang to your buck; has SPF 30
Cons: actually poor shade vary

I’m not a full-coverage girlie, and as this was the primary time I used this product, it was a shock to my system. I rapidly realized I used method an excessive amount of product right here, however as soon as it lastly blended out, it left me with a pleasant sufficient end, however it did really feel very thick on my pores and skin. I additionally want the colour vary on this was higher—even my greatest shade wasn’t an ideal match. Because of this, I really suppose going the high-end route is the best choice right here. You need your base product to be actually good as the inspiration for the remainder of your make-up, and I don’t suppose that is it.

IT Cosmetics

Professionals: simply blendable, skin-like end, has SPF 50+
Cons: poor shade vary

Garri’s decide

I used to be pleasantly stunned by this. I actually don’t love feeling like I’ve an excessive amount of make-up sitting on my face, however regardless of being full protection, the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream has a very nice, skin-like end. The place the thick texture of the e.l.f. CC cream makes it tough to mix out, the IT Cosmetics one blends like a dream. The truth that it additionally has SPF 50+ makes it the clear winner right here.



Professionals: blends properly, offers respectable protection
Cons: poor shade vary

I’m going to be trustworthy—I’ve but to discover a concealer that really WOWS me. This was a pleasant, full-coverage concealer that brightened my under-eyes and added slightly further protection to my blemishes. It’s a great, low-cost possibility that blends nicely, however the shade vary is so poor I can’t comfortably suggest it.


Professionals: respectable shade vary and good protection
Cons: appeared slightly patchy with out good under-eye prep

Garri’s decide

Once more, I’ve but to discover a concealer that sits amongst my different Holy Grail magnificence merchandise, however this was an honest possibility, and I can see why it’s one of many authentic viral magnificence merchandise. With virtually double the quantity of shade choices that the e.l.f. concealer has, that is the clear winner for me if the formulation matches nicely together with your pores and skin. I wanted slightly bit of additional hydration below my eyes once I used this, which resulted in it separating slightly bit below my eyes because the day went on.



Professionals: blends simply, respectable shade vary
Cons: the applicator is a nightmare

Garri’s decide

And right here we’ve got the primary product to truly make its method into my common routine. I used to be really so stunned by how this appeared on. Regardless of being a liquid product (which could be so difficult to mix), this actually melted into my pores and skin and supplied essentially the most lovely glow. The applicator, nonetheless, is so messy, and I do not know if it “closes” the best way the Charlotte Tilbury one does, which could make it a hazard to retailer. That stated, at $7 and with a system that made me do a double-take, I’ll reside with the messy packaging. I additionally love that this product is available in six shades, whereas the Charlotte Tilbury model solely is available in two.

Charlotte Tilbury

Professionals: blends nicely, offers a pleasant glow
Cons: poor shade vary

That is one match-up that I actually couldn’t inform the distinction between. Each the system and the best way the Charlotte Tilbury contour wand blends are basically the identical because the e.l.f. dupe, however the e.l.f. Halo Glow Contour Wand will get the sting due to its worth and having barely extra shade choices.



Professionals: has a ton of pigment
Cons: could be laborious to mix

Garri’s decide

Holy PIGMENT. I’m not new to extremely pigmented liquid blushes (I’ve been utilizing the Uncommon Magnificence and Saie ones for years), however the pigment on this blush actually stunned me. I wouldn’t suggest inserting it immediately in your face. As an alternative, I place slightly bit on my hand and decide up the product with a brush. That’s the way it’s blended one of the best for me whereas nonetheless offering a whole lot of colour. I’ll say—this product is almost equivalent to the Uncommon Magnificence blushes, even coming in a whole lot of the identical shades the Uncommon Magnificence one is available in. Due to that, and the worth right here, the e.l.f. Camo Liquid Blush is the clear winner for me. I’ll positively be selecting up just a few extra shades.

Uncommon Magnificence

Professionals: nice pigment
Cons: can look patchy

When the Uncommon Magnificence Smooth Pinch Liquid Blush dropped, lives had been modified. I keep in mind instantly buying two shades after which, additionally instantly struggling to work with them. Over time, I’ve discovered the way to make the product work nicely for me, however even to at the present time, I typically discover myself desperately making an attempt to mute slightly little bit of the pigment with a humid magnificence blender, the comb I used for my basis, concealer… actually something that may make my cheeks look barely much less scary. I do know folks love these blushes, and I sometimes do, too! However I do discover they will separate on my pores and skin and look patchy if I’ve any dry spots, which I didn’t discover with the e.l.f. Camo Liquid Blush, in order that’s why it acquired my vote. Nevertheless, in the event that they give you the results you want, I do suppose the $23 price ticket is value it since you’ll have that blush in your magnificence bag for many years.

Setting Powder


Professionals: handy packaging
Cons: cakey, didn’t maintain my oil at bay

I don’t choose an excellent matte look, however I additionally are likely to get oily because the day goes on, so a very good setting powder is critical. I want it to mattify my drawback areas whereas additionally not accentuating each single pore I’ve on my face. Sadly, this powder had just a few issues. It’s very heavy, making my face seem cakey whereas additionally not really staying in place all through the day. So not solely was the end straight away not nice, however it didn’t have the lasting energy that I really want from my setting powders.


Professionals: feels light-weight, but nonetheless mattifying
Cons: worth

Garri’s decide

I actually do suppose a few of the high-end merchandise on this checklist are definitely worth the worth (IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, I’m you), however whereas I feel that is the higher of the 2 setting powders, the worth actually throws me off. On the one hand, setting powders normally lasts a protracted whereas, so the funding could also be value it. Greater than that, for me, this product simply carried out higher throughout. It eliminated extra shine from my T-zone with out settling into my positive traces and pores and truly saved my make-up in place all through the day. That stated, I received’t be giving up my favourite setting powder any time quickly (Kosas Cloud Set, for the inquiring minds).

Eyebrow Gel


Professionals: straightforward to make use of, a ton of product for the worth
Cons: can get flaky when you use an excessive amount of

Garri’s decide

I’m lucky sufficient to have thick eyebrows that don’t want any filling in. That stated, I like a clear, lifted look and have discovered that typical forehead gels don’t actually obtain what I’m going for. I picked up the e.l.f. Forehead Raise after seeing it on TikTok (in fact), and have actually favored utilizing it. Nevertheless, when you’re not cautious with the product or use an excessive amount of, it may possibly turn out to be flaky all through the day. I’ve discovered that spritzing it with the tiniest quantity of water earlier than getting in with my brush yields one of the best outcome. For the worth alone, this can be a staple in my make-up drawer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Professionals: nice maintain, works nicely with different forehead gels
feels thick on the pores and skin

To be trustworthy, that is just about the very same product because the e.l.f. Forehead Raise, however 4 instances the fee. For that purpose alone, I’ve to offer this matchup to e.l.f. I observed the identical issues with the e.l.f. Forehead Raise with the Forehead Freeze. Should you’re not cautious and use an excessive amount of, it’ll get flaky all through the day. I additionally observed this one felt slightly thick on my face, which I didn’t love and didn’t discover as a lot with the e.l.f. Forehead Raise.



Professionals: nice size and separation
Cons: stiff brush, quick-drying system makes layering difficult

That is the product that satisfied me to go on this complete journey within the first place. As quickly as I noticed the turquoise packaging (which instantly jogged my memory of the cult-favorite Thrive Causmetics Liquid Lash Extensions mascara), I knew I couldn’t go on any longer with out actually investigating e.l.f.’s merchandise. This mascara is slightly drier, making it difficult to work with and layer. Nevertheless, it offers good size and separation. It simply doesn’t wow me.

Thrive Causemetics

Professionals: nice size, separation, and quantity
Cons: straightforward to get on the eyelid when making use of

Garri’s decide

Oh, I get the love for this mascara now. I’ve wished to do that for ages, however the truth that you possibly can solely get it on-line immediately from the model has stopped me from buying it (please come to Sephora, Thrive!). Nevertheless, that is really my excellent mascara. It offers wonderful size and stellar quantity, and I can layer it to my coronary heart’s content material. The one downside is that it offers a lot size that I discovered it will switch to my eyelids throughout utility if I went slightly overboard. Regardless of that, I can see myself repurchasing this mascara many times and once more.

Lip Oil


Professionals: nice pigment
Cons: doesn’t final tremendous lengthy

Garri’s decide

I like a enjoyable lip second, and apart from blush, it’s the class I are likely to overspend in essentially the most. The e.l.f. Glow Reviver Lip Oil has just about every little thing I might need in a lip oil. It’s acquired sufficient pigment to indicate up however not be overbearing, has a good looking, hydrated end, and is simply $8 a pop. I’ll purchase each single colour this is available in with out batting an eye fixed. Actually, I liked it greater than the Dior one, which makes not spending $40 on a single product a lot sweeter.


Professionals: feels comfy on the lips
Cons: not as pigmented as I’d like

This was the one product my teen sister wished from me for Christmas, and I fortunately acquired it for her (she deserves the world!). But when I might return in time, I’d purchase her the total set of the e.l.f. Glow Reviver Lip Oils as a substitute. Regardless of buying the identical shade in each the e.l.f. lip oil, and the Dior one, the e.l.f. one had a lot extra pigment, whereas the Dior one was simply barely extra pink than clear. Please, save your cash and purchase the e.l.f. ones as a substitute, you received’t be disenchanted.

Setting Spray


Professionals: retains make-up in place all day
Cons: poor packaging

I’ve a love-hate relationship with this setting spray. I first began utilizing it once I might now not bear to spend $35 on the City Decay All-Nighter spray, and I’ve been utilizing it for years. It does its job nicely (it holds my make-up all day and combats oil manufacturing), however the packaging is extremely annoying. The spray radius isn’t nice, and never a ton of product comes out, so I really feel like I’ve to spray a BUNCH to get what I want. Much more, I’ve now had two nozzles utterly break on me. For ease of use alone, I feel I’ll be going again to City Decay.

City Decay

Professionals: nice spray radius, locks make-up in place all evening
Cons: has a perfume some folks may not like

Garri’s decide

It’s been years since I’ve used this setting spray, and despite the fact that my purpose for switching continues to be a great one (the e.l.f. Keep All Night time setting spray is a lot extra wallet-friendly), I’ll be switching again to the City Decay All-Nighter setting spray. The packaging makes it 10 instances simpler to make use of, and it performs simply in addition to I keep in mind. Welcome again to the lineup, City Decay.

Last Ideas

I actually really feel like I’m e.l.f.’s #1 fan, however even I can admit that typically, the e.l.f. dupes simply don’t examine. Whereas my verdicts above are what labored greatest for me, I like to recommend evaluating your present make-up routine and pinpointing areas you’re comfy spending extra (like a basis that basically gels together with your pores and skin) and which areas you need to reduce (like a primer that has no seen payoff), and choosing e.l.f. dupes (or one other drugstore model!) as a substitute. Ultimately, I actually have at hand it to e.l.f. for making merchandise which might be extra financially accessible, and I’ve my notifications ON for his or her subsequent drop.

I Examined Each e.l.f Dupe vs. Excessive-Finish Product

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